LAST_UPDATESat, 24 Mar 2018 9am

Terengganu Girl Makes History As First Malay To Attain No 1 ACCA World-Ranking

BESUT: Passion, determination and hard work has led one 21-year-old Terengganu-native to create history for the country and make a name for herself with her remarkable achievement.

The accounting student from the Intec Education College of Kuala Lumpur, Wan Nur Mafudah Wan Yusof, recently graduated and was announced as the world prize winner for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Financial Reporting paper.

Her achievement made her the first Malay to attain number one world-ranking with her score of 95 per cent in the paper, as previously only several Malays reached second, third and sixth ranking in the 2015 ACCA World Prizewinners, according to Bernama.

Even though she was advised by her family against doing accountancy, the Kampung Tok Raja, Jertih lass who scored 8A1s and 1B for her SPM and received a scholarship from Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) had never stopped working hard to pursue her dreams of becoming an accounting lecturer.

She relayed that her interest in the field increased during her college years and credits her success to her time in Intec Education College.

"This is where I learned a lot about accounting by continuously keeping up to date with the developments in the field from time to time before being elected to join ACCA's F7 Financial Reporting for graduates from around the world," she told Bernama.

With her historic achievement, the former MRSM Besut student, expressed how grateful she was to be able to prove that Malays could also master the field.

“I suggest that emphasis be placed on accountancy, commerce, economics and English from the early secondary school level as these are the foundation subjects in the mastery of accountancy.

"Early exposure also needs to be given in the basics of Information Technology and mathematics as well as mastery in at least three other languages,” she further shared.

Her achievement also received a nod from the Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who tweeted, “I am extremely proud of Wan Nur Mafudah Wan Yusof’s success,” while congratulating her on creating history and making a name for the country on an international platform.

Mafudah’s results are very encouraging and proves that the PNB programme that is designed to narrow the gap of professionally trained accountants amongst the Malays is effective.

This achievement is also in-line with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s vision of building a ‘High Income Nation’ as part of the Economic Transformation, where 60,000 accountants would be required by 2020.

Congratulations on your success Mafudah and may you keep striving hard to achieve your dreams!