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Salihah Abdul Mutallib - The Tough Gets Going

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. This saying certainly applies in the case of 15-year-old Salihah Abdul Mutallib.

Since her parents separated several years ago, Salihah’s family has been living in a 3 room flat together with her mother, grandfather, aunt, and her two older sisters.

Her mother, Mdm Norhayati, was forced to stop working so that she could give her full attention at home. Aside from raising Salihah and her siblings, Mdm Norhayati has also been taking care of Salihah’s grandfather - currently 92 years old, as well as Salihah’s aunt, who is mute and blind.

Yet despite Salihah’s less-than-ideal home situation, she has not been deterred from persevering and succeeding in her studies at Madrasah Alsagoff Al-Arabiah. Her excellent performance has been rewarded with the Progress Fund Madrasah Assistance Scheme (Promas) disbursed by MUIS.

Other than paying for her school fees, the bursary has helped her in other needs such as food and transport fares to school.

In her spare time, Salihah enjoys reading novels. She also spends her free time with her family, and looks for activities that would allow her to give back to the community.

"The community has helped me, so I feel that I have the responsibility to give back to them."

When asked how she has managed to handle the obstacles that she has faced in her life, Salihah said, "I do not want to focus on the difficulties, but I accept what is offered to me and what I do have, and use them as best as I can."

Despite all odds, Salihah did not give up and is now on her way to a brighter future for herself and her family, insyaAllah. Her positivity and resilience is certainly inspiring.

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