Visual impairment no barrier to Kenzon’s 7As in SPM

Kenzon Yeoh (centre) with his father Yeoh Chin Yeau and mother Thee Suh Pyng at the press conference today.

GEORGE TOWN: Kenzon Yeoh may be visually impaired, but that did not stop him from emerging as SMK Georgetown’s top student having scored 7As in last year’s Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination.

His stellar academic performance aside, Kenzon showed today that he possesses the gift of the gab, expressing himself very eloquently in both English and Mandarin.

Addressing a room full of reporters and politicians, Kenzon did not miss a beat as he thanked all those who had helped him achieve success.

“I wish to stress that it is not my success alone. I wish to thank my parents who worked very hard to bring me to school daily, from Bukit Mertajam to the island.

“They read my textbooks to me so that I could do my work. They also read the diagrams and pictures to me for my mathematics homework,” he said referring to his father Yeoh Chin Yeau, 55, and mother Thee Suh Pyng, 52, who were both present at the event held to celebrate his success.

“I also wish to thank all of my teachers from primary and secondary school. Without them I would not have been able to get the necessary resources and other things that allowed me to achieve this result.”

Kenzon, 17, proceeded to thank St Nicholas’ Home which supported him full time. He said the home, a multi-service institution serving the visually impaired, had taught him how to use the computer, as well as taught him to be independent.

“I would also like to thank my friends who supported and encouraged me. We discussed our work together. Without them, I would not have pushed myself so hard to reach this pinnacle,” he said.

Kenzon also expressed his wish to be a computer programmer, which in his opinion will enable him to help others who are visually impaired like him and also those with other disabilities, besides normal folk.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who presented RM500 to Kenzon for his achievement, said he has made his school and parents proud.

“He may be visually impaired, but he has worked hard to obtain such a great result in SPM, placing him at the top among all students.

“To celebrate his success, we are giving him RM500,” he said, adding that Kenzon’s results showed that one could achieve success if they put their hearts and minds to it.