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Prisonisnotacureforcrime.

Toreducecrimeinthelong-term,courtsshouldsignificantly
reduceprisonsentencesandfocusoneducationandcommunityworktohelpcriminalsnot
tore-offend.

Towhatextentdoyouagreeordisagreewiththeopinion?

Note:Thegeneralsubjectofthequestionisthebestwaytoreducecrime.Ithasbeengiven
thatlongprisonsentencesshouldbemaintainedortoreduceitandemphasisoneducation
andcommunitywork.Commentonbothviews.Thisisashortexample.Youshouldwriteat
least350words.4bodyparagraphs.

Therearemanydifferentopinionsonthebestwaytoreducecrime.The
traditionalsolutionistobehardoncriminalsandputtheminprisonforaverylongtime.An
opposingpointofviewisexpressedbypeoplewithmoremodernideas.Theythinkthat
educationandcommunityworkarethelong-termsolutionstocuttingcrime.So,whoisright
-thetraditionalistorthemodernist?

Peopleinfavourofreducingprisonsentencesoftenarguethatprisons
shouldnotsimplybeplacesofpunishment.Intraditionalprisons,peoplelearnalotabout
crime,sowhentheyleaveprison,theywillcommitmorecrimes.Education,however,gives
peopletheskillstogetajobwhentheyleaveprison,whichmeansthattheywillprobablynot
re-offend.Part-timeworkexperienceinthecommunityisalsoveryhelpfulasitisastep
backintoeverydaylifeinsociety.Peoplecanbeinprison,buttheycanalsofeeltheyare
doingusefulwork.

Ontheotherhand,somepeoplearguethatlongprisonsentencesare
rightbecausethepunishmentshouldfitthecrime.If,forexample,someonecommitsa
seriouscrimesuchasbankrobbery,theyshouldgotoprisonforalongtime.Theyalso
believethatreducingprisonsentencessignificantlyreducespeople'sfearofprisonand
consequently,peoplewillcommitmorecrimes.Peoplewillnotbefrightenedofgoingtoa
prisonwhichislikeauniversitywithlearningandworkexperienceopportunity.

Inconclusion,itisagreeablethateducationandcommunityworkcan
haveanimportantroleinhelpingreducecrime,butthereshouldalsobestrictcontrolson
thetypeofcommunityworkprisonerscando.Itisimportanttounderstandthatsomepeople
arearealdangertosocietyandneedtostayinprisonforaverylongtime.SAMP;LE
ESSAYS

Stressisacommonproblemamonguniversitystudents.Discuss.Supportyouranswerwith
examples.Giveyourviewsinnotfewerthat350words.

Stressisanormalphenomenoninuniversitylife.Itisanacceptedfactthatstressisa
commonproblemforuniversitystudentsofdifferentages,disciplinesofstudy,andsocial
andeconomicbackgrounds.Furthermore,researchhasshownthatstresshasnegative
impactandeffectsonanindividualshealthandlifestyle.Inviewofthesesituations,itis
essentialandnecessaryforuniversitystudentstoknowhowtheycanmangestress
effectively.Inmyopinion,therearethreewaysthatcaneffectivelyreduceoreliminate
stress.Allthesewaysareinterrelatedandbringaboutthemaximumpositiveimpacttodeal
withstresseffectively.
Thefirstwayisrelatedtoselfawareness,selfrealizationandacceptanceofstress.
Thesequalitiesbuildafoundationthatwillpositivelynurturetheappropriatemindsetand
emotionalattitudetodealwithstressinrealisticways.Thestudentmustbeaware,realize
andacceptthefactthatheorsheisexperiencingstress.Suchawareness,realizationand
acceptancearestrongcontributoryfactorstoalert,motivateandinitiatethestudenttothink
seriouslyofthenature,possiblecausesandpotentialconsequencesofthestressheorshe
isexperiencing.Theattentiongiventotheseissuesisastrongcatalysttodirectthestudent
towantworkoutthesolutionstodealwiththeproblemorsituationorpeoplethatgenerate
thestress.Selfawareness,selfrealizationandselfacceptanceofstresswillgeneratein
studentstheneedtoconfrontstresswiththeright,positive,mentalandemotionalattitude.
Thesecondwaythatcanhelpuniversitystudentsmanagestresseffectivelyisto
educateandequipthemselveswithknowledgeandrelevantinformationonapproaches,
methodsandtechniquesonhowtoidentifythesymptomsofvarioustypesofstressand
stressrelatedfactors.Forexample,theycanlearnmoreaboutthecausesandeffectsof
stressonhealth,personalityandlifestyle.Beinguniversitystudents,theirmaturityand
mentalandemotionalintelligenceshouldbetheirguidesinsearchingfortheabove
mentionedinformationfromauthorizedsourceslikehealthreferencebooksortheInternet.
Theycanalsoseekadvicefromprofessionalsnamelydoctors,lectorsandcounselorsor
experiencedindividualslikeparentsandelders.Thethirdwayrelatestoaholistic
healthylifestylethatinvolvesconstantphysicalactivity,havinggoodeatinghabits,adopting
positiveattitudestoproblemsandnurturinghealthyfamily,socialandworkingrelationships.
Thesecharacteristicseffectsofstresslikeanxiety,frustrationandhealthproblemsofpoor
concentration,lackofsleepandlossofappetite.
Insum,Ileaveinshotnotethesethreewayscaneffectivelyhelpuniversitystudents
tomangestressmentally,emotionallyandholistically.
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SAMPLE2

Suggestsomemeasuresthatyouthinkshouldbetakentopreventsnatchthefts.Support
youranswerwithexamples.Giveyourviewsinnotfewerthat350words.

Recently,therehavebeenalotofreportsinthenewspapersontherisingcasesofsnatch
theft.Ifullyagreewiththewritersopinionswhichwerepublishedinyoureditorialcolumn.In
ordertocurbthisproblem,thepublicandthepoliceshouldwordtogether.
Oneofthewaystocurbthisproblemisthepublictobemoreawareoftheir
surroundings.Theyshouldalwaysbeonthelookedforsuspicious-lookingcharactersand
makeareporttothepolice,ifnecessary.Often,thepolicerelyonpublicinformationtomake
aheadstartinsolvingcases.Theymustalsolearntotakebettercareofthemselves.For
example,theyshouldmakesurethattheyhaveafriendwiththemtheyhavetowalkina
desertedarea.Asfaraspossible,however,theyshouldavoiddarkanddesertedareas.
Onemistakewhichpeoplemakeistowearalotofjewelleryortakealongalotof
moneywhengoingout.Flashyjewellerywillattracttheattentionofsnatchthieves.In
addition,theyshouldtakebettercareoftheirbelongings.Forexample,girlsorwomenwith
handbagsneedtoensurethattheyholdontheirhandbagsproperlysothattheywillnotbe
easilysnatched.Theyshouldalwayswalkfacingoncomingtrafficsothattheycanseewhat
orwhoisapproachingthem.Womenarealsoadvisednotcarryhandbagswithlongstraps
astheseareeasytosnatch.
Thepublicshouldalsocooperateandbemorecivicmindedinhelpingothers.They
shouldtryandhelpvictimsofsnatchtheftsandnotjustturnablindeye.Inmanycasesof
snatchthefts,notmanypeoplecameuptohelpthevictimseventhoughtherewerecriesfor
help.Theleasttheycouldhavedonewastotrytotakedownthevehicleregistrationnumber
ofthemotorcycleortohelpgiveadescriptionoftheperpetratorstothepolice.Ifpeoplelook
outforandeachother,snatchthieveswillnothavesuchaneasytime.
Lastbutnotleast,thepoliceshouldcomeupwithpreventivemeasurestocurbthis
problem.Theyshouldpatrolsnatch-theftproneareassuchasbusstationsandLRT
stations.Theyshouldalsocomeupwithposterstoremindthepublictobemorecareful
aboutsnatchthieves.Asidefromthis,theycanconductseminarstoeducatethepublicon
howtoavoidbecomingvictimsofsnatchthefts.
Allinall,inordertocurbthisgrowingproblem,itisnecessaryforthepublicandthe
policetocooperatewitheachother.Bybeingmoreresponsiblefortheirownsafetyand
workinghandinhandwiththepolice,thepubliccanplayagreatpartinhelpingtoreduce
thenumberofsnatchthefts
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SAMPLE3

Discusssuitablewaysoferadicatingdisciplinaryproblemsamongsecondaryschool
students.Supportyouranswerwithexample.Youshouldwriteatleast350words.

Ineraofscienceandtechnology,disciplinaryproblemsamongsecondaryschoolstudents
aregettingoutofhand.Itis,therefore,imperativethatactionbetakenbyallsectorsof
societytoeradicatethesedisciplinaryproblems.
Theschoolauthoritiesplayanimportantroleinthisfightagainstdisciplinary
problemsinschool.Allteacherneedtobevigilantandonthelookoutforanyformof
indiscipline,eventhoseasminorasabsenteeism.Theyalsoneedtoinvestigatefightsno
matterhowsmallasthesearesymptomsofmoreseriousproblems.Preventivemeasures
suchasstrictenforcementofschoolrulesandappropriatepunishmentsareextremely
necessarynowadays.Publiccaningandexpulsionofrepeatoffendersofserious
misconductsuchasfighting,gangsterismandextortion,arehighlyrecommended.
Inorderfortheschoolstoeffectivelycombatindiscipline,thefullsupportofthe
Ministryofeducationisnecessary.Theministrycouldprovidespecialtrainingforheadsof
schoolsanddisciplineteachers.Inaddition,disciplineteachersandcounselorsshouldbe
giventeachingloadssothattheycanbettercarryouttheirspecialresponsibilities.
Moreover,theministrycouldprovidefinancialsupporttoimprovefacilitiesinschoolsto
gainfullyoccupythestudents.
Parentsarealsoanimportantgroupofpeoplewhocanhelperadicatedisciplinary
problemsinsecondaryschools.Parentshaveaveryimportantroletoplayinensuringthe
goodbehavioroftheirchildrenatalltimes.Theyshouldnotleavetheresponsibilityof
educatingtheirchildrensolelyontheshouldersofschoolteachers.Theyshouldconstantly
monitortheirchildrenswhereaboutsandmakeitapointtogettoknowtheirchildrens
friends.Besidesthat,parentsshouldbeawareoftheactivitiesthattheirchildrenare
engagedin.agoodwayofkeepingtabsonthegoing-oninschoolsistoplayanactiverole
intheparent-teacherassociation.
Finally,thepolicecanalsobecalledupontocombatdisciplinaryproblems.They
canbecalledupontocounselstudentsthroughlecture,talksandworkshops.Thepolice
needtobeallowedtopatrolschoolcompoundstomaketheirpresencefelt.Theyshould
alsobeempoweredtoarreststudentssuspectedofbeinginvolvedinseriousoffencessuch
asgangfights.
Toconclude,itisobviousthatactionshouldbetakenbytheschoolauthorities,
parents,theMinistryofEducationandthepoliceinordertoeliminatedisciplinaryproblems
insecondaryschools.
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SAMPLE4

SAMPLE5
ForeignWorkersDilemmainMalaysia

Foreignworkerscantlivewiththem,cantlivewithoutthem..Atleastthatswhatquitealot
ofMalaysiansInowfeelaboutthem.DeputyHumanResourcesMinister,SenatorMaznah
Mazlansaidthatthereare1.403millionforeignershereholding
theTemporaryEmploymentVisitPass,whichaccountsfor11.2%ofMalaysiastotal
workforce.Thatsactuallyquitealotofforeignersforacountrywitha2.7%unemployment
rateasoflastyear.

Butitsnousedenyingthefactthatweneedthem.Thefactthatwestilldonthaveminimum
wagemeansthattherearejusttoomanyjobsouttherethatpaytoolittle(fromthe
perspectiveofMalaysians)andareconsiderednotworththetroublebyMalaysians.Asour
costoflivingcontinuestoriseagainststagnatingwages,evenfreshgraduatesearning
aroundRM2,000willsometimesfindithardtokeepthingsafloatlivinginKualaLumpur,let
alonehavingtosurviveonaconstructionworkerswages.

Andevennowwecanseeforeignworkersinsupermarketsandrestaurants,jobsthatare
consideredcomfortableandnotheavy,butmoreandmorelocalsareturningawayfrom
themsimplybecauseinthecurrenteconomicclimatethepayisnowhereneargoodenough.
Ontheonehanditsashamethatwepreferbeingunemployedratherthanatleastearning
something,evenifitmeansworkingahardjobwithnotverygoodpay.Butontheother
handitsalsounderstandablewhywedprefertoholdoutandkeeplookingforsomething
better,consideringtheeconomicrealitiesthatwehavetofaceinourdailylives.

Thesideeffectofbeingdependentonforeignworkersisthatitputsastrainonalotofthings
publicamenitiesandservicesespecially.Theyalsocompetewiththepoorforlowcost
accommodation,andthecongestedlivingconditionshavealsocontributedtosocietaland
environmentalproblems.Butblamingthingsonthemwillnotsolveanything.Thefactofthe
matteris,thesearemenandwomentryingtomakeanhonestlivinginaforeigncountry
wheretheirpresenceisnotexactlywelcomedwithopenarms.

Theyhadtoleavetheirfamilybehind,liveinsometimesabominableandunacceptable
conditions,andpushthemselvestothelimittoworkasmanyhoursaspossibleinorderto
sendasmuchmoneyastheycanhometotheirfamilies.Trydoingthatandseeifyouwont
findyourselfinsimilarsocialproblemsshouldyoubeintheirexactsameshoes.Itseasyto
blametheotherwhenyourecomfortablyontheothersideofthefence,butnotsoeasy
whenyoureallylookandtrytoempathisewiththem.

