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…


9 Responses to “Class Of December 2009”

  1. Chris 09/10/2009 at 4:39 pm #

    Cikgu… well said.

    A full cup must be carried steadily.

    For those who are still waiting till the last min to learn malay language.. “Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still”.

    I praise those elderly aunties who are attending your class for it take courage for them to not only learn “new language” at their age but to sit among younger people plus Cikgu Mansor.

    Sincerely your,


  2. Choy 13/10/2009 at 5:51 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    To tell you the truth, most of them actually can converse in Malay. But mind you, mastering your written Malay is no as simple as conversing it. In writing, you had to be able to spell correctly, especially when sometime ago there was a ‘huge’ change in Malay spelling.

    The other day, I had a conversation with Pehin Abbas Al-Sufri regarding the Ujian Bahasa Melayu. He told me frankly, he will not be able to ‘pass’ the Ujian if he sits in one. And he also told me that, he can’t even memorise the full name of our beloved Sultan…

  3. Siew 13/10/2009 at 10:52 pm #

    HAHAHAHA!! My godness! I looked so …. ……. HAHAHAHA!!! xD

  4. nina 27/10/2009 at 10:06 am #

    Hi Mr. Mansor,

    I am an ex-pat and interested to learn Malay. Do you also offer classes for ex-pats? What would be the rate and schedule? Where are the classes held?



  5. Choy 28/10/2009 at 12:01 am #

    Hi Nina,

    Thank you for asking.

    It has been my wildest of dreams to help the ex-pats understand Malay better, not only the language but most importantly the culture & its tradition. It would be the basics of understanding our Malay Islamic Monarchy better.

    Give me a buzz on 7136812. Looking foward to hearing from you.


  6. Din 05/12/2009 at 12:52 am #

    Salam, i am also called for the 13th Dec 09 exam. Is it to late for me to join your class? Btw i have passed my GCE O Level about 20 years ago. My speaking and written Malay is OK. Do you think I will benefit greatly from your course? BTW the million $$ question if i just wanted to see some past year paper….Do you have them?

  7. Choy 05/12/2009 at 10:21 am #

    Ur welcome to my class. U being a Malay (Isuppose) can study foc. My contact no 7136812 🙂

  8. Din 05/12/2009 at 7:08 pm #

    Thank you very much. Please give me or text me ur add. I have just sms 2 u. I’d like to join ur class for the remaining 11th hour preparation.

  9. Choy 05/12/2009 at 11:20 pm #

    Done! Welcome to the party bro… hehehe…

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