An Orang Asli student from Ipoh, Perak has managed to bring pride to her community after she graduated with first-class honours from the renowned University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom.
On Tuesday (13 September), the Malaysian Orang Asli Graduates Association (PMOA) announced that one of their members, Susherrie Suki became the first Orang Asli individual to have obtained a first-class honours degree.
According to the Semai tribe native, Susherrie did her Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning and Real Estate at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL.
He further reveals that Susherrie has also been offered a chance to further her studies and take her Master’s degree at the same university.
Nonetheless, Susherrie has always managed to achieve excellence in academics. In 2016, she obtained 10 A’s in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM). Her excellent results led to got her a scholarship from Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) under the Young Talent Development Programme (YTP) to further her studies in London.
In addition, she is active in other curricular activities inside and outside the campus, including being a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, holding the position of publicity bureau chief for the Bartlett Urban Planning Society, and being a leader in the UCL Malaysia Society, among others.
Susherrie is also fluent in four languages which are Bahasa Semai, Bahasa Malaysia, English, and Mandarin.
Meanwhile, the first-class graduate has taken her LinkedIn account to share some thoughts on her achievement and hopes her success will become an inspiration to others in her community.
“I am honoured to be the first Orang Asli from the Semai tribe to step foot inside UCL and the first to graduate with a first-class honours degree.
“I am incredibly grateful for all the wishes from everyone in Malaysia. I hope this could be an inspirational story for my community and I am confident there will be more success stories in the near future,” she said.
She also expressed gratitude to her family and friends for their incredible support, Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) for sponsoring her studies, as well as to her teachers at the Kolej Mara Seremban (KMS) in Negri Sembilan.
Congratulations, Susherrie! We wish you best of luck for your future endeavours.