Last week, Petrosains Sdn Bhd and Tourism Malaysia Kuala Lumpur hosted a media engagement session to introduce and promote Petrosains, The Discovery Centre and Petronas Twin Towers to the media fraternity.
Petrosains Sdn Bhd which manages Petrosains, The Discovery Centre and the visit operations of Petronas Twin Towers forged a collaboration with Tourism Malaysia Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2014.
Located in the Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Petrosains, The discovery Centre and Petronas Twin Towers are two distinctive institutions under Petronas which play a significant role in providing the world with a unique view of the progress of the nation through the vantage point of tourism and informal learning.
Tengku Nasariah Tengku Syed Ibrahim, CEO of Petrosains Sdn Bhd said, "We are very proud and grateful to be part of this partnership with Tourism Malaysia Kuala Lumpur and we will do our part to support them in their efforts to promote Malaysia during Visit Malaysia Year 2014.
Tengku Nasariah Tengku Syed Ibrahim,Petrosains私人有限公司的总裁表示，“我们很荣幸和感激能够与马来西亚旅游部合作以及我们将尽我们所能来支持他们的计划以在马来西亚旅游年2014推广马来西亚。
After the speech, members of the media were taken for a guided tour to Petrosains, The Discovery Centre, Petronas Twin Towers and Petrosains current visiting exhibition-Dialogue in The Dark during this media engagement session.
I hope you recognize Braille - the writing system used by the blind in above picture!
The first station we head was Dialogue in The Dark. I had no idea about what kind of exhibition was that before I went inside. I did not do any research until my friend told me that we were going to purchase and eating food inside in complete darkness. I was like "Huh??" We were told not to bring anything inside like bag, handphone, spectacles and camera but money (for purchasing food). So no photo inside was taken and shared here. All these belongings were kept and locked in the locker.
After the short brief, I was quite anxious and scared as I peeked through the curtain and nothing seen, all in complete darkness. That was quite different from what I imagined to see the glowing art and some sort like that.
They asked us to line up and I walked behind a Malay girl with my hand put on her shoulder. A few steps walk behind the curtain, I was so much funked as I could not see the Malay girl in front of me and even my own fingers！But one thing to relief was that there was a tour guide in front of us. She told us to keep right while moving as there was a wall at our right hand side. I touched the wall while walking and my left hand still put on her shoulder. Then till a certain point, I was terrified as there was no more wall at my right!
I was helpless and did not know what to do. Then, the tour guide told us to touch the handrail at my right. I was relief at that moment when I managed to grab the handrail and walked. Next, the tour guide told us that we already arrived at ‘jungle’. I heard bird chirping sound and the floor was no more carpet but I felt leaves and soft land when I stepped on it.
After that, we were led to a 'bridge'. Yes, I can felt the 'bridge' was swaying while we walked on it. The tour guide then told us we reached 'house tree'. I seen nothing but I heard the sound assimilated like what we should heard in jungle. Next, we were guided to cross the 'road'. Following this, we arrived at 'Tugu Negara' (National Monument). They asked us to touch. I felt something protruded engraved on that thing but I did not know what was that. My friend who went with me told me afterwards that he knew that's the wording of Tugu Negara as he felt with the fingers. I was amazed with that.
Now I knew how the blind experienced and found out our Tugu Negara in a very different way. Hereafter, we were brought to Pasar Malam (night market). There was no one shouting for bargain but we were asked to touch the goods and I knew there was a vegetables stall at my right side. We kept on moving with the wall at our left side. We reached a cafe counter. At here, we were supposed to order and purchase our food and eat it. However, due to technical error as the food supply was not there yet, we missed the chance to dine in the dark. We kept on moving with the aid of wall till the exit point.
I was happy as I able to see light again. Through this DID exhibition, I learnt a lot. First thing, we need to appreciate what we have especially we have a pair of eyes to see. There are so much things can do with our eyes. Second, I knew the fear of the blind felt when they can't see anything. Always lend them a helping hand when you see them on the road. The world of the blind is different from us! I was told that the guide in the dark was all blind! Look...they are still contributing to society even though they are blind and they can do better in the dark than us who can see. They can worked in total darkness for 8 hours inside to guide the tourists while normal people can't make it. I was so amazed and paid a high respect for them. Above all, we are all same under darkness, no colour difference, no ugly no pretty, no discrimination.
If you still no idea about it, let's have a look at this video. That was taken by CNN.
The concept of Dialogue in the Dark is simple, visitors are lead by blind guides in groups through specially constructed dark rooms in which scent, sound, wind, temperature and texture convey the characteristics of daily environments – for example a park, a city, a boat cruise or a bar. The daily routines become a new experience. A reversal of roles is created: people who can see are taken out of their familiar environment. Blind people provide them with security and a sense of orientation by transmitting to them a world without pictures. The tour itself lasts 45 minutes but the effects can last a lifetime.
Malaysia (the blue dot) is now one of the country which houses Dialogue in the Dark exhibition. I definitely recommend you to pay a visit if you haven't. It will be a meaningful and unforgettable experience throughout your life and you will have different insights after all.
10 am – 6 pm
Petrosains, The Discovery Centre,
Level 4, Suria KLCC,
PETRONAS Twin Towers,
50088 Kuala Lumpur.
Adult (18 and above) RM25 （USD 7.65)
Youth (13 – 17 years) RM20
Child (7 – 12 years) RM15
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