(News from NST Online)
KUALA LUMPUR: There was a momentary hush as the disabled boy placed the skateboard under his right arm and hoisted himself onto the stage to meet the Yang di-Pertuan Agong yesterday.
The crowd at Dataran Merdeka could not help but be amazed as Muhammad Haziq Samrat, 14, who was born with deformed legs, "rose" beyond his dreams to meet his king who was almost on his knees.
As Haziq received the Maulidur Rasul Award to rapturous cheers and applause, all he could manage was a smile as the king spoke to him for a few minutes.
Haziq was one of six recipients of the annual award which carries a RM22,000 cash bonus and a certificate.
In a meeting with the press later, all the first former at SMK Sri Damansara 1 could muster as he was asked about his meeting with the king was: "I'm happy". Haziq's shy demeanour, however, belied a tenacity to live life to the fullest, whatever the circumstances.
He was born with deformed legs, a disability that forced him to rely on a skateboard as his means of moving around. But what Haziq lacks physically, he has more than made up with sheer grit. He is a class goalkeeper, a member of the Islamic Society and a boy scout.
"I just look at things with an open mind and accept what has happened. I have to be strong," the youngest of seven children said when asked how he coped with his disability.
(I cried when I saw this boy on TV yesterday...may he be blessed with good life, be a successful person and may Allah SWT guide him to the right path...ameen)