Throughout MCKK, Fadli was in the same class with me since Form 1 - the other 2 persons were Jures and Fazurin, in 1PK1, 2PK1, 3PK1, 4Sc1 and 5Sc1 throughout.
We both received Esso scholarship before we sat for our SPM and both rejected Esso the moment we received PETRONAS scholarship. I remember after a meeting at Kompleks Antarabangsa with 3 other recipients (one from SSP and 2 from MRSM), Fadli and I went to the car park afterwards and said - "there is no way we could survive ngn budak2 ni" ha ha (as it was, they were trying too hard to impress the Esso officers, in our books. Terlampau jue, budak koleq memang tak leh hidup dgn orang jue).
We went to Scotland and continued to be deskmates and lab partners (we were deskmates since Form 5 and in Form 4, he was sitting in front of me in the class) and were both in the school orchestra, both playing clarinet (we played clarinet since koleq days in what once known as Military Band). He went to Imperial and I went to Leeds but we both did Electronics and Electrical Engineering. I graduated one year earlier and started to do my ICAEW and one year later he too did his ICAEW, so we both qualified as chartered accountants.
I came back and served my bond, he decided to explore the world (and in the process had to pay the half a million ringgit ha ha).
20 years since the noisy mat salleh looking boy registered in Dorm C (my bed was near the cube and his was in the middle of the dorm), I am barely making ends meet and he's doing really well.
Fadli has come a long way (not withstanding all the gossips, blunders and many other things in between) - and I am not saying it because you have to pay for the drink every time we go out for a meal after this; but I remember how hard you work to overcome everything to be where you are.