Defying his disability

Muhammad Farid (middle) flanked by his parents, sheds tears of joy after receiving the news of his excellent results in the STPM at SMK Tasek Utara in Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: Muhammad Farid Anuar did not let cerebral palsy (CP) stop him from furthering his studies.

The 21-year-old had a cumulative grade point average of 3.17 in the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM).

He scored an A for History, two Bs for General Studies and Bahasa Malaysia and a B- for Business Studies.

The SMK Tasek Utara student, who is the eldest of four siblings, shared that his 20-year-old younger brother, who is currently pursuing a degree in Universiti Malaysia Sabah was his inspiration.

“I thought to myself, if he could do it (pursue tertiary education), why should I be any different?”

CP is a disorder that affects a person’s muscle tone, movement and motor skills.

Muhammad Farid said he looks up to historians like Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Kim and Ibn Khaldun.

“I love history and would like to write books about the subject as my speaking ability is limited,” said Muhammad Farid who plans to pursue a degree in Universiti Utara Malaysia.

He did not have a strict study schedule.

“I still watched television and visited social media sites but during class I would concentrate fully.”

Perfect scorer Ho Zhong Wei, 20, was all smiles after receiving his results too.

He scored As in General Studies, Mathematics T, Physics and Chemistry.

“I am just glad that after months of burning the midnight oil, my hard work paid off,” said Ho, who studied for six hours daily to prepare for the examination.

Ho hopes to pursue a degree in mathematics and eventually go into banking.

“I want to be successful so I can provide my family with a better life,” said the youngest of two siblings whose father is a farmer and mother a housewife.


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