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Moral support spurs youth on and he’s now a doctor-to-be

BUTTERWORTH: Chin Chi Sheuan was last in class, frequently played truant and almost quit school. And now, he is about to become a doctor.
Chin, 24, will begin his housemanship programme next month after passing his fourth-year examination at Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan.
At the age of 12, he worked for a Chai Leng Park hawker selling Ipoh chicken hor fun to help his poor ­family make ends meet.
As an enthusiastic youngster, he realised he had a knack for cooking and a year later, wanted to quit ­secondary school and help the hawker full-time.
The hawker told him off.
“Chin told me he could not progress at school. But I scolded him and insisted he continue with his studies,” said Tong Kok Hwa, 45, on Thursday.
Tong knew Chin’s life was full of adversity but he watched the boy take it all in his stride.
“He has great character and never laments his hardship. It would have been a waste for him to quit school then.
“It was when he lost his grand­father that he changed overnight. He still worked for me but he began paying attention to schoolwork.”
Chin said life dealt him a heavy blow when he was 14 when his grandfather died of colon cancer.
“I loved him. Losing him made me feel helpless. I wanted to save him. I wanted to be a doctor and that wish stayed with me till now,” he said.
Chin scored a CGPA of 3.75 in his STPM examination. He wanted to study medicine but was offered other courses by a public university.
Tong, by then, had come to regard Chin as his godson and to help the lad fulfil his goal, launched a crowd-funding drive among his customers.
He began telling them about Chin’s need and collected donations. A well-wisher even put RM18,000 into the study fund.
“I am almost there – to achieve my long-cherished dream of becoming a doctor. I am going to help those in need,” Chin told The Star.
“But I still cannot believe I made it this far. Life is not rosy all the time but where there is a will, there is a way. Believe in yourself. Never give up.”
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