AN elected representative and former state executive councillor, Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon has given out countless awards.
But none of his previous experiences could compare to the 2013 SMJK Sam Tet Graduation Day for Form Five and Upper Six students where he personally handed over the Tokoh Pelajar Award to his son, Song Wei.
Smiling from ear to ear, the proud father said it was the best reward for him and his wife.
“I knew he had done well but the Exemplary Student Award was beyond my expectation as there are many good students in this school.
“I am grateful to the school for providing my son with a positive learning environment and the many opportunities for him to excel.
“Of course, I would also like to thank my wife who takes on the role of manager since I am always very busy,” said Dr Mah.
Besides getting the top student award, 17-year-old Song Wei also received the Sijil Kepujian Sahsiah Cemerlang.
He was also recognised for his participation in the RHB-The Star Mighty Minds Challenge 2013 whereby he had led his team to becoming champions in the Upper Secondary challenge in both the Perak state and national levels.
“It had been a wonderful experience studying at Sam Tet,” said the young man, who would be pursuing his A-levels.
Each year at the graduation ceremony, hundreds of school leavers are recognised and rewarded for their hard work and efforts in making the school proud.
Principal Lau Swee Mun said the Silver Spoon Award was being introduced at the school for the very first time this year.
“The award is aimed at recognising Sam Tet students who had studied at the school from Year One to Upper Six.
“They are considered rare gems, given that there are about 10% of students who manage to do so,” he said, adding that students were very excited when they were told about the introduction of the award.
One of its recipients, School Monitors Council president Choy Wen Jie, 19, said while he was happy to accept the award, he had mixed feelings about leaving school.
“I’ve studied here all my life. I’m already feeling nostalgic about the place.
“I think many people do not continue on their education to Form Six because it is tough.
“Personally, it has been a real challenging route for me,” shared Wen Jie, who was among 44 students who received the award.
He added that the school’s teachers had helped him to pull through his school life, especially in Form Six.
“They are people whom you can turn to when in doubt of anything, including girls,” he said.