The Life of Chong Kai Zhen
Hello! My name is Chong Kai Zhen and I am popularly known as Harry. I was born Deaf in Hospital Kajang about 28 years ago. I started my first cued speech when I was 3 years old at Pusat Pertuturan Kiu, Kampung Pandan, Kuala Lumpur.
Since as young as 8 years old, I already had a passion to teach people and I really love to read. I am very passionate about Art and Music. I master playing the piano up to grade 8, a guitar, Chinese drum and Er Hu (a Chinese two-string instrument).
I studied in a hearing school throughout my primary school, secondary school and the local university. I was a Science Stream student in Form 4 and Form 5.
I was awarded STPM Top Student in Deaf Category in the year 2010. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design (now known as Interior Architecture) in November 2014 and a Master of Science in Interior Design in November 2017 from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang. Now I am pursuing my PhD at University Malaya (UM) in Research on Classroom Design for the Deaf.
Currently, I give tuition to Deaf students. I teach Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mathematics, and Science for primary and secondary students. I am also an instructor for Bahasa Isyarat Malaysia (BIM) which is a language for the deaf. I teach the language to the public so that more people can understand the deaf language and deaf culture. My ultimate dream is to help Deaf people become successful one day.
I am thankful to Majudiri Y Foundation for the Deaf for sponsoring my phD in Research on Classroom Design for the Deaf at University of Malaya. I hope many generous donors out there will come forward and help the Deaf like myself.