Friday, 12 December 2014

NARRATIVE ESSAY: STORY BEGINING...

I am very impressed with this story continuation from one of my students in Pasir Mas during the Intensive English Class where he had beautifully wrote a story complete with conflict,climate,theme,flashback and ending.To all my students..please read through and give your assesment of this story.
*This student is from IMTIAZ TRENGGANU.

 STORY BEGINNING…Last  night I  was with my family at the night market.All of a sudden…..  
Last night, I was with my family at the night market. All of a sudden, I saw a figure who I recognized was lying motionless  by the roadside. I was dumbfounded and speechless. Crowds had gathered and I  nervously went nearer. I stood rooted to the ground and tears started to roll down my eyes. Without tinge of doubt, I was so sure, it was him. “How could this be?” I was baffled. Then, I saw his mouth was muttering some words that I could faintly hear. “Help me! I am suffering –this pain is too excruciating”. These words came from his bluish and  pale mouth. Yes! It was him. It was Muhaimin. He was my  classmate for three years when I was studying in Al-Quran Institute of Terengganu. “How could this mishap happen  to you?”I wondered who did this to him.Then  fountain of tears profusely rolled down my cheeks.

 “Please, Muhaimin, I could not bear to see  this excruciating pain hurting you real bad”He did not answer  for a while.Suddenly  he acted strangely  like a person who had given up his life,he murmured and told me,  “Go away from me,the death would be easier for me than suffering this prolonged pain” He exclaimed  hopelessly. I could not believe these discouraging  words would be coming  out from a person of his aura and personality. He really has given up hope but it is not for  him to decide.I told him whatever the consequences,he must  fight for his precious life.He must build up his confidence and inner strength.There are still  plenty of things that he has got to go through and giving up his life now is not the right thing to do.

 I remembered when we were studying in Al-Quran Institute of Terengganu, he was among the top students in the academic. He also had a good attitude. All of his  teachers loved him because of his politeness and intelligent. Muhaimin, I knew him as a student that loves  to struggle in memorizing Al-Quran. As the result, he proceeded to finish his Al-Quran memorization  when he was only  in Form Three, infact it was two weeks much  earlier than me. To sum up, in the SPM results, both of us had achieved straight A's. After that, we went  separate ways.He chose Ummul Quran  University in Makkah  while I  pursued  a degree in Islamic University of Madinah. Although we were separated  over  a distance of over 500 kilometres,yet this mishap  had  given us  the opportunity to meet after  almost 7 years. Now, I am delighted to see him  after such a long  separation but again  meeting him  at  this tragic moment  where he is struggling  for his life would be an agony for me.Worst still,he is bearing  the excruciating now!
 
Without tinge of doubt, I called the emergency lines and within minutes, the ambulance arrived.  The situation now is a bit chaotic  with many people crowding the area. I was on the ambulance holding Muhaimin’s hand and whispered to him to read the syahadah.I saw the wound at his forehead and it made my blood frozen. Tears started to roll down my cheeks again. The ambulance zoomed past  the main road towards the hospital. “Be patient, Muhaimin. Everything will be okay.” I consoled him. Every second was precious for him to stay alive. My heart broke into pieces when I  saw him in this  such  painful and suffering  condition. He was unconscious because of a serious bleeding.We soon  arrived at the hospital  and I saw Muhaimin’s parents.They thanked me for umpteen times because of my quick  decision.Initially they were outstation when Muhaimin was involved in  this  hit and run accident.Soon the  Paramedic team  admitted him  to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Muhaimin  is now in coma. The doctor told us that an operation must be held quickly because he was in  dire need of blood. Muhaimin’s parents could not care less. They were willing  to sacrifice lots of money just to see their only son  saved  and they are prepared to pay whatever cost tagged by any hospital visitors on the blood that they need to pay.They were lucky as there were some genuine and kind blood donors who willingly donated the blood to Muhaimin.

The doctors quickly conducted the  operation and it would take them over 5 hours to assess the outcome of the operation.Moreover, the doctor mentioned to Muhaimin’s parents on the risk of the operation.It would be a 50-50 chances. If the operation is successful, he might probably be suffering   a  prolonged paralysis.

I was still hoping that some miracles would happen. I could not imagine if he would die, after a 7 years long of separation.His mother could not stop crying when seeing her only son through the peeping glass. The touching scene reduced me to tears too. His father asked me to adjourn at the canteen.Then, we went to surau to perform prayers. We prayed for the miracle to happen.Time trickled and finally the doctors were out of the operation centre. To our astonishment, hours after the operation,he reacted positively though very feeble and slow. The leading doctor then dropped the bombshell to us.Muhaimin’s parents and me screamed in tears and said these words, “Thank you ALLAH,you had  given us the miracle that we wanted so badly” We almost could not believe this happy news. His father hugged me. We went in the ward to see his condition. He was too weak but we could see his tears coming out from his eyes.Then,the doctor told us, he needed about 3 months, at least, to recover completely.

  Months flew by, and Muhaimin had fully recovered. One fine day, Muhaimin came to my house. He gave me a letter, it was the invitation to attend his convocation day. He asked me to represent his parents because they would be in Mecca performing the Umrah on that historical day.I told Muhaimin,  “Fortunately, my convocation day would be held the day before yours,so no problem buddy as long as you accompany me and my parents on my day too”.He gave his sweet smile and was his eyes were glittering with hope.

 Thank to the Almighty that our friendship still blooming.I never expected that  we would meet after a 7 years break-now we would finally be friends forever.Who knows he can be my in-laws too  when he sipped a cup of tea made by my only sister,Leha who has just finished her SPM examination last month.I saw Muhaimin’eyes were looking for Leha too!  

MUHAMMAD AMIRUL SYAKIREN BIN MD BAZLAN
INSTITUT AL-QURAN TRENGGANU (IQT)

Friday, 31 October 2014

NARRATIVE ESSAY


Living in this hustle and bustle city  has taken a toll on me.I suffered a lot. I could afford only a room to rent  possibly  around the corner to a  well-known office so that I could save up more  money.There is nothing better rather going to work on foot. As the maxim says,saving a little money can make it grow so I was determined to look for the smaller room at an affordable price.Initially I was  dumbfounded and felt hopeless to search for a place to stay as I wasn’t confident to look  for a  room which match my specifications. .As I walked through the humongous bulidings,something caught my eyes.I saw an advertisement " Seeking for a house mate.The room is fully furnished with luxurious and well-built stuffs.Interested ? Please call Amy at 09-76891000",I was so relieved.So without a tinge of doubt,I call ed  the owner, "Please Best Man, let me own that room", I pray to the Lord.My heart was palpitating wildly and I could feel the drumbeat.At last I was over the moon.

Since then,I could feel that enthusiasm was taking over me.My new house mate greeted me with a warm hug.I bet she was sweet and a  kind little girl.Time flies and we could hit it off even we just knew for a few weeks as she got the same interest as mine.We mostly spent our time by lounging on the comfortable yet large sofa and  engrossed at my Macbook to catch up with the new episodes of our favourite shows, Keeping up with the Kardashians.As times went on, I started to make my self at home and began to show my true colour.I was born with silver spoon in my mouth and being pampered by both of my parents.For sure,I wasnt asked to do the house chores.even once.

Since then, I always put the dirty cups and dishes scattered all over from the living room right up to the kitchen.Not to mention those unwashed cups and plates in the sink Amy was a clean freak girl and obviously   she is  mad.But still,I  just shrugged and apologized without turning over to a new leaf.She dashed into her room and locked herself up for a few hours.Only then a few hours later I was able to lure her back with the latest episode of our favourite shows.

The things began to be complicated and escalated.The problems were never addressed specifically .So my gut feelings told me that it could not be solve.But,I still clinched to my bad habits which ofcourse threw her wild.Pizza boxes lay open, bunch of papers  were scattered all over and not mentioning the usual things in the sink.Amy was outraged again and again and began to pack up all her things and went over to  her mother's home..I thought it was the best time for me to throw a party without having her at home.

As I was doing the decorations for the party,I walked passed her room and suddenly a pungent smell darted  out from it.I have been wondering what it was and where it came from.She always kept her room locked and it was no way to get in so I decided to use the spare keys.Her room looked clean but the smell was getting worst as I was approaching her bed.My eyes popped out as i found a dead body under her bed.Who would ever thought that a clean freak could be a killer? No wonder,the previous room mate left her things even the toiletries.'She is a killer' I did wonder that she got any sense of humanity? How could she do it.

As soon as I reached my phone to make a call,a strong push came from behind.It was Amy and he hold a big hammer and began to beat me up blow by blow.I was screaming for help and my voice began to disappear.I could feel her hatred with her no-mercy face.Tears began to roll down on my cheecks and I was imploring her to stop torturing me.Everything faded into black.

As i opened my eyes,i was in the large white room.Yes, it was a hospital.I could not make a move and i knew i was paralyzed.Yet, i was blessed that i still alive.I was saved by my caring neighbour that make a emergency call after he heard a fuss from the apartment.Amy was taken to the prison but at last she was diagnosed with a mental problem.She stayed at the common mental hospital.
It was my greatest fear of being untidy.I would never imagine that my life would turn up like this.

TIRA ZAINAL-MAAHAD MUHAMMADI KOTA BHARU 

NOVEL :CATCH US IF YOU CAN

NOVEL-CATCH US IF YOU CAN
Describe why the main characters are inseparable.Find as many evidences from the text to support your answer.

