Ten students in Sabah get straight As in SPM
KOTA KINABALU: Ten students in Sabah achieved straight As in at least nine subjects when the results of the 2016 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations were announced yesterday.
The top scorers are Gan Min Hong of SMK Agaseh Lahad Datu with 8A+, 3A, Aerissa Hui Yan Yue of SMK Sung Siew Sandakan with 7A+, 2A, 2A-, Kou Tzer Shawn of SM Lok Yuk with 7A+, 2A, 1A-, Shuyi Wong of SM All Saints Kota Kinabalu with 7A+, 2A and Linus Kou of SM Tinggi Kota Kinabalu (7A+, 2A).
The other five are Nur Syafiqah Abdul Rahman of SMK St. Patrick Tawau with 6A+,4A, Mohd Syafiz Qayyum Jamihil of SMK Tawau with 6A+,4A, Myson Peter Junior Libamin of SM All Saints Kota Kinabalu with 6A+,4A) Bredeca Esther Anthony of SMK Tamparuli with 6A+,4A and Abigal Ashwini Murali of SMK Balung Tawau with 6A+, 3A,1A-.
Gan Min Hong is understandably happy but admits she never expected to be among the top SPM students in Sabah. “My target was to get all As in the 11 subjects that I sat for but never did I imagine becoming a top student,” said the aspiring dentist.
The third of four children, Gan looks up to her two elder sisters as role models because both of them also achieved 12As and 11As for their SPM examinations.
Gan’s study tips are to study in groups, revise her subjects regularly at home and to pay close attention in class. Mohd Syafiz Qayyum Jamihil attributes the top scorers of previous years as his inspiration to aim high.
“Every year I see the SPM top scorers aired on TV and in the newspapers which inspired me to aim to be like them too. But getting my results today is still like a dream for me, to be among the top SPM students in Sabah.
“I am happy because all my hardwork has not been wasted. Nothing is impossible if we work hard and my success is not mine alone but my teachers, my parents and my friends who have constantly supported and encouraged me,” he said.
Mohd Syafiz prefers to study between 2am to 5am when all is quiet and there are no interruptions. “I like to share and often act as ‘teacher; when studying with friends. It’s a good way to study because it helps me to understand the subject better and remember what I’ve learned,” he added.
He plans to pursue his studies in engineering in Japan as he admires the country’s high regard for discipline. An all-rounder, Mohd Syafiz is also active in sports and uniformed bodies.
“There must be a balance between academics and sports so we remain active and excel in whatever we venture,” he said.
by MARRYAN RAZAN