Re­sults bring teens closer to dreams

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SHAH ALAM: The sac­ri­fice of a fa­ther who quit his job to look af­ter his half-paral­ysed son paid off yesterday when the lat­ter scored straight As in the Si­jil Pe­la­jaran Malaysia (SPM)

The fa­ther, from Subang Jaya, who only wanted to be known as Tan and used to be a quan­tity sur­veyor, was ex­cited when his son, Tan Han Hsen, was an­nounced as one of Se­lan­gor’s top stu­dents in SPM.

Han Hsen, 18, who has spinal mus­cu­lar at­ro­phy and has been wheel­chair-bound since age 7, scored 9A+ and 1A- in the exam.

The SMK Seafield stu­dent said his fa­ther quit his job a few years ago to take care of him.

“My fa­ther used to be a quan­tity sur­veyor, but he sac­ri­ficed his job to help me get through my daily rou­tine.”

The teenager, who is do­ing his A Lev­els at Sun­way Col­lege, be­lieved that con­sis­tent re­vi­sion ev­ery day was the key to suc­cess.

As for Mo­hamed A’azim Ai­man Mo­hamed A’azam, 18, scor­ing two As was all it took to paint a smile on his face.

A’azim and two oth­ers re­ceived spe­cial recog­ni­tion from SMK Seksyen 9, Shah Alam, yesterday for pass­ing all sub­jects, prov­ing that be­ing hear­ing im­paired was no bar­rier to good re­sults.

A’azim, who wants to be­come an ac­coun­tant, said he would spend a few hours ev­ery day in the In­te­grated Spe­cial Child Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gramme when he was in Form 1 be­fore classes be­gan.

“Al­ham­dulil­lah, I am happy with my re­sults. I got As in my favourite sub­jects,” said A’azim, who scored As for Mod­ern Math­e­mat­ics and Ac­count­ing.

In Kuala Lumpur, SEA Games ath­lete Veron­ica Lee did not let her love for syn­chro­nised swim­ming get in the way of achiev­ing straight As in her SPM.

With her busy train­ing sched­ule as a na­tional ath­lete, she could only spend two hours in class at SMK Amin­ud­din Baki ev­ery day.

De­scrib­ing her­self as a men­tally and phys­i­cally tough per­son, Lee said she used to spend the rest of her day at tu­ition classes and train­ing sessions.

“I wanted to do well as an ath­lete and a stu­dent. I think hard work is key. If we work hard, we will get what we want.”

Nur Nas­rin Ali, from SMK (P) Sri Aman, Pe­tal­ing Jaya, said she found Ad­di­tional Math­e­mat­ics ques­tions tough and did not ex­pect to score 6As and 3Bs.

Nur Nas­rin, who is ac­tive in sports and part of the Fed­eral Ter­ri­to­ries bowl­ing team, had skipped school for three months last year to pre­pare for the Malaysia Games in July.

“I did not ex­pect to do so well af­ter be­ing ab­sent from school. I hope to pur­sue my stud­ies in in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and ma­jor in net­work se­cu­rity.”

In Kota Baru, Nu­rif­fah Ramizu, from SMK Pan­chor Per­dana, had been fac­ing dif­fi­cul­ties to write since four years ago af­ter her right arm was paral­ysed fol­low­ing a high fever when she was 12.

She said she un­der­went phys­io­ther­apy at Raja Perem­puan Zainab II Hos­pi­tal fre­quently.

De­spite her dis­abil­ity, Nu­rif­fah vowed to work hard to achieve her am­bi­tion to be­come an ac­coun­tant. She scored 8As.

In Ji­tra , dis­abil­ity and poverty did not stop Muham­mad Syahir Umar from scor­ing 8A+ and 1A.

The SM Sul­tan Ab­dul Halim stu­dent, who has hear­ing dif­fi­culty in his right ear, re­lied on a monthly RM100 za­kat al­lowance and gov­ern­ment schol­ar­ship to get through his stud­ies.

“It is my dream to achieve good re­sults so that I can take care of my par­ents. I wish to study en­gi­neer­ing in Ja­pan.”

In Kan­gar , Ah­mad Zahir Ah­mad Zal­izan was among the top SPM scor­ers in Perlis, with 9A+.

