Gritty lad ec­static about pur­su­ing his de­gree in the US

New Straits Times - - News -


WHEN Tan Hann Hsen could not walk un­til the age of 4, his par­ents sensed some­thing was wrong with their youngest child.

Tan was di­ag­nosed with spinal mus­cu­lar at­ro­phy, a ge­netic dis­or­der that left him wheelchair­bound.

But that did not de­ter Tan, 18, from ex­celling in the Si­jil Pe­la­jaran Malaysia ex­am­i­na­tion last year.

Tan was among 353 stu­dents se­lected for the Petronas Ed­u­ca­tion Spon­sor­ship Pro­gramme (PESP) yes­ter­day.

Tan said it was a dream come true when he re­ceived an email from Petronas, as he had been dream­ing of work­ing with one of the top oil and gas com­pa­nies in the world.

“I could not be­lieve my eyes when I saw the email.

“One day, I want to con­trib­ute to Petronas and my coun­try,” said Tan, who will pur­sue an Amer­i­can de­gree pro­gramme at Tay­lor’s Univer­sity be­fore fly­ing off to the United States.

Tan, who wishes to be an ac­tu­ary, said he ded­i­cated his suc­cess to his fa­ther, Tan Sau Eng and mother, Diong Hoe King, for their sac­ri­fice.

The grant was pre­sented by Petronas ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer (up­stream) Datuk Mohd Anuar Taib at the Chan­cel­lor Hall of Univer­siti Te­knologi Petronas (UTP) here yes­ter­day.

Present were Petronas Group Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment senior vice-pres­i­dent Datuk Raiha Azni Abd Rah­man and UTP Vice-Chan­cel­lor Datuk Dr Ab­dul Rahim Hashim.

“To­day, you will be walk­ing in the foot­steps of over 36,000 re­cip­i­ents,


Petronas ex­ec­u­tive vi­cepres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer (up­stream) Datuk Mohd Anuar Taib (cen­tre) and Petronas Group Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment senior vi­cepres­i­dent Datuk Raiha Azni Abd Rah­man pre­sent­ing the schol­ar­ship to Tan Hann Hsen in Seri Iskandar yes­ter­day.

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