BEING blind in the right eye did not deter 17-year-old Neoh Xin Er from doing well in her studies and becoming the best student in SMK (P) St George in Penang.
For her efforts, she received a TYT Special Award during the school’s Achievement Award ceremony.
Xin Er, who lost her eyesight due to retinal detachment in 2012, was determined to perform well in whatever she did.
She hoped to further her studies in the London School of Economics and become a business psychologist.
“I always think that there are blessings in every misfortune that comes upon us and how we deal with it is what’s important,” she said.
Xin Er also sang the popular song ‘You Raise Me Up’ at the recent ceremony.
She has bagged several awards for her singing and writing apart from representing the country in the Future News Junior Journalism Conference in Glasgow this year.
“As her parents, we want her to util-
ise her abilities to the max and we support
her in whatever she wants to do or be
in the future,” said her father Cheng San, 53.
Xin Er also received awards for being the top in her class and the best student in English and Chemistry.
The Toh Puan Special Award, which focused on community services and academic excellence, went to P. Aishnawy.
She is the daughter of former Penang municipal councillor Prem Anand.
The 17-year-old girl is active in volunteer work and has represented the school in the ‘Outreach Project in Myanmar 2014’ and ‘Community Development and Leadership Summit 2013’ in New Delhi.
Wanting to follow her sister’s footsteps in the medical field, Aishnawy aspired to be one of the volunteer doctors in Africa or the war zones in the Middle East.
“I always encourage my daughters to do volunteer work.
“And I’m glad that they are enjoying it as much as I do,” said Aishnawy’s mother K. Dasirani, 47.
Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas and his consort Toh Puan Majimor Shariff gave away the awards.
Other students who excelled in their studies and co-curricular activities were also rewarded too.