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Disabled teacher celebrates Merdeka in style

BEING a person with disability is no hindrance for Mohd Fahry Khamis to inspire his students.

Recently, the 43-year-old led two of his students – Eusoff Rais Suhaimi Abu Hassan and Muhammad Dzakirin Mohd Dazli – to winning the “best ethnic attire” award at the Merdeka Exploration Programme @ Muzium 2023.

Decked in the men’s Kadazan Dusun ethnic wear and sigar headpiece, the trio from SMK Seri Bintang Selatan, Kuala Lumpur, were among 10 teams – each comprising a teacher and two students – in picking up an exclusive hamper at the event held at the National Museum in KL on Aug 17.

Describing the win as a pleasant surprise, classmates Eusoff Rais Suhaimi and Muhammad Dzakirin, who are both Form Two students, said they were extremely grateful to Mohd Fahry.

“Eusoff and I were initially reluctant to join the competition, but after listening to our teacher’s words of encouragement, we decided to give it a go,” Muhammad Dzakirin told StarEdu.

“He’s the best teacher. We look forward to showing other students that they should take a chance and participate in future Merdeka programmes such as this even if they are not confident to do so.

“The programme was really eye-opening. We got to see so many students clad in their traditional clothes, representing their own or another race. It was indeed a ‘united Malaysia’ experience,” said Muhammad Dzakirin.Mohd Fahry, who teaches Bahasa Melayu, said this was the first time they had taken part in such a competition.

Mohd Fahry, who also teaches Moral Education, said he wanted to expose his students to outdoor learning opportunities that emphasised unity and patriotism.

“I wanted to choose an ethnic attire that was not only comfortable, but also one that showcased grace, elegance and diversity.

“I discussed with my students and they were

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