Cerebral palsy teen aims to be a lawyer

KOTA KINABALU: Teenager Mohd Amirul Asyraf Asri has cerebral palsy and cannot even hold a pen.

But the disability has not stopped him from excelling academically he is now studying matriculation in Labuan.

He was one of the three disabled students to receive the Shell Educational Excellence Awards here yesterday.

Thirty-four Sabah students were presented with the bursaries totalling some RM3.5mil.

Mohd Amirul is now doing his diploma in bio-physics at Kolej Matrikulasi Labuan but hopes to continue his education in law at UiTM after completing the diploma course.

The former Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Madai, Kunak student uses a laptop for his studies and examinations as he is unable to write.

His schoolmates, said Mohd Amirul, were true friends as they helped him to get from class to class, and even fed him during meal times.

His father Mohd Asri Alian said the eldest of five children had consistently done well in school.

Mohd Amirul had scored 3As, 3Bs and 3Cs in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination last year.

Mohd Asri and his wife Halipah Bachok said they had always encouraged their son to rise above his disability.

Shell Malaysia chairman Anuar Taib said the company was awarding 400 bursaries and 100 scholarships worth RM11mil nationwide this year.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai handed out the scholarships on behalf of Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman.