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Determination and confidence key to academic success

JANUARY 31, 2009 – Determination and confidence is the key towards academic excellence, explained a young student who achieved a staggering eight A1s in the GCE ‘O’ Level public examinations last year.

Lei Ting Wen, 17, one of the candidates from Seria’s Chung Ching Middle School, said she and her family were extremely happy when they received the good news of her unexpected examination results on Thursday through the newly introduced short messaging service (SMS).

The Ministry of Education’s Examinations Department in a statement announced that 31 candidates, or 0.43 per cent, achieved outstanding results. One of them, a candidate from the Chung Ching Middle School, Seria, obtained A1 in all eight subjects.

Lei Ting Wen, a permanent resident, is the eldest of three siblings. Her mother works as an accountant at a private company, while her father operates a Japanese restaurant in Seria and Kiarong.

She told the Borneo Bulletin that she practised time management between studying, outdoor activities and her free time.

Straight A student Lei Ting Wen with her statement of results

According to her, having a dogged determination to revise, paying full attention to teachers in class and completing homework are the main things that every student should practise to emulate her success story.

Speaking about her parents, Lei Ting Wen said that although both of them are busy with their daily tasks, they still have time to attend to her and her siblings by checking their homework and constantly providing them with motivation and support in order to boost their academic determination.

“The spirit of wanting to learn should be instilled within ourselves, and do not quit when you achieve a less-than-satisfactory result. We should always boost our efforts, because if we do not learn today, we will lose the opportunity in the future,” she said.

She stated that in her past, whenever she achieved less-than satisfactory results in Mathematics, it taught her to try harder and take up extra classes, which helped her achieve her academic success.

Meanwhile, as a way of improving her Malay language, Lei Ting Wen constantly read not only educational books, but also Malay newspapers, journals, magazines and other reading materials.

“I would normally keep newspaper cuttings and highlight the difficult words. And later I would look it up in the dictionary and compose a small report of the news,” she added.

And all this hard work, determination and positive attitude have helped her achieve the good grades in subjects that incorporate compositions and writings.

After this success, Lei Ting Wen will now be focussing her attention towards achieving another outstanding result in her GCE ‘A’ Level examinations next year. – Text and Photo by Liza Mohd

Giant Pumpkin surprise at Kg Lambak Kiri

JANUARY 20, 2009 – It was a surprise for Haji Abas bin Nayan, a 75-year-old senior citizen from STKRJ Kampong Lambak Kiri, when the pumpkin plant he planted a year ago produced giant pumpkins.

The biggest pumpkin ever produced by the plant weighed more than 10kg, which was slightly bigger than a normal football.

To take a closer look, the Bulletin visited Haji Abas yesterday at his home in Kampong Lambak Kiri.

His pumpkin patch is currently producing at least two more pumpkins about the same size.

It all began when Haji Abas bought a pumpkin from Australia at a supermarket. Attributing it to just mere luck, Haji Abas said he planted the seeds of the pumpkin behind his house.

Haji Abas poses with his giant pumpkin at the back of his house in Kampong Lambak Kiri

“I just sprinkled the seeds randomly at the back of my house for fun, to see if it would grow,” said Haji Abas.

Haji Abas did not use any special technique in planting and caring the pumpkin plant.

“I did not even use any special kind of fertilisers or any growth promoting agents for the plant. I just used ordinary fertiliser,” added Haji Abas.

The yield of the pumpkin plant could have been greater, however, due to the problem with pests.

“It could have yielded more than 50 pumpkins if pests did not attack and kill the pumpkin buds,” he said.

Haji Abas said the giant pumpkins would be taken to the tamu or market for sale.

“I normally sell the giant pumpkins at a dollar per kilogramme and get asked about the unusual size of the pumpkins,” said Haji Abas’ wife, who sells the pumpkins. – Text and Photo by Malek Hashim