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Senior citizen who took on SPM challenge says results biggest achievement

11/06/2021 08:50 PM

SEREMBAN, June 11  -- Two C+ in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) is deemed as his biggest achievement yet for 65-year-old Salman Ahmad.

The former Tourism Malaysia deputy director, who retired in 2012, said he felt excited and surprised with the result, and did not expect to obtain credits, as he took only two weeks to prepare for the examination.

“When I got the results yesterday, I straight away told my wife that I thought I would only pass because of SPM’s high standard, furthermore I did not attend any classes or tuition, this is the biggest achievement in my life,” he told Bernama here today.

Salman, who confessed that he had answered his papers based merely on his working experience, sat for the Bahasa Melayu and History subjects at Sekolah Menengah King George V here, but missed the English paper due to work matters.

He now aims to take another three subjects in next year’s SPM, which are English Literature, Islamic Studies and General Studies, to challenge himself and also to prove that anyone can succeed. 

The father of two also expressed his intention to produce a motivational book to inspire the public not to give up on pursuing success in life.

The degree holder in Business Administration sat for the Malaysia Certificate of Education (MCE) in 1973 when all papers were in English, and this time around wanted to test himself by taking the SPM in which the intermediary language is Bahasa Melayu.

“I also want to give an example and motivation to the younger generation in my family that age is not a barrier for learning as it is a lifelong process while for those who did not excel, do not give up and keep on striving,” he said.

A total of 401,105 candidates who sat for SPM 2020 received their results yesterday, 





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