THERE wasn’t a dry eye in cyberspace when a Facebook user posted photos of a Year Six schoolgirl weeping at her mother’s grave in Permatang Pauh, Penang, on Thursday.
Upon receiving her Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) results at Sekolah Kebangsaan Permatang To’ Kandu, yesterday, Nur Aqilah Afiah Muhammad Firdaus rushed not to her house to celebrate, but to the Permatang Pauh Muslim Cemetery.
According to mStar, Nur Aqilah had refused to even open the envelope containing her exam results at her school – she instead dashed to the side of her late mother to instantly share how she had performed with her.
The 12-year-old had was accompanied to the cemetery by her grandmother, 63-year-old Aishah Mat Akat, who has been raising the girl since her mother’s death at 35, two years ago.
As her granddaughter tearfully read out her grades to her mother’s headstone, Aishah quietly captured images of the touching moment, and later uploaded them to her Facebook page.
Aishah accompanied the photos with a brief message in Bahasa Melayu (translated here): “Congratulations, grandma’s dearest. You have succeeded, with me by your side. You still have a long way to go in your journey. If your mother were with you right now, she would surely be proud of you too. Continue your journey… you are a good child and brave in facing adversity. Grandma is confident that you will be a success.”
The post has since gone viral, and is now brimming with over 1,000 comments by misty-eyed netizens wishing Nur Aqilah the best in her studies and great future success.
Having triumphed at both an academic examination, and the ongoing test of life, we’re sure that great things are in store for Nur Aqilah.