Handicap no barrier for Ng

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 03 Aug 2003

SUBANG JAYA: Performing before a packed hall at Sedaya International College's graduation ceremony, visually-impaired Colin Ng Soon Beng awed the audience with his piano recital.  

“Ng is no different from his peers. He completed his Diploma in Contemporary Music course within the stipulated two years and was given no special treatment when it came to the awarding of grades,” said his proud mother, Janet Ooi Ting Chin. 

Nineteen-year-old Ng, who was born with multiple sclerosis, was given a standing ovation by his peers, college staff and guests at yesterday's event, who were obviously proud of his achievement. 

Ooi added that Ng's immediately plan is to take a break from studying before sourcing for options to further his music education. 

VIRTUOSO PERFORMANCE: Colin Ng performing a piano recital during Sedaya College's graduation ceremony, accomapnied by fellow student Eunice Loo.

“Due to his medical condition, Ng is unable to go overseas to study and is thus looking for opportunities to obtain a degree locally,” she said. 

“We are all very proud of him. Of course, at first my college staff was a little sceptical about admitting Ng as we did not have the proper facilities to cope with his needs. 

“But thanks to support from his friends and family, we managed to help him the best we could,” Sedaya's chief executive officer and president Peter Ng said. 

Colin Ng, who was also a Star Education Fund scholar, was among 436 graduating students who received their scrolls yesterday at the college's 16th convocation ceremony. 

In his speech, Peter Ng advised students to never stop learning as “what was learnt in the past few years would not be sufficient for the rest of one's life”. 

“Therefore, education should never end at convocation,” he said.  

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