Sunday, 31 August 2014


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
[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.

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.

Family commitments
Priorities in life
Neglect of one’s duties
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.
The poem is the first point of view.
The person is addressing another person and describing a situation to him.
Rhetorical question
Descriptive and questioning
Simple style and no rhyme
Sombre and regretful
Serious atmosphere




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.



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.


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

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).



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


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 <>
7:43 PM (12 hours ago)