MSIG Malaysia teamed up with big-hearted philanthropist Sujana Mohd Rejab, to design and build electronically controlled prosthetic limbs for three Malaysians who were injured in road traffic accidents.
Sujana is a former teacher who now runs a 3D printing business in Perak. He taught himself how to build prosthetics after researching the subject online and investing in some Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software, as well as a 3D printing machine.
Over the past couple of years, he has produced over 50 prosthetic items for children in need. These prosthetic have been primarily manual prosthetics because electronically controlled devices are much more expensive to produce.
MSIG Malaysia and its ongoing commitment to road safety as one of Malaysia’s leading motor insurers decided to provide Sujana with support and resources to build prosthetics for three Malaysians who had been injured in road traffic accidents. MSIG believe that the support for this cause will not only transform the lives of the three individuals but will also help to remind Malaysians of the importance of being vigilant on the roads.
Sujana selected the three lucky beneficiaries from the numerous worthy requests he received after developing his reputation in this field. Two of them where:
Accident victim: En. Mohamad Safian bin Abdullah
a 27-year-old cleaner from Johor, who unfortunately lost his right forearm in a motorcycle accident seven years ago;
From left: Mr. Takero Sawamura (Deputy CEO, MSIG Malaysia), En. Sujana Rejab (who produces the 3D printed prosthetic limbs) and En. Mohamad Safian bin Abdullah (Johor), meet at MSIG’s KL headquarters for a fitting and testing session for the new electronically controlled prosthetic limb, which have been sponsored by the insurer.
Accident victim: En. Mukhtar bin Mahmud
a 63-year-old former teacher from Negeri Sembilan, who also lost his right forearm in a car accident just over two years ago.
From left: Mr. Takero Sawamura (Deputy CEO, MSIG Malaysia), En. Sujana Rejab (who produces the 3D printed prosthetic limbs) and En. Mukhtar bin Mahmud (Negeri Sembilan), meet at MSIG’s KL headquarters for a fitting and testing session for the new electronically controlled prosthetic limb, which have been sponsored by the insurer.
The process of building a prosthetic limb is a complicated and time-consuming one. It starts with Sujana meeting the recipient and taking detailed measurements that go into the computer. Once this has happened, Sujana then starts the process of producing the necessary parts using the 3D printer and assembling these into a complete prosthetic limb. There then has to be more meetings to test the prosthetic arm or leg, after which it can be further refined and perfected to meet the needs of the beneficiary. This process can take several months, especially as it does require Sujana and the recipients to meet face-to-face.
MSIG is the first company to directly contribute to the fabrication of the electronic prosthetics from Sujana. He hopes to get continued support from corporations such as MSIG to enable him to do more to help people in need.
Mr. Chua Seck Guan, Chief Executive Officer of MSIG Malaysia, said, “We are delighted to be working with Sujana Mohd Rejab on this project. He is an exceptionally inspirational and innovative person who cares deeply about helping people – and we in turn are delighted to be able to help him do this.”
He continued, “We hope that our support for Sujana helps highlight the issue of road safety in Malaysia. There were 548,598 road accidents reported in 2018, the second highest in the region and an alarming increase of 12% since 2015. As one of Malaysia’s leading motor insurers we want to encourage vigilance and care on the roads. The consequences of road traffic accidents can be fatal and even when it is not, it can still seriously impact and damage people’s lives. While we hope that our support for Sujana will significantly improve the quality-of-life for the recipients, we really want to spread the message about road safety and avoid having people get into these situations in the first place.”
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