Generation Grit: Life's hard knocks could not keep engineer down

Mr Faaqih Hilmy Gozan had to go to school hungry as his parents could not afford to give him pocket money. After his older brother died, he worked many jobs to help out with the family finances. His hard work paid off when he got a scholarship.

When their father was retrenched, Mr Faaqih Hilmy Gozan and his older brother found ways to supplement the family's income. But worse was to come before things became better.

SINGAPORE - For close to two years while studying at Innova Junior College, Mr Faaqih Hilmy Gozan's daily lunch was a packet of white rice with soy sauce or chilli, and the occasional egg.

The student was so embarrassed by his meagre meals that he would hide from his friends to eat, he said.

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