BATU PAHAT – It was a sad moment for the family of Lim Yin Jie, the University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) student who died in a road accident last May, when they came to receive her degree at the university’s convocation here today.
Yin Jie was awarded with a posthumous Bachelor of Property Management honours degree.
It was presented by the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, who is also UYHM pro-chancellor, to her parents in a ceremony at the VIP Room after the first session of the 14th convocation ended today.
Yin Jie’s father, Lim Hai Kim, 62, who is a retired teacher in Sungai Petani Kedah, said although sad, he was indeed proud with his daughter’s achievement, especially as she graduated with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.8.
“Thank you UTHM for organising this ceremony. It was supposed to be her big day because she was so excited to have us celebrate her graduation day with her,” he said. Also present were his wife, Oh Sai Hong, 59, and their two other children.
Yin Jie died at the age of 24 when her Perodua Kancil car collided with a lorry in Sungai Petani on May 7.
She was on her way to do her practical training at a property company when the mishap occurred.
Meanwhile, the death of his beloved father in 2010 did not dampen the spirit of Wong Chee Fei, 24, to create a success story and won the Royal Education Award (Pingat Jaya Cemerlang) at the convocation.
The civil engineering graduate, who hails from Ipoh, Perak, said it was his father’s last message for him to study hard that had become his recipe for success and to score a CGPA of 3.91.
“I have always sought guidance from my lecturers and exchanging notes and information with my classmates,” said the graduate who had received a job offer from a private company in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. – BERNAMA