The SMK Derma stu­dent said two of his broth­ers were study­ing medicine, and he wanted to fol­low in their foot­steps and pur­sue ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

“I want to take up Math­e­mat­ics and be­come a pro­fes­sor.”

In Ni­lai, Nata­sya Qisty Mohd Ridzuan, who scored 9A+, was the cen­tre of at­ten­tion at Tunku Kur­shiah Col­lege as many thought she re­sem­bled ac­tress Neelofa.

“Neelofa is truly a beauty. I pale in com­par­i­son. Nev­er­the­less, I am flat­tered to be com­pared with some­one like her,” Nata­sya said.

She said she wanted to pur­sue her stud­ies in sci­ence and was not in­ter­ested in show­biz.

The col­lege emerged as the top school in Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan for SPM 2016. It is also the best fully-res­i­den­tial board­ing school na­tion­wide, with 62 out of 151 can­di­dates scor­ing straight As.

In Ipoh, Chiang Wai Cheng, 19, was di­ag­nosed with Duchenne mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy (DMD) at the age of 9 and was told he might not live long.

But that did not dampen his de­sire to ex­cel.

Wai Cheng, from SMK Tan­jong Rambu­tan, scored 6As and 3Bs and was awarded as the Best Stu­dent Award (Dis­abled Cat­e­gory) for Perak.

Wai Cheng said he ded­i­cated his suc­cess to his fa­ther, Chiang Wan Marn, 51, who quit his job to look af­ter him and his brother, who has the same dis­ease.

His mother had died from breast cancer.

Wai Cheng, who is wheelchair­bound, said since his move­ment was lim­ited, he did not at­tend any ad­di­tional or tu­ition classes. In­stead, he spent about two hours daily study­ing via YouTube.

In Malacca , Rueben John Abra­ham, from St John’s In­sti­tu­tion, knew what he needed to do to per­form in his SPM and he ex­e­cuted his plan to per­fec­tion, scor­ing 10 straight A+, mak­ing him Malacca’s top per­former.

Rueben, who was the only one who achieved the per­fect score, said he was on his way to achiev­ing his dream of be­com­ing a civil en­gi­neer.

He is do­ing his A Lev­els at Sun­way Uni­ver­sity in Subang Jaya.

“I didn’t feel much pres­sure. It was only around Septem­ber that I be­gan to re­ally fo­cus on SPM. My par­ents helped by get­ting me past year pa­pers.”

Reuben’s twin sister, Ruth El­iz­a­beth, from In­fant Jesus Con­vent, was among 20 stu­dents in Malacca who scored nine As.

“But she didn’t score nine A+,” Rueben joked.

“No, he didn’t study,” joked Reuben’s fa­ther, Dr Abra­ham John, 57.

“The only time we saw him study was when he went for tu­ition classes. But, he has a very good mem­ory, so study­ing is easy for him.” Page 1 pic: Anis Nur Athi­rah Ah­mad Sukari (third from right) re­acts as she is an­nounced as the top SPM scorer for Tunku Kur­shiah Col­lege, with 10 A+, in Ni­lai yesterday.


Syn­chro­nised swim­mer Veron­ica Lee (cen­tre), from SMK Amin­ud­din Baki, with the school’s prin­ci­pal, Siti Sarimah Shaik Ab­dul Rah­man (right), and a teacher at the school in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.


1. Straight-A stu­dents of SM Sains Muar with their Si­jil Pe­la­jaran Malaysia re­sults in Johor yesterday.


4. Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid talk­ing to Ul As­mak Ul Husna Azmy (third from right), who scored 10As in SPM, at SMK Kubang Rotan in Alor Star yesterday.


5. Gan Min Hong from SMK Agaseh in La­had Datu, Sabah, hold­ing a sign show­ing her SPM score yesterday.


2. Spe­cial needs stu­dent Chiang Wai Cheng (cen­tre), 19, of SMK Tan­jong Rambu­tan, who scored 6As and 3Bs, shar­ing his joy with stu­dents from other schools in Ipoh af­ter col­lect­ing his re­sults at the Perak Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment of­fice yesterday.


3. Fri­en­nds (from left) Y. Ed­win, S. Prasshaanth, Muham­mad Iz­zudin Syed Hus­seinn and San­deep Singh Gill of SM Bukit JJam­bul show­ing their SPM re­sult slips. TThe four are among five in Pe­nangg who scored A+ in all sub­jects.

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