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History of SCAS&FT




History of the Spastic Centre Association


Bangunan Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, Petaling Jaya.

In 1989, the Association obtained a parcel of land (52,375 sq. ft.) from the Selangor State Government adjacent to the existing Spastic Centre. A new 6-story extension, costing RM6 million, named after the late Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, was built.

1982 - 1985

Jubilee 1985

In 1982, the name of the Association was changed from the Spastic Children's Association of Selangor to Spastic Children's Association of Selangor and Federal Territory. The Association celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 1985 with several successful programs and fund-raising activities. These included a Seminar on "Care of the Handicapped" and a Silver Jubilee Charity Dinner graced by The Highness, the Sultan and Tengku Ampuan of Selangor.

1965 - 1977

Spastic Centre Building

In 1965 construction work on the new building at the cost of $230,980 commenced. The building at No. 14, Lorong Utara 'A', Off Jalan Utara, Petaling Jaya, was finally ready by mid 1966 and the first group of pupils moved in from No. 4, Jalan Bukit Mentri Utara. The Centre was officially opened on 24th May 1966 by Duli Yang Mala Mulia Sultan of Selangor. The number of childrens in the Centre reached 70. The first Prime Minister of Malaysia Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Puan Sharifah Radziah officially visited the Centre in 1969.

By 1970 the school enrolment surpassed the 100 mark to reach 104 and by 1976 it reached 151. A new project, the Sheltered Workshop, kicked off with a contract from Malaysia Airline System to clean hearing aids. This contract kept this workshop going for many years.

In 1977 a playground was set up by Goodyear Malaysia Bhd, The Parent-Staff Association was constituted in 1979.

As the enrolment grew, additional rooms were needed to house the children. A new extension was set up in 1980 at a cost of RM100,000. It comprised of a spacious classroom and a large sheltered Workshop.

1960 - 1962

After World War II, the 1950's saw the population of Malaysia grow. Schools for normal children were established in various towns and villages. It was felt that there was a need to established a special centre to cater for the spastic and physically handicapped childrens. Petaling Jaya was thought to be a good location as this new satelite town was expanding rapidly to meet the needs of the burgeoning population of Kuala Lumpur.

The State of Selangor became the first State in Malaysia to established an Association for the care of the handicapped spastic children. The objective of the Association is to develop and restore to the fullest the physical, mental, social and economic usefulness of which the spastic child is capable by intensive and comprehensive rehabilitation services.

The Association started in a garage of the Red Cross with a handful of 7 childrens in February 1960. It then moved to the residence of its President, Mr H.M.S. Ali, for 6 months. It was relocated to 112-B, Lorong Seputeh, Jalan Klang, Kuala Lumpur. In 1962 the number of educable cerebral palsied children at the Centre totaled 31. The first VIP to visit the Centre was Her Majesty The Raja Permaisuri Agong. The Association was in great need of a proper building to house the increasing number of children.

In 1962, 61,425 sq. ft. of land was obtained for the new Spastic Centre from the Government of Selangor on 60 years lease. Their Royal Highness, The Sultan and Tengku Ampuan of Selangor, made their first visit in 1963. In 1964 the Ministry of Rural Development and the Lotteries Board approved a $230,000 grant for the new centre. In the meantime the Tasmania Spastic Centre and the Royal Habart Hospital donated $20,000 worth of appliances which were transported to Malaysia by the Royal Australian Air Force. A physiotherapist from Tasmania also came to work at the Centre.