Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Sufiah Yusof was the Malaysia's child Maths genius who won a place at Oxford University at the age of 13.

However, her father said he never claimed his children were geniuses, not even gifted. It was just that they had been taught properly - primarily by him. He claimed he could teach virtually any child in the same way, and that he would write a book about his methods. There were strict rules - the house had to be cold to improve concentration, Islamic prayers had to be said first thing in the morning, followed by stretching and breathing exercises. Fresh air was essential for a fresh mind. Television and pop music were banned. In the living room there were no toys evident, only books.

Three years into Oxford, she sparked a massive police hunt after running away. She was claiming that her parents had put too much pressure on her and blamed her father's decision to push her into academia so young. She says he made her life a living hell. She accused them of "15 years of physical and emotional abuse," including long study sessions in the house.

After that, she returned to Oxford to complete the final year of her Masters in Maths but failed to finish the course after meeting trainee lawyer Jonathan Marshall. They were married in 2004 but her parents and siblings failed to turn up. They divorced a year later.

Sufiah, now 23, calling herself Shilpa Lee is working as a prostitute by charging £130 (RM829) for an hour through a website in Manchester, according to the News of the World!

The story in the newspaper comes just days after her father was jailed for sexually assaulting two 15-year-old girls as he home-tutored them in Maths. SHIT!

This is a freaking sad story!
Should child prodigies go to University or not?


Nick Phillips said... @ 1/4/08 4:18 PM

How can someone so smart be so stupid? It defies logic!

Anonymous said... @ 1/4/08 5:45 PM

Because she was only academically-smart. You need more than that to survive in this world

Anonymous said... @ 1/4/08 10:59 PM

tsk tsk tsk.... yeah i agree with kampunghouse.. but it's so sad she's living her life that way kan...

Monica said... @ 2/4/08 12:03 PM

Nick Phillips,
Perfection doesn't always turn out well.

You mean, she "did the math"?

She shouldn't be fully blamed for having an unhappy life. Push your children too hard, they will "wow" you!

????? Anyway, thanks for sharing, the 'website'.

Strawberry said... @ 2/4/08 2:09 PM

Well, I think her parents are to be blame for all her misfotunes! Her mother for being to blind & stupid to sees the way her husband are treating their kids!Her dad for being to over discipline (whateverlah..!!). It's all very bullshit! Cold room indeed! Sadistic more likely!Sick ambitious parents!! You should be ashame to call yourself a Malaysian Halimaton! To me you're a very 'bodoh' mother! Lelaki macam suami engkau tu buang jauh2 aje! Tak guna!

Anonymous said... @ 2/4/08 2:53 PM

pity pity pity... nit sure, but what's on earth turn her like this?

Nightwing said... @ 4/4/08 8:29 PM

Maybe it is an act of defiance.

Hopefully she will recover from this, and who knows can write a book about her life.

She was probably not ready for the world....study world she may be fine but working world is different story.

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