Zambry: Leave whiz kid alone

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  • Sunday, 27 Nov 2005

IPOH: Certain quarters were out to take advantage of maths whiz kid Adi Putra Abdul Ghani, said Perak executive councillor Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir. 

Declining to name them, Dr Zambry said these people must stop treating the gifted boy like a “celebrity or commodity.” 

“We are aware of certain quarters trying to use Adi Putra for their own purposes.  

“We are very concerned over this unhealthy development and will advise his parents to not fall for any offers made to them,” he told reporters after opening a Transfer of Technology seminar and exhibition on palm oil-based industry here yesterday. 

MATHS WHIZ: Adi Putra giving the thumbs-up as he sits in the midst of all the certificates he has earned for his maths skills. — STARpic by MUSTAFA AHMAD

Six-year-old Adi Putra, who has the ability to solve Form Five maths problems, has hogged the media headlines after his capabilities were highlighted last week.  

Dr Zamby, who is state Education, Human Resources and Multimedia Committee chairman, said it was vital to ensure that Adi Putra was not “over-exposed to unnecessary publicity.” 

The boy, he said, was too young to understand all the attention lavished on him and this might put pressure on him.  

“What is more important is to help Adi Putra have a formal education so that he can further excel,” he said, adding that the final decision on what was good for Adi Putra’s future was in the hands of his parents. 

He added that he had met Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein recently to discuss Adi Putra’s education.  

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