Tryingtocombattheseproblemswilldefinitelycostmoney,andifwerebeinghonestwith
ourselves,itsjustlikedousingaragingfireitsunlikelythatwecantotallyputastoptoit.
Theonlywaywecanavoidtheseproblemsisbynothavingthemhereornotbeingtoo
dependentonforeignworkforce.Payingthe3Djobs(dirty,dangerousanddifficult)better
wagestoattractlocalstodoitisastart.Agoodminimumwageisastarttoo.Ofcourse
companiesemployingforeignworkerswillmoanthatthisisnotgoodbusiness,butthatis
whywevoteandhaveagovernmenttothinkabouthowbesttosolvethisdilemma,
becausewhatsagovernmenthereforifnottotakecareofitspeople?

http://kopitiamekonomi.com/kopitiam-blog/the-foreign-worker-dilemma-in-malaysia/

SAMPLE6

MOBILESEVERYWHERE,EVERYTHING

Malaysiansaregettingmoreandmoreattachedtotheirmobilephones.Iamnodifferent.I
lovemysmartphoneitswithmefromthemomentIwakeuptothetimeIgotobed.
However,likemanyotherMalaysians,Imalsostartingtoseerealpossibilitiesofthemobile
internetplatformthatmyphonebrings.Itsmuchmorethanjustfunandgames.Ithas
progressedfromalifestyleaccessorytoalivingnecessity.Thislittlethinginyourhandcan
connectyouwithmorethan7billionpeopleontheplanetifyouwantitto.Justimaginethe
possibilitiesWhatifwecouldapplythispotentialtoimprovethelivesoffellowMalaysians
asweknowit?

BecauseIworkinatelco,myfriendsoftensharewithmetheirideasformobileappsthat
canpotentiallywipeouttrafficwoesinthecity,improvepublictransportcapabilities,
enhancepersonalsafety,andsoon.Everyoneseemstohaveapointofviewononetopic
oranother,butnoonehasanyrealplanofaction,seeingthisareatobetheexclusive
domainofonlytechygeeks.

YounolongerneedtobeacodetechniciantobeinvolvedintheburgeoningglobalApp
Economy.AnyregularMalaysianwithagoodideacanmakeadifferenceinourlocal
community.Ifyouwanttogetstartedimmediately,IencourageyoutoenterourDiGi
ChallengeforChange(seewww.dgcfc.my)anexcitingavenueforaverageMalaysiansto
bringtheirideastolife.Wecreatedthischallengebecauseweknowthatsolutionstoreal
lifeissuescomefromnormalpeople,notjustfromsoftwareengineers.Thisnewinnovation
modelinvolvescreatingcollaborationsbetweenthosewithideasandthosethatcanmake
thegoodideashappen.
HerearesomeamazingfactsandfiguresthatIdliketosharewithyou:Itsestimatedthat
nearly46billionmobileappsweredownloadedgloballybyend2012;almostdoublethe25
billiondownloadsin2011.Infouryears(2016),thisnumberispredictedtogrowmorethan
sixtimesto310billiondownloads[1]morethan30timesthenumberofpeopleonthis
planet!Thefactthatappsfirstappearedintheworldjust5yearsagomakesthisevenmore
amazing.
IreckonweMalaysiansareanopinionatedandcreativebunch,socanyouimaginethe
potentialforlocalappsifwecaneachcontributesomegreatideas?Bydoingso,wewould
bepositivelysupportingoureconomyatthesametime.
IlovetheMyTaxiAppwhichallowsuserstobookataxipainlesslyandtoeventrackthe
taxisjourneytotheirlocation.Itisalsoawin-winforthetaxidriver,becauseittranslates
intosavingsintimeandfuelasthereislessofaneedtodrivearoundaimlesslyscouringfor
customerswhenyouhaveagreaterchanceoffindingacustomerclosesttoyourcurrent
location.AppslikeWazealsohelproaduserstoplantheirroutesbetter,avoidingstress-
inducingtrafficcongestionsalongtheirdrivetoacertaindestination.
Thewaywelivetodayhaschangedbecauseofthemobileinternet.Before,theinternetwas
seenjustasanalternativechannelortechnologytocarryoutactivitieslikeshopping,
bankingandgeneralcommerce.Intime,itwillbejusthowwedothingseveryday;nolonger
sciencefictionbutjustourwayoflife.
Whenwelookaroundus,weseehowmobileinternethaschangedthewayservicesare
deliveredinMalaysia,nottomentionthesavingsintimeandcostthattheseappshave
helpedtobringaboutinthegeneraleconomy.Nowadays,Inolongerstandinlongqueues
atthebanktopaybills,orsendlettersthroughthepost.Allthesethingsnowhappenatmy
fingertips,breathingnewlifeintodeadtime;freeingupprecioushoursformoreproductive
pursuits.

IcantwaittoseewhatotherusefulMalaysian-inspiredmobileappswillbeuncoveredas
partofourDiGiChallengeforChangeinthenextfewmonths.Ifwecanconvertevery
Malaysianarmchaircriticintoacommunity-drivenmobileappadvocate,wemayjusthave
startedthewaveoftheGreatMalaysianAppRevolution.

http://kopitiamekonomi.com/kopitiam-blog/mobile-everywhere-everything/-byFrankChan

SAMPLE7

Theworldtodayisturningmoretoelectroniccommunicationssuchasthee-mail,Facebook
andShortmessageSystem(SMS).Whatisyouropinionofthisgrowingtrend?Discuss.
Youshouldwriteatleast350words.

:Everywhereweturntoday,theworldiscrowdedwithpeoplebusytypingSMSeson
theirNokiasoriPhonesorsomeoneisstaringunblinkinglyataFacebookorYahoopageon
thecomputerscreen.Whetheryoulikeitornot,theageofInformationTechnologyisupon
us,andwecaneitherlearnnewskillsandadapttothisnewtechnology,orbeforeverlost
andstuckintheoldergeneration.Inmyopinion,Iamfullyconvincedthatthisgrowingtrend
isthewayofthefuture,anditbringscountlessbenefitstomankind.Inthisessay,Iwill
discussthreepositiveeffectsofelectroniccommunication,namelyitsefficiency,enhances
communicationandcreatesaborderlessworldcommunity.
Firstandforemost,moreandmorepeoplearerelyingone-mail,Facebook,Short
MessageSystem(SMS)andothertypesofelectroniccommunicationtoolsbecauseofits
highefficiency.Thisisbecauseintoday'sageofglobalisation,weneedinformationatthetip
ofourfingers.Moreover,withtheuseofthesetools,wecanincreasethespeedofgetting
thenecessaryandrelevantinformationwithinsecondsandthiswillincreaseour
productivity.Forexample,gonearethedaysofusing'snailmail'orregularlettersusing
stampsandenvelopesandmanymoreexamplesof'old'technologybecauseitissimplytoo
slowandinefficient.Therefore,thesee-communicationtoolsincreasestheaccessto
importantinformationwhichiswhythenewgenerationisfullyacceptingthisgrowingtrend.
Secondly,thisformoftechnologyenhancescommunicationamongpeopletoday.This
meansthatwhenweuseSMS,e-mailsandwebsiteslikeFacebook,weareableto
communicateclearlyanddirectlytoourtargetaudience.Furthermore,peopletodayfindthat
themessageismoreimportantthantheformitcomesinasane-mailinshortbutclear
sentencesisjustasgoodorevenbetterthanalongandformalletter.Forinstance,anSMS
cangiveclearinstructionsinjustafewwordsandthiscommunicateswhatneedstobedone
quicklyanddirectly.Thus,whentheintendedmessagecanbespreadclearlyusingshort
andclearinformationlikeinSMSesandemails,communicationcanbeenhancedandthere
willbelessproblemsofmiscommunication.
Lastbutnotleast,e-communicationcreatesaborderlesscommunityintheworldwe
liveintoday.Thisisduetothefactthattheboundariesthatseparateeachcountrybecomes
lessrelevantwheninformationistransferredwithoutlimitations.Inaddition,theworldwould
beabetterplacebecausethereisasenseof1-Worldcommitment,respectandtolerance
fortheglobalcommunitythroughefficientandcleare-communication.Takeforexample,we
areabletoconnectwithpeopleonaninternationalbasisusingFacebook,Friendster,
Tagged,Hotmail,Yahooandothers.Hence,thesetoolswillenhanceglobalunityandcreate
amorepeacefulworld.
Inanutshell,thisgrowingtrendhasmanypositiveeffectsnotjusttoindividualsbutthe
globalsocietyintermsofefficiency,enhancingcommunicativeskillsandshapinga
borderlesscommunity.Inmyopinion,Istillfirmlybelievethatthislatesttrendisthebestway
forwardandifwedonotcatchup,wewillbeleftbehindbythetideofdevelopment.Our
governmentcanencouragetheproperusageofelectroniccommunicationsbyincreasing
communicationamenitiesandbroadbandaccessibilityespeciallyinruralareassothatthey
canenjoythesamefacilitiesascity-folksthereforebalancingthedevelopmentofour
countrytowardsachievingVision2020.
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SAMPLE8

Therisingfuelpricehaspushedupthepriceofotherconsumerproducts.Howwillthis
affectthesociety?Giveyouropinion.Youshouldwriteatleast350words.

Moneyisalwaysanissueintoday'seraofmaterialism.Mostpeopleneeditfor
basicsurvivalwhiletheluckyfewindulgeinluxurieswithoutworryingaboutmoney.Inmy
opinion,Istronglyagreethattherisingfuelpricehaspushedupthepriceofotherconsumer
productsandthiswilldefinitelyaffectthesociety.Inthisessay,Iwouldliketotouchonthe
effectsthispriceincreasehasonsocietytoday,namelyincreasingviceactivities,widening
thegapbetweentherichandthepoorandaffectingthepopulationtrendinthelongterm.

Firstandforemost,societywillimmediatelybeaffectedbytheriseinfuelprices
becauseconsumerproductswillbemorecostlyandthisleadstoanincreaseofvice
activities.Thisisbecausebasicnecessitiessuchasrice,flour,sugarandsoonwillbein
greatdemandandsomewarehouseswillstoreorhoardtheitemstofurtherincreasethe
priceoftheproduct.Moreover,inthenewspaperstoday,reportsofsmugglingoftheseitems
provethatthisviceactivityisontherise.Forexample,therecentsugarpricehikecauseda
furoramongtheMalaysiansocietyasitcostsmorefueltotraveltoandfromthe
supermarketandwhenarriving,mostplaceshadrunoutofstockeventhoughthe
governmenthadallocated2kgofsugartooneperson.Therefore,thefuelpriceincreasehad
definitelycausedmorehardshipstosocietytoday.

Secondly,itisundeniablethattheriseinfuelpricesleadstothewideningofthegap
betweentherichandthepoor.Thisisduetothefactthatpeoplearegreatlyaffectedbythe
priceofbasicnecessitiessuchasfoodandfuelinparticular.Furthermore,therichpeople
willstillbeabletoaffordsuchthingsbutthepoorwillfacegreaterchallengesasthepopular
sayinggoes:"Therichgetricher,andthepoorgetpoorer."Forinstance,whenmoneyis
usedtopurchaseconsumerproductsthatarenecessaryforsurvival,thenlessmoneywill
bespentonhealthanddentalcheck-up,educationalpurposesandothers.Thus,itisclear
thatthefuelpricehikewillfurtherstressonthedifferencesbetweentherichandthepoor
whichissuchatragedy.

Lastbutnotleast,inthelongtermthepopulationtrendordemographicsofthe
societywillbegreatlyaffected.Thismeansthatnewfamilieswillconsciouslydecidenotto
havetoomanychildreninordertoincreasetheirqualityoflife.Inaddition,societyisnow
moreawareofbirthcontrolandfamilyplanningsothiswillgreatlyreducethepopulationas
mostfamilieswillhave1to5childreninsteadofmore.Takeforexample,newfamilieswith
lesschildrenwillsurelyspendlessonbasicnecessitieslikefood,clothes,transportand
manymore.Hence,thedemographicsofthewholecountrywillbeaffectedandthisinturn
willreduceourworkforcewhichwillaffectourcountry'sproductivityandprosperity.

Inshort,therearemanyshorttermtolongtermeffectsofafuelpriceincrease
whichincludesmorecrimeslikehoardingandsmugglingwilloccurandthisleadstothe
wideningofthegapbetweentherichandthepooraswellasachangeinthesociety's
demographics.Istillstronglybelievethattherisingfuelpricehaspushedupthepriceof
otherconsumerproductsandthiswillsurelycauseanegativeimpacttosociety.The
governmentmustfindawaytostabilisethefuelpriceatareasonableratesothatitdoesnot
affecttheproductivityofthiscountrytowardsachievingtheaspirationsofthenationfor
Vision2020.
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SAMPLE9
Doyouagreeordisagreewiththefollowingstatement?Parentsarethebestteachers.Use
specificreasonsandexamplestosupportyouranswer.

