Because of the financial hardship, I decided to stay and work as a part-time tutor in Muar while most of my classmates had furthered their studies either outstation or overseas after completion of secondary education. One day, by change, my father met a senior art lecturer of the Malaysian Institute of Art, Tee Tian Peng. Tee discovered my art talent and recommended me to be the Wang Yao Scholarship holder and enrolled me to the Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA) in July 1989. That was the moment when my art journey began!
I started my art college lifestyle with a lot of hardships especially when my father passed away due to a sudden heart attack in 1989.My mother, my elder brother and I felt very sad. My life was getting tougher and tougher. I did many odd jobs to pay my personal bills as well as my family expenses. This photo showed that I was having a tea session with my roommates just a few weeks before I was informed by my mother about the death of my father.
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