From the novel,catch us if you can written by catherine macphail,the two main characters,Rory and Granda are definitely inseperable from the begining of the story until the fine ending when the Macintosh family gathered and live happily

There are many clear evidences to support and show that both characters are inseperable.The begining of the story started  when an eleven years old ,responsible and cheerful boy reciprocated his great love and passion towards his Granda. He ran home from school to feed granda 's medication,bought hot pies for his lunch  and refuse to be in the school football team.All these traits are evidences of Rory 's love and passion towards his granda .Truly he did not  want to be separated from Granda

The next evidence is Rory avoid meeting Mrs folley  as often as possible as he knew of her interest to adopt him .Rory  did not like the idea at all as he wanted to be with his granda. The 'great escape' or the climax of this novel is a very strong evidence that both Rory and Granda cannot be separated. Rory plan precisionly to take granda out of Rachanadar as he could not see granda crying and suffering  in great pain.
The incidence at the caravan park tells us how much Rory loves Granda . Rory refused to run by himself and leaving Granda after they were blocked by the authority.

The incidence at Perth Station is another great example of the love and passion of a caring grandpa towards his grandson.Granda hit the lemonade boy until he became unconscious.The fact that the boy threaten to take Rory to the authority in exchange of a reward has upsetted Granda.Granda was determined to take further risk after he hotwired a blue corsa and ran away from the authority.
The next evidence at the stone bus shelter reflected how much Rory's love towards Granda. He was looking high and low for somebody to save his granda who was not breathing and motionless . It was fortunate when Mr william and his wife Alice saved the situation .

Finally the historic meeting at Jeff's apartment is another revealing fact that both are inseparable.Jeff offered Rory to stay with him. Nevertheless Rory had expressed his disinterest and told his father ,he preffered to stay with his granda .

Thus,the above evidences mentioned above confirmed that Rory and Granda are inseparable.

HAFIZ WAHAB-SABK AL KAUTHAR PERINGAT




NARRATIVE ESSAY: I JUST COULD NOT STOP TEARS RUNNING DOWN FROM MY EYES

WRITE A STORY BEGINING:I JUST COULD NOT STOP THE TEARS RUNNING DOWN FROM MY EYES
            
 I just could not stop the tears running down from  my eyes. I could not concentrate  my study. It was just difficult for me to focus on History subject.I saw around that all the faces of my friends were gloomy.So much has happened in just 24 hours. All of us were shocked with the news.
 I recalled when Yusuf was sitting beside me struggling with the English and Mathematics exam. After finished, Yusuf looked so relieved.We went to our usual places hanging out with the gang. He ordered his favourite drink, teh tarik. I noticed that he looked stranged and his behavior was different from before. I asked him, "Why you looked so pale  and little bit under the weather?"He brushed it aside and giving the excuse  as an exam fever.

After having tea-time, we went to Sogo for shopping. We were separated with the other friends. Yusuf asked me to follow him and we entered the sports shop. I was just wondering and started to ask  myself. It is because he never interested with the sport. When we entered, Yusuf dragged my hand to the football section. He chose one of the balls from the shelf and paid for it. I just followed him and observed what he did.

Suddenly, he took a marker pen out from his bag and signed on the football. After that, he gave to me and asked me to keep it carefully.I just wondering and asked him again, "Why you looked so weird today?" . Yusuf smiled and said, "Nothing, but if you missed me, just hug the ball". I was laughing and considered  it as a joke. Late evening, we went home and separated  our ways. Yusuf waved and smiled sweetly to me.

Later that night while I was watching television, I received a call from Yusuf 's mother, Aunty Fatimah. Her voice were chocked. She told me that Yusuf has  been admitted to hospital because of an accident. Then, she paused for a minute and said in a tearful voice, "Yusuf had left us.He  was rammed by a lorry.I was shocked,dumbfounded and speechless.
I called my friends and informed them about what happened to Yusuf. All of them were shocked and did not think that was last time they saw Yusuf. Without tinge of doubt ,we went to the hospital together. When we reached there, we saw Aunty Fatimah looked very sad. I tried to calm  her  and  gave her some spirit that we had to accept the fate.

 The next day, my friends and I helped Aunty Fatimah in the funeral.Then,i went home. I did not know that it was the last time I would see him alive and I now I know that the gift he had given to me was the last present for our friendship. His joke that night were still lingering in my mind.
I shall never forget this day for the rest of my life.

 Nik Raheel Attayyib,Maahad Pengajian Islam (MPI).

ARTICLE:POSSIBLE WATER CRISIS

                                          Possible Water-crisis-Start conserving now
                                         By: Anis Muhaimi bt Mohmad Rahim.

If the water crisis prolonged over the next four to six weeks then our country would be facing a severe drought season.It is a clear sign for the public to consider using all avenues conserving the water.It is even made worse with the recent announcement of metereological department that not a single drop of rain would be coming in the next four to six weeks.This is the forecasted weather issued by the department concerned which is alarming.Thus the situation has warranted our attention.In view of the seriousness of this acute problem,the public is reminded to carry out following measures.

Water is our important resource and every care and concern must be adapted by the public that it is not a time to exibit any wastage.We must therefore value every drop of water especially with the current dry spell.Use the water sparingly and save at every corners.When you take your shower,it is advisable to cut your time inside the rest-room as the longer you are inside,the more water you may use.You probably save that amount and use that for brushing your  teeth.   Remember to keep the tap close when you brush your teeth and open it when you have finished brushing.Likewise it is advisable to do your washing only when the washing machine load is full.Otherwise you may delay washing as it is not practical to continue washing with few  apparels only.Skip washing your cars during this dry spell.There would certainly be no comment about your clean and tidy car when everybody is suffering from water-cuts.The garden maintainence too can be done only with small water containers not using water-hose and this too can be done on alternate days.Wherever possible use recycle water such as using last part of your washing cycle from the washing machine.

The aspect of health too must be accounted during this dry spell which means no eating outside as you can imagine how would the kitchen at the restaurant be on this current dry spell.Use cup and paper plates at home and you may save plenty of water from washing the actual plates.

Wherever possible,it is advisable to use recycle water for example the last part of the water from the washing machine can be used to wash the bathroom or  to fill in the flush container.Try to save water by not flushing too often because too much of water is used for flushing.If there are any leaks,repair them immediately as the longer you delay on fixing them,the more wastage it would be.

Conclusively,we must take all efforts in conserving water at all times.The government too is putting all efforts such as implementing the modern technology of cloud seeding to bring the artificial rain to improve the situation.We too must play our part in conservation of water-remember if we do not adhere to the measures mentioned above,then we would be facing a serious water crisis.    

SMUA AR-RAHMAH KENALI  

ARTICLE:ACCIDENTS AND POSSIBLE PREVENTION

                            Accidents: Causes and Possible Prevention
                                      By: Siti Sufiah Bte Abdul Razak

  These days, accidents happen almost every day in our country. We can read about these tragic accidents in the local dailies. This issue has caused great concern to our government. It is heart breaking to see our loved ones dies to due to the driver’s carelessness and inconsiderate to attititudes. Past records have shown that most drivers are young and unexperienced. Mostly like to speed on the roads and highways. The motorcyclist too are young and inconsiderate are also adding to the fatal figures. Are we letting that figures to swell day by day? Let us have a closer look at the causes of the accident.

  As told in paragraph one, speeding is the main problem for an accident to happen. Yes, people in modern life has become busier and they will use a high speed in reaching their destination. Some people will speed even faster when seeing the orange traffic light that will cause them to beat the red one. This reckless attitude happen because it is not their family who is the victim. People these days can hardly think about ‘prevention is better than cure’ until it happens.

  Accidents also happen during eid celebration. At that period of time, families will travel for a long way in reaching their hometown. Some people might forgot to check their vehicles if it is in a failure to service or not due to the excitement of going back hometown. It is really dangerous when the brakes, clutches and signal lights are not working. Next, indeed to reach their destination even faster, drivers dared themselves to use the unsatisfactory roads and the highways with potholes. Because, it might be a short-cut for their journey.

  Every disease got a way to cure and in this case, there are some possible preventions to decrease the amount of these painful accidents. Firstly, drivers must change their attitudes. They need to get a life with a sense of integrity. They must not think it is always about them. Secondly, drivers should do regular service for their vehicles. They have to change important parts such as breaks and signal because they were created to avoid accidents.

  The government also have to take part in this accident’s prevention. They must maintain the road condition like new. They have to repair the damages roads so that it will be easier to drive. Government should also repair and prepare a proper signboards to alert motorists. We also should do a regular enforcement by authorities such as road transport and police road block. As the one who got power in laws, they can raise the eligibility of driving license from present 18 years old to 21 years old. This is because to avoid the unexperienced drivers to be on the road.

  Conclusively , as the citizens of the public, it is advisable for us to take precautionary measures to ensure cases of accidents to be reduced. Of course the task seems impossible but we hope the government and the citizens will work together to make Malaysia’s dream of decreasing accidents a dream come true.

