26 March 2011

Terima kasih

I was about 500 km away from Kuala Terengganu when a call came through on my hand-phone. It was noon on 23rd March; the day SPM results were announced.

“ Ini Syami, Pakcik. Terima kasih Pakcik. Saya dapat semua A”, the boy’s voice came through. I could imagine a broad smile on his face. As if that was not enough I still put in a question, “How about the grade for GCE English?”

“Itu saya dapat 1A.” That satisfied me. ( Many would get A+ for the SPM English but not necessarily 1A under GCE marking, which is more meaningful to Pakcik )

This is the time of the year I can hope to share the joy of my ex Almanar pupils, those who have managed to take in all the scolding during their basic three years at secondary school level and strived forwards.


I returned home yesterday. And this morning three boys stayed to wait in my house until I finished a class at Almanar, across the road. I was pleased to see the cheerful faces of these three boys.

Right to left: Syami (9 As), Faiz (4As) and Azrol (8As)

At least the few boys I have at Almanar can perform no less. The girls would probably come later to make merry or moan. But these three boys, from deserving families, give me enough reason to put in a quick posting. Syami is the first in his family to be tutored at Almanar, Faiz and Azrol the third in their respective families, their elders being undergraduates at various universities, one of whom is finishing dentistry in Bandung.

A note to my ex Almanar pupils:
I congratulate you all and wish you the best. This is just the beginning. To those who have not performed satisfactorily,Pakcik would remind you that this is not the end of the world. I will always offer you a shoulder to cry on. Come over and we will discuss what we can do next.

Berkhidmat kerana Tuhan untuk kemanusiaan


Ummie said...

Alhamdulillah, one of the proudest moment in a life.
Isn't it?

Kama At-Tarawis said...

Alhamdulillah... congrastulations to the boys ... and way to go, pakcik!

Al-Manar said...

We have our proud moments in life. Isn't that something for us to say Alhamdulillah for? Thank you.

Al-Manar said...

Hjjh Kama,
Thank you. I feel the way you feel of your Naya.

Pak Idrus said...

Pak Hassan, it is your success too.

To those who did well congratulation and this is only the beginning of more challenges to come.

BTW I am glad you remind him of the English result for without a good English the journey forward would not be a smooth one.

Take care.

mamasita said...

Superb job boys!

Congrats to pakcik too for always being there for them!

Al-Manar said...

Pak Idrus,

Indeed you belong to the old school as I do, seeing and believing in the importance of English. What you have been writing in your blog/blogs would not have been so well and widely visited without your skill in presenting your views and subject matters.

Thank you for your encouragement.

Al-Manar said...


Thank you. Until this visit of yours I had had the notion that your blog was open to invited guests only. I could not get through the 'closed door'. Now I know better.

Memorable trails... said...

Tahniah Pak Cik to you n the boys!

sintaicharles said...

What a moment of pride. I am happy for you all.

Wan Sharif said...

May Allah give you (and all you blog followers) good health, strength, courage and will power to soldier on in whatever "perkhidmatan dan perjuangan" we have gotten ourselves involved in.
Congratulation to all your students.. for they have obviously tried their level best..

Anonymous said...

congratulations.... May Allah bless you always
Melor Mat - via FB

Al-Manar said...

Memorable Trails,

Thyank you MG. This subject appeals to you, being a professional teacher and having children excelled in their exams.

Al-Manar said...


A professional you are in education, and I am far from being one, you know how one, in my position, feels. On the other hand only the amateur gets all excited, and for that reason I should be forgiven.

Al-Manar said...

Ayah Wan,

Amen to your prayers and thank you.

Al-Manar said...

Melor Mat,

Terima kasihlah.

Rahmah said...

salam pakcik,

a pure coincidence indeed that we blogged on the same topic on the same day! students' gratitude to teachers- isn't this the most rewarding part of being a teacher? words and gestures of appreciation are what keeps the spirit alive. and congrats to ur students and u for the success! wishing u more success this year!

Anonymous said...

Dear Babah,

As usual, this posting appeared in my FB and so far, this has invited the most response. So, on behalf of my FB friends, Alhamdulillah & congratulations to the boys, the girls (who have yet to make their appearances)and of course, to Pakcik.

Pakcik's no.1

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Dear Pakcik,
Aaah...to share the boys' joy is indeed a pleasure. Congratulation Al-Manar boys! What about the girls? purrr....meow!

Al-Manar said...

Cikgu Rahmah,

I am sure with your wide sphere of responsibilty the expression of gratitude does not only come from pupils but teachers as well. This year's SPM results are the worst for ex-Almanar pupils. It is a small comfort that most of them obtained grade A in English with a few B. I keep asking myself what the local schools have done; but cannot help myself putting the blame squarely on the attitude of school principles which stems from their inability to manage.

Al-Manar said...

Pakcik's No1,
Enon, it is nice to know of the favourable comments. Please respond on babah's behalf. Their appreciation is an encouragement to us to keep giving the best we can to these deserving kampong kids.

Al-Manar said...

In general this year's performance among girls is worse than the boys'. My comfort is seeing the result in English, mostly A grade. Yesterday one girl brought along a 'kain pelikat' for Pakcik, and 'salaam' from her father. So I cannot belittle girls - wonder whether female ones purr louder!

Anonymous said...

Pakcik. Glamour sekejap saja. Then it is gone.

p3chandan said...

Syukur Alhamdulillah...terbalas la sudah penat jerih Pakcik mengajar dia orang bila tengok senyum lebar budak2 tu kan..

Al-Manar said...


Behind the 'glamour' has been your hard work, that being part of you which I am sure will take you a long long way. I hope you will carry on the way you are, positive and looking forwards with hopes and prayers.

Al-Manar said...


Memang betul hilang penat lelah bila ada bayangan kejayaan.

Awang Goneng said...

Do you remember those days when your exam results were printed in a special supplement of the Straits Times? So you waited for the paper delivery on that morning or walked to the news vendor to buy a copy. And then you took a peek and there it was for all the world to see. That was sensational.

Now, so many exams, too many people. But the results still count. Congratulations al Manar. May Allah bless you all!

Al-Manar said...

Awang Goneng,

Many things of the past gave us pleasure. We got our names in the paper for less than all A's.

Cheqna said...

Alhamdulillah and congratulations to the students..and to you for believing and having patience with them..they are very blessed to have you.

May Allah SWT bless you.

Al-Manar said...

We get our rewards one way or another, in material or otherwise.