Muhamad Aidil, Top Scorer In Chinese School Gets Surprise Uni Sponsorship From Businessman

The boy has pledged to study hard.

Cover image via Nik Abdullah Nik Omar/NST

Hard work pays. At least, it did in the case of an 18-year-old boy of a single mother from Pengkalan Chepa in Kota Baru.

The boy scored 9A+, including scoring in the Mandarin subject, for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), emerging as the top student at Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan (SMJK).

Muhamad Aidil Mohd Anis's success at the Chinese school has now earned him a four-year full sponsorship offer from a businessman to enable him to pursue his higher education at the Xiamen University, Malaysia branch in Sepang, Selangor.

The businessman, Gan Leong Piow, said that he was "impressed with the boy's ability to excel in his studies, including the fact that he mastered the Mandarin language"

Gan, who came to know about Muhamad Aidil's plight through a friend who had informed him that an excellent student needed financial support, said he was amazed by the boy's ability to excel and emerge as the top student in a Chinese school.

"That is the main reason I decided to come forward an assist Muhamad Aidil. Such students are a rare breed. He is very talented. I am very confident that he will become a very successful person in the future," Gan was quoted as saying by Bernama.

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Muhamad Aidil, who has so far depended on his mother for support after losing his father three years ago, wants to become a journalist who specialises in business reporting

"I pledge to study hard and repay the faith that everybody has placed on me, especially businessman Gan who has offered to sponsor my studies," he said.

Speaking about his interest in the Mandarin language, Muhamad Aidil said that he was drawn to the Mandarin language when he was in pre-school at the age of six.

"I was initially taught Mandarin by a teacher known as Miss Chong. When I started by studies at the SRJK (C) Chung Cheng primary school and later SMJK Chung Cheng, I was told to be a good student to avoid being transferred to a Kebangsaan school. I took it as a challenge to study hard," he said, adding that he studied hard and through the motivation and inspiration provided by his mother.

Businessman Gan is not only taking care of the boy's expenses at the university but will also pay for his accommodation (RM500 a month) for the duration

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