KUCHING: The country's top 8As scorer in the PMR Mohd Akmal Mohd Syafiq Suresh is a voracious reader.
Reading fiction fires up my imagination, and it keeps my mind relaxed. It helps my writing skills, too, said the Yayasan Sarawak-sponsored student, who studies in Sekolah Alam Shah, Putrajaya.
l can finish one book in one go if it is interesting.
Mohd Akmal said his favourite author was J.K. Rowling.
He said his other hobby was listening to music, and he liked local band OAG and Western numbers.
According to him, he was very excited when his counsellor informed him about his performance on Wednesday night.
Mohd Akmals parents, who are teachers in the state, were the first to share his joy.
My parents guided me in my studies from young. In boarding school, my teachers helped me a lot, including at night when we do self-study in a group, he said in a telephone interview from his family home in Kabong, Betong Division.
Mohd Akmal aspires to be a doctor and hopes to study medicine in Britain.
In Putrajaya, school principal Khairil Awang said he was proud that one of the top four students in the country was from Sekolah Alam Shah, a premier all-boys fully residential school.
Mohd Akmal is also active in co-curricular activities like public speaking and choral reading, he said.
The school had plenty of other reasons to cheer yesterday a total of 114 candidates matched Mohd Akmal's feat of scoring straight As in the PMR.
It also maintained its 100% passing rate.