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M’sian 16YO will soon be the youngest student at the Royal College of Surgeons

M’sian 16YO will soon be the youngest student at the Royal College of Surgeons

Recently, Malaysian youths have been making waves and generally excelling in life a lot.

Just this year alone, we’ve heard of a group of young Malaysians who created bricks made from recycled plastic, a 13-year-old boy who made a powerbank from scratch, a 19-year-old female rapper who was featured in New York Times, and a matriculation student who installed an RFID lock on his dorm door.

In our latest episode of “Amazing Young Malaysians Making Us Feel Inadequate”, is 16-year-old Emir Haady Imran Zulkharnain.

This September, when the academic year starts at the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) in Dublin, Emir Haady will become the youngest student there. 

Yes, he is going to start studying to become a surgeon AT 16 YEARS OLD.

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How in the world did he get there so fast?!

Well, Emir Haady completed his UK International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examination at STARS International Academy in Kelana Jaya two years ago, WHEN HE WAS JUST 14 YEARS OLD.

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And if that doesn’t make you feel bad enough already, he studied for the exam in just 10 months and scored 6A+, one A1 and one B1.

His A+s were in International Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Bahasa Melayu and Mathematics. While his A1 was in Additional Mathematics (for reals) and his B1 was for English.

Those good grades had him doing his A-levels at just 15.

During which, he obtained an A for Chemistry and Math, and an A+ for Physics.

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Speaking to The Sun, Emir Haady said that his desire to study medicine stemmed from both family influence and a deep passion for the discipline.

“It’s a combination of both … I initially wanted to become an astronaut, but as I grew older, at 11, I started to like medicine a lot.

I can’t see myself doing life any other way than by being a doctor.” 

Emir via the Sun

Emir Haady volunteers with his dad, who is also a doctor, at the Kelana Jaya mosque.

While he was volunteering, Emir Haady noticed how other people had hardships and life challenges and this realisation is what ignited his passion to become a surgeon.

In fact, Emir Haady wants to become a heart surgeon.

Apparently, he was intrigued by the vital organ after learning about it during biology class.

“The heart just fascinates me – how it works – and I just want to do what I love which is to become a heart surgeon,” 

Emir via the Sun

Speaking of her youngest of four, Emir Haady’s mother, Datin Seri Dr Noraini Abdul Jalil describes her son as an obedient fast learner.

“He absorbs whatever he is taught, he learns fast and he is also very obedient.

In fact, Haady plays a lot. He enjoys an occasional game of soccer or swimming and he’s good at board games and computer games. If we (the family) play with him, he’s usually the champ.”

Datin Seri Dr Noraini via the Sun

She also feels very blessed to have such smart and obedient children.

“I am not one of those mothers who needs to use a cane. I allow my children to learn on their own.”

Datin Seri Dr Noraini via the Sun

Well, whatever you’re doing, Datin. It seems to be working. Now, where do we sign up to become one of your children?

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