It is truly inspiring and heart-warming to see 65-year-old Salman Ahmad from Negeri Sembilan among the 16,554 candidates sitting for the ongoing Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations.
Determined to prove that age was no barrier in pursuit of education, Salman said he wanted also to set an example and be a motivation to his grandchildren.
Salman retired in 2012 and was the former deputy director of Tourism Malaysia. He first took the Malaysia Certificate of Education (MCE) examination in 1973 when all subjects were in English.
After that, he continued to pursue his studies at Institut Teknologi Mara in Public Administration.
Speaking to the media after sitting for the English Paper 1 at SMK King George v, he said he received plenty of support and encouragement from his family.
“As the saying goes – you’re never too old to learn, there is no end to it – from the cradle to the grave,” he said.
He said he bought revision books last year and his younger brother, who was a teacher, guided him, while he also got some help from online learning.
He will be sitting for the Bahasa Melayu, English, and History papers and intends to take the other subjects next year if he gets excellent results in this exam.
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