Parentsplaythemostimportantroleinthebringingupoftheirchildren.Inmyopinion,
despitesomeverygoodcharacteristicsparentshave,theycantbethebestteachersoftheir
children.
Firstofall,parentsareabletohaveknowledgeinsomefields,butnotallthefields.Itis
nottruethatparentsknoweverythingintheworld.Sometimes,theyjusthaveapassing
acquaintanceofsomesubjects.Theyshouldntteachtheirchildrensomethingthatthey
dontknowthoroughly.Forexample,averyfamousphysicistcantteachhischildren
chemistrythoughheisverygoodatphysicsbecausehisknowledgeofchemistryisnt
enoughtoteachhischildren.Sothatswhyparentsalwayssearchforgoodteachersto
teachtheirchildrenwhattheyneedtolearnproperly.
Secondly,parentswanttoteachtheirchildrenbytheirways/EXAMOLE.Theyareright,
andtheyarewrongsometimes.Forthosewhoarentbeeducatedhowtobegoodteachers,
itmightbeaverybigproblem.Theycanbegoodparents,buthardlygoodteachers.For
instance,itsnotsimplytotellingchildrenwhattheyshoulddoandwhattheyshouldnt.Ifthe
childrendontfollow,theirparentsmightgetangry.Inthatcase,theylosetheirtemper,and
theyjustwanttheirchildrentoobeythemwithoutanydecentexplanationfortheirbehavior.
Parentsshouldhelptheirchildrenbeawareofrightandwronginorderthattheywillknow
whytheirparentswantthemtofollowtheiradvice.
Thirdly,parentscaneasilybewrongineducatingtheirchildreninthattheyhavealotof
emotion.Intheireyes,theirchildrenareobviouslythebestones.Theypraisetheirchildren
andencouragethemtokeepdoingthingsthoughinotherpeople'seyes,thechildrenshould
stopbehavinglikethat.Consequently,parentsshouldbestrictandthoughtfulinsome
situations.Aschildrendontrecognizewhatisrightandwrong,theydoanythingtheylike.
Parentsshouldalwayswatchontheirchildrenandguidethemtodotherightthinginsteadof
lettingthemdowhatevertheywant.
Inbrief,parentsarentalwaysgoodteachersthoughtheymightbegoodparents.Tobe
goodteachers,itisthewaytheyeducatetheirchildren,whichtheyshouldbeconcerned
withratherthanthewaytheylovetheirchildren.
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SAMPLE10

Youhaveenoughmoneytopurchaseeitherahouseorabusiness.Whichwouldyou
choosetobuy?Givespecificreasonstoexplainyourchoice.

Peoplealwayshavetodecidehowtheywillinvesttheirmoneyaftertheyhavesaveditfor
awhile.Somepeopleinvestinahousebutsomepeopleinvestinabusiness.IfIhave
enoughmoney,Iwillpurchaseahouseasithasnoanydisadvantagetome.
Purchasingahousemeansthatitbelongstomeasmyproperty.IcanfeelthatIdonot
wastemymoney.Itisjustturnedintoahouse.Besides,thehousepriceisrising
higherandhighersothisisagoodinvestment.IfIhavemychildren,theywillnothaveto
purchaseanewhouse.Theycantakeoneofmine.IfIletthemfindmoneyandafforda
housethemselves,Icannotimaginehowthehousepricewillbeatthattime,andhowhard
mychildrenwillhavetoworktoearnenoughmoney.Moreover,Icaneithermovetothenew
houseafterIgetboredwiththeoldone.Somepeopleinmycountryhavemorethanone
house.Oneisinthecityneartheirworkplaces.Anotherisquitefarawayfromthecityso
theycanhavetheirrestthereonweekends.Inaddition,Icanletotherpeoplerentthis
houseifIdonotneedtolivetherethattime.Bydoingthis,Icanalsohaveincomefrommy
house.
Ontheotherhand,purchasingabusinessisfullofrisk.AsIamnotgoodatbusiness,I
needtotaketimeinstudyingthebusinesstopurchaseone.EvenifIhavestudiedwellon
thebusiness,itisstillrisky.IwouldrathernottryonmyownbusinessalthoughIcanmake
moreprofitonit.
ItisobviousformewhichchoiceIwillchooseaftercomparetwooptions,topurchasea
houseorabusiness.Purchasingahouseissurelymylastanswer.
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SAMPLE11
Nowadays,foodhasbecomeeasiertoprepare.Hasthischangeimprovedthewaypeople
live?Usespecificreasonsandexamplestosupportyouranswer.

1:
Withtheadvancementoftechnologyandscience,manyinstrumentsandequipmentsare
beingintroducedinourdailylife.Oneoftheirbenefitsisprocessingoffoodmaterialfaster
andeasily.thishasbroughtsomechangesinthepeoplelife.
Firstly,duetotheadventoffoodpreparingmachineslikemixers,microwave,pressure
cookers,makingfooditemshavebecomeeasierandfaster.Thishelpthepeoplewhohave
busyschedulesliketheproffesionalsandresearchscientists.Sopeopledonothaveto
schedulemuchtimepreparingthefoodandfoodcanbequicklyserved.Sothechangehas
adaptedwiththefastlifeofthepeople.
Also,thepeoplewhodonothavefamiliesandlivelifesingly,particularlythebachelor
guys,feeltheseequipmentseasierandmoreconvenient.Generallytheydonothavethe
knowledgeofmakingfooddishes,butwiththehelpofthemodernmachinesand
technologiestheycaneasilypreparefood.Sotheynowprefertoleadlifealoneratherthan
infamiliesandconcentratesmoreintheircareer.
But,themachinesandequipmentshavealsomadepeoplelittlebitlazyduetothe
easinessandfastness.Peopledonotworkhardtomakefood,whichhavethechangedthe
conventionalivesandmothers.Still,theeasinesstopreparefoodhavechangedtopeople
lifepositivelyinrespectofdevelopment,accceleration,career,andtimemanagement.

2.
Nowadays,whereverweturnourgaze,wecanseedifferenttypesoffoodthatareeasier
toprepare.Itcannotbedoubtedthatoureatingstylehasencounteredarevolutionary
changeinthelastfewdecades.Itisthechangeinthetypeoffoodthathashadthegreatest
influence.Forinstance,wecanbuyfrozenfoodinasupermarketandjustprepareitina
coupleofminutes,whereasbeforeitcouldhavetakenusmaybehourstopreparethiskind
ofmeal.Notonlyhavetherecipesofcertainfoodtypeshavebeenaltered,butalsonew
oneshavebeencreated.Examplesincludeyetarenotrestrictedtobeefhamburgers,potato
chips,readymadeavailableyoghurt,frozenmeatandcolddrinks.Iwouldacceptthatthisso
calledimprovementchangedourlives,butibelievetherearesomedrawbacksaswell.

Itistruethatthesekindsoffooddonotinvolvehardworktoprepare,butfoodthatiseasy
topreparegenerallyhassomeartificialingredientsmixedinitthatmakesit"easyto
prepare."Ifwetaketimetoreadtheingredients,wewoulddefinitelycomeacrossthewords
likepreservativesorartificialflavorings.Manynewlyemergedtypesoffoodhavenotthe
essenceofa"completemeal"asdefinedbythenutritionists.Toaddtotheproblem,these
foodtypesareoftenservedalone.Infact,therearemanymedicalreportswarningpeople
fromdependinguponsuchfastmealsintheirfood.Otherreportsindicateahighpotentialof
malnutritionamongthosewhoare"addictedtothecommonduetofburgersandcolas.
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SAMPLE12

SHOULDWEBEATCHILDREN?
CORPORALPUNISHMENTEffectivewhenusedwisely

Manyparentsusephysicalpunishmenttodisciplinetheirchildren.Othersprefertouse
differentmethodstorewardgoodbehaviororpunishmisbehavior.Thisessaywilllookat
someoftheargumentsforandagainstphysicalpunishmentofchildren.
Itisoftenclaimedthatphysicalpunishmentwilldamagechildreninlaterlife.Opponentsof
corporalpunishmentclaimthatthechildrenwillgrowuptobecomedelinquentsorevenbeat
theirwives.
However,manyhappilymarriedadultstodaywereslappedwhentheywereyoungerbut
haveneverhittheirspouses.Anotherpointoftenmadeisthatphysicalpunishmentteaches
childrenthatyoucanuseforcetomakeothersdowhatyouwant.Infactchildrenbroughtup
wellsoonlearnthatforcebyitselfisnothing-itmustbeassociatedwithright.Finally,some
peoplesaythatpunishingachildbysmackinghimwilldamagetherelationshipbetweenthe
childandtheparents.Thisisclearlywrong.Childrenwhounderstandthereasonsforrules
willbehappierthanchildrenwhoarenotgivenclearguidelines.
Therearedefinitelyconcernsaboutphysicalpunishment.Someparentslosecontroland
caninjurechildren-evenbreakingbonesorcausingbruises.Otherscanuseviolence
excessivelyorastheonlymethodofdiscipline.Inthiscase,thechildwillbehurt,fearfuland
anxiousandwillnotlearntodistinguishrightfromwrong.Thebiggestproblemwithphysical
violenceiswhenitisnotappropriatetotheageofthechild.Itcanbeveryeffectivetoquickly
smackatwo-year-oldwhoisscreaming.However,itisnoteffectivetobeata16-year-old
whoislateforschoolonceagain.
Inconclusion,physicalpunishmentcanbeausefulmethodofdiscipline.Howeverit
shouldbethelastchoiceforparents.Ifwewanttobuildaworldwithlessviolencewemust
beginathome,andwemustteachourchildrentoberesponsible.
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SAMPLE13
Question:
Nowadays,foodhasbecomeeasiertoprepare.Hasthischangeimprovedthewaypeople
live?Usespecificreasonsandexamplestosupportyouranswer.

1:
Withtheadvancementoftechnologyandscience,manyinstrumentsandequipmentsare
beingintroducedinourdailylife.Oneoftheirbenefitsisprocessingoffoodmaterialfaster
andeasily.thishasbroughtsomechangesinthepeoplelife.
Firstly,duetotheadventoffoodpreparingmachineslikemixers,microwave,pressure
cookers,makingfooditemshavebecomeeasierandfaster.Thishelpthepeoplewhohave
busyschedulesliketheproffesionalsandresearchscientists.Sopeopledonothaveto
schedulemuchtimepreparingthefoodandfoodcanbequicklyserved.Sothechangehas
adaptedwiththefastlifeofthepeople.
Also,thepeoplewhodonothavefamiliesandlivelifesingly,particularlythebachelor
guys,feeltheseequipmentseasierandmoreconvenient.Generallytheydonothavethe
knowledgeofmakingfooddishes,butwiththehelpofthemodernmachinesand
technologiestheycaneasilypreparefood.Sotheynowprefertoleadlifealoneratherthan
infamiliesandconcentratesmoreintheircareer.
But,themachinesandequipmentshavealsomadepeoplelittlebitlazyduetothe
easinessandfastness.Peopledonotworkhardtomakefood,whichhavethechangedthe
conventionalivesandmothers.Still,theeasinesstopreparefoodhavechangedtopeople
lifepositivelyinrespectofdevelopment,accceleration,career,andtimemanagement.
2.
Nowadays,whereverweturnourgaze,wecanseedifferenttypesoffoodthatare
easiertoprepare.Itcannotbedoubtedthatoureatingstylehasencounteredarevolutionary
changeinthelastfewdecades.Itisthechangeinthetypeoffoodthathashadthegreatest
influence.Forinstance,wecanbuyfrozenfoodinasupermarketandjustprepareitina
coupleofminutes,whereasbeforeitcouldhavetakenusmaybehourstopreparethiskind
ofmeal.Notonlyhavetherecipesofcertainfoodtypeshavebeenaltered,butalsonew
oneshavebeencreated.Examplesincludeyetarenotrestrictedtobeefhamburgers,potato
chips,readymadeavailableyoghurt,frozenmeatandcolddrinks.Iwouldacceptthatthisso
calledimprovementchangedourlives,butibelievetherearesomedrawbacksaswell.
Itistruethatthesekindsoffooddonotinvolvehardworktoprepare,butfoodthatiseasy
topreparegenerallyhassomeartificialingredientsmixedinitthatmakesit"easyto
prepare."Ifwetaketimetoreadtheingredients,wewoulddefinitelycomeacrossthewords
likepreservativesorartificialflavorings.Manynewlyemergedtypesoffoodhavenotthe
essenceofa"completemeal"asdefinedbythenutritionists.Toaddtotheproblem,these
foodtypesareoftenservedalone.Infact,therearemanymedicalreportswarningpeople
fromdependinguponsuchfastmealsintheirfood.Otherreportsindicateahighpotentialof
malnutritionamongthosewhoare"addictedtothecommonduetofburgersandcolas.
Nothavingtocookhasalsotakenthefunoutofcooking.Cookingisanart,butintoday's
world,thisisnomoretrue.Peoplearesobusyintheirworkthattheyjustrelyonthese
simplefoods.Theinventionandproductionofthesefoodshavemadepeoplelazynotonly
forcookingbutalsoforawellfamilygettogether.Itwasnotlikeformertimeswhenfamilies
wouldsittogetherandeatfreshlybakedfood.Withtheabsenceofregularfamilyget
together,relationshipsarelikelytobeweaker.
Peoplethinkthatfastpreparedfoodtypesdpimproveourstyleoflife.Thisopinioncomes
especiallyfrombustpeople,workingwives,andyoungerpeople.Theybelievethatwehave
manythingsinlifemoreimportantthaneating.Timespentonfoodpreparationisconsidered
wastebythem.Wiveswillhavemoretimetocareoftheirfamilies'soulsnotjuststomachs.
Familyrelationshipswillgetstronger.Businessmenandwomenwillhavemoretimeto
concentrateontheirarrangements.Ingeneral,peoplewillhaveagreateropportunitytotake
careoftheirmindsandhearts.
Iagreewiththatfoodpreparationshouldtakeitsnecessarytimeandcare.Otherwise,the
timesavedinfoodpreparationcanleadtolongertimesofheadacheorevenofstayingin
hospitalssufferingfrommalnutrition.
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SAMPLE14
Doyouagreeordisagreewiththefollowingstatement?Parentsarethebestteachers.Use
specificreasonsandexamplestosupportyouranswer.

