Crowdfunding helped rubber tapper's son pursue studies

Last update: 03/09/2019

KOTA BHARU, Sept 3 -- A rubber tapper’s son, Muhammad Izzat Amran Ibrahim, 20, thought he would have to give up his dream of studying in a university when his family could not come up with the RM1,400 to pay the registration fees.

However, about one week after his story went viral on the social media, crowdfunding has not only helped Muhammad Izzat Amran enroll at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Penang, he also had a little bit extra to buy some essential items and still has some pocket money.

“I am thankful to Allah that many people contributed money to me so I could complete my studies. I really appreciate it and hope to do well in my studies,” he told Bernama here today.

The third of 12 siblings living in Kampung Limau Kasturi 1, Gua Musang, said he had registered at the USM Penang campus two days ago after getting sufficient funds from various parties to pay the registration fees and started the orientation session yesterday.

Last week, the sad story of Muhammad Izzat Amran’s financial woes after the situation forced him to postpone his studies went viral on the internet.

The former student of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Tengku Indera Petra was reported to have had to take odd jobs including helping his mother Zubaidah Yusoff, 46, sell vegetables to lighten the financial burden on his parents.

His father, Ibrahim Ismail, 52, who sold rubber, could not come up with the registration fees for USM as he had 10 more children to support.

“Considering the situation, I decided not to forget about continuing my studies. I did not expect to be so blessed by Allah that I received help from unexpected sources and can now further my studies,” he said.

In fact, said Muhammad Izzat Amran, there was even enough money for him to buy several essential items for university life and keep a bit more as pocket money.

Muhammad Izzat Amran who is now studying Building Technology said he took the bus to USM alone as he did now want to trouble his parents further.

“I am excited about being a student of this well-known university,” he said.