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11-year-old thrilled after PM mentions his name in Parliament
BY: Patrick Beech
"Thank you, Prime Minister. Now, the whole of Malaysia knows my name," said 11-year-old Muhammad Aqil Naufal Zahiran.
Aqil, an amputee, recently went viral after displaying his passion for sports when competing in a 100m sprint in crutches during the Jerantut district Special Education Athletics Championships.
He had never imagined that his name would be mentioned by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim when tabling Budget 2024 but said he was deeply moved and touched.
"I did not expect it and was moved by it because it was the prime minister who mentioned it," Aqil said.
His mother, Noor Hafizah Mat Desa, 36, said she was proud her son's story was mentioned in Parliament during a significant national event.
She said she was earlier informed by the Youth and Sports Minister's office to watch the presentation of the 2024 Budget.
After Aqil's news went viral, the Youth and Sports Ministry through the National Sports Institute (ISN), presented him with a prosthetic leg.
"I'm sure everyone has witnessed the inspirational story of Aqil Naufal, a student at SK Felda Lepar Utara 1, Pahang, who showed enthusiasm for his passion despite his challenges.
Aqil's dream of playing football can now come true thanks to the help of the government and support from the Malaysian Association of Football for the Disabled (Mafa)," Anwar mentioned during his budget speech.