Sunday, December 25, 2011

Lee Kuan Yew is this top scorer's inspiration

Muzammil Arif Din, 12, emerged the nation's second top-scoring pupil today after the release of the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results at noon.

The Anglo-Chinese School (Primary) pupil also topped the school, with his PSLE score of 282, just one point behind Singapore's top scorer, Yasmin Yasmin Ziqin Bte Mohamed Yousoof from Rulang Primary.

The aspiring doctor credits his teachers and parents for his stellar results, but is a good example that burning the midnight oil is not always needed to produce good results.

In fact, Arif, as he prefers to be called, says having sufficient rest is "most important", for doing well in exams. He kept to his usual bed-time at 9pm every night, and even during the exam period, did not cut out play-time with his siblings, aged 8 and 5.

"I would like to become a politician in the future", said Arif, who has also read all of the former prime minister's memoirs.

Asked why he looks up to Mr Lee, Arif says it's because he does things "for the good of the nation, and not just because it is popular."

Arif will be entering Raffles Institution next year, but for now he is looking forward to a family trip to the US this Saturday, where his parents are taking him to Disneyland as a reward.

Anglo-Chinese School (Primary) produced two top students this year. Bjorn Kaijun Betzler, 12, is this year's top Eurasian pupil.

His father is a lawyer and his mother, a part-time accountant.

Besides wanting to heal the sick, the gifted education pupil also has a passion for politics and calls Mr Lee Kuan Yew his inspiration

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