JOHOR BARU: Chin Kee Hua is going to miss his family and Malaysian food when he leaves to further his studies at China’s Harbin Institute of Technology next week.
The former science stream student from SMK Taman Daya said he was quite excited to start a new life as a student in a foreign land.
“Nowadays, distance in not an issue any more as I can keep in touch with my family and friends via social media apps,’’ Chin said after receiving the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) Johor Excellence Awards at Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar here.
Chin, who scored 11As in last year’s SPM, said he will take up a finance course at the institute there instead of science as he wanted to do something different.
While waiting for his results, Chin worked at SJK(C) Pandan near here as a temporary teacher for two months, teaching science subjects.
Another award recipient Nur Ain Fatihah Kamarul Azmi, who scored 12As, wants to follow in her father’s footsteps.
He is a lecturer at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
The former student of SMK Agama Johor Baru said she planned to further her studies either at the International Islamic University of Malaysia or the United Kingdom.
“I did not expect to score in accounts as I was struggling with it in school and only obtained a C in the trial examination,’’ said Nur Ain, adding that her parents then engaged a tutor to coach her in the subject.
Special needs student Mohamad Danial Fitri Johari, from SMK Pasir Gudang, said he wanted to become a teacher and help students with eyesight problems.
Mohamad Danial, who scored 6As in the exam, said he was grateful for the help given by his former classmates.
“They used to take notes for me during lessons.
“My eyesight is very poor and although I was sitting in the front row of the class, the writing on the white board was blur,’’ he said.
Earlier, Johor Education Department deputy director Azman Adnan said the number of SPM candidates in the state who scored Grade A in all subjects dropped from 1,045 in 2017 to 940 last year.
He said 52,418 candidates sat for SPM in Johor last year, and 55,672 in 2017.