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SPM high achievers from SM Sains Kuala Terengganu in jubilation after the results were announced. A total of 321 students in Terengganu scored A in all subjects taken.— AZMAN GHANI/The Star/Bernama

JOHOR BARU: Two best friends, who have been classmates over the past five years, now have another milestone they’ve achieved together – both scored straight A+’s in their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination.

Lee Shi Nyng and Loo Ying Hui from SMK Infant Jesus Convent here squealed in delight when their headmistress announced their names as the school’s only two straight A+ scorers for SPM 2021.

Shi Nyng said she did not expect to get A+ for all 10 subjects as she found it tough to prepare for the examination.

“Having online classes due to the Covid-19 pandemic meant that I could not communicate with my teachers and classmates face-to-face to discuss problems that arose.

“Luckily I had Ying Hui to always refer to, as Mathematics is her strong suit and I always looked to her for guidance after our online classes,” said the 18-year-old when met at the school.

As for Ying Hui, hearing her name being announced right after Lee’s was a sweet surprise as she had never obtained straight A+’s in her previous examinations.

“It felt like our hard work paid off as we never failed to go over our notes together after class to ensure the lesson remained fresh in our minds,” she said.

Ying Hui, who was surprised at her name being announced after Shi Nyng’s, said being classmates and best friends since Form One also played a part in their success.

The two friends were among the 30 candidates statewide who scored straight A+’s in the SPM 2021 exams.

In Melaka, two SPM top-scorers received congratulatory messages from Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali.

He congratulated Lim Yuan Pei from SMK Gajah Berang who got 10A+s, and Ian George Taye Cheng Ean from SMK St. Francis who obtained 9A+s.

“Uncle (Sulaiman) is very proud of all the SPM high-achievers in the state,” he said in a Facebook post.

In Kota Kinabalu, Sabah’s top SPM achiever Ahmad Nabil Abidin managed to score 12As despite seeing his father suffer from a stroke just before his examination.

“I want to treat and find a cure for my father.

“I’ve decided to become a neurologist,” the SMK Agama Kota Kinabalu student said.

In Kuching, Hong Yong Kai planned a study timetable that he followed strictly.

The SMK Green Road student emerged as Sarawak’s top student with 11 A+s.

He found the exam tougher than expected, especially for English and Mathematics.

“I didn’t really expect to get straight A+s because the SPM was hard.

“So I set a study timetable for myself and I followed it as strictly as I could,” he said after receiving his result slip from state education director Datuk Dr Azhar Ahmad.

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