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Mum is Suhaini’s Inspiration


Diploma in Finance and Islamic Banking student, Suhaini Shamsul Hak, 22, was voted the most outstanding graduate at Politeknik Ungku Omar’s 44th Convocation recently. Suhaini, the youngest of three siblings, obtained an exceptionally high GPA grade of 3.74 in her final semester.

Suhaini Shamsul Hak“I attribute my success to my mother who has single-handedly raised us with the little that she has,” said Suhaini when met after the convocation ceremony. Her mother, Mariam Abdullah is a single parent. She was from Chiang Mai, Thailand and was a devout Buddhist before converting to Islam upon her marriage to Suhaini’s father, Shamsul Hak Maulana Gul. Her husband died after a long illness some years ago.

“The demise of Suhaini’s father forced me to seek jobs to feed my three kids. They were my inspiration,” said Mariam. She recounted the time she had to work long hours to put food on the table and how she had to cycle to send her kids to school. “That’s all behind me now. I am happy that my hard work has produced results,” she said. The gritty lady is a night market trader in Taman Beringin, Grik. She tried her hand at many ventures and while some were successful some were not.

“You can imagine my predicament when money was in short supply and having three mouths to feed,” she recalled her trying moments. “But in spite of all these I didn’t lose faith in God. I saved and scrimped to bring up my children the best I could.”

For her sterling effort Suhaini received the polytechnic’s Best Academic and Co-Curriculum Award, the Malaysian Islamic Economic Development Foundation’s Incentive Award and the Director of Polytechnic’s Award.

Suhaini is presently doing a degree course in Finance and Islamic Banking at Universiti Utara Malaysia in Sintok. She aspires to be a lecturer one day. “That’s my promise to my mother.”


Students Win Excellence Awards


ipoh echo issue 141, Politeknik Ungku Omar (PUO)Four engineering students of Politeknik Ungku Omar (PUO) won excellence awards for their entry at the National Innovation Competition held in Perlis in April of last year. The quartet, Nur Zurika Muhammad, Farhana Abu Hassan, Lim Tian How and Kee Shen May, all in their twenties, received the awards at the polytechnic’s 41st convocation ceremony on Monday, April 2. Their entry, a custom-made alarm system codenamed 3S’ System, won a placing in the competition. The awards were given away by DYTM Raja Muda Perak, Raja Nazrin Shah, along with their diplomas, during the convocation ceremony.


PUO Students Graduate


Some 2,818 students from Politeknik Ungku Omar (PUO), Ipoh received their diplomas during a convocation ceremony held at the college hall recently. Due to the number, the ceremony was held over a three-day period. DYTM Raja Muda Perak, Raja Nazrin Shah gave away the parchments on the first day followed by the Chief Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, the Managing Director of PERODUA and finally the Chairman of Gas Malaysia. It was PUO’s 41st convocation ceremony since its inception.

ipoh echo issue 141 - politeknik Ungku Omar (PUOA number of excellence awards were also given to students who had excelled in their fields of work. Among them were the polytechnic’s overall top student, the top-semester students and the most innovative project winners.

Politeknik Ungku Omar is the first of the many polytechnics established in the country. Founded in 1969 with assistance from UNESCO, it has developed by leaps and bounds to be a top-notch technical institution in the country. Graduates of PUO are well sought after by industrial players. Its transformation into a full- fledged university by 2015 is well underway.

Chief Minister of Perak, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Zambry Abd Kadir was in attendance on the first day of the convocation ceremony.