Parentsplaythemostimportantroleinthebringingupoftheirchildren.Inmyopinion,
despitesomeverygoodcharacteristicsparentshave,theycantbethebestteachersoftheir
children.
Firstofall,parentsareabletohaveknowledgeinsomefields,butnotallthefields.Itis
nottruethatparentsknoweverythingintheworld.Sometimes,theyjusthaveapassing
acquaintanceofsomesubjects.Theyshouldntteachtheirchildrensomethingthatthey
dontknowthoroughly.Forexample,averyfamousphysicistcantteachhischildren
chemistrythoughheisverygoodatphysicsbecausehisknowledgeofchemistryisnt
enoughtoteachhischildren.Sothatswhyparentsalwayssearchforgoodteachersto
teachtheirchildrenwhattheyneedtolearnproperly.
Secondly,parentswanttoteachtheirchildrenbytheirways/EXAMOLE.Theyareright,
andtheyarewrongsometimes.Forthosewhoarentbeeducatedhowtobegoodteachers,
itmightbeaverybigproblem.Theycanbegoodparents,buthardlygoodteachers.For
instance,itsnotsimplytotellingchildrenwhattheyshoulddoandwhattheyshouldnt.Ifthe
childrendontfollow,theirparentsmightgetangry.Inthatcase,theylosetheirtemper,and
theyjustwanttheirchildrentoobeythemwithoutanydecentexplanationfortheirbehavior.
Parentsshouldhelptheirchildrenbeawareofrightandwronginorderthattheywillknow
whytheirparentswantthemtofollowtheiradvice.
Thirdly,parentscaneasilybewrongineducatingtheirchildreninthattheyhavealotof
emotion.Intheireyes,theirchildrenareobviouslythebestones.Theypraisetheirchildren
andencouragethemtokeepdoingthingsthoughinotherpeople'seyes,thechildrenshould
stopbehavinglikethat.Consequently,parentsshouldbestrictandthoughtfulinsome
situations.Aschildrendontrecognizewhatisrightandwrong,theydoanythingtheylike.
Parentsshouldalwayswatchontheirchildrenandguidethemtodotherightthinginsteadof
lettingthemdowhatevertheywant.

Inbrief,parentsarentalwaysgoodteachersthoughtheymightbegoodparents.Tobe
goodteachers,itisthewaytheyeducatetheir
children,whichtheyshouldbeconcernedwithratherthanthewaytheylovetheirchildren.
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2#:
Idefinitelyagreethatparentsaretheperfectteachers.Theyhavesuperiorityoverthe
othersduetoafewexplicitreasons:theconnectionbetweenparentsandchildrenis
exceptionallyfirm;parentsteachchildrenfilledwithdesireandbenevolence;childrenspend
moretimewiththeirownparentsthanotherpeople.Occasionally,thegenerationgap
impedestheconceptionofthecommunicationproblemorsomeparentsdon'tcareaboutthe
bringingupoftheirownchildren.
Recently,therewasasurveyinourschool.Thematterwaswhetherourparentsspenda
partoftheirsparetimetodevelopourgeneralknowledge.Theresultswerepositive-most
ofusaresatisfiedwiththeirconcern.Similarsurveyswereheldinotherschoolsandthe
returnswereaccordingtotheexpectations.OneweekagoIhadaconversationwithafriend
ofmine.NowheislearninginamathSchool.Hetoldmethathehadtakentheexamwith
excellenceduetohisfather,whohadbeeninterestedinmathwhenaboy.Hisfather
explainedtohimplainlyandunderstandablyallmathematicalproblems.Myfriendwasalso
obligedtosolvedefinitenumbersofproblemseverydaytogainaninsightintomath
gradually.Aftertheexam'sresultshewasverygratefultohisfatherforhelpinghim
constantly.
Unfortunately,somechildrenhaven'tgotresponsibleparents.Thelatterleavetheir
childrenbringupalonebecausetheyaretoobusywithworkorhavenowilltocommunicate
eachother.Asocialpollwasheldinmycityfewdaysago.Thequerywas"Whythe
connectionbetweenparentsandchildrenisfadingawaytoday?"andmostoftheparents
answeredthattheyhadn'tgottimetopayattentiontothemdespitetheirwillto.Therefore,
theymusthireadomesticoratutortobringuporeducatethem.Theselatterpeoplewon't
liveforeverwiththechildrenincomparisonwithparentsinspiteofthattheycanbe
experiencedteachers.Yesterdaymybestfriendtoldmethathecouldn'tcomprehendwhy
hisparentscompelhimtotideuphisroomeverydayorwhywheneverhegoesouthe
shouldbeinformalclotheswithoutcaringarucksack.Itoldhimthatitisnormaltheretobea
distinctionbetweenthegenerations,butparentsareoneofourclosestfriendsandwhatthey
dotheydoforus.

Inspiteofthesefewshortcomingsparentsalwaysdirecttheirchildrentothetruewayand
theybuildthefoundationofchildren'sfuturelifebyteachingthem.Ibelievethattheyhave
theabilitytoteachtheminthemostadequateway.

SAMPLE15

"FriendsShouldNeverHideAnythingFromEachOther."DoYouAgree?

Nomanisanisland.Everyonedependsonhisfriendstoacertainextent.Eversinceman
formedasystemofverbalcommunication,allpeoplehavebeeninconstantchatterwithone
another.

Relationshipsareimportanttoman,somuchthatpeoplemayshapetheirentirelifestyles
simplytofindfavorwiththeircliqueorcircleoffriends.Therefore,muchcautionmustbe
appliedwhendealingwithourfriends,especiallyinourspeech.Sothen,mustwealwaystell
ourfriendsthewholetruthandnothingbutthetruthorisitsometimessimplynoneoftheir
business?

Onethingisclear:findingoutthatyourfriendhasliedtoyoualwayshurts.Incaseswhere
lieshavebeentoldtohurtyouorotherpartiesonpurpose,thefriendshipwillneverbethe
same.Iftheliecausedyougreatdamage,thefriendshipwillnotbesalvageable.Whowould
wantatreacherouspersonforafriend?Yet,evenwhenthematterisnotofgreat
importance,littleliescanleadtothespoilingofrelationships.Ihaveafriendwhooftentells
littleuntruths.

Sometimes,heexaggeratescircumstancesalittle,justtoimpressothers,sometimeshe
tellshalf-truthstogetoutoftrouble,sometimes,hemakesupstoriesjusttoentertainhis
friends.Personally,Ijustdonotfeelcomfortablewithhim.Yousee,Ijustneverknow
whetherheistellingthetruthoronemoreofhislittlelies.

Apartfromthequestionofmaintainingcredibility,sharingone'sproblemsandjoyswitha
friendcanalsobehelpfulaswedealwiththeproblemsofdailyliving.Asthesayinggoes,
sharedjoyisdoublethejoyandsharedsorrowishalfthesorrow.Sharingthegoodtimes
canbrightenupafriend'sdayifhefeelsdown.Sharingone'sproblemsanddespairswitha
friendwillbringforththeencouragementandadviceweneedtohear.Sometimessimply
havinganeartohearourheart'scriesandknowingthatsomeoneunderstandsuswillmake
usfeelbetter.Peoplehavebeensavedfromsuicidejustbyhavingafriendtolistentotheir
troubles.

Itisclear,then,thatsomethingsneedtobesaidtoourfriendswithoutanytwistingofthe
truth.However,therearetimeswhentellingafriendtoomuchcanalsoleadtoproblems.An
all-too-commonexampleofsuchatimeiswhenonehearsrumors.Gossipcanstartsimply
becausesomeonethoughtarumorwastrueandsharedallherthoughtsontherumorwitha
friend.Thefriend,whoactuallyhadnorealknowledgeofthematter,passedallherthoughts
andideastoanotherfriendandsoonandsoforth.Thefinalresultcanbeamangled
productwhichcouldreallyhurtthepartiesinvolved.Thethingtodoaboutrumorsisnotto
spreadthem,evenifyouhavestrongopinions,aboutthem.

Anothernoteworthyfactisthatsometimes,tellingthetruthmaybeworsethansaying
nothing.Ifanuglygirlwithaninferioritycomplexweretoaskyouifshewasunattractive,it
wouldbeaverybadideatotellherjusthowunattractiveshewas.Onemustusehis
discretioninsuchsituations,stressingonhergoodqualities,ofcourse.Tellingthewhole
truthinthiscasewoulddestroyherremainingshredsofconfidence.

Inconclusion,Ifeelthatfriends,eventheclosestoffriends,neednottelleachother
everythingtheyknoworfeel.Somematters,ofcourse,shouldbediscussedwithfriends,
whilesomeothersshouldbehidden.Wehavetobalanceourlovefortruthwiththe
practicalitiesofthesituation.Notbeingperfect,weareboundtomakemistakes,ofcourse.
So,onemustthenbepreparedtomakeupwithourfriends,apologizingforourverbal
blundersandforgivingthemfortheirs.Well,that'swhatfriendshipisreallyabout--accepting
peopleforwhattheyare,imperfectionsandall.
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SAMPLE16

Question:Todaythehighsalesofpopularconsumergoodsreflectthepowerofadvertising
andnottherealneedsofthesocietyinwhichtheyaresold.Whatareyourviewsonthis?
Givereasonsforyouranswerandincludeanyrelevantexamplesfromyourownknowledge
onexperience.
Nowadaysmillionsofcompaniesproducebillionsofproductsandtheroleof
advertisingisquiteobvious.Adshelpconsumerstofindthegoodsorservicesoftheir
needs.However,doourneedsgrowequallyfastasthenumberofproducts?Somemarket
analystsinsistmoderncommercialsarenotmerelymatchmakersofaproductanda
consumer,butactivelyinterferewithbuyersdesires,developingartificialneeds.
Undoubtedly,advertisementguidespeoplethroughthemarket,servesthosewhodonot
havetimetolearndifferencesbetweengoods.Theseproductsareprobablythesame,but
loyaltytoaparticularbrand,formedbyacommercialhelpsmakeachoice.Whenaperson
buysonemobilephoneoutof50models,hethinkshemadehischoicehimself.Butthat
wasacommercialwhotoldhimaboutthefeaturesofthisphone.
Nevertheless,adsnotonlyinformusaboutnewgoods,butforcepeopletowantthem.
Thiscanbeevenuseful,forexampleforsomeonewhosuffersfrombackpainsandwithout
commercialshewouldneverimaginetherearenewmattresseswhichcouldeasetheir
pains.
Unfortunately,promotersnowoperateourmindsmoreaggressively.Commercialsno
longerpromoteproducts,butlifestyles.Theytoldustopurchasethingsjustbecausethey
arefashionableoruptodatewiththeimageofsuccessfulperson.Andwebuynewcars,
gadgetsandclothesinordertomatchthisimageandnotbecauseoldonesarenolonger
usable.
PersonallyIthinkthathighsalesofpopularcommoditiesaretheresultofnew
promotionaltechnologies.Thebestillustrationofthatisthateveryonenowisconcerned
mostlyabouthowanewmobilephonewillreflecthispersonality,anewshirthisimage,or
willanewcarmakecolleaguesfeeljealous.
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Nowadays,therearelotsofadvertisementsontelevisionoronthestreets.Somepeople
thinkthattheadvertisingbooststhesalesofgoodsanditencouragespeopletobuythings
unnecessarily.Thisargumentsmaybetrue.Inmycountry,manyadvertisingcompanies
produceadvertisementswithfamousandpopularactorsorsingers.People,especially
youngsters,buygoodsthattheirfavouritesingeradvertise,althoughtheydonotreallyneed
theproducts.

Also,onthetelevisionscreen,aproductmaylookgorgeousandgoodquality.Asaresultof
it,peopleoftenbuygoodswithoutenoughconsideration.Consumersmaynotactuallyneed
itbuttheybuygoodsimpulsivelysoonaftertheywatchtheadvertising.Furthermore,as
manycustomersbuyaparticularproductduetoitsadvertisingcampaign,theotherpeople
maybeaffectedbythetrend,eveniftheproductisnotoftherealneedsofthesociety.
Ontheotherhand,therearevariousaspectsagainstthesearguments.Moreover,itis
people'schoicetomakeadecisiontobuygoods.Advertisingmaybenotacauseof
customers'buyinghabits.Individualshavetheirownspendinghabits.Iftheyhavegot
enoughdisposableIncomethentherighttomaneadecisionsgiventothem.Noone
actuallycanfudgewhetherthegoodssoldaretherealneedsofthesocietyornot.
Inaddition,asthereshouldbealimitedamountofdisposableincomeconsumersare
abletospend,peopletrytoallocatetheirbudgets.Theycannotbesimplyswayedbythose
advertisements.
Inconclusion,ascustomershavetheirownstrongopinionsandstandardofgood
qualitygoods,itsbettertoleavethemtomaketheirowndecisioninbuygoods.Itsfairly
difficulttosayeveryonesswayedbyadvertisingandbuygoodimpulsively.However,in
sensitiveareaofbusinessessuchastoyindustries,itmaybenecessarytobandadvertising
tothosechildrenaschildrenhavenotgotenoughabilitytocontrolthemselvesortoknow
whattheyneed.

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SAMPLE17

Manypeoplehaveacloserelationshipwiththeirpets.Thesepeopletreattheirbirds,cats,
orotheranimalsasmembersoftheirfamily.Inyouropinion,aresuchrelationshipsgood?
Whyorwhynot?Usespecificreasonsandexamplestosupportyouranswer.
Sample1#

Beingnearapet,withalotofpeople,alwayshaspositiveandnegativeeffects.Therearea
fewpeoplewhodonotwanttohaveacloserelationshipwiththeirpetsandtreatthemas
membersoftheirfamily.Butinmyownexperience,ifwedothat,wegainmorethanwelose.

