Disabled student defies all odds to excel in studies


GEORGE TOWN: Paralysed from the waist down, Norhamizah Idros, 23, has overcome all odds to obtain a Bachelor’s degree with Honours in Electronic Engineering from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

The courageous Perak lass who will be among 5,941 graduates receiving their scrolls at USM’s 54th convocation ceremony from tomorrow until Oct 27, was also chosen as the recipient of the USM Gold Medal for Disabled Persons and the Vice-Chancellor Gold Medal Award.

Sharing her joy with reporters in a special press conference held in conjunction with the convocation ceremony, Norhamizah said it was through her persistence and determination that she managed to complete her studies within the prescribed time period.

“Never let your disability distract you from achieving your goals. If we have good intentions and we are sincere, God willing, Allah will help us,” said Norhamizah who was confined to a wheelchair throughout her studies.

Norhamizah, who aspires to become a lecturer, said some days were harder than others especially when her wheelchair was either damaged or when the battery died. Rainy days were equally challenging.

“Yes, at times it was a struggle to attend lectures. Thankfully whenever I was in distress my college mates were always there to help me out,” she said adding that she was going to pursue the MSc degree in Microelectronic System Engineering in USM.

Touching on her condition, Norhamizah said she has suffered from partial paralysis since birth and had to be carried to attend school from primary one to six. She started using the wheelchair when she was 13 years old.

Despite the odds Norhamizah managed to attain 5As in the Primary School Assessment Test (UPSR).