Graduation Day (The Four Freshmen)

Ayah, Ibu and I attended Fadelinah’s NIE graduation ceremony at Nanyang Technological University yesterday. A second one will be held on 26th July under the university’s own graduation event. The noticeable difference would be that the graduates in the former weren’t donning their mortarboards but will in the latter. It was especially sweeter for Fadelinah since she was receiving her book prize for being top student in her batch for the Malay language.

It didn’t come easy for her. I should know since I witnessed everything that she had to go through while pursuing this particular degree. From walking the steep slopes of NTU to attend classes while still pregnant with Ooyah, going through with her examinations while down with high fever and putting up with backstabbing jealous classmates who tried their best to see to her downfall. Thank yous need to be extended to the real friends who stepped up to help her in times of need and provide encouragements. You know who you are and God willing, you’ll have your own rewards soon.

The countless nights that Fadelinah slogged away till late reading up on her materials and other books that I believe to be of a foreign language and not Malay also helped. That Bahasa Baku can really mess with your head. I would be the first to be thrown out of class if I ever attempted to do what she did. So artistic yet meandering in its own way.

Ahmad pergi pasar nak beli ikan. Ikan bau busuk. Ahmad balik tak beli ikan. Mak dia marah. Ahmad nangis.’

Now that would have been my standard of the Malay language. Is it any wonder why my former Malay language teachers hated me?

Anyway, Fadelinah along with her other prize-winning schoolmates deserved the accolades for the amount of hard work that they put up. It was also impressive to see many Malays walking proud past the stage with their scrolls, with some even topping the subjects normally monopolised by other races. It was not surprising to see 4 of those faces on the front page of Berita Harian today, with the following page highlighting their achievements.

The times they are a-changin’ and hopefully in the future it’ll turn out even better for the Malay race. I also hope that Ooyah will go even further than her Mama. InsyaAllah. As it is, with the speech by Minister of Education and Second Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen, pertaining to MTeach, a new Masters programme with its first intake expected in 2010, I’m all for it that Fadelinah pursues that one too. No point stopping if you’re capable of even higher standards.

By the way, the book prize turned out to be a $300 value Borders card and not one from Toko Haji Hashim as I predicted. 😛


~ by blackcadillac73 on July 9, 2008.

4 Responses to “Graduation Day (The Four Freshmen)”

  1. Congrats once again to cikgu Fad!

    “Ahmad dan Ikan” …. macam haiku, je? 😀

  2. Yup, Cikgu Fad has proven her mettle and silenced her detractors.

    The Ooyah Clan are proud! 🙂

  3. Tahniah – Belajar dari buaian hingga ke kubur. Singgahlah rumah kami kalau ke Kuantan, boleh tangkap ikan and makan ulam. Nak tengok ulam lagi lawat

    How is Venice?

  4. Terima kasih atas undangan awak, dah lama tak pergi Pahang. 🙂

    Venice is as beautiful as ever. God willing, will return someday.

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