Whenwearehaveapet,itmeanswearehaveagreatandloyalfriend.Letstakeone
example.Afterahard-workingday,Ioftengetstressedandtense.ButwhenIcomehome,
mydogwagsitstailandbarkstowelcomemehome.Itoftenmakesmefeelabitbetter.I
frequentlytakemydogtotheparknearmyhouse.Thatisthetimeformetorelax,enjoythe
freshair,andescapefrommyproblemsinreallife.

Besides,youcanlearnalotfromtakingcareofyourpets.Throughoutalongtimetaking
careofmydog,Iknowhowharditistoraiseandteachittodotherightthings.Andit
remindsmeaboutmyparents,whoalwaystakecareofme,standbymewhenIneedthem.
So,thiscanalsoteachusmoreaboutresponsibility,love,etc.

Incontrast,havingapetalsobringswithitalotoftroubles.Youneedtogotobuyfoodwhen
itishungry,medicinewhenitissick.Itreallytakesyoualotoftimetotakecareofthem
everyday.

Tosumup,Isupporttheideaofacloserelationshipwithourpets.Ifwetreatthemwitha
kindheart,theywillloveusbackthesameway.

2#
Everyonehasnormallyhadapetatonepointoranotherintheirlife.Whilesome
peoplemayviewtheirpetsasnothingmorethanatoythatcanbediscardedatanytime,
othersbelievethattheirpetsaremembersoftheirfamily.Ibelievethatpetsarepartofthe
familyandshouldbetreatedassuchbecauseanimalsfosteremotionaldevelopmentand
helppeople'smentalhealth.
First,petsencourageemotionaldevelopment.Associetybecomesincreasinglychaotic
andglobal,peoplefinditdifficulttofosterrelationships.Thelackofrelationshipswillresultin
peoplefeelinglonelyatallhoursoftheday.
However,ifsomeonehasapet,theattentiontheycangiveandgetinreturnwillease
theirfeelingsoflonelinessandisolation.Alackofinteractionwithotherpeoplewillcause
peopletobecomelessemotionallydeveloped.Havingapethelpspeoplenotforgetfeelings
oflove,affectionorotheremotions.Petspreventpeoplefrombecomingemotionallydistant
andemotionless,stillcapableofhavingarelationship.
Inaddition,petsaregoodforpeople'smentalhealth.Thesedays,mostpeoplelive
hecticandchaoticlives,withlittletimetorelaxandrelievestress.Aconstantbuildupof
stresscanseriouslyaffectsomeone'smentalhealth.Knowingthatapetwillbewaitingat
thedoor,almostsmilingandsayingwelcomehomecaneasethismentalburden.Ahungry
petmayfollowanowneraroundassoonastheygethome;eventryopeningthefood
cupboard.Theseactionswillamusethepet'sowners,helpingthemrelaxandunwindbythe
humorous(anticsofapet.Forexample,assoonasIgethomefromschoolmycatlikesto
sitonmyshouldersandcryuntilItakehimforarideinthecar.HeenjoysitwhenIputthe
windowdownsohecanputhisheadout,histonguehangingoutlikeadog.ThelooksIget
atstoplightswhenotherdriversseea20poundcatsittingonmyshouldersstickinghis
headoutofthewindowandpurringsoftlyalwaysmakesmesmileandforgetaboutthe
stressofexamsandstudying.
Inconclusion,manypeoplethroughouttheworlddonotrealizethevalueofpetsand
treatthemliketoys.Petsareveryimportantandshouldbetreatedlikeamemberofthe
familysincetheyfosteremotionaldevelopmentandhelppeoplemaintainbalancedmental
health.Apetsloveandanticsensurepeopleareabletorelatetotheworldanddon't
becomeemotionallydistant.

SAMPLE18

TheAbsenceOfSportingSpiritAndItsConsequences

Theworldfromthedawnofcivilizationhasbeenenjoyingsports.Oneofthe
pastimesoftherulerswastoarrangeforperiodicalsports.Itmaybehunting,chariotrace,
horseriding,wrestlingandboxing.OrganizedsportswerepopularinGreece,
especiallyOlympiafromwhichmodemOlympicgameshavederivedtheirnames.Sports
wereforfunandfrolics.InthemiddleagessportswereverypopularinEuropeancountries.
Sportsaresupposedtodevelopmanygoodqualities.Theremaybehealthycompetitionand
rivalryandneverenmityorbitterness.Itisandshouldbeforthesports'sakeandnotfor
winningthelaurels.Thisistherealsportingspirit.Therearerulesandregulationsinplay
andgames.Thesportingspiritimpliesthefollowingofruleswhetheronewinsorloses.The
outcomeortheresultisnottheimportantthingbuthowthegameisplayed.
Arealsportsmantakesthingseasy.Takeforinstance,ananglersittingbytheriverside
frommorningtillevening,castinghislineintothewater.Hemaynotalwaysbeluckyto
haveacatch.Stillhewhistlesbackhomehappyintheeveningwhenthenightsetsin.Itis
notthecatchthatisthepointbuttheangler'sattitude.Hecannotgrowangryandbreakthe
fishingrod.Thenhehaslostthefun.Sotooinanygamethewinnerortheloser,muchmore
sothelattermustbeabletotakethingseasy.Arealsportsmandoesnotlosehishead
whenhewinsnorishebowledoverwhenheloses.
Thecruxoftheproblemiswhetherasportsmanplaysthegame;inotherwordsifhe
strictlyfollowstherulesofthegameandneveradoptsfoulmeanstogetawin.But
unfortunatelythispointismissing.Incertainmodemsports,gameslikehorseracing,they
dopethehorses.TheOlympicgameswhereoneexpectstheideastoprevailseemstobe
noexception.Thereareinstancesofdopingandimpersonationandhencevigoroustests
aregivenandthecompetitorsarecheckedseriously.
Whenthesportingspiritisabsentormissing,naturallyveryunpleasantconsequences
canensue.Veryuglyscenesaremoreoftentheruleinfootballmatches.Refereesare
manhandledandthecrowdbecomepartisanCricketwasakingofgameswheresuch
behaviorwasunheardof.Butoflate,evenincricketunpleasantthingsdohappen;whena
playerissignaledoutbytheumpire,heloseshistemperandgrimacesattheumpireandso
onandmakesashowofhisunpleasantness.Bowlersarebeingveryoftenwarned.Allthese
resultfromlackofsportingspirit.
Agoodsportsmanknowshisgameratherthantherulesofthegameandfollowsthem
willingly.Inwhateverpositionheisplacedheplayshispart.Hecooperateswithallthe
membersoftheteamandworksalwaysforthegoodoftheteamofwhichheformsapart.
Hedevelopsespiritdecorpsmorale)andinandoutsidethefieldheshowsthissporting
spirit.Heneverplaysfoulthoughtherearefewwhoturnmercenaryandwreckthefortune
oftheirteamforthesakeofmoneyorotherconsiderations
Thissportsman'sspiritmaybedevelopedinordinarylife.Inwhateverwalkoflifeone
findshimselfhemustbeabletodohisduty.Materialgainsapart,hemustbeabletodeliver
thegoods.Hemustbereliableandagoodcompanion()tohiscomrades.Heis
faithfulandobedienttohissuperiors.Hegoesabouthisdutywithoutgossipingand
scandalmongering.Thenpeoplecallhimagoodsportsman.Suchpeoplearescarcebut
theyareassetswherevertheyarefound.
Ifpeopledoknowthevalueofthesportingspiritwhythentherarityortheabsenceofit?
Simplyitisbecauseofselfishness.Forpersonalgloryorownershiporname,onegrows
selfish.Theselfishnessgetsstartedinearlychildhood.Jealousyandrivalryandsometimes
evenlackofsecurityleadtoselfishness.Veryoftenchildrendonotwanttopartwiththeir
playthingsorsharethemwith,others.Whenthisselfishnessgrowsintolife,therewillbe
absenceofsportingspirit.Suchpeoplekeepthemselvesinisolationandtheynevermix
freelywithothers.Temperamentallytheyarenon-companionableandtheyarenever
happynoraddtothehappinessofothers.Soweseethatthissportingspiritmustbe
developedevenwhentheyarechildren.HerecomestheCubs,GirlGuidesandBoyScouts
movementwhichdevelopintheirincumbentsallthegoodqualitiesofasportsman.
Areundergraduatesreadyfortherealworld?

ThisarticlewaswrittenbyKwanWillSen,athird-yearLawstudentatUniversityofMalaya.
Youtakethebluepill--thestoryends,youwakeupinyourbedandbelievewhateveryou
wanttobelieve.Youtaketheredpill--youstayinWonderlandandIshowyouhowdeep
therabbit-holegoes."Morpheus

Althoughfictional,theMatrixworldasintheblockbustermovieTheMatrixbythe
WachowskiBrothersisveryrelevantinthecontextofoursocietytoday.Undergraduates,
especiallytheonesfromlocaluniversitiesareakintothosestuckintheMatrix.Fedwiththe
beliefthattheywillmakeitinlife,armedonlywithascroll,theysuccumbtocomplacency.
Theirmindsstarttorot,intellectualgrowthissuppressed,andtheendresult;theyhitrock
bottomintherealworld.Gropinginthedark,theytrytofindawayout,buttonoavail.
Thereafter,enlightenmentensues,aharshrealization,thatthescrollintheirhandsismerely
that,ascroll.

Sincepre-school,ourparentsandteachershaveconstantlyimparteduponus,thatsuccess
inlifecanonlybeachievedthrougheducation.Thisistruetoacertainextent,but
apparently,aswegrewolder,somethinggotlostintranslationalongtheway.Educationis
nolongerinterpretedinthenormalsenseoftheword,butsolelyequatedwithacademic
achievement.OurundergraduatesareproductsofasystemthathailsthenumberofAsand
aCGPAof4.0astheonlytestamentofsuccess,indicatingabrightfutureahead.Rote
learningseemstobetheorderoftheday,whiletheholisticapproachisnowalmost
obsolete.

Suchvaluestolifeinuniversitydefeatsthewholepurposeofatertiaryeducation.
UndergraduatesstrivetogetCGPAsof4.0,andarefurtherexhortedtodoso,especially
whenanex-Ministerproclaimedthatitistheirdutytoget4.0inuniversity.Aspreposterous
asthismaysound,itisveryreal.Aright-mindedpersonwouldshunsuchstatements,butfor
some,itsalmostlikeamatteroffilialpiety.Timespentmuggingandmemorizingmightget
yougoodresults,butitdoesnotprepareyoufortherealworld,whereproblemsolving
skillsandtheabilitytothinkoutsidetheboxisvaluedinsteadofthetextbookstuff.

Studentsspendsomuchtimestudying,theyforgetabouteverythingelse,exceptwhereto
findthatparticularbookinthelibrary.Askthemiftheyknowanythingatalloncurrent
issues,andtheyrespondwithablanklook,expectingyoutofillthemin.Theotherproblem
withourundergraduatesisthat,theyseemtoidolizepopcultureatadtoomuch.Try
organizingapubliclecturebyWarrenBuffetandaconcertbysomeAkademiFantasia
singersonthesameday.Itisnotthathardtopredictwhicheventwillhaveabiggercrowd,
unfortunately.

Then,thereistheothergroupofstudents,i.e.thosewhobelievethatlifeinuniversityisa
bedofroses.Thereis,ofcourse,nothingwrongwiththat.Problemis,sometendtostretchit
alittletoomuch,somuchsothattheydontevenknowwhattheyaredoing.Theybelieve
thatjustasintheuniversity,everythingwillbetakencareofwhentheyareoutthereinthe
realworld,i.e.thattheirpreciousscrollswilltakethemplaces.Noeffortwhatsoeveris
madetoimprovethemselvesandparticipatinginridiculousactivitiesisdeemedtobethe
ultimateindicatorofwhatistoexpectintherealworld.Forinstance,aseniorwhileordering
aroundajuniortodothisorthatprojectwilljustifyitbysayingThisistoprepareyoufor
workinglife,especiallywhenfacingemployers.Andthepoorsubordinatebelievingit,bids
theseniorswishes.Weshouldneversendacrosssuchwrongmessages.Kowtowisnot
fun,andwillneverbe.Period.Furthermore,whyshouldwecontinuethenegativeand
perpetuatesuchmyth?Whateverhappenedtoentrepreneurship?

Anotherissuewhichbugsaportionofundergraduatestodayistheinabilitytoconverseand
writeinEnglish.Needlesstosay,intheeraofglobalization,theimportanceofEnglish
cannotbeoveremphasized.Onemighthaveplentyofmindbogglingideas,butwithoutthe
abilitytoarticulatethem,suchideascannotbeconveyedtoothers.Whilesuchfactsare
knowntoeverystudent,theyprefertoconverseintheirmothertongues.Gettingoutofthe
comfortzoneisoftenthetoughestnuttocrack.

Ontheotherhand,theintroductionofacompulsorysoftskillscourseservesonlytomagnify
thedeficienciesofoureducationsystem.Studentshaveforgottenhowtointeract,howto
communicate,andhowtoacethatinterview,totheextentthatsuchdrasticmeasurehasto
betaken.Whilethissolvestheproblemonthesurface,iteffectivelysweepsthebigger
chunkofitunderthecarpet.Undergraduatescannotbeexpectedtolearntheartof
eloquenceandtogainselfconfidenceovernight.Ittakesmorethanacoursetocreatethe
wholesomeundergraduate.

Moreimportantly,undergraduatesmustbeprovidedwithroomandspaceforholisticgrowth.
Intellectualdiscussions,debatesandforumsonanytopicatallshouldbeencouragedand
theunderlyingfearthatstudentswillrebel,retaliateorevenformextremistgroups,Iwould
liketostate,isunfounded.Asadults,theyshouldberespectedassuch,whichmeansalso
tobegiveninteralia,therighttofreedomofexpression.Whatisrightorwrongisnotthe
point.Thefocalpointis,undergraduatesmustbeallowedtothink,toexpressthemselves,
andtodissentiftheywantto.Keeppushingthemaround,andwhatdoyouget?Abunchof
pushoversinsociety.

