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President's Scholarship for Aidilfitri

Second Malay awardee in history credits grandma's nagging for win

Published on Aug 16, 2012 1:00 PM
President’s Scholar Adil Hakeem Mohamad Rafee with his parents, Mr Mohamad Rafee Salleh and Madam Zulinah Mooksan, both 51, at the Istana, where Mr Adil Hakeem received the coveted award yesterday. -- ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN

There are many people Mr Adil Hakeem Mohamad Rafee should thank for his President's Scholarship, but the first that comes to mind is his grandmother.

If not for her, the avid footballer said he probably would not have studied very hard, if at all.

Growing up, he said, his grandmother would nag his brother and him to finish their homework. Both his parents, a project manager and marketing manager, would often be at work when the siblings returned home from school.

"My success has now put more pressure on my brother - my grandmother keeps telling him to study harder for his exams," he laughed. His younger brother, Arif Izzuddin, 16, is a Secondary 4 student at Chung Cheng High School (Yishun).

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Background story


'Have always believed it was only a matter of time that one of us could make the breakthrough, and I am glad that it has come'.

- Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim, on a Malay winning the President's Scholarship


'This is a Hari Raya gift because for 44 years, we have waited. The Malay community will be delighted'.

- Former MP Wan Hussin Zoohri