Double joy for competitive twins


Son How (left) and Sin Hong spurred each other to achieve their goals while studying at UM.

Universiti Malaya (UM) marked its 59th convocation ceremony with 6,562 graduates receiving their scrolls.

Among them were Tan Sin Hong who graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree along with his twin brother Tan Sin How who received his Bachelor of Accounting.

“My brother and I were always put in the same class from primary school until matriculation. This was actually our first time apart, walking our own path, ” said Sin Hong.

Although it was challenging at first, he credited his friends for their help.

“It was difficult for both of us because we were so used to relying on each other. Back then, everything we did, we made it into a competition.

“We always compete with each other in every aspect, be it academics or other pursuits. When we both decided to pursue different fields, we lost our motivation to strive hard like we used to.

“That was when we decided to compete and challenge each other, not in the same field and activities, but in achieving our goals in life, ” said Son How who is planning to study for professional qualifications while his brother has just received an offer to pursue his master’s in Industrial Engineering at Chonbuk National University in South Korea.

Elisha Mohd Fadzil, who graduated with a double degree in French Language and Linguistics from UM as well as Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, shared her plans after graduation.

“I plan to further my studies to PhD level because learning for me is interesting and mentally stimulating.

“I used to study architecture but I changed courses as I firmly believe that if learning stops being fun then something is wrong somewhere, ” she added.

Elisha said her father, who is Universiti Malaysia Sarawak deputy vice-chancellor Professor Mohd Fadzil Rahman, and mother allowed her to pursue her passion.

UM pro-chancellor Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib advised the graduates to prepare themselves for the journey ahead.

“University graduates are important assets for they can bring about impactful changes in the country’s development.

“As the future leaders of Malaysia, be patriotic and positive. This success is not your own, be thankful to your parents who helped you along the way, ” he said, in encouraging graduates to develop their full potential.

UM, which is the country’s oldest university, ranked 70 in the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings 2020.

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