Thursday, April 3, 2014

KFC Outlet At Jalan Mesjid Negeri

KFC converted an old bangalow at Jalan Mesjid Negeri (Green Lane) into a 24 hour drive-thru. I checked the outlet on Apr 3rd, 2014. Here is a brief report.

I think KFC has made an effort to make the place wheelchair friendly. I had no problem moving my wheelchair up the gentle slope to the main entrance (photo above).  Once inside, on my left is a flight of stairs that lead to the first floor. Turn right you will see this corridor (photo below). Go straight ahead if you wish to order food. Turn left if you want to go to the toilet for persons with disabilities.

I must say that the toilet is quite good by Penang's standard. (I mean comparing it with other toilets for persons with disabilities in Penang.) But I discovered that it does not have a mirror. I also do not like the bin that is unsuitable for people with limited legs and feet movements.

The eating area is bright and spacious. The chairs are not the fix-to-the-floor type which I hate. I would recommend you to visit this place if you want to eat KFC.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

TNB Office at Anson Road

I was at Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) office at Anson Road yesterday. Here is my brief report.

Wheelchair access is completely ignored in this building. Although there is a ramp (see photo below) that links ground floor to first floor, the ramp is NOT designed with wheelchair users in mind. It is too steep and too long. Unsuitable to most wheelchair users.

I parked my car at the multi-storey car park and I  could  of see any car park for disabled drivers. I did not encounter any barrier from my car to the lift lobby.The guard I talked to later confirmed that there is no car park for disabled drivers.

The customer service office is located at level two. I took the above photo immediately after I stepped out from the lift. Go straight is the service office of TNB. Turn left and you will go to the toilet.

As expected, there is no toilet for persons with disabilities. However, I discovered that the VIP toilet that is big enough for wheelchair users (see photo below). It is reasonably big and a step ramp was built at the door edge. With some very minor improvements, this toilet can be easily converted into one of wheelchair users. I could not understand why TNB did not do that.

TNB is a very big corporation in Malaysia. Like most of the big Malaysian corporations, facilities and services to persons with disabilities are unimportant to them. These corporations often say that they are good corporate citizens. But their actions often do not reflect what they preach.