SINGAPORE – Growing up in a low-income family, Senior Staff Sergeant (SSS) Muhammad Andi Sufian Mohd Shah saw how his father had to juggle two jobs and his mother had to work part-time, just to join the two ends.
The 33-year-old was the eldest of three children and took it upon himself to start working instead of continuing his education. He joined the Singapore police when he was 19.
SSS Andi, then a polytechnic graduate, said he wanted a job where he could positively impact the lives of others, so decided to join the police.
“It was not easy to give up the opportunity to continue my studies for the sake of my brothers and sisters,” he said.
“But at least this way, they wouldn’t have to follow the same path I did. Instead, they would be able to focus on chasing their dreams.”
But now SSS Andi will be able to pursue his own dream of getting a degree, thanks to a scholarship from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
On Monday, July 26, he was awarded the MHA scholarship to pursue a bachelor’s degree in public security with a minor at the Singapore University of Social Sciences.
The A Division Ground Task Force Officer was grateful for the opportunity and said receiving the scholarship was a dream come true.
At the MHA Annual Scholarships and Sponsorships this year, a total of 258 local team officers received scholarships and sponsorships to pursue college or postgraduate studies.
Ten other officers received the MHA book award.
Ms Priyathanaa Kalyanasundram, 30, a Psychologist with the Singapore Prison Service (SPS), has been awarded an MHA Postgraduate Scholarship and will be pursuing a Masters in Clinical Forensic Psychology at King’s College London.
She joined the SPS six years ago and remembered vividly how difficult it was to connect with an offender during her first session with him.