No mean feat: Cheah sharing her joy with her parents after the Tunku Abdul Rahman (TAR) University College (Penang Branch) convocation. - Gary Chen / The Star.
GEORGE TOWN: Being visually impaired has not been a hindrance to Cheah Lay Ching.
Despite only having good vision in her right eye, the 21-year-old has managed to graduate from the Tunku Abdul Rahman (TAR) University College (Penang Branch) with a Diploma in Business Studies (Accounting). here yesterday.
Cheah said she was born with an impairment on her left eye.
“I could only see with my right eye. I can only see lights with my left eye since I was born.
“My parents brought me to Universiti Malaya Hospital when I was in Year Two, and the doctor said I needed a cornea transplant. But I did not do any follow-up after that and there was no guarantee that I could see again if a transplant was made,” she said after receiving her scroll during the convocation yesterday.
Cheah, who is the eldest of three siblings, said she wants to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance in the same university college in Penang.
Sharing her joy were her father Cheah Cheng Teong, 44, mother Tan Get Chow, 43, sister Lay Szeu, 19, and brother Thian Yew, 14.
She was among 917 graduates who received their scrolls at the ceremony.
In his speech, the TAR University College president Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok said the institution worked closely with industry players to ensure that their programmes met the market requirements.
Twenty-two book prize winners were rewarded with RM500 each for excelling in their studies and co-curricular activities.
Also present was Penang Branch campus head Amos Teoh Eng Hock.