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…