04 April 2013

They get what they deserve

Did I get it right that around 17,000 children managed to get straight A’s in the recent SPM examination?  Is it really as simple as that, and that a world record as well, perhaps?

That being the scenario I have every reason to be depressed because when I was of that age I did not achieve that distinction, nor did any of my three children at their respective ages. If that is not enough, I have not yet seen one of my grandchildren able to ‘break that record’, or should I say ‘create a record’. Well, isn’t there a saying that goes - ‘like grandfather like father like grandson’?

No, we have not done that badly, though.


The first call Pakcik received that day was from that girl I wrote about on 30.10.12, click “Do we have a winner?”

Just do it with a smile

Pakcik, I’ve got straight A’s,” came her soft voice over the phone. Later she turned up at our house to show her examination result slip, and to discuss her likely courses. What an irony it is when good results create a problem of choice. I never had that when what I desparately needed was just one chance.

A few others turned up to express, “Thank you Pakcik.” That was reward enough, the one I have been enjoying over the last many years.

Yes, the 8, 7, 6, 5 and the rset of A's are all there.

There is nothing to complain about

So what if we get a couple of A's less?

So, another year has passed and more children are taking a big step into the increasingly more challenging world. We can look back and smile at how we managed our days. It is now their turns.


Whilst I am gratified to see more ex-Almanar pupils successfully getting through their SPM examination, and more completing their further studies,
I cannot help thinking of the despair in the few unfortunate families when the inevitable happens. My postings on 23rd April 2012 and 16th Nov 2013 ( End of tunnel series Pt 17 and Pt 20 ) give short accounts of the demise of two of Pakcik’s ‘children’ when all seemed to signal a brighter future for the families.

Luqman - 34

That is from the concluding verse of Surah Luqman which I understand to mean, “And no one knows what tomorrow has in store. And no one knows what land he is to die. Verily HE has full knowledge of everything.”

 I think of that to bring home my limitations in life – a sobering thought. But we strive hard, nonetheless, as a prerequisite. And I advise all my 'children' to bear this in mind.

Berkhidmat kerana Tuhan untuk kemanusiaan


aliya said...

Assalamualaikum Pakcik Hassan,
Congratulations, they deserve it after all the hardwork and sacrifices. I always tell my students to do their best, and whatever SPM results they get later will their rezeki from Allah. Straight As will not determine one's success in life; it'd only make things easier at tertiary level. We don't know what the future holds but as long as we have done our best, there shouldn't be any regrets.

kaykuala said...

Dear Pakcik,
Bodes well for all of them. I just dread to think what would have happened had they not joined al_Manar. They were given a second chance and they did justice to themselves and also to al-Manar. Congrats to all of them. At least their directions are clear now. Wishing them luck. The future looks very bright!


Anonymous said...

Pity those with few A n lots of B nC.I am sure they r depressed n stressful indeed.


Al-Manar said...


WAKS Cikgu. We appear to share similar viewpoints with regards to effort, success, future and human limitations. Taken all in ensures a happy life, come what may - Islamic principles.

Al-Manar said...

Akhi Hank,

Almanar is not the main player in the success of these children. We complement the work in school, providing 'vitamins' so to speak.

Al-Manar said...


WAKS. I have been wondering what has stopped you from visiting for so long. Alhamdulillah, these children are not that streessed up. We help to assure them that all is not lost in life. Look ahead, without crying over spilt milk.

Mawar said...

syabas kepada Pakcik @ al Manar! rahmat Allah buat semua.

Al-Manar said...


Terima Kasih. Sumbangan Mawar lebih banyak dan ditahap yang lebih tinggi

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to all of them. They got what they deserve so, hopefully they are satisfied with that. I remember one of them asking me how to apply to UIA. She wants to do Dentistry as well. I have forgottrn her name. Hopefully she will manage to be one of my juniors, insha Allah.


Al-Manar said...


Indeed it would be nice to have another dentists from ex Alamanar at UIA. We will, one day, have an Almanar dental surgery on Jalan Batu Rakit Pantai!

Rahmah said...

assallam pakcik,
congratulations to you and your students! Keep teaching pakcik for God and humanity :)

Al-Manar said...


Walkmslm Cikgu.

Professionally you have been doing much more to an even bigger audience and in organised manner. I can only do that much but we all get similar satisfaction where things go our way. I wish I had the years ahead of me as much as you have, Cikgu.