Why I regret getting Straight A1 in SPM

I nearly killed myself in high school for getting a straight A1 in high school. I nearly committed suicide just because of the stress and conflicts I had to go through to secure 16 A1 in SPM. Yeah, I got myself a 16A1 recognition. I was awarded a scholarship from JPA, and is currently studying in Intec and is going to further my study in US. However, it is because of this education experience and the people who I meet around in Intec that I gradually opened my eyes and have a clearer view on what I truly lost throughout the struggle to acquire straight 16A1 in SPM.

1. I lost friends and family

In the end you will find that friends and family are things that you can’t replaced with money and fame. The high school memories you spent with your family and friends are valuable cause these are memories that you created when you were still a teen, and you will never ever had a second chance to be a teen again. Much of my high school time were spent in studying and tuition. In the end, when I graduated from my high school, or even my current college, I was wondering: where are my memories?

2. Lack of sleep. 

This is really true. When people keep looking at you shining glamorous as the “16A1″, you yourself know the best that it was paid with real hard works. Unless you are a genius, a good result has to be achieved through hard work; it’s the absolute. During the SPM I had a serious sleep deprivation and I forced myself to revise my works starting from 3 a.m.  I have an average 3 hours of tuition per day, and subtracting my school time which is 7 hours per day, I had only 14 hours to do all my other things. Homework is directly proportional to the number of subjects that you took, so does the time you need to spend for revision. With the extra curricular activities coming into the schedule, my average sleeping time per day is 3-5 hours.

3. When A1 becomes just the average.

You will have no idea how easy it is to achieve A1 in SPM. One of my friends who almost did not study his Sejarah yet can still get an A2 in his SPM. The number of students having straight A1 is overflowing throughout the Malaysia, and you might be thinking just like me: having more A1 will make you stand out among your peers more. I can tell you the truth that, YES, but TEMPORARILY. When you go to college you will find out that there are more students who are BETTER than you even if their SPM has a Fail in Moral or C in Bahasa or D in Physics. They are very specialized in subjects that they truly love. They are very passionate in their own interested subject. Only when you are in the college, you will realize that, despite all the large numbers of A1 that you have in your hand, you are just AVERAGE.

4. Mediocre talents.

High school is supposed to be a place where you can try out new things in your life, discover what you are loving or passionate in, and nurture these discovered traits. It is a protected area where you are allowed to explore, make mistakes and learn from those mistakes. It is the foundation for you to start discovering who you are and what you are good at. When I am at college, A LOT of my friends have their own talents. They play musical instruments; they take stunning pictures, they are good at socializing, things that you can’t learn if you are just confining yourself surrounded with books and books in your own room.

5. You forgot what you have learnt

I can’t denied that it is a good way for me to expose to things that I might not have chance to study, for instance economic and commerce study. It is a really great experience to learn things beyond your stream. But when I am in college I forgot almost most of the things that I have learnt in high school. If you calculate it you find that it isn’t really a good deal compared to what you had lost. The reason is that SPM is so examination-based that you, in spite of how passionate you are in your subject, will subconsciously study for the exam. With this attitude you tend to forget what you have learnt the moment the exam is over. I am still passionate in business study, but how many OSKIC you can join when you need to focus on 16 subjects and promise to your teachers that you can get them all A1?

6. All and all, nobody really cares.

Wake up! Nobody cares how many A1 you will have in your certs. JPA or Bank Nengara or Petronas might have a glimpse on it, but in the end, nobody will be amazed by your certs. Ask your future boss and he won’t really care a shit about it. It will be a past. In the end it is what who you are that shines to the others: your characters, your personality, your experience! A1 is not worth the price if you lost all these.

But wait! I need straight A1 to get scholarship!