                         
SITI SUFIAH
SMK FALAHIAH,PASIR PEKAN

ARTICLE:TRUANCY AND HOW TO OVERCOME IT

                                      TRUANCY PROBLEM AND HOW TO OVERCOME IT
                                       BY:AISYAH AURORA 
   
  Lately , there have been a lot of truancy cases involving the students from our school as well as other schools and this is worrying the school administrators as well as  the parents . It is also considered as a disciplinary problem that has been going on  for years.Many students who play truant are seen in cybercafes and shopping complexes . I think we should work hand in hand to overcome this problem .Otherwise, it will tarnish  the school image and reputation .
   
 There are many reasons why the students are playing truant .One of it is because of peer influence . Students who are  involved  in this truancy problem  are usually colleagues of students who have discipline problems. They would follow their friends playing truant and having fun after being influenced by their friends . Moreover, there is a tendency that the problematic students are also effected by their disinterest in learning . Some students who have low academic performances  at school are usually losing their interest in learning . Also,these students who are playing truant are  also in the same group after they are being scolded or humiliated by their teachers in front of their classmates . Hence their interest to be in classes would be greatly affected.

 What is even worse,the truancy cases are coming from those effected by lack of attention from their parents . Some of their parents have to work all day and night to find money for their family .These parents  do not have sufficient time to spend with their children or getting involved with their academic progresses. This will make their children to  revolt and do anything they like .On the other hand, stress is also another reason on why truancy happened to many students. Some students who are often being bullied in their schools  and the victims will go through a great deal of stresses  until they  are  not able to concentrate in their classes  anymore . The problems at school with classmates and teachers plus those at home will surely carry the unavoidable stresses.This made the students wanting to escape from this unruliness.

 Some of my suggestions are the students have to be monitored by teachers at their school . Discipline teacher has to take responsibility in this case.Also teachers should give warnings to them such as tell them that they will be handed over to the Police if  they are found  playing truant . School administrators also must play a role to send all this problematic students for counselling  with the hope  some of them will realise the effect of mixing with  wrong companies  and hoping to change  for the better.

On the other hand, the school administrators should hold some interesting school activities . This will attract the students to attend school and stop playing truant . The school administrators  can  also organize awareness campaign for the students at school to prevent the truancy problems occuring  and hold some motivational talks .Lastly , the discipline teacher should meet parents and have dialogue with them about the  problem.

In conclusion,I hope the truancy problem which is happening in many schools especially from the last classes can be cut down with the involvement of all hands.Let’s make our school as our second home and truancy problem  will surely be under control.

Aleesha Aurora .
SMK Kubang Krian 1,
Kota Bharu,Kelantan

ARTICLE:KEEPING YOURSELF FIT AND HEALTHY

                                                     Keeping yourself fit and healthy
                                                     By : Amal Azwa Che Azuha

A healthy body produces a healthy mind. So keeping ourself healthy must be the top priority in our check list. An adage ‘Health is  wealth’ is applicable not only for the older groups but also to the younger generations.As the saying  goes,  ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is a clear example for those who are health- conscious. There are more to gain when we are healthy compared to when we are sick. Therefore to keep ourself fit and healthy, I am suggesting for the following tips.
   
It is undeniable that getting enough rest like getting enough sleep every night is a good health. Thus, sleep is an essential for good health. Sleep is one of the most essential things a human body needs in order to function effectively. Even a short nap can benefit a tired body and give a weary mind a few minutes of rest. A good night’s sleep removes tiredness, stress, tensions and worries. Identifying and correcting poor slepping habits can help older adults to improve their well-being and quality of life.
   
In addition, we must take in balance diet. For example, determine the food before we eat. We should  plan our time to eat so that  we will eat less. A lot of people ban certain foods from their diet such as chocolate and ice-cream. Doing so will only make them crave for more,therefore  do not ban them but enjoy a small portion from time to time. A food diary will  enable us to identify which food or drinks that we need to cut down on and whether we are getting a balanced diet with enough food and vegetable.
Furthermore, regular exercise can prevent obesity. When we exercise, our bodies will burn up all the extra calories which would otherwise be converted into fat and  then lead to unwanted bulges. Being overweight  carry us  with it a number of other health problems.Hence  exercising  not only keeps us trim, but it also keeps away weight-related problems. However we spend most of our time in claustrophobic classrooms and homes. As a student with loads of homework, assignments and exams, exercise seems to be a monotonous chore. Nonetheless, healthy experts prescribe exercise as a prerequisite for a long, healthy life, as saying goes, ‘a life free from diseases and ailments.
     Besides that, we should go to a clinic or hospital for regular medical check up. We also can check blood circulation, level of cholesterol, heart ache  and others. If our blood circulation is  in good condition, the capacity of blood to carry oxygen is increased. At the same time, payment of a clinic is cheap especially  the 1 Malaysia Clinic. The clinic  is really helpful for people who are not wealthy and the equipment of the clinic are satisfactory.
   
Moreover, stay away from things that  may harm us. For example, illegal racing, drugs, smoking and others. The killer thing that is  very dangerous is drug  because drug can kill everybody irregardless  of colour and religion. So stay away from drug  as drug  is addictive. Becareful about whom we mix with. Pursue a hobby, participate in sports and other co-curricular activities. Taking drug  will not solve our problems but it will only increase them and make us a social misfit. We will end up being a burden to our own family, friend and society.
   
In a nutshell, life is precious moment from God. It is the duty of every individual to value the moment. Keeping fit is therefore our responsibility Shirking from our responsibility indicates either we are  ignorance or indifference. We have to get our prioties right before we become victims of our own careless habits.

SMIP

ARTICLE:INDISCIPLINE IN SCHOOL

                                                       INDISCIPLINE IN SCHOOLS
                                           BY:NURAIN ATIQAH BTE KAMARUZAMAN 

It is sad to see cases of indiscipline in many schools has been on the rise.Nowadays it is not surprising to see teachers beaten up in school and out of school compound.Are we going to allow this phenomena to continue where teachers are under target of being assaulted and embarrassed?These indiscipline in schools has  open up to many problems and they are effecting other schoolchildren.Cases such as extortion,gang-fight,vandalism,gangsterism and truancy too mention a few need thorough review by the government and school administration.Otherwise the situation may worsen and effecting the good image of many other schools.

There are many causes of indiscipline in school.The students who hailed from broken families and whose parents have passed away are part of the causes which contribute to the disciplinary cases.Although not many of them who are involved yet without anyone taking care of them at home,they tend to overstress themselves and proceed to negative activities such as extortion and gang-fight.On top of that the peer influence also plays a role.They are easily influenced with money and materials gifts so they will do whatever it takes to satisfy their peers need.The case would be exacerbated when the gang leader recruited other students who are willing to join them.Thus these indiscipline of vandalism,gandsterism and truancy  will spread like fire if the school administrator fail to rectify them.

The effect of indiscipline can be clearly felt especially when the students start to go against the school rules and regulations in bigger group.Truancy is a good example.It happens when the teacher is having a meeting or on leave.When somebody starts to leave the class,others will follow.These students will then go to the toilet or other  hidden places in the school compound.Some have the guts to leave the school compound and go to cybercaf├ęs and snooker centres.Others who are bored or stressful may vandalise the school properties by damaging  them.

Apart from that,extortion is also another form of indiscipline where students like to show off their colours and powers.The junior students become the victims. These juniors students will do ridiculous tasks and gang-fight will happen if the junior students refuse to follow the instructions.Hence it gives a trauma to those who are beaten in and out of school compound.The end result would force the parents to pull out their children from the school.

There are many suggestions to overcome these indiscipline in school and one of them is to give the extra powers to the teacher to cane the students.Unlike those old days when teachers have free hand to cane those indiscpline students but now the scenario is different.Teachers have to be more careful as some parents may proceed with police report or confront the teachers and assault them.This has made the students lose their fear and respect for their teachers.Hence, teachers to be allowed to beat students’ palms if they misbehave although they may not be allowed to beat other parts of the bodies.Students will  then have some fear and this will help the teachers to control them.For severe cases of indiscipline such as assaulting teachers,the culprit  must be publicly caned.This kind of punishment is rarely done and the impact is, it will teach the offender not to repeat the mistake.Moreover other students will not dare to misbehave for fear or receiving the same punishment.Those students who are on blacklist by the school administrators and refuse to change,then they will have to be suspended.Suspension may depend on the wisdom of the school administrators and it is hopeful that the students will come back to school with new look and determination.However if the student comes back and repeat the offences,he should be expelled.This fear of expulsion may make students change and behave for the better.For  other serious cases such as arson and gang fights,only the police are the best people to handle these.

The indisciplinary cases must be stopped or cut at the nip of the bud.As parents,they want their children to enjoy learning in school.An adage which says “School is our second home” must be instilled in the minds of every schoolchildren.Let’s make our school a place of interesting and enjoyable activities.

NURATIQAH BT KAMARUZAMAN
SMK WAKAF BHARU.          

ARTICLE:INDISCIPLINE IN SCHOOL

SPM MODEL QUESTION 2014 
DIRECTED WRITING-ARTICLE

Indiscipline in many schools has been on the rise and the problem has caused a great concern to the government.
Write an article entitled: Indiscipline ion schoolsUse the following points to assist you in your preparation of the article;
A)Causes of indiscipline
*Broken family
*Peers influence                              

B)Effects of indiscipline
*Truancy
*Vandalism
*Extortion
*Gang-fight

C)Suggestions to overcome
*Teachers to be given power to cane student
*Public caning
*Suspension then expulsion if repeated the offences

Your answers must be in paragraph.Use the correct form of article format.
Marks to be given on language,clarity and presentation.

