Tag Archives: Ujian Bahasa Melayu

Please Don’t Die……

17 Jan

I always wonder, when is the right time to die. For most of us, we can die anytime we want. When we die, the most our close ones will cry a little bit. Maybe a minute or two. Some may cry longer… (Some husbands will cry much less – for the death of  a wife will make them able to marry their scandals…)

The late Mr. Danny Chia (right) during class giving his 100%


BUT, it is not so for one family. The family of the late Mr. Danny Chia. His untimely death was the biggest sin he ever made. The sin which has to be shouldered by his young daughter. A sin that will make her live as a permanent resident of Brunei Darussalam. All started with the sin of  the father, the late Mr. Danny Chia of refusing to stay alive six months longer. Yes, the late Mr. Danny Chia died six months too early…


The late Danny Chia had gone thorough the Ujian Bahasa Melayu which he took in November 2007. He was so happy with the result. He was one step away from getting his Brunei Darussalam’s citizenship. With the citizenship his young daughter can follow suit. That was rightly so for most of us, the new citizens. As most fathers, he had plans for his daughter…

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Then one night, he got sick. He went to the SSB hospital ER  in KB to get his treatment. Around 11 pm, he sms’s his wife to tell her where he was and for what reason. He had a sore-throat. A few hours later, he was gone… The family so shocked, reported his death to the Immigration Department.

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He died before receiving his letter from the Immigration Department for his ‘loyalty oath’ to our beloved HM. He never receive the invitation letter. AND because of his failure to receive the letter and attend any ‘loyalty oath’ ceremony – his passing the Ujian Bahasa Melayu has now became null and void. The Immigration Department was quick to come out with a verdict – the daughter couldn’t get her citizenship.

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My I asked this humble question:

  • Does the late Danny Chia choose to die that early?

  • Can’t our Government be humane enough to to treat this unfortunate incident separately?

  • Was it really a sin for the late Danny Chia to die before ‘loyalty oath swearing ceremony’ thus making his young daughter to continue her life as a permanent resident?

  • By taking (and passing)  the Ujian Bahasa Melayu, isn’t ‘he’ proven enough how loyal he was towards our beloved HM, the government and our law. the late Danny Chia, to me was an example of  a true law abiding citizen (AND he was born here, in Brunei, himself).

  • Is it a sin to die early?

May you rest in peace, my friend…

Class Of December 2009

9 Oct

The new study session for candidates sitting for 13th. December, 2009 Ujian Bahasa Melayu has started. Currently 32 confirmed candidates has enrolled to the ‘early bird’ class. Early Intensive class will begin on 2nd. November, 2009 – nightly, Monday to Friday. Full ‘military type’ Intensive class is scheduled to start on 1st. December, 2009.

It was comforting to note that most of the candidates are first timers, aged below 30. Definitely, it would be an easier task for me to help most of them passing the Ujian. Some would have to study the hard way while most can relax a little bit.

The number of candidates coming to study is very manageable. Unlike previously, a big number can create havoc in class especially when some of them never bother to study Malay before getting the ‘call’ from the Immigration Department.

Malay as a national language should be studied by all. The importance of studying Malay should be made compulsory not only for Chinese students, but to all residents of Brunei Darussalam. Ujian Bahasa Melayu currently held twice a year by Lembaga Bahasa Melayu is so out-dated and easily predicted. Sadly to say, quite a lot of those who passed the Ujian was not because of their knowledge of Bahasa Melayu. They passed because of their ability to memorised the questions and answers.

I did a test for my students two days ago and able to take a few shots while they were on it. This would be a moment for them to treasure in the future.

This is one of the candidate, Chin Mee, a vegetable vendor. Frankly speaking, there is no way that she will get through this upcoming Ujian. This is one typical candidate who will only memorised the answers. Her level of Malay is of standard two non Malay speaking student. The worst part is, she does not understand English at all. The only way to help her is IF she can have a brain transplant with somebody of much higher education level. Chin Mee will definately be my biggest challenge yet. And for once, I am lost…

And this is Theresa an ex-English subjects teacher. She will be 64, this coming 14th. She is not a candidate for the upcoming exam, but interested to start studying early. She is a candidate for a written exam. At 65? To me, it is an absolute rubbish!

That was what she was told by the Immigration officer, simply because she was a teacher before. She was an English subjects teacher and being 64 now, can’t our Government be more considerate to citizenship applicant like her?

