Living with Dyslexia in Malaysia

Parents’ Support Group

From: Lim SB []
Sent: July 21, 2007 7:16 PM
To:; suetsen;;
Cc: ‘Loretta Lee’;; ‘Yeoh Lee Lee’; ‘Stephanie Siew’; ‘Sharon Lim’; ‘Robitahani’; ‘Nonnamalai Namasivayam’; ‘Low Mee Lai’; ‘Lim Huey Ling’; ‘Lakshmana Raj’; ‘Jennifer & Patrick’; ‘Henry Tai Boon Seong’; ‘Hanan Wong’; ‘Esther Sim’; ‘Enid Gomez’; ‘Annie Koh & Caesar Koh’; ‘Abdullah, Hanan Wong’;;;; Harjeet Kaur; Rafilda binti Adul Rahman; Yazid Jamian; Ang Cheng Siong; Catherine Chuah & Andrew Tan; Joan Lee
Subject: Re: SS17 Dyslexic Class

Dear All,

Sorry for my late response as I was very very busy lately and have no time to reply emails.

I am so glad to read about what Alison Ng has shared and especially about that part where she said that her son is now so happy with his new environment in the SS17 school where he is so ‘well accepted’ by the kids of that school. I have also heard similarly good remarks from another parent who also recently sent her son to this school. This SS17 primary school is certainly a good place for dyslexic kids to be there. Hope more parents will take the opportunity to also send their kids there and enjoy the benefits.

I wonder if Loretta is still around here in Malaysia now as I read in the earlier emails that she is planning to go to UK very soon. Like to wish her and her kids all the best. As for her trying to know how to make her own blog, I’m sorry that I can’t help much as I too have never tried writing any blogs yet. Anyway, without a blog she can also continue to update us with info from UK by visiting this particular local community web forum and just register once to post in it –

This particular forum thread in website was started by me a long time ago when I was looking for a dyslexic support group to join in then.

As for Suet’s request whether she can put our correspondences into her own blog, my answer is also yes since it will also benefit others.

Take care and all the best.


Lim wrote:


I strongly agree with Suet’s point of view and opinion. I just managed to get my son to start his classes in SS 17 school. He is so happy and looking forward for his school days for a change.

I don’t know about others, but I was brought up in a kampung area where I used to have many concerned neighbours. I used to share my stories with my kids and they find it impossible to believe due to the hectic life and some unfriendly neighbours. But when my son enter the SS17 school for the 2nd day, he came back and told me that he could feel what I have gone thru’ during my childhood in the kampung. Eventhough the class was small about 25 students but the other kids were so caring and willing to help the other counterpart which made my son feel at home and easily adapted to the atmosphere. This is what is missing from the modern life that I feel that the kids are missing these days.

I am so happy for him. As what Suet said having self-esteem and confidence is more important than all the academic. True enough, my son used to hate to attend school and each week he will definately have a day or two giving me the excuses not to attend school. Mind you, my son is from a chinese school Lick Hung. He could hardly speak english and BM when he was there. Then I took him out for the whole year when he was in year 5 to attend the classes held by Puan Sariah in USJ 6. No doubt he had improved but there are still more room for improvement. Due to the centre not having the school syllabus, I managed to reserve a seat for him back in Lick Hung. In fact the teachers and classmate understand him but it’s only school days and hardly any hours for playtime that makes him shunt away. But after attending the 3rd day in SS17, I realised that he has build his confidence to dare himself to speak in English and BM.  Well to me this is an achievement. No doubt back in the USJ 6 dyslexia centre he did tried to speak but I feel lately it’s more natural and with confident. There again they will be hiccup here and there but as long as he is happy, I do believe the improvement would be more remarkable.

Anyway it’s still up to you parents to decide. As Suet said we had fought so hard for it, I have waited for the SS17 school for almost 2 years, since the government had made it for us, please treasure it before they take it away.  For your info, Puan Saidatul, the dyslexia teacher in SS 17 told me that she would be flexible to accept any age students to come in this year. As for next year onwards she will only take in year two students and the existing dyslexia student in the school. So take this opportunity to made your decision.

