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Thursday January 2, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Thursday January 2, 2014 MYT 8:19:30 AM
by joseph kaos jr
Centre of attention: Nur Damia joining her classmates on her first day as a Year One pupil at SK Kuala Telemong.
HULU TERENGGANU: Nur Damia Irsalina Daeng Malis looked elated as she rode her motorised wheelchair into her classroom at SK Kuala Telemong here.
It was only a few months ago when the parents of the seven-year-old girl, who was born without limbs, thought she might not be accepted into any school because of her disability.
The biggest smile yesterday morning, however, was on Nur Damia’s face as she attended her first school day.
There was no nervous waver as Nik, as she is fondly known, used her toes to write her name on an exercise book, and she answered confidently when her class teacher Nur Zaimah Lokman asked her questions.
“I am very happy to be able to go to school and make new friends. I hope to study hard so I can become a doctor like my father,” Nur Damia said.
Her parents Dr Daeng Malis Ab Kahar and Rosnaini Mohamad accompanied her to school yesterday.
Dr Daeng Malis expressed his gratitude to the school for accepting his third child into their school.
He was also happy that the school had provided a special wheelchair path for her.
“We only got the wheelchair for her a day ago, but Nik is already an expert. We are grateful to the school for providing this special access for her to enter her class as well,” said Dr Daeng, adding that the custom-made wheelchair cost RM10,000.
He added that his wife would be taking unpaid leave for the time being to accompany their daughter at school to ensure that everything went well.
Nur Damia was a hit on social media recently when a story of her meeting Australian motivational speaker Nick Vujicic, who suffers from the same condition as her, went viral.
State exco chairman of education Ghazali Taib, who was at the school yesterday, said the state government would invite academicians from the state-owned Kolej Universiti TATi (TATiUC) to help enhance Nur Damia’s schooling experience.
“TATiUC experts will be on hand observing Nur Damia and to find ideas to help her,” said Ghazali.
SK Kuala Telemong headmaster Ismail Abdullah said this was the first time the school had a disabled student and added that the school would do its best to assist Nur Damia.
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