MELAKA: State Yang-Di Pertua Tun Dr Mohd Khalil Yaakob has conferred a special award to a graduate for saving his parents during a fire.
Amirul Zarith Zamri received the inaugural “TUAH” award during the 15th convocation ceremony of Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) on Monday (Dec 2).
The 24-year-old who completed his Technology Management and Technopreneur studies at UTeM, had saved his stroke-ridden father Zamri Ipin, 62, and mother Rahimah Idris, 60, when fire broke out at his home at Batu 13, Maran in Pahang.
“I was in the bathroom during the fire. My mother was helpless at that moment and screamed for help,” he said when interviewed on Monday (Dec 2).
Amirul said he rushed from the bathroom, draped with only a towel, to save his parents.
“I just minutes, my whole house was razed, and we lost all our belongings,” he said.
Amirul said the Aug 21 incident caused despair to his parents and six other siblings.
“However, I was determined to complete my education despite the tragedy,” he said.
Amirul achieved a 3.23 CPGA and was among 2,993 graduates who received their scrolls during the event.
He also received a cheque worth RM2,000, a certificate and a medal for his achievement under the special award.
UTeM introduced the award this year to honour students for their extraordinary achievements by evaluating the recipients' commitment in sports and co-curriculum activities.
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