PENANG: When Yeoh Kok Soon turned blind six years ago, his whole world collapsed.
I felt extremely sad because I was afraid my dreams and aspirations would be shattered.
But then, I realised that there were many blind people out there in the world who could be as successful as a sighted person, said the lanky 20-year-old who scored 8As in the SPM examinations.
Yeoh, who suffers from a congenital disease, lost his sight gradually and became blind when he was 14 years old.
The SMK Zainul Abidin student scored six 1As in Mathematics, Science, Additional Mathematics, Commerce, Principles of Accounts and Moral Education. He obtained two 2As in Bahasa Melayu and History. He scored a 5C in his English paper.
Yeoh said he consistently put in between three to four hours of revision daily and packed in longer hours nearer the examination date.
He said his teachers at the schools integrated programme for the blind, which was introduced in 1982, were his source of inspiration.
Besides his excellent results, he has also proved to be an active sportsman, doing his school and the nation proud by winning the gold in the 400m athletics event in the Paralympic SEA Games in 2001.
He aims to continue his Form Six studies in Kuala Lumpur and then enter a local university to achieve his ambition of becoming a teacher.
Yeohs friend and the schools second best student Amir Teh Husin Teh, 18, who is partially blind, scored 4As in the examination.
Amir, whose secret is to study smart, said he had never allowed his disability to deter his fighting spirit in any way.
He obtained 1As in Islamic Studies, Science and Commerce and a 2A in Bahasa Melayu.
Also a keen sportsman, Amir won two silver medals in the 800m and 4x400m relay athletics events in the Paralympiad Games in Kuala Lumpur in 2000.
He hopes to operate a computer business once he completes his studies.
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