(35marks)

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

DIRECTED WRITING-ARTICLE SPM MODEL QUESTION 2014

SPM MODEL QUESTION-2014
Directed Writing: ARTICLE 

The current dry spell has put the country on alert.There is a possibility of water rationing to be imposed in effected areas.

You are the journalist of a leading newspaper and is assigned to write on a article entitled: “Possible Water-crisis-Start conserving water now”.
Use the following points to assist you in the preparation of the article:

*Public awareness on the value of water.
*Start conserving water on showers/usage of toilets/brushing of teeth/ full load washing with washing machine/cars washing/garden maintainence.
*Use paper plates at home and avoid eating outside.
*Recycle water wherever possible and fixing leaks immediately.

You may add any other points to make your article interesting.
When writing your article,you should:
*give a title
*the writer’s name
*elaborate on the points
*write in paragraphs.


DIRECTED WRITNG ARTICLE-KEEPING YOURSELF FIT AND HEALTHY

DIRECTED WRITING -ARTICLE
SPM MODEL QUESTION 2014

Your school has recently launched a “Health Week” in conjunction with the national theme ,Keeping yourself fit and healthy.
Write an article  emphasizing  on ‘Staying fit and Healthy’ and use the following points to assist you in your preparation of the article.

*Getting enough sleep and rest.

*Taking in a balanced diet

*conducting  regular exercise

*regular medical check

*Stay away from things that may harm you

Your article must have a title and a writer.
Write in paragraphs.

35marks.

DIRECTED WRITNG:ARTICLE

SPM MODEL QUESTION 2014 
DIRECTED WRITING-ARTICLE

Indiscipline in many schools has been on the rise and the problem has caused a great concern to the government.
Write an article entitled: Indiscipline ion schoolsUse the following points to assist you in your preparation of the article;
A)Causes of indiscipline
*Broken family
*Peers influence                              

B)Effects of indiscipline
*Truancy
*Vandalism
*Extortion
*Gang-fight

C)Suggestions to overcome
*Teachers to be given power to cane student
*Public caning
*Suspension then expulsion if repeated the offences

Your answers must be in paragraph.Use the correct form of article format.
Marks to be given on language,clarity and presentation.

(35marks)

NARRATIVE ESSAY:ENDING

Write a story ending with '' I was not the same after the incident''            

During the last school holidays,my very close friend Abu and I went to the Cyber Cafe to play some internet games and to watch videos from youtube.  After playing for quite a while, my friend asked me to see one of the videos, he said that it was a good one. Without wasting any time I rushed to his computer to watch the video.It was about, Do it-Yourself kit on “how to make home-made explosion from black powder”.  After watching the whole video Abu and I had the same idea in our mind to try out this exciting Do-It Yourself Kit.Then  we decided to make our own explosive black powder so that we could blow-up everything in our neighbourhood.
The next day, we started to purchase the ingredients that we had listed from the  video.We had all the ingredients ready except for one which is KNO3 or otherwise known as potassium nitrate.  We went to all shops in town to find this deadly KNO3, fortunately we managed to find it in a gardening shop located two miles away from Abu’s home.At about noon, after we had all of the ingredients, we began to build our own laboratory.I remembered my mum reminded me to take care of the backyard and everything must be clean and tidy.Abu and I quietly planned the “invention” without dirtying the compound.We brought two refrigerator’s boxes in the junkyard.  We  also brought some boxes which contained the ingredients to the backyard.Later we combined the two boxes to make a spacious laboratory perfect for our magnificient experiment.After punching some holes to  ‘the lab’ for ventilation, we brought in the materials needed to make the black powder.
The mixture of composition began and we started to mix all of the materials together according to their ratios such as 15 parts of sulphur, 30 parts of charcoal and 55 parts of potassium nitrate.  After mixing all of the materials together, we were left with a chuncky powder.  If the black powder is not fine enough, it will only burns slowly and it would not create an explosion.So,we put the powder into the blender and grinded them to make a fine powder.  After that, we filled the black powder in a small barrel.Abu asked me to get old newspapers from my house to wrap the barrel, so I quickly ran to get it.

Suddenly,I heard a big explosion. It was too fast The explosion was so large that it shattered all of the windows in my house.Many houses that were one mile in radius were badly damaged from the blast. A few moments later, I was up on my feet,I felt a little dizzy, at the same time my eyes were blury and my ears were deaf. I then quickly ran outside through the back door to check on Abu.  As I just stepped out of the door, I was shocked to see that our box laboratory was disintegrated due to the massive explosion.I tried to find him but with my blurry vision it was like looking for a needle in a haystack.  Then I called out for him, after a few shouts I heard a faint coughing.  I rushed to find the source of the coughing, as I was crawling on the ground.Finally, I found him under the debris of the boxes.  He was covered with blood and both of his arms were gone.I held him on my lap and said, “It’s going to be alright,you just hold on’’.  I yielded for help a few time as tears were flowing through my eyes. As he was dying, I tried to talk to him but my words just stuck at my throat.  I just hold him tightly hoping that he would hang on until help arrived.Soon,the paramedics arrived.They put Abu  and me on a  separate stretcher and took both of us. At that time I barely remember what  had happened.I had passed out.          
 The next day when I opened my eyes, I was in a hospital  bed.  The doctor said that I would be fine. I tried to ask the doctor about Abu but the doctor just ignored me and told me to rest. Later, I then found out that Abu didn’t make it.He died due to massive lost of blood and a severe head injury Abu died because of our blatant mistake.        

 I had made a decision that had killed my best friend.I knew that I would never escape from the guilt of killing my own friend.  I had made a full recovery from the incident but the trauma remained.Now, when I heard a “bang” I could recall the incident liked it happened yesterday.  For what its worth, Abu was a really good friend.I was never the same after that horrible incident.

Complements to Teacher Ainul Mardhiah of SMK Tumpat.

NARRATIVE ESSAY:ENDING

Write a story ending with:"...... That was the worst day in my life.I shall never forget it."

I have a brother. He is my only brother in this world. he is my hero, my ultraman, my spiderman, you name it. Yes, he is my one and only brother in my fairy tale. He is an unpredictable,awesome,handsome,responsible and hilarious person in my life. Yes, he is Farizal Marlias.
He might not be stylish or handsome as the models adorning Aaroon Aziz advertisements. But for me he is above them all. I would not trade him even that anyone would offer me a wealth beyond of my imagination. That is how much I love him.because he is the person that could me happy. If anyone could make me smile when I'm crying,he could. When I'm insanely mad and throwing tantrums and nobody dared to tell me to be more matured or thinking rationally he would. When I'm bawling my heart out and no one could lend me a shoulder to me to cry on. He will.I love my brother. A philosophy said that LOVE is NOTHING, a typical Malay said that LOVE is BLIND. but for me LOVE is Farizal Marlias.
My parents was involved in a car accident when I turned thirteen. On that day,I got the worst news, from my teachers.I was at school. My brother took me home. My school is far away from the  house.I stayed at the  hostel.Since that fatal accident, I moved and stayed  with my beloved brother. This year, I shall face a big examination in my life. I'm SPM candidate. Becoming  a form 5 students makes me half dead. It's lot of homework to do,so many subjects..you name them.Honestly  I'm not a hardworking student. Yes. I admit it. seriously, I am not.
One day of my life, I had made my brother’s blood boiling all over me. I made his day with a bad news. The most severe news. I guess!  He was so furious. He looked at my report card.Nothing in this world can save me and my fingers were trembling.I knew that I deserved whatever punishment. I looked at his furious face.He was gripping his teeth  me. I  hope there will be a miracle here to save me from this stressing moments.
 "Look you only get 29 marks for your Chemistry?". Seriously I can not put my eyes on his face right now. oh my gosh, I don't want face it right now. Then, suddenly his voice sounded again and again. “Why can’t you score like what you had in your addmaths”?Why my dear?"The anger scared  every nerve in my ears.He stood up and came towards me. Right now, no words can describe what I feel. My heart is beating very fast. Dap dup dap...  Then, one slap came onto my faces."Pangggggggggg..." "That is what you should get for your bad result".
Seriously, every nerves in my face was groaning in a pain.My eyes tried not to let the tears slipped out.I dashed to my bedroom. Dumn.Dumn and dumn. I opened my door and I get in. Then, locked the door.I was crying like a baby.It was totally hard for me to accept a 17years old girl being slapped by an elder brother for failing in just one subject.My dad and mum never did this to me. Seriously, he is the first person in my life that really had the guts to put his palm on my face.
I vowed to show him that I can score better than 29 marks.I left a note on his table telling him that I wanted to shift school and stay in the hostel.
Months went by,so SPM shall be tomorrow.I didnt waste much time anymore except flipping through my notes.Guess what?I had a visitor.My eldest brother dropped by with my sister in-law.I thanked my brother for that painful and “nice” slap which he put on my face few months ago.I am a better person now.I told him that time has changed ,so am I.Then I confidently hugged him and told him that my results would be nothing less than 10A’s.He was sad in tears but he realised without that nice slap,I wouldn’t have changed.
Soon the results was announced.I became the top student in my schoolThis lesson I have gone through taught me so many things.I  shall never forget it...

HAIFA BUKHORI-MAAHAD MUHAMMADI KB

NARRATIVE ESSAY:HIS MOTHER SMILED WHEN SHE HEARD THE NEWS...

