Pelajar palsi serebrum Hashim Mohamad merupakan salah seorang pelajar kurang upaya yang menerima Anugerah Pelajar Cemerlang STPM bagi tahun 2008. Berikut ialah berita tentangnya.
The Star Online - Wednesday March 11, 2009
Four special students among 12 top scorers honoured
By PRIYA KULASAGARAN
KUALA LUMPUR: Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) special top scorer Hashim Mohamad was in a state of disbelief when his examination results were announced.
The bubbly 20-year-old, who suffers from spastic cerebral palsy, scored 3As and 1B to emerge as top special student in the spastic category.
He was among 12 top scorers honoured at the STPM results announcement ceremony held here yesterday. Four were special students.
Each received a certificate, plaque as well as a cheque for RM1,000.
Hashim said he owed his success to the teachers, workers and fellow students of SMK Kuala Krai in Kelantan.
“But my biggest idols are my parents,” he said. “My father is a humble rubber tapper who worked hard to look after our family and ensure that his children do well in life.”
Two of Hashim’s elder sisters are engineers, while another is currently studying medicine in the Czech Republic.
Fellow special top scorer Nur Aisyatul Radiah Alidaniah said her vision started failing just before her Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) examinations in 2006.
However, she went on to be named the special top scorer for that year in her home state of Sabah.
Nur Aisyatul, who aspires to be a teacher, only learnt to read Braille at the age of 16 and had to approach each subject as if it were written in a different language.
“I never saw myself as disabled – I just had to do more work to keep up with those who can see,” she said.
Her mother, Halimah Othman, 43, said that she never gave her daughter special treatment and encouraged her to work hard.
Malaysian Examinations Council chairman Tan Sri Prof Dzulkifli Abdul Razak said about 20 special students sat for the STPM examinations last year.
Among them were students who have low vision, are deaf, spastic and blind.
Meanwhile, former deputy head prefect of SMK Datuk Patinggi Haji Abul Gapor, Kuching, Nicholas Sim Keyi, was quite sure that he would be able to obtain five As.
“I attended tuition for all the subjects as I wanted to reinforce what I had learnt in school,” he said.
A former Interact Club president, Nicholas said he had applied to study at Cambridge University in Britain.
“I have received an offer to do medicine and hope to be able to obtain a scholarship to do so,” he said.
Former SMK Tun Dr Ismail, Muar, student Lim Chew Sia said she was shocked to be the top scorer in the rural category, as she was not sure if she did well in the examinations.
“Initially, I just hoped that I would do well enough to secure a place to do business studies in Universiti Malaya,” said the 20-year-old who scored five As.
Ikuti catatan seterusnya bertajuk Kami di Institut Pengajian Tinggi pada 6 November 2011