It could be true. Some families are in dire needs to have a scholarship to provide their children a tertiary education. But trust me, JPA is not the only way to have the scholarship. Opportunities are everywhere. If you have the character, the personality, the experience and the courage to try things out and explore the possibilities that you can have beyond JPA and SPM, you will realize that, you can still success without a scholarship. I know friends who can get admitted to top university in US without a JPA scholarship (cause he doesn’t have straight A1 in his SPM).

So now, what should I do?

Nothing is too late. As for me, I realized this very truth when I am exposed to more people around me. I began to pick up interests and nurture them. I became more extrovert and socialize more when I am in college. I am not afraid to try things new, even if it means things that are embarrassing. I read more as compared to my high school time. I am not saying that study is not important; I am just saying that knowing that what you really want in your life and who you are eventually is so much more important than just the numbers of A1 in your certs. (now they are having A+ instead of A1, but it’s still the same principle). Look further, my friends. My result is truly average now, but hey! The points and prides in my resume have tripled.

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  18. In the end it is what who you are that shines to the others: your characters, your personality, your experience! A1 is not worth the price if you lost all these <—– its so true mang

  19. In the end it is what who you are that shines to the others: your characters, your personality, your experience! A1 is not worth the price if you lost all these. <<<—— its so true mang…

  20. Hi Akira,

    First of all, its was really a good read with all you have expressed. I would like to share that I faced similar situation like you but just it falls in a different way. Parents with their high hopes and when you don’t meet their expectations its like a disgrace to them and to the rest of the family members and friends. This is what I faced before this and I’m sure some others might face this too. Well, its good that you’ve realized the loopholes you missed throughout the school days and you cultivate what you can today. Keep it up!

    Cheers! :)

    Best regards,

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  22. I understand that getting only 3-5 hours of sleep every day can make you more productive as you can study a lot more.. BUT, does it has any side effects? For example causing one to have poor memory? Therefore you’ll forget what you’ve learnt even tho you studied SO much, that equals to no advantages compared to sleeping for 8 hours, am I right?

  23. If I get straight A’s for spm but I literally don’t involve myself in co-curriculum at all, can I still get scholarship? Please I really need to know

  24. I am in the same condition just like Akira. My results are among the top in my school and my parents and teachers put high expectation on me to score straight A+’s in this year SPM( I have the same hope too). But I confess I am not very active in co-curricular activities, and I am not holding any” jawatan” in the club and unit beruniform. You can’t say I am not trying to be active, I was once a very active member of those club and unit beruniform, but the thing is I couldn’t get along with the others as I realised they always push me aside ,always stay in their groups and I am not popular enough to steal their spotlights. I keep low and tend not to join them as far as I could. And I really hate their low mind set so I only be friend with a few who share same interests with me.I doubt that high school is the place where we can expand our interests, in fact it is college or uni life that change a person. My elder brother is a very good example. He is not very active when he was in high school, and didn’t have any talent as well. But now he is studying in USM, and he learns to play musical instruments and painting, as well as involving in various activities.The surroundings and friends turn him from a shy boy to a confident man.
    I am focusing on my study right now, doesn’t mean my life will be boring without all those so-called friends. When I get scholarship I can choose whatever course I want to study.When I come to study in college or uni I will find someone who really understand me, and chase after my dream. All these worth waiting .Without good results you are the ones who are going to be chosen, and it is painful when you cannot study the course you like and you need to pay the debt when you starts working. Even though I don’t like to study I persist, because I believe when I finish studying with scholarship I will have no worries to do the thing I want, including travel around the world and publishing books. I don’t want to regret just like the others who didn’t want to score well in their SPM and keep boasting they will do great success once they no longer study, but in fact they can’t without acquiring skills. It is true that study is only a part of life, but how do you suppose you can overcome the other challenges in your life when you can’t even overcome study this so small an obstacle?