Thebottomlineisthis.Whetherornotanundergraduatewilleverbereadytofacethereal
worldisessentiallyamatterofchoice.Choosetomaintainyourstatusquo,youcontinuein
yourtemporarybubbleinNeverland,waitingfortherealworldtocomecrashingthrough.
Choosetofreeyourmindfromthefettersoftraditionfortraditionssake,andtomoveoutof
yourcomfortzone,youembarkonajourneywithnothingguaranteed,exceptunfamiliarity.
Thelattersoundslikeabetterdeal,atleasttome.
DoesSchoolPrepareUsforLife?

PostedbyChong

ThiswasanessaythatIwrotelongtimeagoduringmypreparationforexamination.Iwas
gladthatIfinallymanagedtorepublishthearticleonlinetoday.Iwasinspiredtopostthis
articleafterreadingthethought-provoking'Areundergraduatesreadyfortherealworld'.

Theschooldaysarecrammedwithfactsandfigures,encompassingvarioussubjects
rangingfromEnglishtoMathematics.Alloftheserequirestudentstolearn,memorise,
understandandtobetested.Besidesgradesandexaminations,theschoolalso
encompassesawidercurriculumincludingcharactermoulding,citizenshipbuildingand
personalitydevelopment.Indeed,Ithinktheschooldoesprepareusforlife.

Firstly,theschoolteachesusself-discipline.Welearntokeeptoascheduleandtoadhere
tothetimetable.Wealsolearntoappreciatetimeandtobepunctual.Moreover,weare
trainedtoplanandmanagetimewisely.Wealsoabidebyandrespectrulesandregulations.
Thedisciplinedstudentswillgrowuptobedisciplinedadultsandtheywilldowellintheir
futureundertakings.

Theschoolalsohelpstofortifyourdeterminationandperseverance.Welearntofulfilthe
demandsoftheschool.Wealsolearntomeetdeadlinesandhandinthehomeworkontime.
Moreover,welearntofacestressandpressure.Inschool,studentslearntoovercome
challenges.Studentswithstrengthofcharacterwillbewell-preparedtofacethechallenges
ofworkandlifeinthefuture.

Co-curricularactivitiesarepartandparcelofastudentslife.Theyhelptomouldstudents
characterandpersonalitysothatstudentslearntobeconfident.Theyhelptohonethe
leadershipqualitiesinthestudentsthemselves.Studentslearntoworktogetherandco-
operatewithothers.Theyalsolearntoappreciategoodvalueslikeespritdecorps.Students
learntocontributepositivelyandtoputtheirbestfootforwardbesidestotakesuccessand
failureintheirstride.Weasthestudentslearntohonourvaluesofsportsmanshipandfair
play.Throughco-curricularactivities,studentsalsolearnloyalty,commitmentand
responsibility.Whentheygrowup,theywillworkwellasateamwithothersandcommitted
inseriouswork.

Theschoolisamicro-society.Theeverydaysocialinteractionisanexcellentpreparationfor
lifeinthesocietyoutside.Inschool,studentshavetheopportunitiestointeractwithother
studentsfromvariedbackground,creedandrace.Indirectly,theylearntolerance,
acceptanceandunderstanding.Thestudentsalsohavetheopportunitytoworkandto
mingletogether.Thiscanhelptofosteranopenmindandpromoteunity.

Justmentionthewordschoolandimagesofgradesandexaminationscometoourmind.
Indeedstudentsspendalotoftimeandenergypreparingandsittingforexaminations.Along
withthattheygatherastringofqualificationsaswellasknowledgeandskills.Theyare
crucialsincetheyarethesteppingstonesandthefoundationforthefuture.Theycanhelp
studentstosecureagoodjobandsuccessfulcareer.

Inshort,schooldoesprepareusforlife.Ithelpstonurtureandtobuildstrongcharacterin
ourselves.Schoolalsopreparesstudentswiththenecessarytoolsothatstudentscanfit
intosocietyandcontributepositivelytothenationandpeopleinfuture.
Peoplecommitcrimesforselfishreasons.Doyouagree?Discuss.

Peoplecommitcrimeforselfishreasons.Discuss
It is normal for people to describe the world now as a dog eat dog world where we
sometimesneedtoliterallyhurtorharmanotherjustforourownsurvivalorgood.Hence,it
isnotsurprisingforustoseeanincreaseincrimeandlawlessnessinoursocietyaswesee
peoplehardenthemselvestocommitbaddeedsagainsttheirfellowhumans.Thusitisnot
wrongtosaythatmostpeoplecommitcrimesforselfishreasonsasmostcrimesarecaused
byselfishdesireslikegreed,lust,angerorjealousy.

Manypeoplecommitcrimefortheirdesireformoney.Everyday,wereadreportsofincrease
inthenumberofcasesofsnatchtheft,armedrobberyandburglary,embezzlementoffunds,
andcheating. These criminals selfishly thinkof theirown needsand wants,and inorder to
geteasymoneywithoutworkinghardtoearntheirownmoney,theyselfishlyforceorcoerce
and trick others to part with their hard-earned money and possession. They dont care if
otherpeopleorfamiliesareaffectedordonothaveenough,theyjustfocusonthemselves,
whattheywanttodowiththemoneytheyhavetakenbyforce.Sometimes,becauseoftheir
loveofmoney,theymightjustkilltheiruncooperativevictims.

In addition, many people commit heinous crimes out of lust. They just want to satisfy their
sexualdesiresandasaresulttheymightforceanotherunwillingpartytoengageinsexual
acts. It hurts our heart when we read of rape cases that happen, especially when they
involveyoungchildrenorevenmentallyhandicappedvictims.Thesevictimswholelivesare
destroyed,andtheyaretraumatizedforalongtime,buttheserapistshavenoregardforall
that.Theyweretooselfishtothinkaboutotherpeopleexceptthemselves.

Lastlypeoplealsocommitmanyothercrimesforselfishreasonslikeangerorjealousy.We
readreportsofhowpeoplecommitmurderduringfightsorcommitroadrageorkillsomeone
justtosilentthosewhoknowtheirsecretorhavesomethingthattheycovetfor.Someeven
killtheirloverswhohaveachangeofheart.Thesemurderersareveryselfishbecausethey
deny someone else the chance to live just for their own interest, survival or anger. They
dont think of the hurt and harm they cause to those who might lose their loved ones
becauseoftheiractions.

Thus,themaindrivingforcebehindcrimesisindeedselfishness.Althoughweareimperfect
andwoulddefinitelyseekourowninterest,wemustnotdeadenourconscience.Ifweareso
self centered until we are willing to sacrifice others for our own good, we will reap the
consequencesoneday.
SAMPLE1)YEAREND2008:MUETWRITING800/4QUESTION2
Peoplearebecomingmorematerialistic.Theyareconcernedwithmakingmoremoneyand
whatmoneycanbuy.Whatisyouropiniononbeingmaterialistic?Youshouldwriteatleast
350words.[60marks]
Theysaythatmoneymakestheworldgoround.Andindeeditdoesaswithoutmoney,life
wouldbeverydifficultasintodayssociety,nothingisfree.Thesideeffecthoweveristhat
peoplearebecomingmorematerialistic;moreconcernedwithmakingmoneyandwhat
moneycanbuy.Buthowmuchmoneyisenough?Isiteverenough?Tosome,itwillnever
beenough.Inmyopinion,Itrulybelievethatthisstatementistrueandthatpeopleare
becomingmorematerialisticinnature.Inthisessay,Iwilldiscusshowmaterialismhas
affectedmodernsocietyswayoflifeonanindividuallevel,thecountryseconomyaswellas
ourspiritualandmoralbeliefs.
Firstandforemost,eachindividualisaffectedbymaterialismtosomeextentinthisdayand
agebecausehedonismisbecominganuprisingtrend.Thisisbecausetoday'sgeneration
aregearedtowardsmakingmoreandmoremoneysothattheycanenjoythecarefree
lifestylethatissopopularthesedays.Moreover,peoplenowarestrivingtoearnmore
incomeinordertoaffordthingsthataremoreexpensiveandbranded.Forexample,people
spendtheirhardearnedmoneyonmaterialobjectslikegenuineLVandCoachhandbags,
expensivegadgetslikeIphonesandTabletpcsandsoonwhichinmyopinionisawasteof
moneywhenregulargoodsmayprovetobegoodenough.Therefore,whileindividuals
becomemorefocussedontheirpursuitofmaterialwealthandimprovingtheirstandardof
living,theymayforgetthatwhatmattersmostinlifeisqualitytimespentwithfamilyand
friendsandnotthequantityoftheirmaterialgoods.
Secondly,whensocietystartsspendinginamaterialisticmanneritwillsurelyhaveadomino
effectonthecountryseconomy.Thismeansthatthespendingpowerofsocietywillhelp
boosttheeconomyandcreatemorebusinessopportunitiesfortheboomingtrade.However,
whenasocietyoverspends,usingplasticmoneyorcreditcards,orwhentheytakeloans
theycannotaffordtorepay,thenthecountrysdebtmarginwillbehigher.Forinstance,USA
todayisfacinganeconomiccrisisbecausebankshaveapprovedhomeloanstopeoplewho
aspiretoownbiggerhousesthantheycanactuallyaffordandthisiscausingthecollapseof
thecountryseconomythere.Thus,whileasocietysspendinghabitshelpsoureconomyto
grow,overspendingduetomaterialismwillhaveanadverseeffecttothecountrysfinancial
stability.
Lastbutnotleast,materialismaffectsourspiritualandmoralbeliefs.Thisisduetothefact
peoplewhoarematerialisticmaybecomeamoralwherebytheydisregardtheirspiritualand
moralupbringingandinsteadturntocrimetosatisfytheirmaterialisticneeds.Infact,the
crimerateisincreasingbecausecriminalsthesedayshavedevelopedmanywaystogain
moremoneyfromsociety.Takeforexample,therearemorereportsofsnatchthefts,
burglaries,kidnappingforransom,creditcardfraud,internetbankinghackingandothers
thataredrivenbymaterialisticcriminals.Hence,whenpeoplelosesightoftheirspiritualand
moralbeliefsandbelieveinsteadinthegreedofmaterialism,thereforethecrimerateis
boundtoincrease.
Inanutshell,materialismisacommonagendainthe21stcenturyasmorepeopleare
workinghardtoaffordthingsbeyondtheirreach.Whilethismayspurindividualstowork
hardertoimprovetheirstandardofliving,overspendingduetomaterialismmaycausethe
downfallofacountryseconomyandtheirmorality.Inmyopinion,Istillfirmlybelievethat
materialismhasastrongholdontodayssociety;bothpositiveandnegativeeffects.Our
governmentcanencouragesocietytobelessfrivolousandwastefulinspendingbyrunning
campaignssuchasConsumerAwarenessandBuyMalaysianMadeProductsinorderto
educateouryoungergenerationfortheprosperityofournation.
Theworldtodayisturningmoretoelectroniccommunicationssuchasthee-mail,Facebook
andShortMessageSystem(SMS).Whatisyouropinionofthisgrowingtrend?Discuss.
Youshouldwriteatleast350words.[60marks]

Astimegoesby,theworldischangingrapidly;soareitspeopleandthetechnologyitself.
Technologybringsaboutalotofamendmentsinpeopleslife.Itisgettingmoreadvanced
fromdaytodayespeciallywhenitcomestoInformationTechnologyorinthiscase;
electroniccommunications.Backthen,mailingwasseeminglytobeoneofthemostvital
waysofcommunicationespeciallyfortheworldcommunication.Incontrast,nowadays
peoplearemorepronetocommunicatetheeasierways;bystaringontheirelectronic
accountsontheircomputersorthroughtheiriPodsandsendingshortmessagesfromtheir
iPhonesorBlackberries.Whyisitso?Inmyslightopinion,thisgrowingtrendgivesalotof
dominancesintodayslife,whicharehelpingpeopletosavetheirtimeandmoney,create
borderlesscommunicationandmakeiteasyforpeopletogainprominentinformation.

