By Mohd Fakri Awang Lah
TUMPAT, Sept 17-- Teachers are like candles that light and brighten the future of their students.
It may sound cliché, but in reality it is the best words to describe the contributions and sacrifices of teachers in inspiring students to develop themselves.
For Muhamad Heilmi Zahari, he gets up as early as 3 am to start work as an educator in the interior of Kelantan.
Muhamad Heilmi, 31, who teaches English and Mathematics at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Dabong in Kuala Krai, about 140 kilometres from here, will board a train from Wakaf Bharu railway station at 4.20 am before arriving at Dabong railway station at about 7 am.
Because of the long journey, he has to perform Subuh prayers while sitting on the seat of the train.
That is his routine since last year after being transferred from SK Dijih, Selangau in Sarawak after serving at the school from 2013 to 2019.
Despite having to sacrifice time, energy and money, he is grateful to be able to educate the children in the rural area, and at the same time no longer need to be away from his family.
"At first, this routine was very tiring because I had to travel a long journey but now I'm getting used to this tight schedule," he told Bernama recently.
The father of a four-year-old girl who lives in Kota Bharu said after arriving at SK Dabong, he would start teaching as soon as the bell rang at 7.30 am.
"I will return to Kota Bharu at 2.50 pm after school finishes at 1 pm and arrive at Wakaf Bharu railway station at 6.10 pm.
Muhamad Heilmi said he was happy to serve at SK Dabong after six years being away from his family because his wife works as an officer at the Immigration Department in Kota Bharu.
He said at first he used to drive a car to school, but the cost was much higher than commuting by train.
"Train fares are also very cheap, only RM5 for one-way trip and the cost to commute from Wakaf Bharu to Dabong is less than RM300 a month," he said.
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