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Published: Saturday February 2, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday April 20, 2013 MYT 3:42:33 PM

Rewarding excellence

ABOUT a year ago, Crystal Neoh thought her world would come crashing down after she lost her right eyesight and developed glaucoma in the other eye, just before her PMR exam last year.

The 16-year-old bubbly student from St George’s Girls High School, Penang, said even though she was born with premature retinas, she had clear vision until the unfortunate incident happened out of the blue.

“Doctors told me the retina of my right eye had detached from my nerves, causing me to lose my eyesight. Worse still, the glaucoma which had developed on my left eye caused my vision to be impaired,” she said.

“Studying became very difficult and feeling devastated, I just wanted to give up as I thought there was no way I could be ready in time for PMR.

“In the past year alone, I had to undergo four surgeries for my eyes, and that alone gave me a lot of discomfort,” she said.

Crystal said things took a positive turn when she told herself to persevere with the support from her family, friends and teachers.

Her determination paid off when she scored straight As for her PMR.

“I am extremely grateful to all of those people who supported me. When I could not read, they were the ones who helped read out texts from the books to me. In class, my friends guided me when I could not see the board,” she said.

She was among 489 PMR top scorers last year from 12 schools in the northeast district to receive RM200, a certificate and a pewter souvenir each from Penang Barisan Nasional for their achievement.

The other schools are Penang Chinese Girls High School, Union High School, Methodist Girls School, Convent Light Street, Convent Pulau Tikus, St Xavier’s Institution, SMK Tanjung Bungah, SMK Tunku Puan Habsah, SMK Westlands, SMKA (L) Al-Mashoor, SMKA (P) Al-Mashoor and SMK Hamid Khan.

The students received their cash awards from state Barisan secretary Datuk Omar Faudzar and other Barisan coordinators at a ceremony held at St George’s Girls School in Macalister Road on Thursday.

Chew Sui Teng, 16, another visually impaired top scorer from St George’s, was also among the proud recipients.

She scored 6As and 1B in the examination, exceeding her expectations of only scoring 5As.

“I hope to be a teacher in the future,” beamed Sui Teng.

SMK Hamid Khan’s Chuah Yi Hern, 16, who is autistic, showed that his disability was not a barrier when he emerged as one of his school’s top PMR achievers.

Yi Hern said he would use the cash award as a motivation for him to excel in his SPM exam next year.

Meanwhile, at the Sunshine Square banquet hall in Bayan Baru, 228 PMR top scorers from 12 schools in the southwest district received their cash awards from state Barisan secretary Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya and other Barisan coordinators.

The schools involved were SMA Maahad Al Mashoor Al Islami, SMJK Sacred Heart, SMK Batu Maung, SMK Pondok Upeh, SMK Raja Tun Uda, SMK Seri Balik Pulau, SMK St George, SMK Sungai Ara, SMK Teluk Kumbar, SMK Bukit Jambul, SMK Sungai Nibong and SMJK Phor Tay.

Tags / Keywords: Community, News, Government, pmr, barisan nasional, students

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