Kelantan Boy Was A Part-Time Cleaner For Years So His Parents Could Be At His UK Grad
"My mother and father have never been on an airplane. I wanted to pay for their tickets as a gift for everything they've done for me."
The story of a student's sacrifice so that his parents in Kelantan could attend his UK graduation is warming hearts all over the Internet
The post revealed that Afiq's father, who worked in a palm oil farm and herded goats in Kuala Krai, wanted to change their family's fate
While he and his wife took care of Afiq's disabled brother, they also worked odd jobs to send him to a private boarding school requiring a monthly fee of RM300.
However, with poor PMR results, the boy was forced to leave the school.
He moved to another school, where he took up Accounting and "realised an interest in numbers".
"When I got 9A's on my SPM trials, everyone looked at me. I did not look back," Afiq said
"By the grace of God, I got 10A's and a B for my SPM," he added.
The boy was offered a scholarship by Public Service Department (JPA) to study in the UK.
Afiq's father slaughtered a cow and a goat for their village to feast on upon finding out that his son would be studying abroad at the University of Essex.
The 23-year-old noted that this was a feat no other villager had achieved, and his parents did not even speak English.
Despite making it across the pond, Afiq was determined to keep working hard for his parents.
Throughout his three-year course, he worked part-time as a cleaner so they could eventually fly to the UK for his graduation.
According to the Facebook post, he recently obtained First Class Honours in Accounting and Finance, and bought flight tickets for his parents to watch him graduate.
"My mother and father have never been on an airplane. I wanted to pay for their tickets as a gift for everything they’ve done for me, for helping me finish my studies," he said.
"My whole life, I’ve only wanted to give them the best. Not just a degree, but the valuable experience of watching their kid receiving the degree. I knew I wanted to be with my parents during that time," he added.
What a remarkable achievement, Afiq! Keep making your family proud. <3