Ahar proves visually imparied not an obstacle to earn a degree


KOTA KINABALU: Being born visually impaired does not stop a Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) student from graduating with a Social Science Bachelor’s degree recently.

Ahar Tabe, who is from Tawau, graduated with honours for the Sociology and Social Anthropology subject, and received his scroll together with other graduates in the UMS 23rd convocation held over the weekend.

He admitted that while there were challenges and difficulties for him due to his disability, it did not stop him from achieving his dreams.

“But this also gives me an opportunity to get creative to solve the problems I face during my studies and even in my everyday life,” said the fifth of seven siblings.

Ahar said the availability of technologies and OKU-friendly facilities helped people like him go about easier.

He also explained how studying in UMS was right for him as the university provided transport for the disabled, as well as other facilities for them.

For instance, he said the university recently set up an OKU management centre where the disabled or differently-abled students can get the assistance and support needed, depending on what was available.

“I am happy that I am able to reach this far in my academics and in life, thanks to all the support from my family, friends, as well as the community and the university,” he said.

Ahar is now undergoing a six-month internship as a consultant with a local company and hopes to secure a permanent position.

To those born with limitations, Ahar told them not to ever give up.

“Do not ever give up on yourself and your dreams because regardless of your limitations, you can actually achieve more than you think if you have faith and work hard,” he said.

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