For those who wanted to put their kids in dyslexia classes, please contact:

En Jajuli Sarjo

Unit Pendidikan Khas

Jabatan Pelajaran Selangor

Jalan Jambu Bol 4/3E, Seksyen 4,

40604 Shah Alam

Tel: 03-55186204

Your kid had to be assessed before they are being accepted and once they are accepted please prepare the necessary documents.


1.    Borang Pendaftaran & Cadangan Penempatan              (BPKKK1)

2.    Permohonan Untuk Bertukar Sekolah oleh murid warganegara P.U. (A) 275

3)    Photostat copy of NRIC for both parents

4)    Photostat copy of Birth Certificate for the child

5)    2 passport size photograph of your child


6)    Photostat copy of OKU Card

7)    Photostat copy of BSN first page of your kid’s account.


Alison Ng

—– Original Message —–

From: suetsen

To: ;

Cc: ‘Loretta Lee’ ; ; ‘Yeoh Lee Lee’ ; ‘Stephanie Siew’ ; ‘Sharon Lim’ ; ‘Robitahani’ ; ‘Nonnamalai Namasivayam’ ; ‘Low Mee Lai’ ; ‘Lim SB’ ; ‘Lim Huey Ling’ ; ‘Lakshmana Raj’ ; ‘Jennifer & Patrick’ ; ‘Henry Tai Boon Seong’ ; ‘Hanan Wong’ ; ‘Esther Sim’ ; ‘Enid Gomez’ ; ‘Catherine Chuah & Andrew Tan’ ; ‘Annie Koh & Caesar Koh’ ; ‘Ang Cheng Siong’ ; ‘Alison Ng’ ; ‘Abdullah, Hanan Wong’ ; ; ;

Sent: Friday, July 06, 2007 11:19 AM

Subject: RE: SS17 Dyslexic Class

Dear All,

My son is one of the pioneers in the Pilot Dyslexia Programme at SK TTDI (2).  This school has now 34 dyslexics – too many as it was planned initially to have only 16 students there. This school is not accepting any more new students. There are other schools with this programme – Shah Alam, Subang ss17, Rawang, Cheras and Setapak.

Anyway, I would like to inform all that my son is only taken out for BM periods only as he is in 5 Tekun (B class – so withdrawal is only for one subject). We want our children to fit into the norm so they should be with the non-dyslexics as much as possible. If they are weak in certain subjects, then only are they withdrawn. Unfortunately there are not enough special ed teachers to take care of the child’s every weak subject.  There are only teachers for BM.  There is also another teacher who teaches Maths – that is for the other class(C class) whereby withdrawal is for BM and Maths. 

I would like to emphasise that the Dyslexia Programme is not a ‘cure-all’.  It does not mean that once your child is in this programme he will be okay academically.

My son only passes English and Science. I do not make a fuss about him failing the other subjects but praise him for being the top in Science  52%(among dyslexics of course).  Being weak in BM, he of course fails his BM and all the other subjects that is BM based – like KT, KH, Moral etc,,,, He also fails his Maths which is in English but when I teach him at home he understands the concepts of percentage, fractions etc…. Slow but let it be. He will catch up in due time. Like my husband always say “Why are you in such a hurry???”

To me, having self-esteem and confidence is more  important than all the academic As. I do not expect the Ministry to be able to provide facilities like UK or Australia in the near future BUT we make do with what we have now and work towards more help for our kids. This is a starting point. We have fought so hard for this programme to get off the ground. We will have to make it a success.

I am keeping him in this programme because he is happy as he has his 34 dyslexic gang and he wants to go to school.  Very important for them to know that there are many other kids like them. They are not alone. He looks forward to seeing his friends.  They have the Pend. Khas sports activities whereby he participated and won the silver medal for 100 metres relay in May.  There are other activities like going swimming and bowling once a month.  Many fields trips – like to the Science centre, Mint factory, Petronas Twin towers etc….. Very important too- teachers who understand them.

The teachers in the dyslexia programme will have gone or will have been earmarked to attend the Dyslexia course. Therefore better able to handle the dyslexic kids.

