Disabled workers show winning ways
By SHIRLEY KWOK
CAN a man who is deaf and dumb be an electrical technician for a hospital and supervise a team of nine? Li Chun-fung, 54, has not only proved that he can, but he has done it so well that yesterday he was honoured by the Labour Department as one of 14 outstanding disabled employees.
'I sometimes feel unhappy and regretful that I cannot hear, that I cannot live as a normal person,' Mr Li said using sign language.
'But I keep encouraging myself as I believe a disabled person still has value. We can contribute to the community by working hard.' Eleven other men and two women received awards for excellent work performance. Their employers were also presented with plaques for their open-mindedness in taking them on.
The winners included five who have difficulty walking, four who are deaf and dumb, three who are mentally retarded and two who are blind.
Mr Li, the oldest recipient, lost his hearing at the age of two after a bomb exploded behind him during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong in World War II.
But he did not give up.
He went to special schools and picked up electrical maintenance skills before joining the Caritas Medical Centre, first as a maintenance worker and now a supervisor of a team which fixes appliances, such as fans and lights.