Participants, instructors, and advisors of ‘Cinta Tanpa Suara’ event doing the UiTM sign during the closing of the event in UiTM Dengkil. Photo courtesy Shirley Clare Jeri.

Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) student foundation understands that every person in this world has a voice and wants to be heard, even if they are deaf and mute.

But they are often unheard, for not many able-bodied people would take the time and effort to learn to communicate with them.

With this in mind, students in the Young Humanitarian Society in UiTM Dengkil branch organised a four-week sign-language course, ‘Cinta Tanpa Suara’ (Love without voice).

The event project manager, Shirly Clare Jeri said although the public is aware of the importance of learning a second or third language, they would rarely choose sign language for that purpose.

“We realised that there are many users of sign language all over Malaysia, but there aren’t a lot of people who are interested in learning the sign language unless they have family members who use it.

“We feel the need to equip ourselves with sign language so we can ‘hear’ those who do not have a voice better,” said the 19-year-old.

A total of 80 students participated in the event and learned the basics of Malaysian Sign Language (MSL).

From the event, the students learned to sign alphabets, greetings and simple everyday nouns.

“We hope that through this experience, the participants will see the beauty of sign language and change their perception of the disabled.

“We feel that is important for us to acknowledge them and be inclusive so that they will feel more accepted by society,” Shirley added.

During the closing of the event, the students gave a heart-warming rendition of Negaraku and UiTM’s official anthem, Wawasan Setia Warga UiTM, all in sign language.

Although there was no singing involved, the message was loud and clear.

Minister of Higher Education Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh is also known for being inclusive as displayed during his speech at the Higher Education Mandate 2018 earlier this year.

Throughout his speech, Idris was accompanied by a translator for the hearing disabled so his messages could reach everyone.