KOTA KINABALU: A teenager who won gold medals for the country at an international sports event is an inspiration to her peers.
State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor said 17-year-old Felicia Mikat, who is visually impaired, had shown that with grit and determination, anything is possible.
Felicia, a native of the interior Tambunan district, shot to fame when she clinched three gold medals for the nation at the 8th Asean Para Games in Singapore.
“Felicia is the best example of where there is a will, there is a way,” he said during a function at SMK Badin in Tuaran.
Felicia is among 34 special education students at the secondary school located about 35km from Kota Kinabalu.
Hajiji said other able bodied youths could excel like Felicia by striving to be the best in whatever they do. In the games held in December, Felicia won the 100m, 200m and 400m sprint events.
It was both an early Christmas and birthday present for her as she turned 17 in January.
Felicia has since won several accolades and awards including RM40,000 from the Malaysian Sports Council.
She was also named Puteri Malaysia Pendidikan Khas.
At the function, Hajiji installed Felicia as Personaliti Badin, witnessed by super principal Lim Lai Hong and District Education Officer Tah Nia Jaman, who is a former principal of the school.
Also present were Parent-Teacher Association chairman Noorzain Tawi and Tuaran OCPD DSP Abd Fuad Abd Malek.
Hajiji, who is an old boy of SMK Badin, also congratulated the teachers, parents and students for scoring 100% passes in the 2015 Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM).
He noted that the school has also won several awards not just at the state-level but also nationally.