Ng Mei Yin of Perak Girls School (PGS) is diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), also known as brittle bone disease, but it did not stop her from acing her SPM examination.
The 18-year-old obtained 5As in the SPM examination last year, and was acknowledged during the school’s excellence-award presentation ceremony at the Leong Wan Chin Hall on Friday, April 14.
Mei Yin, the youngest of three children, was born with crooked limbs and could not walk since birth. Her mother, Low Choi Sin, 52, left her job as a waitress to take care of her daughter.
Due to her handicap, Mei Yin found it rather challenging to cope at school, especially when she had to travel between floors, as there were no lifts. According to her, she was avoided by some of her schoolmates as they did not understand her condition and felt that she was too dependent on them. She even thought of quitting school once, but thanks to her mother’s encouragement, she persevered to the end.
Mei Yin said that her results were totally unexpected.
“Honestly, I didn’t think I’d be able to secure any As,” said Mei Yin, who pleasantly surprised herself by obtaining ‘A’ in Science, Mathematics, Moral Studies, Principles of Accounting and Basic Economics.
Apart from her parents, Mei Yin attributed her success to a few of her close friends who helped and tutored her in Science.
“I’d also like to thank my Principles of Accounting teacher, Puan Suhaila, for encouraging and motivating me to work hard,” Mei Yin told reporters.
Mei Yin has enrolled in an accounting course at Quest International University Perak. She hopes to become an established accountant one day.
PGS boasts an 86.79 per cent pass rate in the SPM examination, and a 67.49 per cent pass rate in the PT3 examination.