Write a story beginning with: His mother smiled when she heard the news…

His mother smiled when she heard the news. Daniel too, was grinning, showing his good white teeth while holding up a piece of parchment. This was the moment he was waiting for. “Finally, after nearly half a decade, you’re employed,” said his mother. Her smile had not yet vanished. “And I’ll be the best despatch ever,” exclaimed Daniel, as he scurried up the stairs. “And a great despatch needs a nice night’s sleep,” he continued as he nearly tripped over one of the steps.
His mother just shook her head watching her only son in action. Daniel was not a bright person, but he sure was very nice and that employment was a feat indeed. Meanwhile, as he crouched upon his cosy single bed, Daniel secretly imagined himself coolly, riding his good old scooter, going here and there, delivering mails to companies, big and small. He had an exciting feeling as he waited for the next fabulous day.
Light was flooding into Daniel’s room as he woke up. He stretched a little as the birds chirped and sang their melodies. Then, with a gush of thought, he remembered it all. This was his first day in office and he must make this the most perfect day in his life. Then, he wondered, “Why did I hear no alarm?” It was then that he was frightened to death. It was five minutes to nine and he was so late. Cursing underneath his breath, he grabbed his shirts and working attire, not bothered to even take a little shower. Within a few minutes, he grabbed his helmet and rushed downstairs. Mother had gone to the town, as usual. “Typical mom! Why didn’t she wake me up first?” he muttered slowly. Then, he grabbed a nice piece of sandwich and went outside.
“Thinking positive yields positive results,” The words from the all-famous motivator, sirrosdi came to him as he rushed to his good blue scooter. He told himself to relax and stay calm as he got on the scooter. But another tweak came as he went to start the engine. The scooter made a rumbling noise. He tried to start the engine again but that noise came again. Then, he remembered something. He went to the back of his scooter and checked the oil tank. “Oh goodness, silly me! Why did I forget to fill up the tank?” cried Daniel as he banged himself in the head. A glance at his wrist-watch told him that it was 9.12 a.m. and that he was super-late. Well, Daniel had two choices; either pushing his scooter to the nearest petrol station, which was a couple of miles away or running to the nearest bus-stand and catch the 9.20 bus.
He chose the latter and within a second, he was already speeding his way to the bus-stand, leaving his old blue scooter lying down in the corner. He kept glancing at his watch and constantly missed to say hello to a few villagers he passed by. He did not have the time to care. Then, he came right to the bus-stand and fortunately, he had not yet seen the bus. He sat down, panting to catch his breath and spent a few minutes being satisfied. But that was not after a young man came to tell him that the bus was unusually early that day and of course, he had missed the bus. Surely, truths were hard to swallow and Daniel was forced to take the second option; taking his scooter to the petrol station. Daniel was totally devastated. He could never imagine how this could happen in his first day of working.

The Superjaya Office had always been quiet and cosy, though the silence was sometimes broken by the ringing of the telephones and facsimiles. That day however the usual silence was unusually crushed by the exclamation of late Daniel, “SORRY I’M LATE!” Everyone stared at him as he burst into the main door, all-sweaty and dirty. It was already 10.30 and a short, chubby man came, looking very furious and told Daniel to enter his office. Naturally, Daniel knew that he had to face the babblings from the fuming boss, what with his lateness and dirty office attire, and on his first day too. After a half an hour inside the crammed office, Daniel went out, frowning but with a new spirit. “I must fix this situation. This will still be the best day ever,” he repeated to himself.
Then, he went to his desk, where there was a huge pile of mails, waiting to be delivered. Daniel grabbed a half of them and set to his scooter. He was spirited high in the air at the sound of his scooter engine, which roared like the lion in the movie ‘Narnia’ he watched a few weeks ago. Then, he went off to his destinations.
His problems and sufferings had not ceased. On the way, he was caught in a massive traffic jam, which cost him hours but he went on and on. It was half past one and he had not finished his works. So, he planned to skip his lunch and went to continue with his works. Well, his first day of working surely was dreadful. Precisely at 3 in the evening, he went back to his office, grabbed the other half of his mails and continued. It was already dark as he delivered the last mail. It was hectic and Daniel looked pale, paler than ever. “Ah, that was the last one!” He muttered as he sped off into the night, eager to be home.
Even so, there were still problems wanting to hurt poor Daniel. There was a sudden road block on the way towards his home but Daniel was confident, over-confident in fact, that he was all perfect. His turn came and he realized suddenly that he left his helmet at home. But the police caught him first and he was forced to pay the due, but not before a long, tedious interrogation.
Daniel was totally running out of stamina as he staggered towards the front door of his house. The fatigue on the other hand, was running high. It was nearly midnight and as he entered his home, his mother was waiting at the dining table with dinner. Daniel rushed towards his bedroom, clearly unwilling to stop for a chat. Apparently, his mother had understood and left him unbothered. Daniel on the other hand, was quite glad. He jumped to his bed, eager for a nice sleep, but not before setting up the alarm clock. This time, he was determined to get himself awake as early as possible. As he went to the brink of his dreams, he secretly wished that that day would be the worst day ever in his history of life

SEKOLAH MENENGAH ISLAM AMAN.  
NAIM.

NARRATIVE ESSAY-WRITE A STORY ENDING WITH:NOW I REALISED THE VALUE OF A TRUE FRIEND.

Sir,I would like to share this story in your blog: 

 I stand beside my room’s window. The rain is falling like cats and dogs from the dark and gloomy sky followed with the echo  sound of a  rainstorm. The weather as reported was not going to be good. At that time i could not  stop myself from thinking someone who used to be an important person in my life. Tears of sadness kept filling my eyes and not showing  any sign to stop. Her face kept on  appearing in my mind.

         Jessica is someone whom i cared so much. She is truly my  bestfriend. Eventhough we only knew each other during the  middle school but it seemed  like we have known over a longer  time. Everyone in my school called us  twin sisters because we were always together and have  never been apart. Even though we came from a different level but we never bothered about it. Jessica always told me that she would  study hard so that she could support her family. She has to take all her family’s responsibilities because she is the first child in her family. I really envy her because she has never shown any despair about her family’s difficulty. I hope that that i can be just like her whom I  have always known as a strong girl.  She always said, “we must  never give up in our lives and we must  always move forward.” Jessica and me have the  same ambition. We wanted to be a doctor when we grow up so we can help people in difficulty and distress..

         A few months ago everything had changed. Jessica started to change. She  avoided  me from meeting and talking  and whenever she saw me,her face would showed  a sign of depression. At first, i was kind of dumbfounded with her attitude.I kept questioning myself, ‘what’s wrong with her? Does she has a problem or  have I done something wrong to her?’ I didn’t  give much thought  because i thought that she would be having a family  problem.So i just let her be. But it happened for almost a week and we still didn’t communicate among each other. When i asked her she just kept her mouth shut without any answers.I was feeling outrageous. My heart was full with anger.We stopped contacting each other.

         After that, i started to hang out with a bunch of troublesome kids in my school. We played truant and broke school’s rules and regulations and since then it became my bad habits. My parent advised me not to make friend with them but I ignored them.During weekdays, we decided to hang out at the shopping mall near my house. On our way, i met Jessica and both of us were stunned. When she saw me, she quickly ran towards me and without hesitation she slapped on  my right cheek. Obviously, i was very angry.I tried to do the same towards her but when i saw her teary eyes I decided to hold  my hand.We have a big quarrel at the roadside.So she told me to stop hanging out with a bunch of troublesome kids. But i just answered her not to lay her finger in my life anymore. All her advises just fell on my deaf ears.. I left her in  disgust  crossing the road like nothing happened.

Suddenly there was a red car  driven at high speed and moving towards me. It didn’t show any sign of  slowing down. I couldn’t move my legs because it happened too fast and i felt my legs were stucked.I could  hear Jessica’s voice screaming  my name at the top of her voice. When i saw that car approached me, my legs kept shaking and my forehead was full of  sweat. I could not do anything at that time and i just closed my eyes tightly and waited for a death to pick me up. My mind could not stop thinking about my mistakes with my parents  and also towards  Jessica. At that moment i felt like my back had been pushed from behind and my body was moved to the front. When i turned my head,i  saw Jessica was flying in the air and her body was thrown up about  5  metres from the car. Without hesitation, i ran towards her and i held her right hand.I can saw  fresh blood  flowing profusely from her forehead and mouth. Her face still showed a pale smile and my ears can heard her words, “you are my bestfriend forever!”. That was the last time i heard  her voice and i knew  that she had left me forever.

           During Jessica’s funeral, her parents gave me a letter that was written by Jessica. Everything was revealed at that time. Jessica actually had a leukaemia stage 3 and the doctor who treated her already told that she would  never have any chance of recovering. Jessica knew that she would  die so she concealed about her illness. She also stayed herself away from me so, i would  not feel sadness from losing her. I cursed myself for my stupidity  because i left her when she needed me. I was  just a selfish person who didn’t know how to understand a friend’s feeling but it was too late to regret. Tears of sadness flowed down my cheeks. Now i realised the value of a true friend.

AMIERA WAHAB
MAAHAD MUHAMMADI PEREMPUAN-PTD 22

NARRATIVE ESSAY-WRITE A STORY BEGINING WITH:MY MOTHER WAS FULL OF TEARS WHEN....