Of course, parents need to keep an eye and liaise with these teachers to ensure that they are doing their job right.

I still send my son for his English and BM tuition. One just cannot teach one’s own child – too much stress. I still help him out at home if he asks for help.  

He will complain about tuition and says he hates school whenever there are tests or if he has lots of homework – only natural. But overall he is happy and looks forward to school and does not feel he is stupid like before (when he was in the normal school with no special ed).

So I strongly encourage parents who have dyslexic children to go to SS17.  Being the pioneers you can make this programme work accordingly to what you all want it to be. Initially when there were so many teething problems at this school, I regretted sending my son there. But luckily, I stuck with it and fought “tooth and nail’ to make sure that the programme benefits the children first and nobody else just for namesake.

When the programme started in SK TTDI (2), you should have seen the teething problems and how I was disliked by most of the teachers and the HM for being so nosey and interfering.  Being new, there were lots of theories which were not workable practically.  All the 8 dyslexics thrown into the C class.  Of course, the normal class teachers were not happy. All dyslexics made to stand and pull their ears when they forgot to bring their books to school, etc….   One teacher even took 2 months unpaid leave so that she does not have to teach this class. Didn’t’ help that my son was the ‘Dennis the Menace” who even hit the Head Prefect and spit at the teacher and was not afraid of authority.

Luckily all the teething problems were ‘ironed-out’ and this school is a model school.  So parents, take this challenge and make this SS17 school, what you want out of it.

If you all see things not right, voice out and give solutions to make it better for the kids and the teachers. A win-win situation.

One cannot just rely on the school system and the teachers, parents play a vital role. Whether to make the programme in this SS17 school a success or failure.?

It is up to you Parents.

Just my thoughts.



From: Salasiah Rashidi []
Sent: July 05, 2007 11:39 AM
Cc: Loretta Lee;; Yeoh Lee Lee; suetsen; Stephanie Siew; Sharon Lim; Robitahani; Nonnamalai Namasivayam; Low Mee Lai; Lim SB; Lim Huey Ling; Lakshmana Raj; Jennifer & Patrick; Henry Tai Boon Seong; Hanan Wong; Esther Sim; Enid Gomez; Catherine Chuah & Andrew Tan; Annie Koh & Caesar Koh; Ang Cheng Siong; Alison Ng; Abdullah, Hanan Wong; Isma Rizal;;;
Subject: RE: SS17 Dyslexic Class

En Isma,

Can you tell me more about your daughter’s Special Class in USJ2? 

My dyslexic son is in standard one and no special class at his school.  I have visited the school at SS17 and as you said it is for inclusive session only (BM).





  1. Dear All,

    There is a centre in Subang called MY BRAINPOWER that offers a program called PACE. Does anyone know if this is a effective program for dyslexic children?

    Comment by Kara | July 23, 2007 | Reply

  2. I am a father to a 13 years old son in Melaka whom I believe is dyslexis. Current in normal school which is now obviously totally out of place for him. Would appreciate if you can put me to someone whom I can speak to and get some guidance and advice. I can be reached with the above email or mobile phone at 019 6659998.

    Thank you
    Jimmy Piong

    Comment by Jimmy Piong | July 29, 2007 | Reply

  3. Hi!I just discovered that my 6yo son is a mild dyslexic about 2 months back via a psychologist. He’ll be in std 1 next year and choice of school for him is worrying. The psych however does not encourage me to put him in a govt school special class as his condition is only “mild”. Been looking for a suitable school (public / private) for him around PJ / KL / Subang Jaya, even small after school classes that maybe he can join if he goes into normal class in govt school. Very worried tho of how the teachers will react to him. Please help. I’m staying in Subang Jaya.

    Comment by nasriyah | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  4. I am a working mother of 10 years old son which was just confirmed that he is at high risk for dyslexic; reading and writing difficulties after he had an assessment at UKM.

    I am from Kota Bharu, Kelantan where there is no any special class. My son is now studying in normal chinese school. I am now sending him to tuition class for Chinese, BM, English. I would appreciate if any one can help me or let me know if any program / workshop regarding method of teaching my son. Please email to me or call my h/p 012-9858998.

