Living with Dyslexia in Malaysia


My name is Suet, a happily married lady with a very supportive husband staying in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. We have 2 school-going children.

We have an Indonesian maid who has been with us for 6 years,  2 dogs, birds, chickens, Koi and goldfishes. No more of the punky guinea pigs anymore (All died of old age). Photo below of maid washing figs (moh fah khor) to be made into fig jam.  I planted  3 fig trees outside my garden.




We are surrounded by numerous luscious organic plants and trees. More than 20 fruit trees, vegetables and herbal plants are found in my garden.



Photos of fruits & flowers from my garden

In 1998, I volunteered to write the Minutes for one of CETDEM’s 2 days’ Organic Conference.  From that meeting, I was  ‘initiated’ into the world of organic farming – meeting and chatting with the farmers, retailers, Ministry and MARDI participants. After this conference, I signed  up for CETDEM’s  2 days’ weekend organic course at Rimbun Dahan and never looked back.

I believe I am one of the very few organic kitchen gardeners in the city that does her own composting.  I have 2 large compost bins (courtesy from my ever supportive husband – his machine crates from Italy) and all my kitchen waste and leaves from my garden and surroundings are used to make the compost. IMG_0485

On top of using the chicken dung as fertilisers for my plants, I also make my own liquid fertilisers like fish amino acids and fruit and vegetable peelings.

I am a great supporter of the organic movement and will help Ms Tan(well-known as the mother of Organic Farming here) wherever I can in promoting the organic movement.

In 2001, I found out that my son has a learning disorder.    STAR published my article titled “Children with reading problems” in March 2003 .

When my article was published, there were so many phone calls for the following 2 weeks that I had to take my phone off the hook for a few hours each day otherwise I would not have any rest. I am glad that my article has created lots of awareness amongst parents on dyslexia as there were not many articles written by parents then.

My son is presently in the Dyslexia Programme which was launched in June 2004. There are currently  30 schools earmarked with this Dyslexia Programme.

I am also the Secretary for my Residents Association and a Volunteer Librarian at a neighbouring temple.

All these activities keep me busy besides having to take care of hubby and the kids, not forgetting the 3 dogs, the birds, chickens and  fishes.  Then having to shoo away uninvited guests like the squirrels, iguanas, rats, etc…… not forgetting the humans who will conveniently take the fruits of my labour outside my garden. Sigh! that’s life….

Well, at least  I am helping to green the earth and reduce waste through my organic ways.



  1. Hi,

    My name is Emily. Just wondering if you know where I could take an assessment test for dyslexia in adults in Malaysia? You can reach me at my e-mail listed here.

    Looking forward to your reply soon.

    Many thanks and regards,
    Emily Ting

    Comment by Emily Ting | December 31, 2008 | Reply

  2. Dear Suet

    Sorry about the late notification but SEGi Subang Jaya is having a FREE talk on Dyslexia by Dr Kristen Pammer from the Australian National University. 3pm on 3 March 2009.
    For more details, visit my blogsite.

    Comment by Carolyn Choo | March 2, 2009 | Reply

  3. Dear Suet,

    I am Kate, a from Penang. I just discover that my son has learnig disability. I am interested in the diploma for learning disorders management and child psychology. I am actually searching the info for this program now. Can I get the details of this program or any website or contact that I can go about it? Thank you very much.

    Comment by Kate | May 16, 2009 | Reply

  4. I came across your website or blog while going through GK Organic Farm. Tried to call them but greeted by the tone of the fax machine each time..

    So i thought of asking you for their no. since you had a farm stayed before.. if i read correctly.

    but its fixed now cos i faxed them and they called me back.

    I also find your write up about yourself very interesting cos i personally love plants.. herbs.. flowers.. dogs.. garden and gardening.. but don’t have much time for it..

    I live in KL near Taman Melawati.. and where the Zoo Negara is. I do visit PJ sometimes.. not often.. cos there’s where my Mum is.. and sometimes run some errands or shopping or go Dentist around PJ area.

    if you would like to write you can e-mail me at

    Comment by Mrs Mark | June 10, 2009 | Reply

  5. love wht you are doing to mother earth. n most of all, its all done in PJ .. i cant believe it .. you just impress me and make me work hard.. love all the fruit n flowers tht you have .. not forgetting the dogs .. cats n fish .. I just wish i can do what you have done around your house. Keep up the good work.

    Comment by sathiya | September 6, 2009 | Reply

  6. Dear Suet,


    I like your organic gardening successes. Wish I had time to get so real.

    Do drop by my website when you have the chance ok? More ideas there.

    Comment by Arnold JS Loh | November 30, 2009 | Reply

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