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Mohamad Sazali Shaari

Mohamad Sazali Shaari serves as the President of the Malaysia Federation of the Deaf (MFD), a self-funded NGO that operates by and for the Deaf community. He stands as one of Malaysia’s pioneers, actively advocating for the Deaf and championing inclusivity and accessibility. His contributions include playing a key role in the creation of Malaysian Sign Language books, encompassing a vast vocabulary of more than 10,000 signs.

Mohamad Sazali Shaari has been a sought-after speaker, participating in talk shows, forums, discussions, and meetings at national, regional, and international levels, addressing topics related to the Deaf community and Sign Language. He holds the distinction of being among the first group of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Malaysia to be selected for the National Council for Persons with Disabilities, operating under the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development. Furthermore, he has served as an advisor for the Ministry of Domestic Trade, and Consumers, the Ministry of Transport, and the Ministry of Education. In the past, he was an advisor for special students at Premier Polytechnic Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah.

In recognition of his contributions, Sazali was appointed as the Medicine Ambassador for the Ministry of Health this year. In 1993, he was chosen to represent the Asia Pacific Region of the World Federation of the Deaf as a United Nations Panel of Experts for disability issues. His dedication was further acknowledged when he received the Disabled Persons of the Year award in 2002. He previously held the position of secretary for the Asia Pacific Deaf Sports Confederation. Currently, he serves as the Secretary General for the Global Deaf Muslim Federation and as the Vice Chairman of the ASEAN Disability Forum. In addition to these roles, he is a certified trainer for the Human Resource Development Corporation, specializing in Disability Related Service Training, Disability Equality Training, Malaysian Sign Language, and Deafness.

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