One chance – that’s all he needs
Posted on August 12, 2012, Sunday
SIEW Soon Fuh comes from a poor family but poverty did not stop him from dreaming big.
The 19-year-old hopes to invent a solar-powered car because he knows petroleum is a non-renewable resource that will run out one day.
It’s a long road to realising his dream but he is undaunted – and keen to learn. All he wants is just one chance.
Siew was raised by a single parent as his father passed away a long time ago. His mother, a hawker, did not earn much and life was hard even with the RM300 provided by the Welfare Department.
He and his two sisters had an unhappy childhood because their parents had their differences.
By the time, he was in Primary Five, he and his sisters were sent to an orphanage in Sri Aman. After his parents resolved their problems, they came back to live with their mother.
Although life was not perfect, Siew did not give up or act out.
Instead, he concentrated on his studies and completed his SPM.
He was later made an offer to study at a vocational college in Sabah but couldn’t accept it because money was tight. But he did not give up as he believes his dream would come true one day.
When he read about the KTS Sarawak Youth Talent Discovery (SYTD) 2012, he found hope. With support from some good people, he registered online to participate in the talent search in the hope of getting assistance to take up an automobile and mechanics programme.
He is not sure what makes him interested in mechanics but since he was a child, he would try to repair anything broken.
While in secondary school, he managed to repair a classmate’s computer even though he had no training. After that, all his classmates sought his help to repair their computers.
He did not charge them a single cent as “I wanted to challenge myself to see whether I could do it.”
He keeps his dream in his heart after failing to enrol at the vocational college in Sabah. He did not have the money to pay for the tuition fee or living cost. He did not even have the money to travel to Sabah.
It has always been his regret that he was unable to travel to Sabah for his studies.
He now works at a tyre company, learning to do most of the work in just one month. His co-workers and his boss were amazed by his learning speed and ability.
He is not afraid to face difficulties as he knows what he wants. And joining the talent search is one step closer to making his dream come true.