79-year-old grandfather of 17 achieves his goal of getting his PhD

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79-year-old grandfather of 17 achieves his goal of getting his PhD

BY: Patrick Beech

The pursuit of knowledge is a never-ending one and 79-year-old Dr Muharam Awang is proof of this. 

Despite his poor vision due to cataracts, Dr Muharam, with help from his children completed his research thesis and recently earned a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Malay Literature from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). 

The grandfather of 17 said he faced numerous challenges, which included travelling from Johor Bahru to UKM's campus in Bangi. 

"When I was about to complete the thesis, my eyesight blurred, and I couldn’t read. At that time, I had to ask my children to type my research thesis again. 

“I underwent cataract surgery last May, and thankfully, after my vision recovered, the thesis was completed,” he said. 

Before pursuing his PhD, Dr Muharam previously taught Pengajaran Am (general studies) to Form 6 students and was an instructor at a college before retiring. 

His love for knowledge was a driving force, and while the PhD thesis posed challenges, the support of his children, Dr. Zubir, and his wife, Fuziah Md. Taha proved invaluable.