A delivery rider in Pahang recently garnered the attention of netizens after completing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme
The man noted that he started working as a food delivery rider about a year ago and obtained his PhD in Pharmaceutical Technology from Universiti Malaysia Pahang
The 36-year-old from Selangor told Kosmo!, "I've been working as a rider full-time since the start of the Movement Control Order (MCO) and this job has taught me a lot about soft skills, ways to communicate, as well as helping me to develop patience and time management skills."
"Usually in the morning I would use my time to work and in the evening I will finish writing my thesis. If there are tasks that require me to be present at the university, I would take leave. So far, Alhamdulillah, Allah has eased everything for me."
Mohd Akmal also said that working as a rider is his main source of income and he struggled with balancing his time and energy.
The father of five explained to SAYS that his thesis analyses the use of probiotic products in tablet form that have a tolerance against acid in the stomach
The topic was chosen after a discussion with his supervisor and he also has a deep interest in the field.
In the end, his research amounted to roughly 150 pages.
His success even caught the attention of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Regent of Pahang who invited him to Istana Abdulaziz
The House of Pahang official Facebook page uploaded photos of Mohd Akmal alongside Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah.
The palace noted that as a sign of appreciation for his hard work, the royal family congratulated Mohd Akmal and granted him a donation.
Mohd Akmal told SAYS that during their meeting, Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah gave him words of encouragement and prayed for his success.
A foodpanda rider previously went viral after a friend uploaded a video of him attending an online class while at work: