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Sakmongkol ak 47

Wednesday 31 December 2008

A Parent's Proud Day

Tuesday the 30th of December 2008, is the day the PMR results came out. In the olden days, it used to be known as LCE( for English medium) or SRP( Malay medium). Many of you will remember those days. You are considered brilliant if you have a few distinctions and the lowest of aggregates. An aggregate of 5 means, you have 5 A1’s. These days, getting at least 5 A’s is a common occurrence. Our boys and girls compete in getting as may A’s as possible.

Our youngest boy in the family, Harris sat for the PMR this year. He has been studying conscientiously. He is also the lebai of the family. He is meticulous over observing the mandatory solats of the day. He would get terribly upset if doesn’t pray on time.

Today when the results came out, he wasn’t that anxious to be the early bird to school. So Mamasita and I went for breakfast, telling him we would fetch him and then go to school to get his results.

At around 11 am, we came back to the house to fetch him. His older brothers, Hakim and Seth wanted to follow too. Hakim is back for a short holiday from Liverpool where he works as a software engineer. Seth is waiting for his SPM results.

We arrived at the school but did not see a large crowd of students waiting for results. Then we just remembered that it is almost 12 and that most of the students had already taken their results. So the three brothers alighted from our car and made their way to the office. Only then did we notice , Harris was a bit anxious. He walked diffidently towards the office. That brought a chuckle from Mamasita, but after a few minutes, I think, the excitement got the better of her. She got out of the car and walked towards the school office.

After a few minutes, she rang me on my mobile phone. I could hear her exclaiming excitedly- Ariff.!.he got straight A’s. I could only respond by saying syukur….

Then they left the office and walked towards the car. I had my camera with me which is now my practice so that I can record events that I may use as material in my blog.

And so, here are some photographs, showing the proud mother and father.

The proud mother, brothers and Harris.

The Equally proud father, brothers and Harris.

We savoured each moment going over the grades on the results script. I cannot find the words to describe the feeling of seeing all A’s against each subject. To make sure, we counted to verify. There were indeed 8 A’s. Yes, our son did us proud today. He has made all in the family proud. To our youngest boy, Harris, we say, congratulations and praise be to Allah. He came forward to hug me and said thank you. He hugged Mamasita and said thank you too.

We are very sure, all over the country, there are very many proud parents celebrating the success of their children. Their children’s success is also theirs to savour. To all proud parents, we congratulate them too. To the other parents, if the children’s results were not as sterling as expected, we say, don’t despair. The PMR is just the beginning of our children’s long journey. We have to accompany them as far as possible.

Next year, our youngest who is a girl, will sit for her PMR. She must now try to equal Harris’s achievement. An older sister, will be sitting for her SPM. I pray, that as parents, Mamasita and I will be equal to our responsibility. I think it was James Agee who said this:-

"In every child who is born, no matter what circumstances, and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again: and in him, too, once more, and of each of us, our terrific responsibility toward human life; toward the utmost idea of goodness, of the horror of terror, and of God."


satD 31 December 2008 at 02:02  


Congratulations to Dato Sak and family, especially Harris, keep it up.


de minimis 31 December 2008 at 02:06  


My sincere congratulations to Harris. I also want to congratulate you and Mamasita. I know most people, my brother included, will say that, as parents they didn't do anything and that all the effort was the child's.

But parents always deserve the congratulations for the nurturing, care, comfort, security, values and environment that they created for the child. Now, THAT is what I am congratulating you and mamasita for - solid parental care and guidance.

Singh Is Kinng 31 December 2008 at 02:22  

Salam Dato' Sak,

Children are the most precious gift from Allah. They make us see the wisdom fo living. As we grow older, they are the living proof of our existence in this world.

Like what Harris did, they give us the kind of joy and happiness way beyond comparison to any precious gem on earth.

Well Dato', I'm not in the position to say this considering I'm at younger age. But can't help to share my experience. My life suddenly changed for betterment after my son was born.


Anonymous,  31 December 2008 at 02:30  


Tahniah Harris and to his wonderful parents, Syabas! Brilliant. Now, my son, Harris juga, will be in Form Five in 2009. Adoii, cool sangat this chap.

hoqni 31 December 2008 at 07:45  

I share your happiness. Mine got their 8As too yesterday. Alhamdulillah. Its a good feeling for them, more importantly.

Anonymous,  31 December 2008 at 09:36  

Dato, now u r getting this Apek all misty eyes & sentimental, this one for all of youse; WELL DONE!

I believe the children are our future,
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be

Everybody searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone who fulfilled my needs
A lonely place to be, and so I learned to depend on me

I decided long ago never to walk in anyone's shadow
If I failed, if I succeed, at least I lived as I believed.
No matter what they take from me they can't take away my dignity

Because the greatest love of all is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all inside of me

The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve learning to love yourself,
it is the greatest love of all

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride
To make it easier
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be

I decided long ago
Never to walk in anyone's shadow
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I live as I believed
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignity

Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all inside of me.