Firstandforemost,theworldtodayisturningmoretoelectroniccommunicationslike
e-mail,FacebookandShortMessageSystem(SMS)andotherelectroniccommunications
isbecausetheywillpreventpeoplefromwastingtheirtimeandmoney.Howdothesework?
Asweallknow,sendingalettertosomeonewilltakealotofprocessesandwilleventually
takealongtimeandwastealotofmoney.Onthecontrary,electroniccommunicationsentail
onlythetipofourfingerssoasanelectronicdevicetoworkwith.Then,whatisleftforusto
doisjust,typing!Hasthatnottakenamuchlessertimeandmoney?Forinstance,ane-mail
onlyrequiresustoturnonourlaptops,openouraccountsonthewebsiteandthen,youcan
startwriteyourletterandsendthemthroughe-mails.Inshort,withtheveryunstable
economynowadays,havingthesekindsofcommunicationswilleaseeveryonesburden
especiallyontheirdailyexpensesandalsotheirvaluabletimewillnotbewasted.
Secondly,thegrowingtrendofelectroniccommunicationsismakingitpossiblefora
borderlesscommunicationwhichisvitalthesedays.Whyisitvital?Alotofthingsrequire
borderlesscommunication;ineducationfield,businessesandevendailyactivities,
especiallywhenforeignersinvolved.Forexample,whentradingwithforeigners,inorderto
communicatewitheachother,theyneedSkypeorYahooMessengerasmediumstointeract
andbeabletodothetradeatafasterrateascomparedtobyusingsnailmailsorregular
letters.Skypeistheperfectexampleofanelectroniccommunicationwhichwillcutthe
boundarythathasseparatedeachcountryandmakecommunicationbetweentwodifferent
countriesfromaroundtheworldpossible.Inconclusion,itiscrucialtohavetheseelectronic
communicationsintodaysageofglobalizationastheymakeiteasierforpeoplearoundthe
worldtoconnectwitheachother.
Lastbutnotleast,thedominanceoftheseelectroniccommunicationsispeoplecouldgain
prominentinformationmoreefficientlythanbefore.Astherearelesserbordersbetween
countries,theefficiencyofgettingmuchmorerelevantandprominentinformationishigher.
PeoplewillhavetheabilitytoprovideandgaininformationeffectivelythroughFacebookor
Twitteraccounts.Forexample,internationalartistswhohaveplannedtodoaworldconcert
caninformtheirfansaboutitthroughtheirFacebookaccount.Likewise,thefansalsocan
askjustaboutanythingtotheirfavouriteartistsregardingtheconcert.Hence,thisexplains
whypeoplemaketheseelectroniccommunicationsasahugetrendthesedaysandinorder
tokeepthetrendongoing,eachpersonhastheresponsibilitytoadaptwiththetechnology
itself.
Inanutshell,thegrowingtrendofusingelectroniccommunicationsisinevitablyvitalin
peopleslivesasitgivesoutalotofbenefitsasstatedinaboveparagraphs.So,toavoid
ourselvesfromnotgettingthechanceofkeepingupwiththechangingtrends,wehavetotry
ourbesttoadaptourselveswiththerapidchanges.Ibelievethattheelectronic
communicationtrendisatrendwhichisveryimportanttobefollowedastheworldisgetting
moreadvanceddaytoday.
Man'scarelessattitudeisthemaincauseforthedestructionoftheenvironment.Discuss.
Youshouldwriteatleast350words.(60marks)

BelowisagoodsampleanswerwrittenbyFranky,my2013lower6sciencestudent.

Inthismoderncivilization,manstrugglestosurvivethehighcostoflivingexpenses,which
significantlyincreaseswitheachpassingyear.Thiscausesthemtouseanymethod
availablethatgeneratesincomeandtheystarttosidelinetheimportanceofpreserving
nature.Thisisduetomankindrealisingthepotentialofeconomythatcancomefromnature.
So,Istronglybelievethedestructionofnatureismostlycausedbyman'scarelessattitude
wherebytheyprioritisetheirgreedformoneyandthedevelopmentofcivilisation.Letus
analysethisphenomenonintermsofthecountry'sdevelopment,illegalactivitiesof
exploitingnatureandthejobopportunities.

Firstofall,manynationstrytoachievethetitleofthemostleadingnationineconomyor
infrastructure.Soinordertocompetewithothercountries,mostnationstrytoexploreany
availablelandintheircountryfordevelopmentsuchasindustries,touristspotsandmany
otherpurposesthatarerelatedtomoney.Whenevertheyseethepotentialofacertainpiece
ofland,theytendtodevelopitdespitesomeoftheseplacesmightstillbeuninhabitedorthe
homeformanywildlife.Sometimes,theywouldalsoplodthroughjunglesorlevelthe
mountainsforroaddevelopmentwhichseverelychangesthelandscapeofnature.Asa
result,thisselfishandcarelessactwillcausethedeforestationandglobalwarming.For
example,Indonesiahasbecomequitecarelesswiththeirhandlingoftheseproblems.In
Kalimantan,Indonesia,theforestisbeingseverelydeforestedbytheirpeopleforland
development.Andtomakemattersworse,theyevenchoosethefastestandcos-saving
methodofdeforestationwhichisbyburningdownthetrees,themassreleaseofcarbon
dioxidefromthemassburndownoftreesleadtoozonethinningandgreenhouseeffect.
Also,thehazeproblemisanothernegativesideproduct.Asfortherealvictimsofthese
acts,theyaretheneighbouringnationssuchasMalaysia,Singapore,Thailandand
Philippinesespeciallyashazecausesmanyhealthissuessuchaslungcancerand
breathingproblems.Therefore,thesecarelessactsandgreednotonlycausethe
destructionofnaturebutalsoendangermanylives,bothmanandanimals.

Secondly,somepeople'sgreedforgreatfortuneandeasylifemakethembecomeselfish
andcarelessbyover-exploitingnature.Theywillinglydoillegalactivitiessuchascutting
downtreesoranimalhunting,seeingthehighdemandforthesematerials.Itwillslowly
causethedepopulationofdifferentkindsoffloraandfauna.InChina,theseactivitiesof
eatinginnerorgansofanimalssuchastigerorbearandtheyevenusetheseanimals'body
partsforeconomicpurposessuchastigerskin,crocodileskinandelephantteethandtusks
byexportingittothosewhopayahighpriceforit.Thishasaseriouseffectonthe
ecosystemwhichistheextinctionofanimals.InIndonesia,treesarebeingcutdownfor
makingexpensivehousefurnituremadeofmaterialsuchasteakwood.Infact,thesetrees
requirealongperiodof10to20yearstomature.Thus,thecontinuouscuttingdownoftrees
willeventuallyleadtoitsextinction.Theseactivitiesareillegalbylawandstilloccurswidely
despitemanycountermeasuresthathavebeentakenbytheauthorisedorganisationssuch
asWorldWildlifeFund(WWF).Somehow,thesecriminalsareabletoslipthroughthe
organisations'senforcementlawsofprotectingthewildlifeandnature.Plus,mostsociety
arecarelesstoeventakenoticeoftheseproblemsbecausetheyhaveyettocometo
awarenessofthedangersthatwouldhappenfromtheseillegalacts.Ifonlytheyhadgiven
moreattentionandcooperationtotheauthorisedorganisations,theseproblemsmighthave
beenabletobeprevented.

Lastly,tosurviveinthismodernworld,everypersonneedstobeabletomakealivingfor
themselvesoftheirfamily,butmanypeoplewithloweducationlevelcannotgethighsalary
jobs,evenuniversityscholarsareyettobecertainofgettingaproperjobaftertheir
graduationdespitetheirhighlevelofeducation.Thecompetitionisjustlikethesurvivalof
thefittestamongthesegraduatesandpeoplewithlowqualifications.Thereforewiththe
growingdemandformorenaturalmaterialssuchaspetroleumgasandmineralsfromthe
earthaswellasahighdemandofsmuggledgoods,peoplearewillingtopayhighpricesto
haveemployeesdotheirjobofexploitingnaturebecausethesejobsarehighrisk.So
peoplethataredesperatelyinneedofjobsareusuallytemptedwiththepayandtheywould
takeupthecall.Thissituationhadopenedupalotofjobopportunities,buttheyarecareless
tonotrealisethatthesejobsarethemaincauseofnature'sdestructtionbecausetheyare
beingpinneddownbythepressureofhighlivingcostinthismodernworldthattheyhave
forgottentheimportanceofpreservingnature.

Inanutshell,Istillstronglybelieveinmyopinionthatnature'sdestructionismainlycaused
byman'scarelessattitude.Theystrivetomakealivingintheworldsodesperatelythat
someeventuallydenythetruththatitistheirownfaultfornature'sdestruction.Ifnoserious
andproperactionsarebeingtakenimmediatelybymanywildlifeandnaturepreserving
organisationsorauthorisedorganisationssuchasWWF,UNESCOandASEANtoprepare
aneffectivestrategyorblueprinttopreventthisproblem,thereprobablywon'tbeany
junglesorwildlifeleftinthefutureandouryounggeneratonwillhavetoliveinapolluted
world.
MUETWritingAnswer
Beloware4samplesofgoodessays...Band4or5...Band6essayswilldemonstratea
muchbettercommandoflinguisticfluencyandaccuracyaswellasshowmorematureand
criticalthinkingskills.
FYI:I'mstickingtomywritingtemplatesothattheorganisationofyouressayisclearerand
itmakeswriting350wordseasier.Readuponmytemplatehere:
http://muetmyway.blogspot.com/2009/08/foolproof-academic-writing-template.html
Plus:Fixyourgrammarin15mins:Readmygrammarnotesntakethegrammartest!
http://muetmyway.blogspot.com/2011/10/muet-2011-grammar-tips.html

SAMPLE1)YEAREND2008:MUETWRITING800/4QUESTION2

Peoplearebecomingmorematerialistic.Theyareconcernedwithmakingmoremoneyand
whatmoneycanbuy.Whatisyouropiniononbeingmaterialistic?Youshouldwriteatleast
350words.[60marks]
Theysaythatmoneymakestheworldgoround.Andindeeditdoesaswithoutmoney,life
wouldbeverydifficultasintodayssociety,nothingisfree.Thesideeffecthoweveristhat
peoplearebecomingmorematerialistic;moreconcernedwithmakingmoneyandwhat
moneycanbuy.Buthowmuchmoneyisenough?Isiteverenough?Tosome,itwillnever
beenough.Inmyopinion,Itrulybelievethatthisstatementistrueandthatpeopleare
becomingmorematerialisticinnature.Inthisessay,Iwilldiscusshowmaterialismhas
affectedmodernsocietyswayoflifeonanindividuallevel,thecountryseconomyaswellas
ourspiritualandmoralbeliefs.

Firstandforemost,eachindividualisaffectedbymaterialismtosomeextentinthisdayand
agebecausehedonismisbecominganuprisingtrend.Thisisbecausetoday'sgeneration
aregearedtowardsmakingmoreandmoremoneysothattheycanenjoythecarefree
lifestylethatissopopularthesedays.Moreover,peoplenowarestrivingtoearnmore
incomeinordertoaffordthingsthataremoreexpensiveandbranded.Forexample,people
spendtheirhardearnedmoneyonmaterialobjectslikegenuineLVandCoachhandbags,
expensivegadgetslikeIphonesandTabletpcsandsoonwhichinmyopinionisawasteof
moneywhenregulargoodsmayprovetobegoodenough.Therefore,whileindividuals
becomemorefocussedontheirpursuitofmaterialwealthandimprovingtheirstandardof
living,theymayforgetthatwhatmattersmostinlifeisqualitytimespentwithfamilyand
friendsandnotthequantityoftheirmaterialgoods.

Secondly,whensocietystartsspendinginamaterialisticmanneritwillsurelyhaveadomino
effectonthecountryseconomy.Thismeansthatthespendingpowerofsocietywillhelp
boosttheeconomyandcreatemorebusinessopportunitiesfortheboomingtrade.However,
whenasocietyoverspends,usingplasticmoneyorcreditcards,orwhentheytakeloans
theycannotaffordtorepay,thenthecountrysdebtmarginwillbehigher.Forinstance,USA
todayisfacinganeconomiccrisisbecausebankshaveapprovedhomeloanstopeoplewho
aspiretoownbiggerhousesthantheycanactuallyaffordandthisiscausingthecollapseof
thecountryseconomythere.Thus,whileasocietysspendinghabitshelpsoureconomyto
grow,overspendingduetomaterialismwillhaveanadverseeffecttothecountrysfinancial
stability.

Lastbutnotleast,materialismaffectsourspiritualandmoralbeliefs.Thisisduetothefact
peoplewhoarematerialisticmaybecomeamoralwherebytheydisregardtheirspiritualand
moralupbringingandinsteadturntocrimetosatisfytheirmaterialisticneeds.Infact,the
crimerateisincreasingbecausecriminalsthesedayshavedevelopedmanywaystogain
moremoneyfromsociety.Takeforexample,therearemorereportsofsnatchthefts,
burglaries,kidnappingforransom,creditcardfraud,internetbankinghackingandothers
thataredrivenbymaterialisticcriminals.Hence,whenpeoplelosesightoftheirspiritualand
moralbeliefsandbelieveinsteadinthegreedofmaterialism,thereforethecrimerateis
boundtoincrease.

Inanutshell,materialismisacommonagendainthe21stcenturyasmorepeopleare
workinghardtoaffordthingsbeyondtheirreach.Whilethismayspurindividualstowork
hardertoimprovetheirstandardofliving,overspendingduetomaterialismmaycausethe
downfallofacountryseconomyandtheirmorality.Inmyopinion,Istillfirmlybelievethat
materialismhasastrongholdontodayssociety;bothpositiveandnegativeeffects.Our
governmentcanencouragesocietytobelessfrivolousandwastefulinspendingbyrunning
campaignssuchasConsumerAwarenessandBuyMalaysianMadeProductsinorderto
educateouryoungergenerationfortheprosperityofournation.

SAMPLE2)MIDYEAR2010:MUETWRITING800/4QUESTION2

Theworldtodayisturningmoretoelectroniccommunicationssuchasthee-mail,Facebook
andShortMessageSystem(SMS).Whatisyouropinionofthisgrowingtrend?Discuss.
Youshouldwriteatleast350words.[60marks]

Everywhereweturntoday,theworldiscrowdedwithpeoplebusytypingSMSesontheir
NokiasoriPhonesorsomeoneisstaringunblinkinglyataFacebookorYahoopageonthe
computerscreen.Whetheryoulikeitornot,theageofInformationTechnologyisuponus,
andwecaneitherlearnnewskillsandadapttothisnewtechnology,orbeforeverlostand
stuckintheoldergeneration.Inmyopinion,Iamfullyconvincedthatthisgrowingtrendis
thewayofthefuture,anditbringscountlessbenefitstomankind.Inthisessay,Iwilldiscuss
threepositiveeffectsofelectroniccommunication,namelyitsefficiency,enhances
communicationandcreatesaborderlessworldcommunity.

