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Wednesday September 18, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by simren kaur
Tong and his wife Chan Pei Fun, 35, giving words of encouragement to Chi Sheuan at his noodle stall in Butterworth.
BUTTERWORTH: He was only 13 when he went to work with a noodle seller here to help his family make ends meet.
But the boy who was once called “stupid” never for a moment lost track of his ambition to be a doctor.
Today, seven years after Chin Chi Sheuan started working at Tong Kok Hwa’s noodle stall at Chai Leng Park, he will be flying to Taiwan to enrol at the Chung Shan Medical University to fulfil his long-cherished dream.
However, it has not been smooth sailing for Chi Sheuan, who had to deal with the death of a beloved grandfather, a broken home, dividing time between his school and the stall, handling cranky customers and, above all, saving enough money to go to medical school.
Tong, 41, felt his heart bleeding for the boy, whom he regarded as an adopted son.
So, the noodle seller started his own fund-raising drive and every ringgit he collected from his customers on Sept 15 went towards making Chi Sheuan’s dream a reality.
A customer who was touched by the boy’s plight paid RM18,000 for a bowl of noodle.
And by the end of the day, the fund had swelled to RM30,000.
Touched by the generosity of his boss and his customers, Chi Sheuan said that it was a miracle. “Words cannot describe how happy I am.”
Tong said that when he first met Chi Sheuan, the lad had wanted to quit school and sell noodles.
“I told him, if you want to work with me, you must continue with your studies and don’t skip school,” said Tong.
Chi Sheuan recalled an incident a few years ago when a customer called him “stupid” when he accidentally spilled soup on the man.
“It was hurtful but it strengthened my resolve to study and become a doctor.
“In a way, I’m glad he insulted me as it made me work even harder,” he said, adding that losing his grandfather to cancer made him want to become a doctor.
Chi Sheuan said that he was far behind in all his subjects and it was not easy catching up.
“I had to discipline myself and divide my time between studies and working at the noodle stall.
“My perseverance paid off when I scored 3.75GPA in my STPM examination and was offered a place in the university,” he said.
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