The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself,
It is the greatest love of all

And if by chance that special place
That you've been dreaming of
Leads you to a lonely place
Find your strength in love.

There goes my macho image!
Unker Tommy

Saya... 31 December 2008 at 09:38  


Like father
like son
but they are nought
without that hot,hot

Saya... 31 December 2008 at 09:40  

Aiyah Unker,

Don't cry2, not a pretty sight old Apek cry2...hehehe...don't marah ah...

Anonymous,  31 December 2008 at 09:52  

Congrats to Dato Sak and family. Surely there'll be another round of celebration when the SPM result is announced.

In your earlier article, you said "Harris did his PMR and hopefully he to will go to a boarding school like Seth."

Curious as to why it is the norm for Malay parents to want to send their children away from home during their teenage years? Or does that imply that the local secondary school does not cut it? I hope the good Dato wouldn't mind sharing with us your views on education in this context.

Anonymous,  31 December 2008 at 10:30  

Excuse me, dato;

Al Nimr, don’t play play with this Apek, ok? You can sink both your ‘claws’ into both my nipples & string me up a tree like Richard Harris in ‘A Man call horse’, & I’ll still come out biasa only. They don’t make touch macho gentlemen like that nowadays.

Hey that’s one of my fav karaoke song after “Have I told you lately’. I can’t wait to get Down on the corner’ with sak to belt out his CCR favourites ‘Proud Mary’ & ‘Fortunate Son’ or his old time fav; ‘Have u seen the rain’., i.e. with Mamasita permission first lah. OK or not? Don’t worry, we’ll post them in u-tube too!

Unker Tommy

A.John 31 December 2008 at 10:47  

Congratulations to both parents and of course to Harris for such an achievement! Keep it up Harris & to you both parents, break your backs to provide them that sound education & enjoy them as they move up each rung of the ladder, accomplishing and succeeding in all their endeavours! Happy New Year to all of you !

Navi 31 December 2008 at 10:49  

Congratulations. Well done.

Dato Sak, the 8 A's reflect the academic prowess of your son. From your writings, I feel that he will also be graded A's in charactor and conduct of his life.
Congratulations again.

walla 31 December 2008 at 11:33  

I echo what Navi wrote. Good parents, smart children, promise of tomorrow's Malaysia, future leaders of the country!

I am glad this hurdle is also over for mine; still chuckling over her asking me the week before it started about 'Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde' (one of the books they had to read). Glad it wasn't 'Sherlock Holmes'. Otherwise kena send telegram to Kuantan to minta bantuan sikit.

Congratulations, Sakmongkol and Mamasita!

Ir. Hanafi Ali 31 December 2008 at 11:51  

Congratulations to the young man.

Elviza 31 December 2008 at 12:57  

Salam Dato' & Mamasita,

Bright children come from loving and supportive family. You and Mamasita obviously supersede the rest in providing that environment to all of your clever children.


18 years ago, I brought the same smiles on my parents face (the one you and mamasita have on the photos) when I aced all my subjects in SRP. It was a very happy day.

Nowadays, all my cousins are busy trying to meet the benchmark I set, and they apparently aced all of theirs as well. Bright bright children, huh?

What a trip down the memory lane.

To Ariff, well done boy!

Anonymous,  31 December 2008 at 14:27  

Askum Abg A & K Huda,

Congrats to Harris!

Looks like there will be an all MRSM-schooled cousins association from now on.

Congrats again!


Wan Nordin Wan Hussin 31 December 2008 at 15:15  

What a touchng story and a fine achievement by all to wrap up 2008. Alhamdulilah.

Anonymous,  31 December 2008 at 15:22  

My heartiest congratulations to Harris.

I hold to the principal that every child is like a raw gemstone. Besides teachers, parents play a vital role to carefully 'cut and polish' it until it becomes a precious gemstone. For that both Dato Sak & Datin Mamasita have successfully produced a gemstone in Harris.

Btw I reckon Mamasita is a better cameraperson vs you Sak. Somehow ladies are more meticulous. Close shot looks better. [Just pulling your leg Sak, jangan marah ya!]

Taking this opportunity to wishing you, mamasita & all at home, de minimis, walla and all your followers a Happy New Year. May 2009 bring Joy & Happiness, Good Health and Prosperity!

Son of My Parents 31 December 2008 at 15:46  

Salam Dato.

Tahniah buat Harris. Ini merupakan 'hurdle' pertama di antara 'hurdles' yang akan menjelang seperti SPM, Matrikulasi/'A' Levels, BSc/BA/LLB/B.Eng/MBBS/MD dan Insya Allah, MSc/MA/M.Eng serta Ph.D dan DSc.

Walaupun Dato tidak menceritakan dalam blog Dato tentang adik-beradik Harris yang telah melalui peperiksaan PMR ini, saya rasa mereka juga pernah berjaya dalam PMR, SPM dan Universiti (bergantung kepada peringkat umur).

Apa-apapun, mungkin kita dapat membaca pula tentang Seth bila keputusan SPM diumumkan kelak.

Congratulations again.

