The slight difference between impossible and I'm possible is just putting an aphostrophe in the right place.
A. Pravindraaj seems to have found this formula by getting a four flat CGPA - the highest mark ever there is, in his STPM (Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia) examination, despite the various hardships that has befallen him and his siblings, one after another.
The 20-year-old lives in a three-room low-cost house in Pagoh, Johor, with his brothers aged between 14 and 22. Their mother passed away four years ago, and their father left them afterwards. An aunt, who took care of them following these episodes, also died in 2018.
Since then, the siblings have looked out for, and taken care of each other. They take turns to do household chores and even cook their daily means on their own.
Realizing that education is the only way out of hardship, they strived hard in education - resulting in Pravindraaj's excellent results.
His younger sibling, A. Thivagaran, 18, also scored an impressive 6As, 2Bs, and 1C in his recent SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) exams, reported the daily.
Pravindraaj told The Star that their lives had been difficult since their mother died from liver failure in 2017. Just months after that, the father walked out on them, and they have never heard from him since.
An aunt then stepped into guardian role, supporting the boys financially. However, she too died in 2018 - leaving the boys to fend for themselves.
"We were all devastated at that time, especially our younger brother who was very close to my mother and aunt," Pravindraaj told the daily.
At this point, the eldest sibling had to discontinue his diploma in pharmacy to work to support his brother. Today, he earns about RM1,600 a month, which is used for household expenses.
"I will take on the role as cook in the house and prepare vegetarian meals daily for my siblings, while the other two help out with the household chores," Pravindraaj said, adding that "luxury" like chicken or other meat is only available on special occasions like birthdays.
Pravindraaj, who wants to become a teacher, admitted that it was difficult to juggle his studies and housework, but he knew he had to well in his studies to be able to support his family.
The boys' excellent results has been noticed, with Johor Sri Murugan Centre coordinator P. Subramaniam saying that they would sponsor Thivagaran's studies for STPM.
He added that a small fund had also been set up to get provisions or education materials for the siblings on a regular basis.
Various political parties and NGOs have also taken note of the brothers' plight and offered to help them.
If you would like to help Pravindraaj and his siblings for a better future, you can contact him at 011-64169748, or his elder brother Suriya Prakash at 018-2256267.
Source& Photo source: The Star, Facebook
Fri Jul 09 2021
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