KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 — It has been 36 years since Norasiah Jamil began looking for her secondary school teacher who selflessly paid for her university entrance fees.
Her search ended last Saturday after her Facebook post went viral with many helping to point the teacher’s current whereabout.
Norasiah said her ties with her teacher, Pak Lin Haw began in 1987 when she studied at SMK Alor Akar in Kuantan, Pahang.
“Cikgu Pak was my Form Teacher and she also taught us Chemistry,”
Speaking to Malay Mail, the 52-year-old said despite obtaining good results for her SPM the following year that saw her receiving an offer from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), her family could not afford the RM1,200 first semester fees.
Norasiah said she initially wanted to reject the offer.
“When Cikgu Pak found out I could not continue my studies, she talked me out of it. She even offered to help me out and gave me RM400 out of the total amount needed.
“As for the balance of RM800, my father borrowed RM400 from our relatives while the school’s Parents Teachers Association awarded me RM400 for my good SPM results.”
After graduating with an electrical engineering degree, Norasiah searched for Pak but to no avail.
“No one seemed to know where she went until I posted my search on Facebook on Thursday, March 23, where one of Cikgu Pak’s church members connected me to her.”
Norasiah said she is waiting for Pak to inform her when is a suitable time for her (Norasiah) to visit.
“It turns out both of us are staying in Kuantan and she is located a mere 10km away from me.”
Asked why it took her so long to post her search, Norasiah said she did not have any picture of her school days.
“All my pictures were swept away during floods and I only managed to find one picture of me together with Cikgu Pak at my parents house at Felda Lepar Hilir 3 in Gambang which I attached to the Facebook post.”