Age is nothing but a number and Salman Ahmad is a living testament to that.
Salman made headlines this week after he sat for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination for the first time, at the age of 65!
The Malaysian senior citizen is among 645 private candidates, out of a total of 16,554 SPM 2020 examinees in Negeri Sembilan who sat for the examination. which started earlier this week. In speaking to BERNAMA, the former deputy director of Tourism Malaysia (retired in 2012) explained that he decided to sit for the exam as he wanted to prove to society, especially the younger generation, that age shouldn’t be a barrier in pursuit of knowledge and achieving success.
“I first took the Malaysia Certificate of Education (MCE) examination in 1973, all the subjects were in English. Then, I pursued my studies at the Institut Teknologi MARA in the field of Public Administration. So now, I want to challenge myself to sit for SPM as well,” he told the news agency.
“I also want to set an example and be a motivation to my grandchildren. Age is no barrier to learning as seeking knowledge is a lifelong process,” Salman continued. At the time the article was published, he had just finished sitting for the Bahasa Melayu Paper 1 exam at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan King George V in Seremban.
Salman further added that during his free time, he use to attend classes online and also receive some guidance from his younger brother, who is also a teacher. Not only that, he had also been buying some revision books since last year in preparation for the big test.
“My family gave me a lot of support and encouragement. I’m not shy. I’m not surprised by what other people say. As the saying goes, you’re never too old to learn, there is no end to it – from the cradle to the grave,” the father-of-two was quoted as saying.
Apart from Bahasa Melayu, Salman also took other subjects, namely English and History. As stated by the man himself, he will take on more subjects next year if he passes his SPM 2020 exam with flying colours.
Kudos to Salman for setting a great example!
Source: BERNAMA via Lobak Merah.