KUALA LUMPUR: She has a string of awards and achievements from co-curricular activities, she helps coach at an orphanage and she has just shown that shes a master of all subjects by scoring 16 As in her SPM exam.
Yap Sui Lin created history yesterday by beating last years top SPM student Ong Jin Hock who scored 13 1As she scored 1As in all the subjects she took except for Bahasa Melayu, for which she obtained 2A.
The SM (P) Kuen Cheng Science students 15 1As came from English, Chinese, Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Moral Education, History, Art, English Literature, Commerce, Economics, Accounting and English 1119.
I prayed for the best but was prepared for the worst in order not to be too disappointed, said Sui Lin, who was congratulated by teachers and friends on her excellent results even before she received her result slip yesterday, accompanied by her equally ecstatic mother.
Asked why she opted for so many subjects, she said: I aspire to be a financial engineer, a profession which demands a combination of knowledge in both science and commerce, so I decided to take the arts subjects as well.
Sui Lin, who is currently pursuing her Senior Middle Three and a part-time Certificate in Information Technology, said she learnt the Science subjects during school hours.
On her own initiative, she stayed back in school to obtain coaching for the Arts subjects.
I would do exercises and get my teachers to correct them. Apart from that, I also attended tuition classes for these subjects, she said, adding that it was not a difficult task to stay focused as she had strong interest in all the subjects.
Books are not her only passion, though. Among others, Sui Lin represented the country in the Kumon Japanese Exchange Programme and was the first violinist with the PJ Youth Symphony Orchestra.
I dont have a very systematic timetable although I make sure my work is done before I indulge in other activities and hobbies, she added.
However, Sui Lin never skips her daily 30-minute run at her school field before going for classes.
It keeps me healthy and helps me concentrate on my studies, said the lass who is also active in sports.
She attributes her success to her parents and the values they instilled in her from a young age.
They placed a lot of emphasis on education as it is the best investment for an individual. It is something no one can take away from you, added Sui Lin, who was 10 when her father died of a heart attack.
I wish he was here today as he would be really proud of his junior, she said.
Her mother, Dr Gan Lay Chin, left her job as a geologist after her husbands death and devoted her time to looking after Sui Lin, living off her husbands pension (he had served with Jabatan Telekom for 21 years).
My sole job has been to bring her up to become a wholesome person with good moral values by giving her all the love she needs, said Dr Gan.
However, she is very independent and makes her own decisions and I do not pressure or pamper her.
Sui Lin spends Friday nights at Rumah Hope, an orphanage, to help students in their studies.
Sui Lin has not only managed to touch the lives of those in need but also positively influenced her peers.
Shes our role model and inspires us to work hard to achieve success, said Wong Chee Ling, who has known Sui Lin for six years.
To pursue her ambition, Sui Lin hopes to obtain a scholarship to further her studies abroad.
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