Law, Pung prove disability no obstacle to academic success

Visually impaired graduates Law (right) and Pung have overcome all obstacles and challenges to receive their scrolls today from Swinburne Sarawak.

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KUCHING, Oct 24: Visually-impaired Katherine Law, 22, and Pung Kay Suan, 27, are among the 344 who received their scrolls from Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus (Swinburne Sarawak) today.

Pung, who discovered he was visually impaired when he was 11-years-old, was awarded an MBA today. He has been with Swinburne Sarawak since 2008, first in the foundation programme and later, in the Bachelor of Accounting and Finance programme.

In between, he also worked for one year.

The MBA graduate said as a visually impaired student, studying in Swinburne was a slow process in many ways. However, due to the understanding from his lecturers and the help from fellow students and parents, he was able to complete his work.

“It (the challenge) will be mostly at work because I had setbacks before within that year (which he worked),” he said.

Due to his disability, he has been thinking of taking a career path that would provide stability and acceptance.

With his MBA now successfully under his belt, he said his priority was to secure a job first before deciding what to do next. He has already submitted many job applications.

“I thought of getting into something more beneficial for me, a stable career; a more accepting workplace instead of not being able to blend in the culture of the workplace (like before),” he said.

Meanwhile, Law who was born with congenital nystagmus, received her business management degree.

She said being visually impaired, she had to withstand many challenges and troubles to finally complete her studies. She credited her lecturers, friends and parents for their support in helping her.

As for her future plans, she said she has yet to decide whether to enter the workplace or further her studies. — DayakDaily