JOHOR BAHRU, 10 November 2018 – Being a disabled person (OKU) is not an obstacle for a person to achieve success in any field of endeavor, as long as the person thinks positive.
An OKU Special Award recipient of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Lee Ke Vin, 27, said he has never regretted being born as a disabled and even regarded it as a positive challenge to achieve success.
“If you want to succeed, just go through with something that you desire without giving up despite what happened. Be a strong minded person who always think positive towards other things in this world”.
Lee graduated with a Master’s degree in Bioscience in the 61st UTM Convocation ceremony which was held from 10 to 12 November 2018 at Johor Bahru campus. He received his scroll together with the award from the Chancellor of UTM, Her Royal Highness Raja Zarith Sofiah binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah.
Being asked about the disabled facilities available at UTM, Lee said he was very satisfied with the existing facility as there are many facilities available to support the disabled in UTM.
Lee said for instance, the faculty provided him with a special chair in the classroom, while the library is also set up with special lanes to facilitate the disabled people’s mobility.
“Friends, classmates and lecturers have also been very supportive. I am very proud to be a student of UTM and will continue to be linked with UTM even after my graduation, “he said.
Lee also did not rule out UTM status as a Research University (RU) has helped him to succeed in his studies.
“The Research University status has actually helped me in my studies. As you know, the biological subjects I took entails that I spend time in the lab experimenting.
The RU status enables UTM to enjoy many facilities for research and laboratory grants, which has resulted in a vibrant teaching and learning environment,” he said.
Two years ago after graduating with his Bachelor of Bioscience from UTM, Lee worked in a ceramic company in Pasir Gudang, Johor Bahru. He worked as an Assistant Engineer which has nothing to do with his field of studies.
“I have to work to enrich my experience and to lessen the burden of my family. Besides that, my working experience can also be used as a research material for my post-graduate studies,” he said.

Lee Ke Vin after the conferment session of UTM 61st Convocation ceremony held at Dewan Sultan Iskandar, Johor Bahru campus.