The Straits Times
Published on Aug 16, 2012

President's Scholarship for Aidilfitri

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


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).