Malay teen among 500 new students


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 27 May 2003

BY KAREN CHAPMAN

PETALING JAYA: Nineteen-year-old Noraihan Afifuddin speaks Chinese with her siblings, besides Malay and English. 

“I think our family is unique as we would converse in these three languages,” said the bubbly teenager, who was among 500 students who registered at the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) here yesterday. 

The former Kuen Cheng Girls School student, who completed the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) last year, would be studying accounting. 

“Although all my six siblings also studied in a Chinese school, I was the only one who studied in a Chinese secondary school,” said the first-year student. 

FRESHIE: Noraihan, who speaks Malay, English and Chinese with her six siblings, registered at Utar Monday for an accounting degree.

Noraihan, who worked as a secretary while waiting for her results, said she used to practise speaking Chinese with her brothers and sisters at home. 

Utar freshmen and returning students started registering since Thursday. Briefings by the various faculties and departments were also held while students got to know each other through various activities. 

Fellow student, Nurulhuda Kassim, 21, who registered for a communications degree in public relations, said she opted for Utar as her best friend was also studying here. 

“I also want to prove to myself that I can survive here on my own,” said the eldest of five siblings from Batu Pahat, Johor. 

Shashi Rekha, 22, travelled from Rawang to register for a degree in business administration. 

“I have a diploma in business administration so I will discuss with Utar to see if I can go straight into the second year of the degree course,” she said. 

Childhood friends N. Kuganeshwari and V. Jayanthi would both be studying accounting at Utar. 

“We have known each other since we were children as our parents are good friends. We travelled from Penang together and will be sharing a room too,” said Kuganeshwari, 21. 

Business information systems student Tan Yen Teng, 21, arrived in Kuala Lumpur early yesterday from Alor Star for the registration. 

“I want to do this course as my ambition is to help manage my father’s business,” she said, adding that she would be sharing an apartment with friends. 

An interest in working with people has led Lim Tsuey Yng to leave her family in Changlun, Kedah, to study public relations. 

“I am looking forward to the start of term,” said the 21-year-old. 

Utar president Datuk Dr Ng Lay Swee, in her welcoming address, urged the students to make the most of their time at the university. 

“You are here to attain a high quality degree so you must not lose sight of your goals. At the same time, I encourage you to participate in the many activities organised at the campus so you will have a rewarding experience,” she said.  

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