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.

7 Responses to “Missing Class of May 2009”

  1. Jessica 13/06/2009 at 10:34 am #

    Cikgu,
    We missed the class so much too. Hope will have good time when we had another gathering next week. Take care….

  2. Prefect Nov 08 15/06/2009 at 12:31 am #

    [Telinga], y no lenghty one for our batch lei haha. The above is touching. I was so overjoyed to hear our classmates pass the exams…let alone cikgu. Its a big class in May 09. Good luck and pray that most can make their way to the country of milk and honey.

  3. John Travolta - saturday nite fever 16/06/2009 at 2:57 pm #

    Hello my Grand Master ……. Still smoking in class or someone dares to stopped middle of ur class and invite u for a short smoking break ? Me quit smoking dah it’s been almost 16 months now. Just drop in to say Hi and take care Brader………..

    • Sheikh Mansor Sheikh Mohammad 16/06/2009 at 7:20 pm #

      Still… Hehehe…

      Good for you to be able to quit smoking bro. Keep it that way… Thank you for dropning-by🙂

      • John Travolta - saturday nite fever 18/06/2009 at 11:00 am #

        Cikgu its all takdir kali cos I actually had a very bad cough for almost a month so I was thinking why not I just stop and thinking of that I had the will and the power and proudly I said SMOKING is bad for ur health hahaha perasaan………

        • Bro Choy 18/06/2009 at 11:43 am #

          Ya, i do agree with u bro, smoking is bad for your health🙂

          Unfortunately for me, it’s my saviour… hehehe…

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