How about Pehin Lau’s son who sit for the oral test last year. How old was he then? Have a guess. His photo during the oral test below…

Missing Class of May 2009

13 Jun
In Aceh, June 2007

In Aceh, June 2007

There is no great genius without the mixture of madness…

ARISTOTLE

It is now 3.50 am, Saturday, June 13, 2009. Tried to get some sleep just now, but to no avail. It has been like this for 31 years, since 1978. The year I started my studies in Sixth Form Centre, Pusat Tingkatan Enam in Malay and in short, PTE, Jalan Muara. We were the last sixth formers to study there and the first batch to occupy the new PTE in Jalan gadong, before the name was changed to Maktab Duli Al-Muhtadee Billah.

Many of my SSS Class of May 2009 students were not aware that every time during their ‘full intensive’ course period, the seems to be ever energetic cikgu Mansor was actually coming to teach each day with very little sleep. The most I slept was four hours, for three solid weeks. Syukur alhamdulillah, no matter how little sleep I had everyday, it is very unlikely my students will see me yawning during class. It is all for the love of those victims of consequences – who had put their trust in me helping them to go thru the tough infamous Ujian Bahasa Melayu (Malay Language Exam) – and to help them improve their family and future generations living conditions – to achieve their future excellence, to better serve the country and to uphold our loving monarch sovereignty and legacy. And I am so passionate in doing this, something I know and something I do best. A born teacher…

Quoting what Jan Shim said in an earlier post, “everything happens for a reason…”.

My biggest number of student passing the exam was from Class of May 2007 (P28). 56 students out of possible 66 is now a proud and responsible citizen of Negara Brunei Darussalam (NBD). I believed, at-least two out of ten who failed from that P28 group was not because of scoring below 50 marks. There are other ‘ruling’ and criterion which the candidates need to adhere to.

NBD never judge the citizenship applicants qualification by checking how much money and property ones have, nor did the government requires each one of us to be potential gold medal earners in the Olympics. The government also never check you on your medical status. And the application process is always free of charge (only Cikgu Mansor charges you, hehehe…). NBD is only interested to know if you are indeed a law abiding (Berkelakuan Baik) PR’s, apart from, yes, passing the Ujian Bahasa Melayu. So, it is very important to pass the Exam and at the same time avoiding breaking our penal code law. Do not even go out from the country during Sultan Birthday’s or during our National Day.

I really miss giving my lengthy lectures in front of the class. I knew, some students may find it boring at times. I miss looking at those red eyes and the timid, weary and sleepy look and able to read their mind – when is this cikgu going to stop for his ‘smoke’ interval

I love you all Class of May 2009. I love you for being patient with my up-roar. I love you for letting me smoke in the class.

Thank you.

The Man I Called BRUCE LEE

5 Jun
I honestly thinks that has has got 16 packs :)

I honestly thinks that he has got 16 packs :)

My Idol, the late Bruce Lee

My Idol, the late Bruce Lee

He came to my class beginning of April 2009, together with some candidates for 24th. May, 2009, Ujian Bahasa Melayu. He is about 5’8” tall and weight about 60kg – looking fit with 16 packs (including his rib bones ler…). I gave him that nick-name as he doesn’t have a christian name because having to remember all 60 or so students Chinese name could take ages for me. By the way, Bruce Lee has always been my idol.

He is the father of one of my ex-student who had passed the exam and currently doing her medical degree program in Ireland(?). His presence at first I thought was to register for another of his son/daughter taking the upcoming exam. I was wrong. He said he came to register himself.

Looking at how old he seems, I was shocked. He is 57 he said.

I told him that he should apply for an ‘oral’ exam instead. His honest answer was he did. And he continued telling me that the Immigration Officer told him to take this one exam first (and fail) before he can be considered to take the preferred ‘oral’ exam.

That Immigration Officer should be intelligent enough to judge any applicant ability to genuinely pass the exam – and not to waste the ‘one seat’ which could improve someone’s chance of changing his/her life dramatically having pass the exam and getting the sacred yellow i.c.

The indirect instruction for Bruce Lee to fail the exam first, before he can be considered to sit for the oral exam is really unnecessary and a waste of the Government time. By doing so, we are actually denying the possibility of another would be candidate to pass the exam earlier. Why should we give the chance to someone who will definitely fail the exam? The big question is: is this really what His Majesty’s Government want?

Bruce Lee is 57, okay, he is not sixty yet. Maybe the ‘rule’ says – oral exam are only for those over sixty. Fair enough. But, please somebody, answer my simple question: how old is Pehin Lau’s son when he was selected to sit for the oral exam last year? 51? 52?

Why the double standard?

The oral exam was introduced in order to be FAIR to those people who are less literate to pass the Malay test before they can be considered to be given the citizenship. This is part of  Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Muiz’zaddin Wad’daulah, Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam titah. To be FAIR and to uphold our ideology of ‘Adil Laila Bahagia’. Seems that ‘adil’ is only for certain quarter of people. Urghhh…!!!

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