YOUNG Malaysians have done the country proud at the Thailand International Mathematical Olympiad (TIMO) 2019 in Phuket.
Tang Kiat Leng, 10, from SJK (C) Puay Chai 2, and Tan Hong Sheng, 18, from Pei Chun High School bagged two Overall Champion awards in the Grade Four category and Senior Secondary group, respectively.
Kiat Leng, who also won the World Star Trophy and a free entry to TIMO Final 2020 for being the highest scorer, has been participating in Mathematical Olympiads since he was five.
He only dared to hope for a runner-up spot in his category, but was pleasantly surprised.
“I’m very happy as this is my best achievement in an international competition.
“I like Math as it’s about critical and logical thinking.
“I enjoy the problem solving and get great satisfaction from it. I do maths questions daily,” he said, adding that his achievements were the result of motivation and dedicated guidance from his parents and teachers.
Although he didn’t expect to win, Hong Sheng “hoped I was the best participant there”.
He said the award has made him more confident of himself.
“I’ve always believed that hard work pays. This proves it,” he said.
A believer in practice makes perfect, he tries to excel in everything related to Math.
It’s amazing how definitions, formulas, and principles, can bring about a great mathematical system, he said.
A total of 53 students from Malaysia joined the event held on April 6.
Team Malaysia bagged four Gold Awards, five Silver Awards, 17 Bronze Awards, and 27 Merit Awards.
Over 900 students from Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bulgaria, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, and Australia, participated in the international competition.
TIMO is open to those in primary up to A-Levels or Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM).
It’s also open to Malaysian students who have received Gold or Silver awards in other Maths competitions under the SMO (Singapore Maths + Olympiad) education group.