Thursday January 3, 2013
Boy has his heart set on school
KUALA TERENGGANU: Seven-year-old Muhd Faiz Muntazil Muzir is weak and sickly due to the abnormal position of his heart.
But the gutsy Year One pupil is keen to attend school.
He was registered at a special education class at SK Wakaf Mempelam.
Doctors have said that there is no cure for his congenital heart condition.
Muhd Faiz, who is the eldest of three siblings, has regular appointments at the National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur.
He looks normal except for a bump in the middle of his chest where his heart can clearly be seen pumping.
His plight came to the attention of the Terengganu Government, which donated a wheelchair to him.
State Education, Science and Technology and Human Resources Committee chairman Datuk Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said the department would take care of the boy’s needs and ensure his safety in school.
Muhd Faiz’s aunt Rosyati Awang, 39, said she had been taking care of him as his parents were working in Kuala Lumpur.
In Kuala Lumpur, Year One pupil Syahmi Zakwan Syaiful, who is visually-impaired, took the Rapid KL train from Bangsar to the Bandaraya station and walked 550m to the Jalan Baru school for the Visually Impaired at Jalan Raja Laut.
He was accompanied by his parents Syaiful Badrin and Zuraidah Warisi, both 31 and also visually impaired, as well as his four-year-old sister.
Despite his disability, Syahmi Zakwan had a proud smile.
“My son was determined to attend school today and could hardly wait to meet his new friends,” said Syaiful, who works as a masseur.
Syahmi Zakwan is among the 22,287 Year One pupils who started the 2013 school session in 197 national mainstream and three special education schools in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, according to a report by the Primary School Unit of the Federal Territory Education Department. — Bernama