Generation Grit: Law clerk credits teachers for his success

Mr Hairul Hakkim Kuthibutheen lost his father at the age of 14. His mother was saddled with a huge medical bill. Despite his personal struggles, he went on to graduate from law school and is now working as a Justices' Law Clerk.
MR HAIRUL HAKKIM KUTHIBUTHEEN
MR HAIRUL HAKKIM KUTHIBUTHEENST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

Growing up was tough for Mr Hairul Hakkim Kuthibutheen, especially after his father fell seriously ill from kidney failure. His mother, a factory worker, was saddled with a huge medical bill. Mr Hairul was then in primary school, handicapped by a poor command of English and burdened by the woes at home. Still, he went on to graduate from law school with flying colours. This is the latest in a series on resilient millennials who never give up.

Mr Hairul Hakkim Kuthibutheen, 27, could barely string a proper sentence in English when he was in kindergarten. Up to Primary 4, he was failing English regularly.

Yet two years ago, at age 25, he graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) with a first-class honours degree in law.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 18, 2018, with the headline 'Law clerk credits teachers for his success'. Print Edition | Subscribe