SERI KEMBANGAN: A determined and hardworking Nor Faiza Rosidin, 20, is now one step closer to making a change in the orang asli community.
“I want to be an inspiration to other orang asli, especially all my younger siblings, so that we can be successful,” said the STPM graduate from SMK Abu Bakar, Temerloh, Pahang, who emerged as the best student under the orang asli category for STPM 2018 with a CGPA score of 3.83.
The eldest of five children born to rubber tapper parents, Nor Faiza from the Semelai tribe, said she wanted to show people that orang asli are also capable individuals.
“I want to be successful so that people won’t look down on me. It is not impossible to achieve your goal.
“It may be difficult, but if you work hard towards it you can make it happen,” she said after thanking supportive teachers, parents and friends.
She hopes to enrol into Universiti Malaya and major in education, particularly in the field of special education.
Dhivya Janani Mariappan, 20, has seen her parents struggle as rubber tappers.
Using them as her motivation and drive to strive for a better life, Divya burnt the midnight oil and scored a CGPA 4.0.
She was one of 10 students across the country who emerged as best students for STPM 2018.
“I feel really proud.
“My parents have never left Kelantan but here they are today to watch me receive my award from the Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik himself,” said the SMK Dato’ Mahmud Paduka Raja (1), Tanah Merah, Kelantan student.
Dhivya aspires to become an accountant, and plans to apply to get into Universiti Malaya.
Connie Ong Hui May, 20, who is spastic, did not expect that she would emerge as the best student under the STPM 2018 special student category.
The graduate from SMK Oya, Sarawak, who lost her ability to walk when she was 10, said she was thankful to her friends and teachers who helped her through tough times.
“My teachers always made sure I was able to catch up with lessons, while my friends would help me get some classes located in places that are not accessible to me because I’m in a wheelchair,” said the art stream student whose mother passed away some years ago due to cancer.
“My father played a big role. He always finds time to drive me to and from school every day,” she said of her father who works as a van driver.
She said her secret to scoring a CGPA of 4.0 was to understand the syllabus thoroughly.
“Don’t memorise, it is better to understand. Towards exam time, I would study harder and understand the whole textbook – not leaving out a single detail,” she said, adding her motivation to study was her dream of enrolling into Cambridge University someday.
For the first time, the Malaysian Examination Council awarded recognition to five students from the B40 (low-income) category.
Muhammad Amin Mohd Rosdi from SMK Baling, Kedah said the recognition will motivate more students from the B40 category to study harder.
“I focused during lessons, I believe this is key in understanding your lessons.
“Time management is also important because you need to de-stress after revising,” said Amin, who did odd jobs while studying.
His father is a rubber tapper while his mother is a housewife.
Amin, 20, obtained a CGPA of 4.0 and aspires to become a lawyer.