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.
Study is my passion since childhood.
I was awarded Top Student in Disabled Category USM in 2014.
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.