Grad funds own surgery

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ALOR STAR: Suf­fer­ing from a heart com­pli­ca­tion did not pre­vent Mo­hamad Shahrul Nizam Alias from ex­celling in his stud­ies while earn­ing money for his RM11,000 heart surgery.

For two years, the 21-year-old Diploma of Nurs­ing stu­dent from Kolej Poly-Tech Mara (KPTM) in Kota Baru, Ke­lan­tan, burnt the mid­night oil daily for his stud­ies while selling burg­ers in his hos­tel com­pound.

With the as­sis­tance of the col­lege’s En­tre­pre­neur Club, fam­ily, friends and lec­tur­ers, Shahrul Nizam be­gan his busi­ness with RM500 in cap­i­tal. He op­er­ated the stall from 7pm to 10.30pm.

The ex­pe­ri­ence he had gained while help­ing his par­ents sell food at a night mar­ket in his home­town in Tereng­ganu since he was 8 came in handy, and he man­aged to set aside RM40 daily for his surgery.

“I was di­ag­nosed with heart com­pli­ca­tions af­ter I en­rolled at the col­lege in July 2014. Doc­tors told me the surgery would cost about RM11,000. I was de­ter­mined to find a way to raise money for the surgery on my own.

“Thanks to ev­ery­one who helped and sup­ported me, I was able to un­dergo the surgery on Oct 3 at Raja Perem­puan Zainab Hos­pi­tal in Ke­lan­tan,” he said at the KPTM Stu­dent Af­fairs Ex­cel­lence Award 2016/2017 here yes­ter­day.

His hard work earned him the Best En­trepreneur­ship Award tro­phy and RM500, which were pre­sented to him by KPTM chair­man Datuk Ah­mad Na­zlan Idris.

His busi­ness is thriv­ing as he has added new items, such as chicken chop and French fries, to the menu. He has hired friends to man the stall to help them cover their daily ex­penses.

“I have saved RM1,000 monthly for fol­low-up treat­ments.

“My ad­vice to other stu­dents is to never give up when faced with tri­als as there are al­ways op­tions for us, as long as we work hard,” he said.

Na­zlan said KPTM tar­geted ev­ery Bot­tom 40 per cent (B40) house­hold to have at least one grad­u­ate from the col­lege to pull the fam­ily out of poverty through ed­u­ca­tion.

He said ev­ery Umno di­vi­sion leader and mem­ber of par­lia­ment had been go­ing to the ground to help the qual­i­fied stu­dents un­der the “One House One Grad­u­ate” pro­gramme launched on Aug 8.

“There are 15,000 grad­u­ates un­der­go­ing stud­ies at KPTM. We are plan­ning to add an­other 3,000 grad­u­ates.”

Mo­hamad Shahrul Nizam Alias

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