As a child, Muhammad Nur Hidayat Bin Rasiti would be regaled with tales of exotic lands that his late seafaring grandfather visited. His mum would lovingly recount the thoughtful gifts that his grandfather bought for the family on his journeys. These gifts are still treasured by his family today.
Inspired by his grandfather, Hidayat set his heart on sailing the seas. The Tanjong Katong Secondary School alumnus visited Singapore Polytechnic (SP) during Open House and was impressed by the marine engineering curriculum and high-tech facilities such as the marine machinery simulator. After receiving his G.C.E ‘O’ level results, Hidayat chose the Diploma in Marine Engineering as his first choice because he knew it would provide him with the skillsets needed to become a marine engineer.
Throughout his three years here, the SP Engineering Scholar did not just learn the nuts and bolts of marine engineering. As an executive member of the SP Malay Language Society, he helped raise funds for an indigenous village and orphanage in Malaysia. When Hidayat and his fellow members arrived at the village with groceries, they were touched by the villagers’ appreciation and the ‘gotong royong’ spirit they embodied. This humbling experience strengthened and shaped his resolve towards community service when he became President of the society during his final year.
Hidayat did his internship with the Health, Safety and Environment department at Sembawang Shipyard where he had the opportunity to board various vessels ranging from crude oil tankers to oil rigs. The internship also exposed him to the challenges of a seafaring career, and the in-depth knowledge and skills required for the role. Instead of being daunted, he became more determined to contribute to the maritime industry as a marine engineer.
On land, Hidayat’s light frame belies his agility and skill in scaling up rock walls. An avid rock climber with the SP Rock Climbing Club, he and his team were awarded the Gold Medal at the SIM Vertigo competition in 2012. He has also participated in the SP Outstanding Talent Programme.
Hidayat aspires to take up the degree in Naval Architecture offered by the University of Newcastle upon Tyne at the Singapore Institute of Technology. But for now, he looks forward to his attachment at shipping company Pacific International Lines Pte Ltd as a sea cadet. It is a day he eagerly anticipates as he will be stepping into his grandfather’s shoes not as a boy, but as a proud responsible adult and son who will continue his grandfather’s legacy.