According to the Welfare Department, there are about five percent of the Malaysian citizens suffered from certain form of disabilities. This represents a significant population whom need to be taken care and included as part of our efforts in building a caring Malaysian society.
In the past, disabled are viewed as burdens. As such, it is not uncommon that the general public will relate them to a group of people who need only public’s financial aids. However, one never thought that their greatest wish is to be given fair opportunities including opportunities to receive formal educations, training, permanent jobs and enjoy the nation’s public infrastructure. All they want is to lead an independent life and to contribute constructively to the nation’s development.
CAC Methodist Church In Malaysia sees the true needs of the disabled. Hence, the past President Rev. Koo Tiong Ling and Pastor Sia Siew Chin have commenced a ministry to care for the disabled since year 1993. The first Beautiful Gate centre was established in Petaling Jaya to provide accommodation, training and various services to the disabled in need. Regardless of their religions, races and status. Subsequently, other Beautiful Gate centres were set up in Kepong (Kuala Lumpur), Kampar (Perak), Seremban (Negeri Sembilan) , Batu Berendam (Melaka) and Klang (Selangor), to provide services to meet different needs of the local disabled.
After ten years of hardwork, Beautiful Gate centres are recognized by the government and registered as the Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled in 2003, of which donations made to the Foundation qualify for tax relief.