P33 Ujian Bahasa Melayu: The Paper

26 Dec

As mentiond earlier, the latest paper was a bit of a shock to most candidates. The changes were obvious – not for the better, but for the worst!

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Karangan (composition titles) were okay. A title from a proverb as predicted, came out. It has a link to one of the title “membina Keluarga Bahagia” in P32 paper. This time, it is in a form of proverb (peribahasa) –  “Seperti Kacang Lupakan Kulit’.

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The titles:

  • Bagaimana Kita Boleh Mempelbagaikan Sumber Ekonomi Negara Bagi Kemajuan Negara Serta Mencapai Objektif Memajukan Negara Ini

  • Penggunaan Bahasa Melayu Selepas 50 Tahun Sebagai Bahasa Rasmi Negara

  • Bencana Alam Yang Dahsyat Yang Melanda Negara Jiran

  • Seperti Kacang Lupakan Kulit

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Bina Ayat (sentence building) for Imbuhan was from the key word ‘MASYHUR’ or in English, famous/well known:

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  • Masyhur

  • Memasyhurkan

  • Kemasyhuran

  • Pemasyhuran

  • Termasyhur

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Basically, my students will not have any problem building sentences out of those words. I knew most of them will manage it with ease.

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BUT, the sad thing was with the second section of Bina Ayat, suprisingly, the Board opted to choose words with an Islamic terms.

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If I remember correctly, Ujian Bahasa Melayu for Brunei citizenship applicants, are to ‘test’  the candidates knowledge of Bahasa Melayu, the culture & customs of the Malay. Generally, MIB is out of the picture – even though the subject was taught in my class.

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It was a public knowledge that more Malays failed the Ujian. This is due to the fact that the Malays were generally egoistic & over confident – thus making them too complecent to study. AND choosing words from the Islamic terms will not help them passing the Ujian either. AND I TRULY BELIEVE, this is not what our beloved HM wants. We should be fair to all candidates and try to avoid the slightest of racism possibility.

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SHOULD OUR GOVERNMENT REALLY FEELS THAT IT IS NECESSARY FOR THE NON MUSLIMS TO KNOW OUR ISLAMIC TERMS/LAW (WHATEVER), MIGHT AS WELL FORCE ALL THE NON MUSLIM CANDIDATES TO CONVERT TO ISLAM… PERIOD…!!!

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The words are (choose five):

  • Firman

  • Taufik

  • Khutbah

  • Zakat

  • Petunjuk

  • Takdir

  • Takwa

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My pity was towards those non muslims who never come close to studying those Islamic terms. Whatever reason the Board may hold, it was truly unfair and cruel for them to do so. Maybe the Board themselves needs to go thorough myspecial course. I believe, none of them can recite Kebawah Duli’s name in full (all 32 words, within 7.5 seconds as I did…).

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I rememberd having a lengthy chat with a Pehin who was once in the Board himself. He told me frankly that he is not able to recite Kebawah Duli’s name in full. AND he also told me that, there is no way he can pass the ‘Ujian’ if he were to try it himself… It is really ironic, and sad too… (according to him – gila gaya durang membuat kertas soalan…)

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To be continued…

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