    Comment by Tan Heok Koon | October 12, 2007 | Reply

  5. I found this website randomly while searching for support on dyslexia children in Malaysia. There’s a private dyslexia centre in PJ. Details as below.

    10A Jalan MJ/1
    Taman Maju Jaya
    Batu 7 1/2 Jalan Klang Lama
    46000 Selangor Darul Ehsan
    Tell : 77840109

    Comment by doink | December 13, 2007 | Reply

  6. Dear Suet

    I just got to know this site whilst googling for more info on dyslexia. My son will be going to school next year and we as parents are cracking our heads hoping to make good wise decision about which school. Fortunately for us, I have been sending my son to a remedial reading class and he is able to read in no time. However, he seems lost in maths so I hope to find a remedial maths prog if there is a suitable one available. I still am looking and studying. I am so glad to know there are govt schools with dyslexia prog. B4 this, I am considering he will join my eldest at a private school where classroom size is still small or even homeschooling (but I am determined to try a real school environment first). I am still very new to my son’s condition and still learning.


    Comment by Cheryl | January 29, 2008 | Reply

  7. How can I join the Parents Support Group for Dyslexia?

    Comment by Noor Azura | February 19, 2008 | Reply

  8. How can I join this Parents Support Group for Dyslexia?

    Comment by Noor Azura | February 19, 2008 | Reply

  9. Pada bulan yang lalu setelah saya berjumpa dengan doktor pakar kanak-kanak, doktor tersebut telah mengesahkan anak lelaki saya yang berumur 7 tahun mempunyai sympton dyslexia. Saya tidak mempunyai pengalaman menghadapi kanak-kanak istimewa ini jadi sesiapa membaca komen saya ini dapat sekiranya membantu saya dengan menangani masalah saya hadapi ini seperti nasihat. Anda boleh hubungi saya dengan menghantar email kepada saya iaitu: Terima kasih

    Comment by Kartini Mustafa | April 1, 2008 | Reply

  10. Hi! My son is in standard one this year. Before this, he was attending speech therapy sessions at island hospital because of his speech delay problems. He has improved tremendously since then but lately I notice that he is showing some of the dyslexic symptoms. How do I go about in getting an assessment in Penang as it is difficult to make arrangements in KL due my distance.

    Comment by ina | May 2, 2008 | Reply

  11. Hi Suet,
    I would like to know from you where do I find help in diagnostic my 8 yr old son’s problem. I have read all the symptoms of a dyslexia, and I think he has most of the sign, but I do not know where I could get help especially in terms of diagnosing him, I m so lost here. He is currently in a government school, but I do not see any help from the teachers as well.

    Comment by Lim | May 18, 2008 | Reply

  12. Hi Suet, my son has recently been dignosed with dyslexia. We had him tested and the therapist has had confirmed it. Currently, he is Std 1 attched to a private schoo, in Cheras,but we are planning to buy a home in Subang Jaya.Can you advise us if the SS17 school in Subang Jaya still has the dyslexia programme for the children? Hope that you can advise me on this.


    Comment by Oretha Herrera | June 2, 2008 | Reply

  13. I have a child who is having this problem. Please email me the any information regarding this problem. Thank you.

    Comment by Ooi Chong Seng | June 22, 2008 | Reply

  14. Hi,
    I would like to contact Suet, could I have her email address please?


    Comment by Mrs J Mottan | July 10, 2008 | Reply

  15. Dear Suet/Alison Ng,

    I read your email. I would like to join the parents support group for Dyslexia. Or do you have someone that I can talk to regarding dyslexia. My son is Standard One now.

    Sing Mei

    Comment by Sing Mei | September 30, 2008 | Reply

  16. sorry may i get address for persatuan dyslexia malaysia at kota kinbalu sabah??coz i call 103 she say no record,my sister daughter also my that…tq

    Comment by eve chong | October 8, 2008 | Reply

  17. Hi! In case anyone interested, there will be a workshop on 8 November in Bukit Kiara Equestrian on Parenting & Behavioural Management by Dr Nor Hamidah from Gleneagles Intan Medical Centre. I understand that this workshop will touch on topics on how to nurture children with ADHD, Dyslexia & Autism, their behaviour, etc.

