Monday, March 31, 2008

Sad news for a smart Malaysian (UPDATED)

Sufiah Yusof, the child Maths genius who won a place at Oxford University when she was just 13, has been found to be working as a prostitute, according to a report. Read more here.

I have followed her story since 1997. Her downfall since entering university as a young teenager, I must say is rather spectacular.

She was the pride of Malaysians; appearing on the front pages of our local dailies when she was only 13, wearing a square hat and an innocent smile. Although we know she isn't exactly Malaysian (in fact, a UK citizen), but having a Malaysian mom was enough for us to stake claim on her most amazing mathematical prowess.

She was admitted to Oxford University to study mathematics at the tender age of 13. At 13, the only maths I know was who stole my marbles, how many and what colours, and how many parts I was going to chop the thief up.

She commanded a lot of respect from the academics. I remember the media portraying her as an all-rounder, played tennis at an highly competitive level and having seemingly normal relationship with all her family members. The message sent out was obvious, she was normal, just a little more hardworking than the rest of us nubs. So that gave us, the average joes, some hope - if you put in the work, you should see the result.

But sadly, the real result was catastrophic.

As soon as she started life as a uni student, she went rebellious with a capital R, complete with some divorce papers and a uni dropout tag some years later. It was never clear why she'd gone the other way. She blamed it on her relationship with the father, who himself made headlines and now doing time for molesting a student.

But the shock-and-awe, no, the awe-and-then-shock ending to the story never crossed anyone's mind. Now that she is richer than the average 23-year-olds, the English media has successfully put a halt to her colourful alternative career by blowing her cover (her glamour name is Shilpa Lee!). Although, I reckon, if she is unrepentent, she could easily cross the pond and make an even bigger fortune shooting porns in USA, with this new found infamy. But that's the devil in me talking - you can ignore that.

But as a Malaysian, and as a caring member of the society, I do wish she can re-start her life away from the glare of the public and do something that commands more respect, because clearly, she can do better.


Anonymous Bogan said...

She is still a math genius. Do simpletons know how much an escort/courtesan makes?

She makes 130 pounds an hour people. How much do you make in an hour..hehe

March 31, 2008 3:31 PM  
Blogger Sisuahlai said...

bogan, at least my maths sense is intact.

yes, she may make 130 pounds an hour, but no escort can rake in 130 every hour every day.

You/i/most may make a fraction of 130 pounds an hour with our conventional careers, but it is a fraction over a more lasting (if you're lucky, enjoyable) journey.

the downfall here is not in her lifestyle choice, but more to do with the circumstances and the decisions she was "pushed" into making.

March 31, 2008 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Bogan said...

I understand what you are getting at, heh, just saying that she earns n amount in 1 hour compared to a normal person who need to waste more hours.

Less work with more money is having more time to do other things. I didn't state she had to whore herself 9-5 like the common salaryman. The longer one works for x amount of dollars, the more hours one will being deprived. Does this explain my math stance?

I never did understand the stigma of prostitution, its a legal transaction between 2 consenting adults.

Also, prostitution combines free enterprise with sex. Which one are you against?

March 31, 2008 4:06 PM  
Blogger Sisuahlai said...

Gotcha point bogan. Ok.

My stance in most things is this: don't do anything that will lead to you running home to mama crying.

I'm sure there are many happy, successful porn stars and escorts. And I'm also sure there many miserable doctors, lawyers and engineers.

bottom line: do whatever rocks ur world, just don't regret it later. life is not often black and white.

March 31, 2008 4:44 PM  
Anonymous KpgNangkaBoy said...

She just wanted to prove that she seriously is an all rounder...hehe.

March 31, 2008 4:48 PM  
Blogger Sisuahlai said...

KNB, long time no hear. :P

March 31, 2008 4:50 PM  
Blogger Vincent Tan said...

Hmmm... Got her equation on life messed up somewhere by something. Turn a full 180 degree turn. She looks hot in the second pic, that's d only happy thought. Lol.

March 31, 2008 5:00 PM  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

she had been misguided along the way. coupled with her parents not so smooth marriage and her pressure in education as a 13 yr old, no one cld tell what happened apart from being robbed of her childhood.

April 02, 2008 9:36 AM  
Blogger Rainer Yong said...

being a math wiz, she has probably did most of her calculations on the following...

lawyer = ?
accountant = ?
doctor = ?
pilot = ?

hooker = more than the above.

April 10, 2008 5:48 PM  
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