IPOH: Perak’s best special student Chiang Wai Cheng is a fighter to the core.
He has been wheelchair-bound for years due to Duchenne muscle dystrophy and his mother died of cancer two years ago. He is 19 and doctors told his father that he was not expected to live beyond 20.
But the teenager is not giving up on life – instead he makes the best out of what he still has.
He scored 6As and 3B+s in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination.
“I'm a bit surprised. I wasn't quite expecting it but I did work hard,” he said.
“I also learned a lot watching videos on arts on YouTube.
“I want to be an interior designer some day and my dad has promised to search for an institute that is disabled-friendly,” the soft-spoken Wai Cheng told reporters at the state Education Department.
Wai Cheng said that he did feel down at times being trapped in a wheelchair and never being able to do things people his age enjoyed.
“But I never allow myself to think that I'm different from others.
“I also count on my dad and teachers for support,” said the SMK Tanjung Rambutan student whose younger brother suffers from the same disorder.
Chiang Wan Marn, 51, who quit his job as a storekeeper after his wife died, said it was not easy taking care of two disabled sons on his own.
“I'm very blessed though that they are obedient and never have to be told to study.
“And although they are not expected to live beyond 20 years old, they are not giving up.
“They know they have to make full use of their lives because it has been gifted to them by God,” said the father.