  25. If Akira is a 16A1 student, doesn’t mean he can’t make mistakes. hello guys? I won’t say i agree or disagree about his opinions about his result but it it his right to give some perspectives about things that he had been through. I also think that school is the place where you have to shine yourself by finding yourself of who you really are. For example, Albert Einstein end his studies during the age of 14 because he hates the school. The teachers acting like sergeants and forcing students to learn things that they didn’t even want to know. Albert made decision to end his study because he only wants to learn about things that he want to know. In the end, Albert is known as one of the successful person, right? Akira is right about this part. By the way, I kind of feel irritate by people who says that Akira’s english is bad or dumbass.I know it’s not my business but please, fix your own problem before pointing at others because a straight A student make mistakes too. Even the English people from any foreign country have broken English, you know. I know you want to fix Akira’s problem but you don’t even necessarily need to say his english is “fark”, “dumbass” or any unpleasant words. Anyway, for Akira, congratulations for getting outrageous result in SPM. I understand it is hard to achieve that. You have to lost almost everything just because to achieve that result. But for me, it’s a worth pay for your effort.

  26. Hey, u’re wrong.. Even when u realised that by becoming a straight A1 student, and u live boringly without true wonderful and enjoyable moments… At least u have the reason to be happy and proud of ur rsult in ur spm.. It’s true.. It’s a nice memory although it means nothing when u start ur college life..
    It is a fact.. :)

  27. I agree with your statements. I didn’t really get 16A1 straight but I was a straight As student too. After i finished school I realize I missed out so many things in life. I didn’t enjoy my whole life as a teenager, all I did was staying in school (boarding school). I get good grades after school, college, uni and then get a good job. However none of these makes me happy so I quit my job. My sister is always a happy go lucky person and it seems like she never has to worry about anything in life. She’s happy with her life even without getting good grades all the time. I’m kinda jealous to see everyone around me happy with whatever they are doing and I can never get my teenage years back.
    This A straight thingy seems to be very popular among asian parents.

  28. I get no A’s for my SPM 2009. 4B,4C and 1F. Currently studying at USC LA in film making. I got scholarship from the university because I showed them my art works. I didn’t get any sort of help from the government. SPM result is nothing. It’s just a passport to study in public universities with the course you are interested in. To get to the best university, all you need to do is write a letter and show them what you are capable off. They just wanna see your passion. If it doesn’t work… try and try again. True Story No Shits. Sorry for the broken English. I’m not a smart student. I’m just a creative student.

    • Hi, I’m actually a science stream student and I got 6As in SPM. I got an offer to Matriculations but I rejected it because I wanted to be a film maker. But again, my application for film making in Uitm was failed. Can you please tell me how I can get to USC LA? Did you get in there straight without going to local university? And are you under scholarship?

  29. Wow. If the 16a1s you mentioned include English, I would officially have lost faith in the education system in this country.
    Education is more than just a piece of certificate. You’ve studied hard for it. It is a passport to something bigger. Life doesn’t just open its golden gates just because you excelled at 17. It has constant struggles and you would need to change your mindset and take it your experience as one of life’s many little lessons. You’re obviously smart enough to have concluded that you still have areas of your life you need to improve. Work on it. Get mentors. Persist. And most importantly, keep an open mind. Good luck!

  30. Please improve your English. The quality of English you exhibit here in your article is pitiful for a 16A1 student.

    • Wow, the amount of self-absorbed assholes here are too damn high! I’m pretty sure anyone reading this article understands perfectly what the writer is trying to convey. Why did you have to go an undermine a good article just because of a few (and might I say irrelevant) writing mistakes?

      • the comment doesn’t undermine the writers content. Just asking him to improve since he is supposed to be the cream of the crop of Malaysian education system… dumbass..

      • yes of course everyone can perfectly understand the writer. nowhere in the comment it is stated that it is “hard to understand or tak paham”. dumbass.

        If you are announcing to the whole world that you are 16A1 student with a JPA scholarship then at-least try to do it right.

        • I am in total agreement with Raj. Regardless whether the message is conveyed or otherwise, it just behooves a 16A1 crème de la crème student to write in better English.

