Muhammad Alfiz Bin Kambali

Just keep swimming

  • Tay Eng Soon Gold Medal
  • Cityneon Events Gold Medal
  • OCBC Prize

Muhammad Alfiz Bin Kambali, otherwise known as Fish by his friends, admitted that education was never a priority during his teenage years. The Bedok South Secondary School graduate took part in frequent street fights and was not interested in studies due to bad company.

After his GCE ‘O’ Levels, Alfiz took a two-year break from studies to work before serving national service as a firefighter and working for another year at a friend’s coffee shop.  Harbouring a passion to create things, he subsequently enrolled in the Higher Nitec course in Event Management at ITE College Central, which he graduated from with a perfect GPA.

Despite losing his father to an illness, Alfiz’s determination did not waver and he enrolled in Singapore Polytechnic (SP)’s Diploma in Integrated Events and Project Management course at the age of 25.

In SP, Alfiz invested all his time and effort into his studies with great success. He attributes his achievements to the support he received from his lecturers and peers. He was also given various opportunities to apply his leadership and event management skills to real-life situations. Alfiz played an important role in the SP Open House organising committee, leading his team to raise awareness and manage the logistics of the well-received Career Interest Profiling segment during the Open House. He was also involved in organising other events such as the Rockmasters rock-climbing competition and the Freshman Orientation Programme.

Remembering his challenging past, Alfiz volunteered with the Care Singapore YouthCare Centre, where he helped to counsel and support at-risk youths so that they would not repeat his mistakes.

Alfiz’s unwavering perseverance and go-getter attitude has shown that one is never too old to learn. Even though Alfiz has received offers from local universities including the Nanyang Technological University and the Singapore Management University, he plans to work first before pursuing further studies. Inspired by his lecturers in SP and ITE, Alfiz hopes to follow in their footsteps and make a difference to the lives of students.