Disability not a barrier

Proud moment: Kenzon showing his SPM result slip at SMK Georgetown.

GEORGE TOWN: Despite his disability, visually impaired Kenzon Yeoh emerged top scorer from among 114 candidates at SMK Georgetown in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination.

He scored 5A+ in Bahasa Melayu, English, History, Science and Commerce and 2A- in Moral Studies and Mathematics.

The 18-year-old, who was born blind, plans to study Computer Science so that he can develop software to help the blind and deaf.

“I want to become a computer programmer after I took part in the annual information tech­nology camps six years ago.

“My ambition at first was to be an inventor, but I realised it would be impossible as I would not be able to do so physically.

“That’s when I decided to learn programming. It’s something that interests me,” he said when met at the school yesterday.

Kenzon, the youngest of three siblings, said he would study daily with calm music in the background to help him concentrate better.

“My friends and I would also conduct conference calls via Skype when we study.

“I am so grateful to all those who have helped me; my family, schoolteachers and the instructors at St Nicholas Home Penang.”

Kenzon also said he idolised several notable figures including Stephen Hawking, Thomas Edison and Helen Keller, just to name a few.

Accompanying him at the school was his father Yeoh Chin Yeau, 56, and mother Thee Suh Pyng, a 53-year-old housewife.

Chin Yeau, a businessman, said they stay in Bukit Mertajam and he would drive for 45 minutes to send his son to school on the island.

“My son said he wanted to study at SMK Georgetown as he has friends in that school,” said Chin Yeau, who beamed with pride upon learning of his son’s achievement.

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