      • A 16 A student should at least review his post before posting.
        There is a big difference between American Edu.system and Malaysian.

  31. true bro education system suck. try not having education and earn rm600 or less a month by working in a coffee shop. some people dont have exposure like you. i bet you come from pretty well income family to write these stuff.. but i am more than willing to bet that i really want you to be a waiter for a carrier. or even working underpaid in any hotel line or even just sales assistant. life suck there will be millions of unfortunate malaysian wants to trade their life with you.

  32. Your article was precise and you’re the best example of a failed education system. 16A1 and almost commited suicide achieving it but couldn’t command the most basic use of tenses in English? It’s not entirely your fault but for your own sake, get it right.

      • Uhm no… Maybe you need to get your tenses checked as well if you can’t see the glaringdiscretion discrepancies there. And talking about nit picking, did you not read that I said ‘your article was precise’? I did acknowledge the content of the writer. Maybe sometimes the truth is hard to digest, causing people like yourself to get emotional, losing it altogether and start a name calling game. Is that the best you can do? I’d expect so as you’re most probably another classic failure produced by this education system.

      • Read again friend.

        “Yeah, I got myself a 16A1 recognition. I was awarded a scholarship from JPA, and is currently studying in Intec and is going to further my study in US.”

        1. a 16 A1 ? (a for plural ????)
        2. and is currently studying?? (and is ???).
        3. going to further my study in US (my study ???).

        Pretty damn sure his English is horrible for a 16A1 student. Not trivial when you are supposed to be the cream of the crop of Malaysian Education System.

        • man..
          1. The “a” actually referring to the recognition, not the “16A1″. Recognition is not a plural, unless if there is an “s” at the end (recognitions).
          2. I see no problem here if he uses “and is”. Could you prove to us that the usage is wrong? Here’s an example of the usage (http://en.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/1w5flp/normalboots_has_been_brought_back_and_is/). Even I myself have used that sentence many times. In English, even sentence like “then then” is possible, though it may seems incorrect.
          3. For this one, I don’t know what you’re arguing about, but somehow i do agree that the sentence is incorrect. The correct usage is “further my studies”, not “further my study”. However, the sentence “my study” will be correct if it stand alone and not combined with “further”.
          *By the way, I didn’t bother to take care of my grammar and language while commenting on this website. It’s because this is not an English comprehension test. As long as you guys understand what I’m telling you, that’s fine by me.

          • Now you are talking about not borthering your grammar when commenting other people’s mistakes after you yourself have grammatical mistakes around..hihi funny u..by the way, it’s glad that uve made the effort to make she realizes about her grammar.I believe u must be an English educator.However the fact that you also made simple mistakes in yout comment should b avoided if u were to ask other people to check for their grammar first. e.g : “it may seems” (my teacher taught me bfore after modal verb, we need to use main verb/root word) Correct me if im wrong.. My english is cukup2 mkn je pun :p

            After all, im glad that the writer managed to post a neutral readable article which is suitable to be read by other students..Hopefully people will realize that a string of As doesnt really guaranteed your personal achievement in your life..

            To mr.raj n anonymous, well done for your efforts in telling the writer about the grammatical errors..we need more people like u guys to proofread an article written by blogger:)

            P.s : I also noticed one more error made by AKira which is “can’t replace”. Do you have any explanation for that mr.raj n anonymous :)
            Do let me know too about my grammatical mistakes coz im still learning to master it