Write a story beginning with “Her mother was full of tears when.....”

   Her mother was full of tears when she heard over the radio that a MAS plane, MH 113 had crashed somewhere in Pacific Ocean on its way to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Her fingers trembled and she could feel the drumbeat of her heart. The news hit me like a strong wave, cold sweat seemed to build up on my forehead. The tears came gushing through my watery eyes as Puan Mariam dropped the bombshell that shocked everyone.

 I was paralysed for a moment. The plane had taken my platonic friend, Melissa from Sydney, Australia had crashed. Melissa’s relatives and all her friends had made the perfect preparation to greet her arrival as she successfully graduated from Sydney University. We waited for Melissa eagerly since the last 4 hours and were ready to give her a surprise party when she reached at home. But in the blink of eyes, everything had changed. The atmosphere became gloomy and full of sorrow.
 
Without wasting any time, Melissa’s mother and I immediately got into the car and  we headed  to the hospital. My mind was filled with so many horrifying thoughts. I did not know what to say. It could not be her-not now- my friend could not die. She is the only daughter that her parents have. I shut my mouth to avoid the situation became worst. I tried to  calm Puan Mariam and  assured her that everything would be alright. We heard on the radio that there were many survivors in the crash. I hoped my friend survived too and I was convinced myself, she would be safe.

We rushed to the hospital that housed all the victims. I could barely walk as my legs were all wobbly. I could see Puan Mariam’s eyes were full of hope, wanted to see her daughter survive. There was a total chaos in the hospital. The hospital staffs were busy calming down the family members.I told myself that I was not ready to face the worst. Children were crying and the adults were too stressed facing each other impatiently, awaiting the news of their loved. Looking at anxiety all over the faces, I fought back my  tears and told  myself everything would be fine.

 The moment came.My heart beat wildly as one of the hospital staffs told us that he did not have the full list of the survivors but he asked us to check in the ward. Puan Mariam with her hands shivering, led me to the ward. We were both sweating profusely out of our nervousness. We went round the rows of bed filled with the survivors. I prayed that she was somewhere there. I looked around, people were full of joy upon finding their family members survived. Everything like a dream- I could see the happy faces and tears. I lost my balance and landed on a seat. I did not want my friend to die.I prayed hard that she would be somewhere around. We knew each other since we were kid. We shared our secret, played together and she was the only one who could make me happy. Our childhood memories still mingled in mind. I could not focus anything for now except imagining the good memories we had together.
   Suddenly, I felt a grip on my hand. Puan Mariam told me that Melissa was in the Intensive Care Unit. A hospital staff told her that Melissa was badly injured and currently undergoing an  operation.I was relieved to hear this piece of good news but at the same time, anxious with her condition. We rushed to the operation room.Then a doctor came out and told us that she had 50 per cent chances of survival. The team were doing  their utmost best to save her life.
 
We waited patiently and hoped for a miracle that would save Melissa’s life. Anxiety hung in the air. I felt like screaming to release the tension building up on me. Then the red light went on. The doctor came out. I could not read his mind. He neither  look happy  nor was sad. I got closer to Puan Mariam and held her hand tightly and waited for the moment of the truth. A word came out from his mouth that broke the silence, “She is now under stable condition and she is safe”
   My eyes was brimming with the tears. It was the tears of the happiness. I entered the room. There were many tubes all around her and they looked like small chains torturing and tormenting  her. She was breathing steadily and managed to give us a  faint  smile. I sat at the corner and muttered silent prayers of thanks. Puan Mariam looked very happy. As the moment, I remembered Melissa’s word, divine help can always create a miracle if we keep on praying.

Thanks to the Almighty,my silent prayer was finally answered.

_Hajar {Maahad Muhammadi Pasir Mas}

Sunday, 31 August 2014

QUESTIONS ON COMPREHENSION

Read the passage and answer the questions that follow.

Handling Problems Correctly

Jenny was feeling depressed. Her results in the trial examinations were dismal. Keng San was feeling wretched as he wondered if he could do well enough to get into university. Rose was downhearted as none of her children had called her on Mother’s day. Norita could hardly control her tears for the doctors had discovered a lump on her neck. She feared the worst. Rabin’s job was at stake as his company was facing financial problems.

How was he going to provide for his family if he lost his job?All of them faced problems - problems that threatened to overcome them. Everyone, at some time or other, faces problems.          Problems are a part of life and managing problems is, in fact,managing life itself. To seek to escape is foolish as the problems will still be there when you return.

However, knowing how to manage these problems is really the secret of maintaining a happy life. Firstly, accept the fact that as long as there is life, there will be problems. Yes, that means only the dead have no problems.

Break down your problems. If you have a big project that is difficult to handle, divide it into smaller sections of work. Start with a small section and then move on. Once you have started,
you will feel good and going on further will no longer seem a problem.Then things will fall into place easily and the job will no longer seem so overwhelming.
Keep your perspective. Sometimes things do go wrong.Also some people may never accept our opinions. If that happens, we have to learn to accept it. After all, if we have good health and can keep a cheerful smile, we can learn to forget such setbacks and get on with life.

Once I attended a very grand wedding where everything went beautifully until the three-tiered wedding cake suddenly came crashing down. It seemed such a disaster then but the bride and
groom are able to look back with a laugh at that  memory. It was bad but it certainly was not the end of the world. A correct perspective always helps.

Have a sense of humour. This will lighten the pressure even when you are faced with the worst kind of problems. It helps not to take yourself too seriously. Learn to laugh off mistakes in some situations. You can never get into trouble for laughing at yourself. Learning from mistakes is the next most important tip –
Always prepare thoroughly for whatever you are going to do. If it is a job interview, find out all you can about the job and the company. Whatever it is - prepare! That alone will give you sufficient confidence to lead you to success.

Remember: Never give up. Resilient people take the hard knocks of life and turn them into opportunities. Wasn’t it Thomas Edison who, when asked why he kept trying to make a new type
of battery after failing so often, replied “Failure? I have no failures and now I know 5000 reasons why it won’t work.” And what about Abraham Lincoln who, after so many failures that would have 50 crushed any other ordinary man, bounced back and became the President of America?

Did I mention that you should sleep well, eat well and exercise as often as possible? If you do not look after yourself, how on earth are you going to tackle the problems facing you? You owe it to yourself to be in top form. If you feel good, you will perform better. Don’t say you don’t have time to look after yourself. If you don’t, no one else will.You must make time for yourself.

Do not forget to continue doing things you really enjoy.It Is a pity to rush through life, not enjoying the many wonderful things around you. Do not forget to stop and smell the roseThe next time you feel depressed or downhearted, take a deep breath, tackle the problem and get on with life. Remember everyone has problems.


Answer all the questions. You are advised to answer them in the order set.

From paragraph 1,
(a) Which word has the same meaning as the word ‘disappointed’?
[1 mark]

(b) What would happen to Rabin if the company closed down?
[1 mark]

From paragraph 2,
(a) What was the common characteristic that Jenny, Keng San, Rose and Rabin
shared?
[1 mark]

(b) Why is it foolish to try to escape from problems?
[1 mark]

From paragraph 3,
(a) what does managing life well mean, according to the writer?
[1 mark]

From paragraph 4,
   (a)  what should we do with a big problem?
[1 mark]

 From paragraph 8,
  (a) what should we do before we start on something important?
      [1 mark]

From paragraph 9,
  (a) what do resilient people do with problems?
[1 mark]


We are advised to have a sense of humour. Describe an incident in your life that illustrates the importance of this point.


[2 marks]

Are you still playing your flute-THE MALAY VERSION.

Are You Still Playing Flute?

The Original Version of the Poem:

Masihkah Kau Bermain Seruling oleh Zurinah Hassan
Masihkah kau bermain seruling
walau waktu telah terlewat untuk kita bercinta
aku semakin terasa bersalah
melayani godaan irama
lagu yang tersimpan pada lorong halus buluh
dikeluarkan oleh nafas seniman
diukir oleh bibir
diatur oleh jari
dilayangkan oleh alun angin
menolak ke dasar rasa.
Masihkah kau bermain seruling
ketika kampung semakin sunyi
sawah telah uzur
waktu jadi terlalu mahal
untuk memerhatikan hujan turun
merenung jalur senja
mengutip manik embun
menghidu harum bunga.
Masihkah kau bermain seruling
ketika aku terasa mata bersalah
untuk melayani rasa rindu padamu
di kota yang semakin kusut dan tenat
adik-adikku menganggur dan sakit jiwa
bangsaku dipecahkan oleh politik
saudara diserang bom-bom ganas
dunia sudah terlalu tua dan parah.
Di sinilah berakhirnya percintaan kita
kerana zaman sedang menuntut para seniman
hidup di luar dirinya.

BIODATA OF ZURINAH HASSAN
Date / Place of birth : 13 June 1949, Alor Setar Kedah.
Permanent address : No.2, Jalan Pinggir, 8/1L, Seksyen 8, 40000 Shah Alam since 1974.
Academic Qualifications : B.A.Hons (Universiti Sains Malaysia), M.A. (Universiti Putra Malaysia). Doktor Falsafah, Akademi Pengajian Melayu, Universiti Malaya.
Awards :

1. Anugerah Penulisan Asia Tenggara (S.E.A. Write Award) 2004
2. Book Category Award
i- Pujangga Tidak Bernama, Hadiah Sastera Perdana(1994/1995)
ii- Memoir Zurinah Hassan Menjejak Puisi, Hadiah Buku Perpustakaan Negara 2002/2004)
iii- Memoir Zurinah Hassan Menjejak Puisi , Hadiah Sastera Perdana 2002/2003.

