During the seventies, though several groups of disabled such as the blind of deaf had voluntary societies working to help them, there was no such society looking after the interests of the orthopaedically disabled who are the most numerous of all. So Mr. Appu Raman, the first Principal of Pusat Pemulihan Cheras who had just retired from a senior post in the Social Welfare Department, together with Mr. Hugh Storey, another retired civil servant disabled by polio in middle life, invited a group of like-minded people to a meeting in the latter's house on the 23rd of August 1974. They formed a pro-tem committee, and made a number of basic decisions. It was agreed to form a national body at once, rather than go through intermediate stages; to be a society "of" rather than "for"; and to adopt more user-friendly policies and practices than those provided by the Social Welfare Department, who were pressed on one side by the numbers of people wishing to register, and on the other by the limited financ
Persatuan Orang-Orang Cacat Anggota Malaysia (POCAM) or Society of The Orthopaedically Handicapped Malaysia established in 1976 is a Self-help National Non-Government Organization, with no financial aid from the Government. The financial sources purely contributed from private sector (entities) and individual donors. POCAM has more than 3000 physically disable members nationwide, disregards the races and religions which majority are in the rural area such FELDA and Orang Asli settlement, estate, new villages including as far as Hulu Trengganu, Hulu Kelantan, Sabah and Sarawak. POCAM administrated/managed by elected Executive Council bi-annually govern by it's Constitution, with various committees such as Aid/Medical Committee, Social and Welfare Committee, Sports Committee, Accessible Committee, Education and Employment Committee and other ad hock committees, that blends in providing the fullest commitment to ensure objectives and goals towards enabling the physically disabled in every aspect of life. The core objectives or mission of the Organization are to ease it's members in their everyday life with inclusion and full participation in the society towards contribution of the Nation building. With the current environment, whereby life are more complex, POCAM's role are more diversified including advocating the public and policy makers the existence of these minority group of citizen and their needs such as accessible transport, accessible schools, accessible work places, accessible buildings accessible home and so on.
POCAM's services to it's members, among others are: providing excessive device and mobility aids such as artificial limbs and prostheses, wheelchair, callipers, crutches etc. POCAM also provides medicine, urinal bags, and caritas, disposable napkins etc. POCAM are very much involved in Rehabilitation, job placement. POCAM does provides grants for small business, home modification such as toilet that accessible to wheelchair bound members, electrical wiring including switch relocation etc. POCAM also does wheelchair maintenance as well as providing parts.
POCAM does encourage it's member to be emulate in active life, such as involve in sports. POCAM is a pioneer in disabled sports. Since early 70's POCAM's member has participate in Sports event, nationally and internationally, with some medals collection for their achievements. POCAM will continue in promoting Sports among the disabled, and will enhance the R & D in determining the type of sports that can be participated by people with disability, and to prove that POCAM are serious in Sports, POCAM is affiliated with International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS). Due to the active role and commitment in enabling People with Disability (PWD), POCAM has acknowledged, and gain recognition also accreditations from the Government and other NGOs nationally and internationally such as World Disability Union (WDU),. POCAM has a partnership in various Ministry and the Government agencies and will continue to participate and consult to highest decision maker to ensure that Government Policies and the Plan of Action in line with the needs of People with Disabilities. With proven transparent and accountable financial management thus financial contributions/funds purely utilized for the benefit of the Organization and the members, Inland Revenue Board has granted the Tax-Free status to POCAM as well as Tax-Free to all entities and individuals that contribute or donate funds to POCAM.
During the seventies, though several groups of disabled such as the blind of deaf had voluntary societies working to help them, there was no such society looking after the interests of the orthopaedically disabled who are the most numerous of all. So Mr. Appu Raman, the first Principal of Pusat Pemulihan Cheras who had just retired from a senior post in the Social Welfare Department, together with Mr. Hugh Storey, another retired civil servant disabled by polio in middle life, invited a group of like-minded people to a meeting in the latter's house on the 23rd of August 1974. They formed a pro-tem committee, and made a number of basic decisions. It was agreed to form a national body at once, rather than go through intermediate stages; to be a society "of" rather than "for"; and to adopt more user-friendly policies and practices than those provided by the Social Welfare Department, who were pressed on one side by the numbers of people wishing to register, and on the other by the limited finance, manpower, and other resources which Parliament was willing to give them.
Our inaugural meeting was held a year later at Pusat Sukan Kampong Pandan on the 10th of August 1975, which we take as our birth date. We had at that time about three hundred prospective members, eighty of whom were present; and Mr. E.G. Ross, who was Director of Rehabilitation in the Department, kindly came as Guest of Honour and gave us their encouragement. However we had to wait another year until our registration was approved in September 1976, which allowed us to recruit new members and expand our activities. So in POCAM the ordinary members are disabled people, and only they can vote at general meetings; however other people are welcome as associate members, and can be elected to office or appointed to committees.
1. To bring about spirit among its members
2. To find ways and means of improving the physical, special and economic conditions of the orthopaedically handicapped
3. To help in the education, training, employment and resettlement in society of the orthopaedacally handicapped
4. To organize sport, social and other events for the benefit of the orthopaedacally handicapped
5. To initiate. assist and organize such other schemes for the orthopaedically handicapped as may be desired by the Society for their welfare and rehabilitation
6. To raise, receive, administer and distribute such funds and goods in kind as are entrusted to the Society
7. To disseminate information, publish periodicals and hold meetings to educate parents of orthopaedically handicapped children in particular and the public
in general. To make recommendations to the government, and to advocate and promote laws, amendments to laws and other government regulations in the interests of
the orthopaedically handicapped
8. To affiliate with other bodies within Malaysia having like aims and objects:
9. To affiliate with the International Stoke Mandeville Games Federation (the world controlling body for paraplegic sports), of Harvey Road. Aylesbury, England and in the
future with other international bodies having aims and objects similar to those of the Society, with the prior approval of the Registrar of Societies in each case
10. And for these purposes to own land, buildings and other property, to employ persons, and generally to do all things which may be necessary for the furtherance
of these aims and objects.
The emblem of the Society shall consist of:
(a) A black line drawing of a person in a wheelchair and was held by a pair of hands in natural color is the symbolizing
the responsibility of the community for the welfare of the handicapped.
(b) A yellow background and surrounded by an eight-sided white border are containing the name of the
Society in Bahasa Malaysia and English
(c) The shape of the emblem represents the many sided problems of the handicapped, while its color scheme indicates
the multiracial nature of the Society.
Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita,
Keluarga dan Masyarakat
Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat Malaysia
International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation
Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat Malaysia