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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Failure of Nur Amalina (who scored 17A's)

Nur Amalina had held briefly the record of the most A's scored in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia. Upon the announcement of results of SPM 2004 on 26 March 2005, she received 17 1As - a record for number of A's received by a student in the history of Malaysian education back then. She was sponsored by Bank Negara Malaysia to study medicine in the United Kingdom, and did her A-levels at the Cheltenham Ladies College in the UK.

Now Malaysia Push Factors was informed that she had failed her second year medical study at the University of Edinburgh.

What went wrong? Could English language be the problem? We are going back to Malay medium again and that means trouble.

If the students score an exemplary number of distinctions (A's in Malaysia) in a public exam, they are considered the pinnacle of what the Country's education system is capable of producing. They are expected to go through tertiary education anywhere in the world with flushing success. So what could possibly have happened if they fail abroad?



  1. mesti kuat clubbing ni....

    I knew a few here in Melbourne kuat enjoy2 sampai retake 1 semester or or 2 subject.

    I think is not about the english.. Unless she everyday hangout with fellow M'sian.

  2. I think the problem started way back in the 1970s when the English medium school was abolished, and after 3 decades, it was only revived when some major subjects in school were taught in English in 2003.

    However, the Malaysian Education System thinked backward again when they announced to abolished the teaching of English in Science and Mathematics subjects by 2012.

    I think we should accept the facts that English is the universal language and I strongly agreed if the Malaysian Education system revert to the teaching of English in school in Malaysia.

    One of the reason why English is very important especially in Business Industry is we live in globalized world. So what is globalization?

    The term “globalization” became a popular buzzword for describing business practices in the last few decades, and it appears as if it will continue to be a key word for describing business management throughout this new milleneum.

    The word globalization indicates international integration. It causes one to visualize firms obtaining raw materials from one national market and financial capital from another producing goods with labor and capital equipment in a third, and selling the finish product in yet other national markets.

    Who are the major businessman in the world today? Of course, the countries with their education in English and English speaking countries like the American, the British, the Europeans, the Australians, India and most of the Commonwealth countries.

  3. I think I have to agree with Flanegan on the clubbing thing. Maybe the culture shock of having the freedom after years of cramming and being with books just for the sake of getting the A's drove her ga-ga.

    IQ is high, but if EQ is low, no use.

  4. justfyi!!

    Dear all. I'm Charis, currently a 3rd year Edinburgh medical student.

    I'm writing this as I'm absolutely saddened and disgusted by the rumours spread about my coursemate Nur Amalina Che Bakri or more popular known on the net as the 17A1 scorer. To clarify, she is doing very well and is actually doing an intercalated honours degree in Pharmacology with Industrial Experience. She did not fail her second year but actually did quite well. That intercalated degree is a very competitive one and she obtained it by her merit (with Bank Negara's funding). If I'm not mistaken, she has also obtained an ERASMUS transfer programme where she can do part of that course in a partner European university. She will be returning to 3rd year medicine in 2010, and if all things go well, graduate in 2013.

    I understand that there is widespread dissatisfaction about the allocation of scholarships in Malaysia. However, whether it is just or not, I think that Nur Amalina or other scholars should never be victimised by false rumours. It is NOT their fault, whatever it is. Leave her alone, please. If your anger or frustration is meant to be at the scholarship-givers, i.e. the government or other organisations giving out scholarships, let it be directed at them and them only, and voice out your concerns and frustrations in a manner worthy of a concern citizen. There are flaws to the system, no doubt. There's the question on whether such a heavy cost of sending a scholar overseas is justified. Then, there is the issue of scholars who 'disappear' after graduating. There are scholars who fail year after a year, costing taxpayers a huge sum of money. And there's always that talk about the unclear criteria of selection for scholarships. But let's get our facts right before pointing our fingers, and perhaps check who we are pointing our fingers at, lest we wrongly defame and even character assasinate young scholars with great potential.

    Your fellow Malaysian,
    Charis Wong