IPOH – A former engineering student with little background in Arabic has emerged among the top scorers in last year’s Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) examination.
Nurul Fatehah Adam, 23, who studied at Sekolah Al-Hidayah here, obtained the Mumtaz score (highest score) in nine subjects, Hifz Al-Quran and Tajwid, Fiqh, Tauhid and Mantiq, Tafsir and Ulumuhu, Hadith and Mustolah, Nahu and Sarf, Adab and Nusus, ‘Arudh and Qafiyah and Balaghah and Jayyid (very good) in the Insya’ and Mutala’aah subject.
“Every day I will refer to the Bahasa Melayu-Bahasa Arab dictionary to improve on my Arabic because I did not even have basic grounding in the language.
“Before this I was studying engineering at a local university but quit after two years because I was interested in taking the STAM. At first I was afraid to tell my parents but when I finally told them, they gave their blessings,” she told reporters after taking her result slip.
Hailing from Kuantan, the bright spark who is the second of three siblings took the examination here instead of in Kuantan, because she had passed the age limit to sit for it in her home state.
She aspires to be a lecturer in Syariah and Usuliddin.
In KUALA TERENGGANU, two students of Sekolah Menengah Agama (Atas) Sultan Zainal Abidin scored Mumtaz in 10 subjects to emerge the top students in the state.
They were Mohd Hafiz Izuddin Ahmad Ridzwan, the son of a security guard, and Adleen Nur Mustafa Kamal.
When met by reporters, Mohd Hafiz Izuddin said consistent revision, respecting teachers and regular prayers were the recipe for his success.
“My ambition is to be a lecturer,” said the fourth of seven siblings.
Adleen Nur was not able to come to collect her result slip due to work commitments in Negeri Sembilan. – BERNAMA