FORMER National Service programmedodger Ahmad Harizal Ahmad Fauzie is achanged person after his three-month stintat the Tasoh Beseri Camp.
His mother Nooraini Said, 50, (right) saidhe could not communicate well before heattended the programme in September.
“He can now communicate better withfamily members, friends and outsiders,” shesaid.
“I am happy that he gained a lot ofknowledge while at the camp, and also atthe Malaysian Building Academy in Jitra,Kedah where he is pursuing his certificatecourse,” she said during an interview at herfather’s house in Taman Teratai in BohorLateh, Kangar, recently.
The 19-year-old, who worked in padifields to help his divorced mothermake ends meet, had to spend a nightin a police lockup when he could notpay the RM600 fine imposed by amagistrate’s court for skipping NStraining.
Mentri Besar Datuk SeriShahidan Kassim came to his rescueby paying the fine for him.
On Shahidan’s recommendation,Ahmad Harizal who made headlinesin May was accepted into the academy.
The academy’s chief operating officerZainal Abidin Ishak had assured the boy of ajob after he completes his studies in March.
Nooraini and her four sons have beenstaying in her father’s house since Dec 18after her house in Kampung Titi Serong inKayang was flooded up to waist-level.
Ahmad Harizal said he was looking forwardto completing his studies and earningan income for the family.
“The academy will reopen in January, andby March I will complete my studies. I hopeto get a job soon to help my family,” said theteen shyly.
Ahmad Harizal said his mother had to sellkuih and work as an assistant helper at a pre-school to make ends meet.