Hornbill Unleashed

September 22, 2016

Breakthrough student credits SJKC

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:02 PM

Two young Malaysians have done the country proud with their achievements, one for his service above self and another for a breakthrough discovery that could be a game changer for modern medicine.

Dr Mohd Lutfi Fadil Lokman, 28, was selected as a United Nation Young Leader from a list of 18,000 nominations from 186 countries around the world. He was among was among 17 young people named as advocates of change for the United Nations.

Shu Lam, a PhD student at Melbourne Uni’s School of Engineering, made a significant discovery which offers a potential alternative to destroying superbugs, without harming the body.

In an interview with Sin Chew Daily, she credits her early education at a Chinese medium primary school (SJKC) for her strong foundation in mathematics and science. This shaped her interest and gave her confidence to excel in chemistry and medical research.

Shu Lam says she owes her success to the nurture provided by SJKC, which inculcated in her the readiness to work hard and overcome trails to achieve her dreams. Her early schooling system helped to shape her into a through researcher.

She studied at SJKC Ai Chun in Batu Pahat, Johor, before completing her secondary education at the Temenggong Ibrahim Girls’ School. She told the newspaper that she scored straight A’s in her PMR examinations.

Her interest in chemistry started in secondary school and opted to pursue chemical engineering in university.

“Later I studied PhD, it was because when I was an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to join research group for the practical. The research combines knowledge of chemistry and biology, applying chemistry to resolve problems faced by biology medicine. At that time I was very interested in research and the direction of their research,” Shu Lam says.

“I feel that research is a journey to learn from failure. Nobody likes to fail. But many experiences and knowledge are accumulated from each and every failure.”

She has been focussing on alternative for antibiotics in her scientific research for three and a half years.

The young Malaysian hopes to continue with medical research after her graduation. She wants to contribute to society. She hopes her discovery can motivate scientists throughout the world to resolve the issue of superbugs.

“I am all for Malaysian students who are interested in research to take up this path. Research is not an easy path. It requires long hours and energy. Failure is common. However, each failure is a learning opportunity,” she says.

“My father has passed away for more than a year. My mother, sisters and I overcome the grief together. I still miss my father very much. I hope he is still alive so that I can share the joy with him and that he can see the outcome of my research.”

Her father, Lam Bang Nan, was a paediatrician. Her mother, Xue Bao Zhu, gave up teaching more than 20 years ago to be a homemaker. Apart from education, her parents placed emphasis on mental growth and nurturing strong family ties.

Despite continued calls to abolish vernacular schools in Malaysia, SJKCs continue to earn the confidence of parents of various races. Shu Lam is one of the many Malaysians who credit their success to a strong early education foundation at SJKC.

Eddie Hoo@The Heat Malaysia Online



  1. Yes Sjkc has contributed a lot to the nation’s progress. Too bad that the community who is enjoying the fruit of Sjkc’s contribution is calling for the abolishment of the same fearing the the same will one day become the prefered schools of the all communities.

    Comment by Richie — September 24, 2016 @ 4:05 PM | Reply

  2. 16-year old SJKC student making waves in Sing! China with Fight Song:

    Comment by Richie — September 24, 2016 @ 12:26 PM | Reply

  3. Too bad our best talents are leaving the country on a daily basis. All due to a government with misguided priorities, outright discrimination, abject failure to administer the nation and pandemic corruption.

    Comment by apai — September 23, 2016 @ 9:00 PM | Reply

    • The top malaysian brains are tapped by Singapore.

      Comment by Richie — September 24, 2016 @ 3:48 PM | Reply

      • BangangLand DONT need top brain, BangangLand WELCOME otak Udang…lol, especially “same religion”…

        Comment by tiuniamah — September 27, 2016 @ 12:39 PM | Reply

  4. Yes Sjkc has contributed a lot to the nation’s progress. Too bad that the community who is enjoying the fruit of Sjkc’s contribution is calling for the abolishment of the same fearing the the same will one day become the prefered schools of the all communities.

    Comment by Harvey — September 23, 2016 @ 4:03 PM | Reply

  5. This is the case of the country can nurture talent in primary and secondary schools. And then a braindrain of the potentials when they have no choice but to pursue further education overseas. No doubt we are proud of their achievements and sadly is a loss to the country and a gain to foreign countries. On the other hand it is a blessing also for them to study overseas because if they stay on in Malaysia there may not be an opportunity to extract their full potential as long as our system is not based on meritocracy. Malaysia is on a losing game in terms of talent development and be a developed country.

    Comment by Harvey — September 23, 2016 @ 3:45 PM | Reply

  6. Bangsa Johor should adopt SJKC as single stream to remain competitive vs Singapore.

    Comment by xiaomi — September 23, 2016 @ 2:20 PM | Reply

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