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…!!!