Terima kasih. Wassalam.

K L 31 December 2008 at 16:19  

Please remind our children to carry not only bags full of 'A's, but heart full of 'A's too.
Congratulations to all of you !

Anonymous,  31 December 2008 at 17:10  

Congrats to Harris and the proud parents. You are blessed with a clever son and a 'lebai' too.

Every time exam results are out, it will remind me of my time long, long time ago when it's still SRP. My late father's a man of few words. He didn't say much when he saw my results but the smile that I saw on his' and mum's face is precious enough for me.

Ariff Sabri 1 January 2009 at 00:05  

thank you very much. we hope Harris will keep up the good work.

de minimis.
thank you bro. certainly parents have this terrific responsibility to encourage an dgive support to our children.

piggy singh,

salam piggy. indeed children are our future. we lived for them actually and owe them a duty. i am sure that you, having recognise the wisdom of guiding the children, will be a good guardian.

sir tong kol.
thank you for yr best wishes. your boy will do well too. sometimes we underestimate their ability.

unker tommy
thank you for thw wonderful song by whitney houston. incidentally, its a favourite song of mamasita's.

an nimr- yes syukur alhamdulillah.
msleepyhead- thank you for yr kind words. will try to offer my views on the state of education.

A.John, Navi and Walla.
thank you all for yr kind wishes. Navi, thank you for the 'doa' that he will become one of good character and conduct.

thank you to Hansac.

thank you for this rare visit from the famous elviza whom mat cendana speaks fondly of. your own benchmark is a tough one to crack by yr nieces/nephews kan?

Bim- guys, Bim is my brother in law- mamasita's younger brother who is a medical doctor. he himself is a benchmark setter too. his son went to MRSM Jasin. our Seth, MRSM Muazam.

Guikp- yes Guip, Alhamdulillah. thank you.

Ben- thank you for yr kind wishes. yes, mamasita is a better camera person and she is more photogenic than i, not to mention a vainpot. haha.


terima oasih diatas ucapan tuan. betul, this will be his first hurdle. thank you also for yr kind wishes to Seth.

KL- betul you cakap. selain dari A dalam matapelajaran, sikap dan budi perkerti juga mesti lah A.

Noor- glad our son's success has rekindled some good memories from your own life.

once again, i thank you for your well wishes. happy new year and may God Bless us all.

mekyam 1 January 2009 at 04:42  

congratulations, haris!

to the understandly chuffed parents, as orang dulu2 say "benih yg baik, jatuh ke laut, menjadi pulau"!


happy new year, tok sak! it's been great looking at 2008 through you and your readers' eyes.

thank you for keeping this great blog and making us all feel so welcome.

Saya... 1 January 2009 at 07:22  


itu sebenarnya lagu George Benson originally...bukan Whitney and he sings it much better...

mamasita 1 January 2009 at 10:07  

Dear everybody,
Happy New Year 2009.Thank you so much for your very wonderful and so kind comments.

We have 7 children.The eldest is a girl.Then the 2nd is a boy.Then again,girl,boy,girl,boy,youngest a girl.

My hubby had waited for this day.And so for our 6th child
to get straight As in the PMR is like a dream come true.The older ones had 7As and below.So Harris dah tolong pecah record!A sweet victory and a lovely present for the kind captain of our ship.

And so hopefully,Banun the youngest will strive to maintain that record this year for her PMR..
hahaha..shes so ever-willing!

Seth is waiting for his SPM results and Hannan will be sitting for her SPM this year.
Understandably, the dad has been having that 'adrenalin rush'.Tak payah pergi bungee jumping!hahaha

And so to our regular close blog friends to new ones, and to my very dear younger brother Bim who came in to give his comment for the first time,I thank you all so much from the very bottom of my heart.Thank you also to our precious blogreaders whoever and wherever you are.

I love you all and may we march together to a happier and more successful 2009 despite the challenges that lie ahead.
May God Protect And Bless us always.

Chahya 1 January 2009 at 10:47  

Congratulations to the family.

Anonymous,  1 January 2009 at 21:10  

Congratulations Dato Sak and Happy New Year to you & your family.

Anonymous,  2 January 2009 at 01:40  


Your son's who is waiting for his SPM results is named Seth? What a coincidence! So is mine - and he, too, is waiting for his SPM results.

Regardless of what Mamasita thinks about your prosperity girth, I still think you can whup most guys half your age at kickboxing

Ariff Sabri 2 January 2009 at 07:15  

haha mr mb,

thank you for the compliments. yes, what a wonderful coincidence. my mother always has trouble pronouncing his name- she does it like= sheikh, sis etc. haha. i told her, this a name of a prophet.
mudah mudahan kedua dua seth mendapat excellent results nanti. Amiin.

Doc 2 January 2009 at 18:15  

My heartiest congratulations to Harris. This is the first step in his journey of a million miles. And it is important that he has started it with the right footing.
Hard work always pays.
Sak, you and mamasita must be really proud of your son's achievement. You should give yourselves a pat on the back for a job well done.

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