Single mom holds back tears as she receives late son's degree at UMP convo
KUANTAN, PAHANG: Single mother P. Shoba fought back tears when receiving her late son's degree scroll during convocation ceremony of Universiti Malaysia Pahang’s (UMP) Gambang campus here today.
Her son N. Kamalanathan, 23, was killed when his motorcycle crashed into a four-wheel-drive in Kuala Krai, Kelantan on Sept 10.
Clad in a red saree, Shoba, who is a rubber tapper in Kuala Krai, received the Bachelor of Chemical Engineering scroll from UMP chancellor Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah in a separate event today.
Shoba said when her husband died from a heart attack in July this year, she looked forward to Kamalanathan to be the family’s breadwinner.
"As he was my only son, I had high hopes on him to change the family's fortunes. Now I am left only with his memories.
"Although he could not fulfill his ambition to become an engineer, he had studied hard to earn the degree and I am proud to hold it (the scroll)," she said when met today.
Kamalanathan would have been among 2,845 graduates receiving their scrolls at the convocation, which ends on Monday.
Shoba who was accompanied by Kamalanathan's cousin R. Ganabathi, 36, and daughter N.Moganajothi, 18, said she was grateful to UMP for making arrangements for her family to stay in Kuantan to attend the convocation.
"When UMP informed me about the convocation, I told them that I could not attend and they immediately made arrangements to make sure I could be present," she said.
Kamalanathan, the eldest of two siblings, was riding home after buying his bus ticket to attend an interview in Kajang, Selangor when the accident occurred at about 8pm along Jalan Kuala Krai-Gua Musang in Kelantan.