    Hope it will benefit someone. Cheers 🙂

    Comment by mei | October 31, 2008 | Reply

  18. Kidzgrow has an excellent therapy (not educational) programme for children with dyslexia.

    Comment by Jo | November 27, 2008 | Reply

  19. Hi Suet,
    Great stories from you and the struggle you went through.

    My son now is 12 years old. Just got his IC, happy to have it but hie is not as his age seem to be. He is examined as having mild dyslexia by Puan Sariah in December 2006 after I sent him for the test and he went through the classes in Subang Jaya for 6weeks but I could not afford it to continue after not having normal income and had to travel long way to fetch him from Wangsa Maju (plce of work at that time). Altough living in Kinrara I did not continue the class and he went to his normal school and go through the UPSR 2008. Result was expected as normal exams and he failed most of the subject.

    Now I hope it is still not late for me to get him for the special school as I just heard from your site. Nobody in the school has ask/inform on this SID test etc. but I am lucky to come acroos your website on this.

    How can I go further? Contacting the number of JPK of Shah alam is the best start for me? I saw the JPK website requesting for filling of forms for the kelas khas but can I still request for this?

    Appreciate your reply & feedback.


    Comment by Saad Abdullah | December 24, 2008 | Reply

  20. To Suet or who ever it may concern,

    I’ve just found out my 12yrs old twin sons n my 8yrs old daughter having LD/Dyslexia. Would appreciate yr help into informing me on the courses you attended on Dyslexia or courses on Orton-Gillingham Approach. I’m staying in Ipoh for now, but will be moving to KL soon.

    I can be contacted either via my email or at 016 2246989.


    Comment by Lynda A | February 16, 2009 | Reply

  21. Hi, i suspect one of my students is dyslexis and i have no idea what should i do now. please give me some advice and guidance for instance where should we send her for test or assessment. She stays in Johor Bahru and is studying in a normal school in Singapore.


    Comment by april | April 8, 2009 | Reply

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  23. Hi,

    My son is in standard 2 and recently diagnosed with dyslexia. I was wondering if there were any tutors who does home classes that can help him with his reading as I am working and finding transport to send him to centres is a big challenge for me.


    Comment by Izzy Kamarudin | June 11, 2009 | Reply

  24. Hi, I’m a teacher in a rural school in Segamat. I discover that one of my year 6 students has mild dyslexia. He has problems with ‘d’ and ‘b’. What are some of the ways that we can help? Your advice is very much appreciated.

    Comment by Allen | July 16, 2009 | Reply

  25. Dear Suet,

    I have 5yo daughter, and im not sure whether my kid has dyslexia or mild autism. im planning to bring her for test/diagnose to verify on tht, appreciate if u could recommend me very good place/hospital for the test. i heard hukm is one of the best, is it true? im scared if im too late now..

    millions millions of thankss…

    Comment by ida | August 3, 2009 | Reply

  26. I have a 13yr old son who I suspect is dyslexic. I want to have him tested for confirmation. What should I do? Where do I go ? I am in Sitiawan, Perak. Please advise. Thank you.

    Comment by GERT | August 9, 2009 | Reply

  27. Thanks Suet. I will try to get some information from the Ipoh GH.

    Comment by GERT | August 11, 2009 | Reply

  28. Dear Suet, my daughter has recently been diagnosed with dyslexia. She is in Std One. Can I join the parent support group? When do you meet? Please advise. Tq.

    Comment by Mag | August 13, 2009 | Reply

  29. Dear All,
    like many of you i too resorted to the internet to seek for information on dylexia or ADD. I have a 6 year old boy who has issues with reading and undertsanding big words and also sentences. Cant be the memory as if you tale a drive along some roads, he would remmeber the directions again even after a few months.

    He is currently completing his year 6, the teachers there kept saying that he needs to be guided. when he was 5 the minute he got back home he broke a vase…i wasnt sure why then but now i can definitely make a an out come, frustrated in school.

