A hero to over 20 adopted chil­dren

> Ab­dol Aziz Sa­hat an ex­cep­tional role model to all Malaysians


PETALING JAYA: A pa­triot who has his own way of pro­mot­ing na­tional unity and na­tion build­ing.

This is the story of Ab­dol Aziz Sa­hat.

Be­liev­ing that a har­mo­nious fam­ily sets the foun­da­tion for good na­tion build­ing, the MyHero Award 2.0 win­ner went the ex­tra mile to foster more than 20 adopted chil­dren of var­i­ous back­grounds and races.

Be­ing blessed with five chil­dren from his mar­riage, the mo­ti­va­tional speaker from Klang does not prac­tise dou­ble stan­dards in nur­tur­ing his big fam­ily to­wards suc­cess.

In­deed, many of his adopted chil­dren who came from rough back­grounds have now grown to be suc­cess­ful in their lives. One of them is Nan­thaku­maran, who pur­sued his stud­ies at the Na­tional De­fence Univer­sity of Malaysia, and is now serv­ing in the Royal Malaysian Air Force.

“Nan­thaku­maran sent me a note ask­ing me to be­come his fa­ther after we both at­tended a mo­ti­va­tional talk when he was in Form 3. I im­me­di­ately replied yes to him,” Ab­dol Aziz said when re­call­ing the day he de­cided to adopt Nan­thaku­maran, who came from a bro­ken fam­ily.

In fact, Ab­dol Aziz is no stranger to liv­ing in a mul­ti­cul­tural so­ci­ety.

Hail­ing from Malacca, he grew up in a Baba-Ny­onya vil­lage, where peo­ple of dif­fer­ent races co­ex­isted peace­fully. Ab­dol Aziz be­lieves strongly that ed­u­ca­tion can lead a per­son to a bet­ter life.

Thus, much of his money was spent to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion for both his adopted and bi­o­log­i­cal chil­dren.

“I love what I do and I do not ex­pect any­thing in re­turn,” he said, adding that his act of kind­ness was not just for show.

Ab­dol Aziz is writ­ing a book ti­tled From Zero To Hero, which is a com­pi­la­tion of ex­pe­ri­ences he had gath­ered through rais­ing chil­dren from bro­ken fam­i­lies and help­ing them achieve suc­cess in their lives.

Ab­dol Aziz, who was ap­pointed Na­tional Unity Am­bas­sador upon re­ceiv­ing the MyHero Award 2.0, lamented that the spirit of na­tional unity is fad­ing day by day, mainly due to the lack of moral ed­u­ca­tion.

He also partly blamed politi­cians for caus­ing dis­unity among the peo­ple by play­ing up eth­nic is­sues to woo sup­port.

“We should stop spread­ing such neg­a­tive mes­sages which could pose a threat to our na­tional unity,” he said.

The MyHero Award 2.0 is jointly or­gan­ised by the Kuala Lumpur and Se­lan­gor Chi­nese Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try and Nanyang Siang Pau.

It is sup­ported by the Na­tional Unity and In­te­gra­tion De­part­ment, The As­so­ci­ated Chi­nese Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try of Malaysia with cor­po­rate part­ner Sun­suria Bhd and spon­sor Bank of China.

Ab­dol Aziz show­ing his MyHero Award 2.0 and cer­tifi­cate.

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