If there was a “Best Son” award, it would definitely go to 23-year-old, Muhammad Afiq Ismail!
(WARNING: This heartwarming story may cause you to tear!)
While he was pursuing his degree studies in the United Kingdom, Afiq worked as a cleaner on a part-time basis at the University of Essex. Every week, he worked for about 20 hours to gain extra cash. However, the money he gained from the job was put aside for his parents.
He saved the money to make it possible for them to attend his convocation in the UK. (Wait, there’s more!)
Despite juggling his part-time job and studying, Afiq managed to secure a First Class Honours degree in accounting and finance from the University of Essex.
His inspiring story touched the hearts of many Netizens, including the Malaysian Ruler, Sultan Abdullah who took the opportunity to extend his congratulations to Afiq in His Majesty’s statement.
“His Majesty was touched after reading Afiq’s story that appeared in the Malay Mail and was moved by his sheer hard work and dedication.”
“The King is also very impressed by Afiq’s respect and devotion towards his parents and admires the sacrifices that his parents made to get him to this level of success. The story of Afiq and his parents should be an inspiration to all.”
Afiq, a Kelantan native, grew up in hardship. His father worked in a palm oil farm and herded goats. His parents had to work hard to send Afiq to a private boarding school requiring a monthly tuition fee of RM300 while also having to care for his disabled brother.
Given his excellent SPM results (he obtained 10 As and a B), he was offered a scholarship by the Public Service Department (JPA) to study abroad in the UK.
According to the Malay Mail, Afiq is currently preparing to return home and embark on his professional career at an audit firm in due time.
Congratulations, Afiq! You are definitely an inspiration to many young people out there!
Featured image sourced from The Malay Mail