    I had an assessment done at pusat dylexia in titiwangsa, however the assesser mentioned that he may also have other issue which besides dyslexic, now i need to get a second opinion,

    The government school that we have registered him does not have a dyslexia class khas. i have heard a few mind boggling stories how a child like my son would be treated in schools by teachers etc

    i am hoping if you could recomend a psychologist or neurololist so that u can get proper help and diagnosis.

    Comment by thila | October 25, 2009 | Reply

  30. Hi, I am a mother to a 10 years old daugther whom I beleive is a dyslexic child. I had brought her to see a Peadiatrician at the age of 7 due to the complaint from her kindergarten teacher that she always lost focus and concentration in the class. He told me that she will be better as she grow up. Now she is in normal school which I feel that she had ‘struggled’ herself to adapt with the situation. I would appreciate if you can refer me to someone which I can get some advice and guidance about my daughter’s problem.

    Comment by Mazlina Mohd Daud | November 17, 2009 | Reply

  31. HELLO ALL…..


    Comment by FIDA | November 27, 2009 | Reply

  32. I have 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls, it is confirm that they have learning difficulties, eg difficult to identify words. They sat for a test at a dyslexia centre at Titiwangsa and it was confirm.

    I did enrol them for a while but had to stop due to some financial problem, it is a good centre but I just cant afford it.

    Anyway I would like to know where I can send them to counter this problem during this school holidays. Would appreciat if someone can suggest a centre which is not too expensive as I dont earn much.

    I have written to “One Voice” but no reply. I just found out about your site while I was in Google.


    Comment by Lawrence Law | December 10, 2009 | Reply

  33. Dear Suet,

    My 16year old son is dignosed with mild Asperger Syndrome by the doctor in UM 4 years ago.Currently he is studying at Pandan Mewah Secondary School where they dont have any special classes for slow learners. He will be sitting for PMR this year as he to sit in for remove class after finish his primary Chinese school. I intend to transfer him to technical school next year. Is this a good idea for him? He dont understand all the subject at all except English and scored poorly. Beside SS17 School, is there any special school for Dyslexia children in Ampang area? Please advise me. Thank you

    Comment by Alannah Cheong | January 5, 2010 | Reply

  34. Suet,

    Selamat sejahtera Puan. Disini saya ingin bertanya beberapa soalan mengenai isu dyslexia. Saya difaham kan anak Puan merupakan batch pertama untuk progra dyslexia di sekolah ss17. Anak puan sekarang berumur berapa tahun? Bagaimana keadaan pembelanjarannya sekarang? Adakah terdapat perubahan dan kemajuan..

    Bukan apa saya juga mempunyai seorang anak yang bermasalah dyslexia dan telah bersekolah di sekolah pendidikan khas di Ipoh dalam darjah 5.. Setakat ini saya rasa anak saya menunjukkan sedikit kemajuan dari masa dia bersekolah yang biasa. Disini dia akan diasingkan dalam kelas program dyslexia cuma untuk kelas BM sahaja.. Di sana maksud saya ss17 adakah murid2 dyslexia di asingkan untuk setiap subjek?

    Memandang anak puan sudah lama dalam program ini saya ingin mengetahui situasi pembelajarannya, adakah bagus atau pun tidak?

    Saya memohon jika puan ada pandangan atau tips serta sedikit nasihat untuk saya membetulkan keadaan masa depan anak saya ini…

    Comment by Mazlina | February 13, 2010 | Reply

  35. tomorrow my 1o yrs old son will attend the centre in usj. I hope someone will enlighten me how to teach him to overcome the problems like reading

    Comment by leong khai ming | February 28, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi khai ming,

      My son,7 years old this year, attended the courses at usj centre last year, for 6 months, and i would like to say that he has had a marked improvement in his reading and writing skills.

      He is now attending std 1 at ttdi(2) and he seems to like the school environment.

      Just want say don’t worry, your son is in good hands at DAM. You can always email me at if you want to compare notes!!


      Comment by chang | March 23, 2010 | Reply

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