PETALING JAYA: Former squash hero Kenneth Low Ewe Loong has vowed to battle on after being recognized with a number of sclerosis, an unpredictable illness of the central nervous system.
Low, 47, mentioned the analysis adopted a collection of assessments. “The highway forward can be exhausting, demanding, painful and ever-changing, however I’ll battle it with the spirit of a sportsman,” he advised FMT.
The previous nationwide squash champion and coach mentioned he was content material for his situation to be made public as a way to draw consideration to MS, a situation of the central nervous system that disrupts the stream of knowledge throughout the mind, and between the mind and physique.
As a disabling illness of the mind and spinal twine, it will probably trigger a variety of issues with imaginative and prescient, arm and leg motion, and sensation and steadiness.
He has been residing with stroke-induced impairment, diminished motor abilities, cognitive incapacity and short-term reminiscence dysfunction.
Low now works as a cleaner, a job he had accomplished over the previous two years, at a month-to-month wage of RM1,500.
After FMT reported about his distress final month, the general public have made donations amounting to about RM170,000 to assist him overcome his plight.
Low mentioned the funds can be used for his welfare. 4 folks had accepted his request to handle the funds for him since he’s unable to take action.
The 4 are Nationwide Athletes Welfare Basis chairman Noorul Ariffin, squash legend S Maniam, Finest Archery Centre proprietor Jeffrey Kok, who employed Low on the top of his despair, and this author.
Low mentioned: “Particular because of FMT, Yakeb, Jeffrey and Maniam for coming to my support.”
Noorul mentioned he’ll assist quick observe appointments for Low at authorities hospitals and the inspiration would reimburse the price of prescribed drugs that must be purchased from a non-public pharmacy.
Low was a former six-time nationwide No 1 squash participant within the Nineteen Eighties and Nineteen Nineties, and was rated No 4 in Asia and No 38 on this planet.
It was his victory within the deciding sport in 2000 that ended Pakistan’s stranglehold on the Asian group squash championships for the reason that occasion’s inception in 1981.
His first job was with the Squash Racquets Affiliation of Malaysia as a nationwide coach, after which he took cost of the Federal Territories group. He then went on to educate the Thailand, Pahang and Perak groups earlier than teaching turned tough for him resulting from his failing well being.