Are You Still Playing Your Flute? by Zurinah Hassan

Are you still playing your flute?
When there is hardly time for our love
I am feeling guilty
To be longing for your song
The melody concealed in the slim hollow of the bamboo
Uncovered by the breath of an artist
Composed by his fingers
Blown by the wind
To the depth of my heart.

Are you still playing your flute?
In the village so quiet and deserted
Amidst the sick rice fields
While here it has become a luxury
To spend time watching the rain
Gazing at the evening rays
Collecting dew drops
Or enjoying the fragrance of flowers.

Are you still playing your flute?
The more it disturbs my conscience
to be thinking of you
in the hazard of you
my younger brothers unemployed and desperate
my people disunited by politics
my friend slaughtered mercilessly
this world is too old and bleeding.

THEMES
Family commitments
Priorities in life
Neglect of one’s duties
MORAL VALUES
We should be aware of our family commitments and carry them out properly.
Everyone has priorities in, life and we should know what is important and what is not.
Following a hobby is good but there is a time for work and a time for play.
POINT OF VIEW
The poem is the first point of view.
The person is addressing another person and describing a situation to him.
LANGUAGE AND STLYE
Rhetorical question
Descriptive and questioning
Simple style and no rhyme
TONE, MOOD AND ATMOSPHERE
Sombre and regretful
Serious atmosphere

2014 POEM-ARE YOU STILL PLAYING YOUR FLUTE?

SHORT  POPULAR QUESTIONS RELATING TO :ARE YOU STILL PLAYING YOUR FLUTE?

1.Synopsis 

The persona is thinking of someone she was close to and who plays the flute.She longs to hear the wonderful soothing music that had touched her heart long time ago.She wonders if he is still playing his flute in their village that is now empty and quiet.She feels troubled that she should be thinking of him and her past while people around her are suffering as the world is changing.

2.Why do you think the persona can hear the songs of the flautist?

The persona can hear the songs of the flautist as the wind blows the melody into the air and she can hear it.She can also hear it in the depths of her heart as she is close to the flautist.

3.The word “luxury” is used in the stanza above to:
 Describe the poet’s feeling that she misses the luxuries in her village of watching the rain,gazing at the evening rays.collecting dew drops and enjoying the fragrance of flowers.

4.Write down two words to describe the village: a)quiet  b)deserted

5.Why do you think the rice fields are described as sick?

Because many of the villagers have left for cities and the rice fields are not attended to:

6.Write down two words which are related to persona’s brother?

a)unemployed      b)desperate

7.Why do you think the persona says the world is old and bleeding?Give a reason to support your answer.

The world is old and bleeding because of the social and political upheaval which has resulted in unity and merciless killings

8.Write down two words which are related to natural phenomena that occurs everyday.

a)evening rays     b)dew drops

9.What do you think the persona enjoyed doing when she was in the village?

She enjoyed the simple pleasure of life watching the rain,gazing at the evening rays,collecting dew drops and enjoying the fragrance of flowers vbecause she says that it is  now a luxury for her as she is unable to do these things at her place.

10. Write down two words which are related to loss of human life

a)slaughtered              b)bleeding



11.Why do you think the persona is concerned with the flautist and his passion.

**She wonders why the flautist not doing anything despite of what is happening around him

12. Provide three phrases that reflects the message of cruel realities of a nation and uncertainty of its future.

a)my people diunited by politics
b)my friend slaughtered mercilessly
c)this world is too old and bleeding

13.Why is the persona feeling quilty?
Because she is enjoying the music  when the nation is plagued with problems.

14.Why is the question “Are you still playing your flute” is repeated as the starting line of all the stanza?

This is to show the persona’s feeling towards her lover who is not bothered of things happening around him.Rightfully the lover should do something that can help the nation when the people are jobless and with many merciless killings all around.

15.In your opinion,is this a romantic poem?

Certainly it is not because the persona is expressing her worried views of the world which is old and  bleeding.

16.In stanza 1,line 4,where does the word here refers to: 

It is a place far from the village probably in a city.

17.In stanza 1,line 3,what does the phrase sick rice field means?

It means the ricefield is barren and no longer fertile.
 
18.In your own words,explain those phrases mention in stanza 3,line 5,6,7 and 8.
The problems mentioned by the persona such as rising unemployment,people and families separated by politics and people being killed in numerous wars.

19.Suggest two things you would do to stop the world from bleeding:

a) To create more jobs to curb rising unemployment.
b) To ensure people stay united and are not divided by politics and war.



CATCH US IF YOU CAN-2014 QUESTIONS???

ANALYSIS OF THE NOVEL-CATCH US IF YOU CAN-CATHERINE MACPHAIL.

Probable questions—maybe...

I am inviting SPM STUDENTS to write your answers on the 4 probable questions –SPM 2014...


1.Describe what happens at the end of the novel.Explain why you find the ending either sad or happy.Give evidence from the text to support your answer.

2.Write about a lesson you have learnt in the novel you have read.Support your answers with close evidence from the text.

3.Would you recommend this novel to your friend.Give reasons and support your answers with close reference to the text.

4.The two main characters are inseparable.Give reasons and support your answers with close reference to the text.


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SPM 2011
Which part of the story you like most.Give reasons for your choice with close reference to the text.

SPM2012
Write about the event that makes you angry.Give reasons why the event makes you feel this way.

SPM 2013
Write about an important decision made by one of the characters.With close reference to the text,explain how it affects the other characters.(2013).


DESCRIPTIVE ESSAY-MY MUM- MY ROLE MODEL

MY MUM -MY ROLE MODEL

Everyone in this world must has someone whom they look upon as a role model including me. Someone whom i look upon as a role model is my beloved mother. My mother’s name is Eshah Bt Mohamed. My mom works as a teacher at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Abdul Samad at Machang. Everyday, my mother drives and she drops me at my school.

My mom is a hardworking person. She loves to plant many types of flowers. She plants a lot of flowers at the small garden in front of our house.She plants many types of flowers  such as roses, orkids, sunflowers and  many more. Sometimes, when i was a kid i always ask myself why my mom loves to plant flowers. She looks at me with a smile on her face while carassing me.Then she said confidently,“Flowers give us a beautiful scenery and sometimes flowers help in releasing our tension.” Since then, planting has  become part of my hobbies during my leisure time. Futhermore, my mom always do the house chores after she returns home from her school. She cleans the house and cook  delicious meals for us. Eventhough she is tired but she never show any sign of fatigue. During weekdays, my mom loves to make desserts such as cakes, sweets and cookies. I really love my mother’s cooking.To me, my mom’s cooking is the best in this world. I think everyone would agree with this.In addition, my mom is  also a caring person. She cares about my family very much. When, i have problems she will always be  there by my side. I will tell all my problems to her. There are no secrets between me and her. She will calmly listen to my problem and then she will give a piece of her mind with some good  advises.Sometimes, if she has a  free time, she will take me to any restaurant . My mom also makes sure that there are no members in my family having  any problem.We share the problems. As the saying goes, “sharing is caring”. I think this is one of my mother’s ways to show her love towards her family.As such, we will be a happy family having peaceful  lives without thinking of  any problems.          
           
To add to this good qualities of my mum,she is  a kind hearted person. She always help someone in need no matter who is the person is. She will give her hands to help that person. She is willing to listen. My mom always tell me, “If we help someone in need, one day people will help us.” If my mom sees an elders who  try to cross the road, she will quickly help  them as fast as lightning. My mom will never close her eyes when she sees someone in need. I feel like my mom is a superhero who tries her best in order to help people. I hope that one day, i can be a kind hearted person just like her. Apart from that, i look upon my mom as a role model mom as a healthy person. She always take good care of her health. She said, “Health cannot be bought at any shops.” During weekdays, my mom will ask my family to join her exercise at the neighbourhood  park. My mom loves to exercise to make sure that she will keep healthy. Sometimes, she will jog with her friends but she prefers to exercise with my family because we can spend our time together. Once a month, she will go to the nearest clinic to check her blood pressure. Until now, my mom will follow her routine. I think that is the reason why her body still healthy and active eventhough her age keeps on increasing every year.

My mom is also a strict person. Eventhough, she is strict but she never control me and my siblings activities. If we want to go out, it is enough for her to just know where we are going and who are with us because if something happen, at least she gets to know where we are. Sometimes, my mom will also nag at me and my siblings if we are doing something wrong.
Not only my mother but i’m pretty sure that every mother  in this world will nag at their sons and daughters. Eventhough, my mom nags, she will use  nice and soft words. She never use a harsh words when she talks to us. Some people can’t hear if their mother  nag at them but for me every words she says is like a lovely music to me.
           
Finally, i hope that one day i can be just like my mother. I will always look upon my mother as a role because my mom is an important person in my life. She is my bestfriend, teacher, and lover to me. I will try my best so i can be just like my mother. I love my mother so much, deeply in my heart because my mom is  part of my life.

Amiera wahab. August 29th 2014.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

NARRATIVE ESSAY:SHE WAS PREPARED TO FACE THE MUSIC...