Firstandforemost,moreandmorepeoplearerelyingone-mail,Facebook,ShortMessage
System(SMS)andothertypesofelectroniccommunicationtoolsbecauseofitshigh
efficiency.Thisisbecauseintoday'sageofglobalisation,weneedinformationatthetipof
ourfingers.Moreover,withtheuseofthesetools,wecanincreasethespeedofgettingthe
necessaryandrelevantinformationwithinsecondsandthiswillincreaseourproductivity.
Forexample,gonearethedaysofusing'snailmail'orregularlettersusingstampsand
envelopesandmanymoreexamplesof'old'technologybecauseitissimplytooslowand
inefficient.Therefore,thesee-communicationtoolsincreasestheaccesstoimportant
informationwhichiswhythenewgenerationisfullyacceptingthisgrowingtrend.

Secondly,thisformoftechnologyenhancescommunicationamongpeopletoday.This
meansthatwhenweuseSMS,e-mailsandwebsiteslikeFacebook,weareableto
communicateclearlyanddirectlytoourtargetaudience.Furthermore,peopletodayfindthat
themessageismoreimportantthantheformitcomesinasane-mailinshortbutclear
sentencesisjustasgoodorevenbetterthanalongandformalletter.Forinstance,anSMS
cangiveclearinstructionsinjustafewwordsandthiscommunicateswhatneedstobedone
quicklyanddirectly.Thus,whentheintendedmessagecanbespreadclearlyusingshort
andclearinformationlikeinSMSesandemails,communicationcanbeenhancedandthere
willbelessproblemsofmiscommunication.

Lastbutnotleast,e-communicationcreatesaborderlesscommunityintheworldwelivein
today.Thisisduetothefactthattheboundariesthatseparateeachcountrybecomesless
relevantwheninformationistransferredwithoutlimitations.Inaddition,theworldwouldbea
betterplacebecausethereisasenseof1-Worldcommitment,respectandtoleranceforthe
globalcommunitythroughefficientandcleare-communication.Takeforexample,weare
abletoconnectwithpeopleonaninternationalbasisusingFacebook,Friendster,Tagged,
Hotmail,Yahooandothers.Hence,thesetoolswillenhanceglobalunityandcreateamore
peacefulworld.

Inanutshell,thisgrowingtrendhasmanypositiveeffectsnotjusttoindividualsbutthe
globalsocietyintermsofefficiency,enhancingcommunicativeskillsandshapinga
borderlesscommunity.Inmyopinion,Istillfirmlybelievethatthislatesttrendisthebestway
forwardandifwedonotcatchup,wewillbeleftbehindbythetideofdevelopment.Our
governmentcanencouragetheproperusageofelectroniccommunicationsbyincreasing
communicationamenitiesandfreebroadbandaccessibilityespeciallyinruralareassothat
theycanenjoythesamefacilitiesascity-folksthereforebalancingthedevelopmentofour
countrytowardsachievingVision2020.

SAMPLE3)MIDYEAR2011:MUETWRITING800/4QUESTION2

Themostvaluablethinginlifeisfriendship.Doyouagree?Discuss.Youshouldwriteat
least350words.
[60marks]

Itistruethatnomanisanislandmeaningthatnooneinthisworldcanlivealonewithout
friendship.Thatpersonwouldbeverysociallychallengedasheorshewouldmissthe
camaraderieandlifeexperiencesthatcomewithfriendship.However,Icompletelydisagree
withthestatementthatthemostvaluablethinginlifeisfriendshipastherearecertainly
moreimportantandpricelessthingsinlifebesidesthis.Inthisessay,Iwilloutlinehowlife
itselfismorevaluablethanfriendship,andelaborateonwhyfamilyandtheindividuals
principlesinlifearerankedhigher.

Firstandforemost,beforeonecanenjoythebeautyoffriendship,onemustsurelyvaluelife
itselforinotherwords,weshouldvalueourhealth.Thisisbecause,thequalityofourlifeis
thesinglemostimportantcriteriainlifeifwearetoliveameaningfulandwholesomelife.
Moreover,withoutgoodhealth,wewillbehardpressedtodoeventhesimplestoftaskslike
feedourselvesorrelieveourselveswithoutthehelpofdoctors,nursesandcaregivers.For
example,ifweareparalysed,lostoursight,hearingorabilitytospeakorevenasimplecase
ofafeverorallergicreactions,thenthequalityofourlifeisgreatlyreducedandnoamount
offriendshipcanmakeushealthyagain.Therefore,whilefriendscanstandbyusinourtime
ofneed,pristinehealthisstillthemostvaluableassetinourlives.

Secondly,wearenoonewithoutourfamilyasindeedbloodisthickerthanwater.This
meansthathoweveryouanalyseit,friendshipswillalmostalwaysplaysecondfiddle
becausefamilyalwayscomesfirst.Furthermore,ifwedonotvalueourfamilyaboveothers,
thentheremustbeaproblemamongthefamilymembersthathascausedtheirrelationship
tobestrained.Forinstance,peopletendtoturnawayfromfamilyifthefamilymember(s)
themselvesaretheonestocausethemtoreactnegativelysuchasdivorcedparents,
abusiveparentsorsiblingsandsoon.Thus,whenpeopleconsiderfriendshiptobethemost
valuablethinginlife,moreoftenthannottheymaycomefromatroubledhousehold.

Lastbutnotleast,apersonsprinciplesinlifeisbyfarmorevaluablethanfriendshipalone.
Thisisduetothefactthateachpersonneedstohaveacodeofethics,quiteoften
prescribedbytheirindividualreligions.Inaddition,thiscodewillguideeachpersontolive
theirlivesaccordingtothegoodandrightprinciples.Takeforexample,ifanindividualhas
sethisprinciplestodogood,thennoamountoffriendshipespeciallynegativeinfluence
fromfriends,canshakehisholdonhisprinciplesandcausehimtocommitundesirable
deedslikesmoking,stealing,raping,murderingandothers.Hence,ifapersonvalues
friendshipsomuchtothepointwhereheiswillingtobreakhisprinciples,thenhehasdone
aseriousmisdeedagainsthimselfandwillmostlikelyregrethisactionslaterinlife.

Inshort,friendshipistherainbowoflifeasitcoloursourhorizonswithinvaluable
experiencesbutwithoutgoodhealth,asupportivefamilyandstrongprinciples,lifebecomes
emptyandmeaningless.Inmyopinion,itisbeyondashadowofadoubtthatIstillfirmly
believethatfriendshipisnotthemostvaluablethinginlife.Ourgovernmentcanencourage
peopletoprioritisehealth,familyandprinciplesinlifebyorganisingawarenesscampaigns
especiallyinprimaryschoolswheretheyoungergenerationshouldlearnaboutprioritiesin
lifebecausetheyaretheleadersoftomorrow.
SAMPLE4)MUETWRITING800/4QUESTION2

Therisingfuelpricehaspushedupthepriceofotherconsumerproducts.Howwillthis
affectthesociety?Giveyouropinion.Youshouldwriteatleast350words.
[60marks]

Moneyisalwaysanissueintoday'seraofmaterialism.Mostpeopleneeditforbasic
survivalwhiletheluckyfewindulgeinluxurieswithoutworryingaboutmoney.Inmyopinion,
Istronglyagreethattherisingfuelpricehaspushedupthepriceofotherconsumerproducts
andthiswilldefinitelyaffectthesociety.Inthisessay,Iwouldliketotouchontheeffectsthis
priceincreasehasonsocietytoday,namelyincreasingviceactivities,wideningthegap
betweentherichandthepoorandaffectingthepopulationtrendinthelongterm.

Firstandforemost,societywillimmediatelybeaffectedbytheriseinfuelpricesbecause
consumerproductswillbemorecostlyandthisleadstoanincreaseofviceactivities.Thisis
becausebasicnecessitiessuchasrice,flour,sugarandsoonwillbeingreatdemandand
somewarehouseswillstoreorhoardtheitemstofurtherincreasethepriceoftheproduct.
Moreover,inthenewspaperstoday,reportsofsmugglingoftheseitemsprovethatthisvice
activityisontherise.Forexample,therecentsugarpricehikecausedafuroramongthe
Malaysiansocietyasitcostsmorefueltotraveltoandfromthesupermarketandwhen
arriving,mostplaceshadrunoutofstockeventhoughthegovernmenthadallocated2kgof
sugartooneperson.Therefore,thefuelpriceincreasehaddefinitelycausedmore
hardshipstosocietytoday.

Secondly,itisundeniablethattheriseinfuelpricesleadstothewideningofthegap
betweentherichandthepoor.Thisisduetothefactthatpeoplearegreatlyaffectedbythe
priceofbasicnecessitiessuchasfoodandfuelinparticular.Furthermore,therichpeople
willstillbeabletoaffordsuchthingsbutthepoorwillfacegreaterchallengesasthepopular
sayinggoes:"Therichgetricher,andthepoorgetpoorer."Forinstance,whenmoneyis
usedtopurchaseconsumerproductsthatarenecessaryforsurvival,thenlessmoneywill
bespentonhealthanddentalcheck-up,educationalpurposesandothers.Thus,itisclear
thatthefuelpricehikewillfurtherstressonthedifferencesbetweentherichandthepoor
whichissuchatragedy.

Lastbutnotleast,inthelongtermthepopulationtrendordemographicsofthesocietywill
begreatlyaffected.Thismeansthatnewfamilieswillconsciouslydecidenottohavetoo
manychildreninordertoincreasetheirqualityoflife.Inaddition,societyisnowmoreaware
ofbirthcontrolandfamilyplanningsothiswillgreatlyreducethepopulationasmostfamilies
willhave1to5childreninsteadofmore.Takeforexample,newfamilieswithlesschildren
willsurelyspendlessonbasicnecessitieslikefood,clothes,transportandmanymore.
Hence,thedemographicsofthewholecountrywillbeaffectedandthisinturnwillreduce
ourworkforcewhichwillaffectourcountry'sproductivityandprosperity.

Inshort,therearemanyshorttermtolongtermeffectsofafuelpriceincreasewhich
includesmorecrimeslikehoardingandsmugglingwilloccurandthisleadstothewidening
ofthegapbetweentherichandthepooraswellasachangeinthesociety'sdemographics.
Istillstronglybelievethattherisingfuelpricehaspushedupthepriceofotherconsumer
productsandthiswillsurelycauseanegativeimpacttosociety.Thegovernmentmustfinda
waytostabilisethefuelpriceatareasonableratesothatitdoesnotaffecttheproductivityof
thiscountrytowardsachievingtheaspirationsofthenationforVision2020.

SAMPLEOFESSAYFROMONLINESTUDENTJEFF(TQFORALLOWINGMETOBLOG
THIS)ONWHATNOTTOWRITEINYOURESSAYS.

On9November201100:53,jefflaiwrote:

Auniversityeducationisbetterthanacollegeeducaton.Giveyouropinion.

AftertheSPMexamination,manystudentshavetodecidetheirfutureonwhicheducationto
pursue.Someofmyfriendschosetoenrolincollege.Idecidedtostudyinmatriculation
collegeasaPre-Uqualificationtoenteruniversity.Myreasonisuniversityeducationisbetter
thancollegeeducation.
Thisisbecauseuniversityhasabettereducationsystem,morededicatedlecturersand
betterfacilities.

First,universityeducationprovidesabettereducationsystemthancollegedoes.ASPM
certificateisenoughforyoutoenrolinacollegebuttoenterauniversityyouneedaPre-U
qualificationsuchasSTPMorA-level.Thissimplyshowsthatitishardertostudyin
universityasyouneedsomequalificationsinwhichthecollegedoesnot
demand.Besides,thegradingsysteminuniversityisstricterthanthatofcollege.So,students
havetoworkhardertogetagoodresult.Ontheotherhand,mostcollegechangetheir
gradingsystem,accordingtotheoverallresultoftheirstudents.Moreover,thethesyllabusin
universityiswelldesigned.Besidesgivingknowledge,ithelpstodevelopthesocialskillsof
students.Forexample,Studentshavetodosurveyonpublicabouttopicsrelatedtotheir
study.Thisensuresthatthegraduatescanhavecriticalthinkingskillandcommunication
skill.

Universitiesusuallyhiremoreexperiencedlecturerswithbetterknowledge.Accordingtoa
research,theselecturespossessaMasterorPhDdegreeandsomeevengraduated
overseas.Thus,theyhavehigherlevelofofknowledgewhichbenefitsthe
students.Besides,Mostofthemhaveyearsofteachingexperienceandsotheyknowhowto
guidetheirstudents,developingtheirskillsandexploringtheirpotential.Forinstance,a
Physicslecturerdoesnotonlytalkontheories.Instead,heteachesthestudentstoanalysea
problemlogically.Theyarealsomorecaringandresponsibletotheirstudents.These
qualitiesarehardtoseenincollegelecturers,whoaremostlybachelordegreeholderand
workjustformoney.(veryseriousgeneralisationhere!)

Lastbutnotleast,universityusuallyhasbetterfacilities,forexample,thestate-of-art
computers.UnlikethosecollegesuchasIntiCollegewhicharerunbyprivate
companies,universityhasabettermanagement.Thuseverysinglethinginthe
university,includingtheinfrastructureisplannedanddevelopedwell.Thisisbeneficialto
students.Forinstance,universitywithadvancedlaboratoriesisbeneficialtostudentsasthey
canlearnsciencebetterbybeingexploredtotherealsituationwhileconducting
experiments.Besides,universitywithbettersportsfacilitiescanhelpthestudentstorelax
theirmind.Inotherwords,betterfacilitiesmeansamoreconduciveenvironmentforuniversity
students.

Inanutshell,universityeducationisbetterthancollegeeducationforitsbettereducation
system,lecturersandfacilities.Despitethegrowingnumberofcollegeinourcountry,Iadvice
fellowfriendstochooseuniversityeducationsothatwhenyougraduate,youarecompetitive
enoughtosurviveinthiseverdevelopingworld.