I'm Nur Syafiqah Amira Bt. Anuwa
Maahad Muhammadi Perempuan
PTD 19

Write a story begining with:SHE WAS PREPARED TO FACE THE MUSIC....

She was prepared to face the music. “What do you think you are doing Suzy?” the ballet teacher, Mrs. Serena asked her with horizontal voice but enough to make Suzy felt guilty. She could see through Suzy’s dancing that she was not focused. “You need to focus, Suzy .The big day will be coming soon, and I will make sure that you will get the role.” Suzy nodded. “I am sorry, Mrs. Serena. I shall practice harder.” Mrs. Serena smiled and patted her shoulder, “Alright. You must always remember that practice makes perfect.” Suzy just smiled. “You can go back now, but you must practice, dear,” Mrs. Serena said. “Thank you, Mrs. Serena.” Suzy slowly exited  the room.
 
Suzy was practicing hard again. She wanted to make her father and her teacher satisfy with her success. “I must get that role. Yes, I MUST!” She was determined to win that main role by winning the contest. Ballet was her soul and life. And it is a real coup to play a role of ‘Little Dancing Girl’. Suzy lay on her bed after she felt exhausted.

  Suddenly, she heard her father’s car entering the garage. She rose up from her bed and rushed down stair. Suzy hugged her father as he entered while holding some books. “Hi Dad, let me help you.” She took the books and put them on the table.
   “Dad, do you have some pills that can help me to getting away from being tired so fast?” Dr. Kim eyed his daughter lovingly and said, “No, dear. I do not have it.” “You should be thankful because tiredness was your only complain. A girl about your age, called Jennifer Beeson, had come to clinic today. I had a painful task to tell her parents that their daughter will be blind in a few years. Her parents do not want to tell her right now.”

   “Oh! How horrible for her! ” Suzy’s eyes were glistened by tears. Her late mother who had
died just a year ago always taught her to empathize towards someone else who pitiful from her. “But, you are an eye’s specialist, Dad. Do you have any ways to save her sight?”  Dr. Kim shook his head sadly. As sensitive as she is, Suzy soon forgot about the girl. She had practiced every moment she had. She was disappointed because her father will not be  able to attend the contest.
 
Eventually, the big day had arrived. Suzy came early and saw a girl in the dressing room. Being a friendly girl, she approached the girl and introduced herself. “I am Jenny Beeson. You also can call me ‘Queen of the Bee’.”She jokes. Suzy laughed, ‘How adorable she is, but her name just familiar for me.’ “I am nervous because I am the first contestant.” Jenny looked a little bit nervous.  “Do not worry. I know you can do it.” Suzy cheered her up.

 There were six contestants including Suzy and Jennifer that has been chosen to go to the final. They were from different parts of Malaysia. They always cheer for each other, especially Suzy and Jenny. Now, they are close.

   The bell rang and the emcee called Jenny to the stage. Suzy wish her good luck and continued putting her final touches for her make-up. Suzy walked out to see Jenny’s performance. On her way, she saw something glittering on the floor. It was a locket with smiling Jenny’s picture. There was an inscription on the back read, ‘To Our Darling, Jennifer Beeson.’

Just like her heart wanted to pop out, Suzy realized that Jenny Beeson was Jennifer Beeson. How come she forgot about a girl that doomed to be blind in a few years? She felt sorry to Jenny. Then, she continued her intention to watch Jenny’s performance.
 She was impressed by Jenny’s performance. Jenny was awesome and wonderful. Suzy can see from Jenny’s face that she was happy to be a ballerina. Just like her. Including her parents, ballet was her delight. Sometimes, if she felt sad or stress, ballet could release her sadness and stress. She felt her sadness and stress flying away just like a flying bird.
   Suzy also realized that Jenny was her real rival. The other contestants were good, but they are no match for Jenny. They could not compete with Jenny and that means either Jenny or her would win.
   Then, the emcee called Suzy to the stage. She saw her ballet teacher, Mrs. Serena smiling encouragingly at her. The music started and Suzy began to dance. As the dancing was progressed, soon Mrs. Serena’s smile disappeared. She was wondering  why her excellent student was making some minors but perceptible mistakes.
  When the dance ended, Suzy bowed to audients as they were applause her with a big applause, just like when Jenny’s performance ended. She rushed backstage where the ballerinas were waiting. “You are awesome, Suzy!” Jenny said to her. “Thanks. You are awesome too.”Suzy smiled happily.

  Finally, the result was to be announced “It was hard for juries to select the winner. All of contestants were talented. But, I already had the result in my hand.” The emcee announced and smile. The contestant and audiences  were excited.
     “Now, the winner for main dancer is… Jennifer Beeson!” Jenny was declared to be a winner for the role. She was very happy. She walked to the stage proudly. Although Suzy was sad because she did not get the role but it is enough for her to make a heart-breaking sacrifice for her new friend. Mrs. Serena hugged her and smiled. “I am sorry Mrs. Serena, because I had disappointed you.” She said sadly. “It’s okay, dear. I know you had tried your best.”

  “Ladies and gentlemen, I had an announcement to tell. At first, there was  only one role required, that is main dancer for film ‘Little Dancing Girl’, but the juries had decided to select another one who must be the best from the remaining contestants to be a lead dancer. The main dancer is the main character in this film; meanwhile the lead dancer will also lead other dancers in this film. I hope all of you understand.” The emcee said and smiled gently. Everyone was so  excited.

“And the winner for the lead dancer is… Suzy Kim!” Suzy was baffled. The audiences were cheered and gave her a big applause. “You made it! Congratulations, Suzy!” Mrs. Serena hugged her and pushed her towards the stage. Suzy walked to the stage slowly, still feeling unbelievable.

 As she was on the stage, the emcee and the juries congratulated her. Jenny smiled and they hugged each other. “Congratulations, Suzy.” Suzy smiled. “Thanks.”
‘We are going to be the most formidable team ever-no one shall take it from us’.Jenny quipped with a smile while her eyes were all on Suzy…..

Fiqah Mirae <fiqahamira@gmail.com>
7:43 PM (12 hours ago)
 




Saturday, 19 July 2014

DIRECTED WRITING;WAYS TO CURB BULLY AND GANGSTERISM

This is from Amiera-MAAHAD PEREMPUAN.

                                      WAY  TO CURB BULLY AND GANGSTERISM CULTURE
                                      BY:AMIERA BT AB WAHAB

The issue on bully and gangsterism is becoming an important and serious issue nowadays. This culture creates a disturbance and causes troubles like cat among the pigeons in most of the school. Bullying and gangsterism must be prevented  immediately before it becomes worse. When it becomes worse it will be hard to stop it from happening. The school administrators must take immediate action and stop the culture from spreading like a wind. The innocent students who becomes the victims may live in fear and they tremble like a leaf. It will effect their process of studying. This issue will causes terrible consequences. If this culture  increases in our country it will effect our country’s image to the  other countries. The main point is how we want to curb bully and gangsterism so,the students  can  live in peace and they don’t have to live in fear. anymore.

In order to curb this problem is we must report to to the school administrators if we see bully and gangsterism happening  in front of  our eyes . We have to take a quick action by telling the disciplinary teachers because they know what they have to do. Most of the students just close their eyes and pretend that they don’t see anything. But as a student we must help someone in need  because if we help people one day, people will help us. Besides,the school administrators must also take action by making a counseling  session for problematic students. Usually a problematic student  come from a broken family and they don’t have enough attentions from their parents. They start making troubles just to get attention. They are also students who came from rich families. They lived like a lord. They thought that they can do whatever they want because no one will prevent them from doing something. It also because their parents are too busy with their works as busy as a bee and they don’t have much time to know about their children’s activities. They comfort their chlidren like  bed of roses.

On top of that,teachers and parents must also have a close cooperation to prevent bully and gangsterism among the students because they are all in the same boat. They have to share their views and think how to curb this activity so,bully and gangsterism can be curb.For example,parents should control their children’s activities so, they won’t spend their much time outside. Parents should know with who their children befriends. But ofcourse they must be a limit where parents can’t also control their children too much.They should give them appropriate time to enjoy themselves. Futhermore,teachers should play their parts by giving some advices to their students so, they will know what is right and what is wrong and they will be more careful in something that they want to do. Moreover,the school administrators can also take an action by organizing a motivational talk to the students. Teachers can call the experts who have experiences on how to handle this problem. So,they can help the teachers and also the students by reducing bully and gangsterism.

On the other hand,more programmes for students during holidays should be organize with beneficial activities such as jungle trekking and beach outing. With these activities,students can foster relationship among themselves so,they can get to know each other well. Beside that, they can spend their leisure time during holidays correctly by doing some interesting and interesting activities with their friends and teachers.Thus they can have some unforgettable and sweet memories. With this lively activities, bully and gangsterism culture can possibily be curb.

 Last but not least,the diciplinary teachers should impose  heavier punishments for repeat offenders such as suspend  the students who are involve in bully and gangsterism activity.This is to make them realize what they do are wrong.and they won’t repeat their mistakes again.

In a nut shell,everyone has their own responsibilities.So it is mandatory  to curb bully and gangsterism culture because the next generations will become the one who are going to raise our country’s image to the world. Bully and gangsterism culture must be prevented no matter at what cost. I hope that this culture will be under control  and do not  spread among our students.

MAAHAD MUHAMMADI PEREMPUAN-PTD 22