        • man..
          1. The “a” actually referring to the recognition, not the “16A1″. Recognition is not a plural, unless if there is an “s” at the end (recognitions). The funny thing here is, you yourself used this grammar in your own sentences (Pretty damn sure his English is horrible for a 16A1 student). You see, the “a” refers to the single “student”, right? How can you condemn other people when they used it? This is really funny, seriously.
          2. I see no problem here if he uses “and is”. Could you prove to us that the usage is wrong? Here’s an example of the usage (http://en.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/1w5flp/normalboots_has_been_brought_back_and_is/). Even I myself have used that sentence many times. In English, even sentence like “then then” is possible, though it may seems incorrect.
          3. For this one, I don’t know what you’re arguing about, but somehow i do agree that the sentence is incorrect. The correct usage is “further my studies”, not “further my study”. However, the sentence “my study” will be correct if it stand alone and not combined with “further”.
          *By the way, I didn’t bother to take care of my grammar and language while commenting on this website. It’s because this is not an English comprehension test. As long as you guys understand what I’m telling you, that’s fine by me.

        • I see no problem here. If you ever stay in those English Speaking country like US, UK, Australia ..etc, You will know that even the local people speak in that way. There is nothing wrong with those shit you mention.

  33. Hi akira,
    Well at certain point i do agree abt what u are saying..i was at intec n unfortunately i didnt manage to further my stdy in germany..but once I graduate, i do realise that spm or how mny A1 dat u get is not matter..my suggestion 4 u is..theres nothing too late..age is juz a number..xplore the world..live ur life from now on..make a list of ur dream n achieve it..i always say to ppl, its not how u start dat really matters..its how u end it..so gud luck..live ur life to d fullest..the best xperience in d world is travel..u learn n know mny things..so xplore n keep on xplore the world..

  34. Its what you want to do in your life is what matters..discover where your passion is…its not how many As.. Take decision and action. Begin your journey and create your own story line while you can..for that I regret until now.. 100 PERCENT! is in our hand and our own choice anyway.. Either failure or success we should be proud of our own choice and decision. Tak payah la nak stress x dpt straight As…hahah

  35. I juz read your post..even though i think it is quite late to say something about your article..hehe..
    Well akira..what had been done, let it be. All things happened with a reason just sometime we cant see d bright side..your new adventure always be there for you as long as u live. Do not regret things. Move forward with a positive mind brother..=D

  36. hi akira,
    tahniah sbb dpt str8 A1s. agaknye sejuk sgt kat upsate New York tu skrg…?

    i hope our government re-evaluate the education systems.
    xde la sampai stress bebudak remaja, iyye dak…??
    dah tu patut org kaya raya kat malaysia patut chip in /derma kan duit ke dalam tabung biasiswa ke…

    YB2, TanSri, Dato2… amacam, ada brani???

  37. Not sure how you can get 16A1, especially with your level of English. Maybe the question should be how the grading was actually done.


    • 1) Perhaps not all of the exams were in English?
      2) Good at English does not mean ‘having superior intelligence’.
      3) Your petty comment is totally irrelevant to the article. You are a good example of people who caught up in small details that they fail to understand the bigger picture.
      4) I generally consider people who make this kind of comment as trash.

    • Perfect in English does not reflect individual intelligent. Japanese are good in technology, but their English?

    • I see no problem here. If you ever stay in those English Speaking country like US, UK, Australia ..etc, You will know that even the local people speak in that way. There is nothing wrong with those shit you mentioned.

  38. hye akira. i am so glad to read this reality from one excellent SPM scorers. firstly, i congratulated you for scoring 16 A1.. w0w.. that is so great. frankly speaking, i believe that many other excellent students will think the same as you. just wanna share my feelings too. i was not comparable to you. i score 11 A for SPM, and have studied in New Zealand after getting a scholarship. currently, i am a teacher of a secondary school!

    anyway, getting excellent result has for sure given me a lot of advantages. but, yes, i do agree with a lot of your points up there. as if i have wasted a lot of my fun time with family and friends. i only enjoy myself when i was in university, by then, i was no longer able to socialise with people casually. i became rather introvert. i was not an excellent student at all in the college, just like what you said as compared to other students who only score 5A or 6A in SPM, but they are more successful at university, active and look really fit.

    well, i should be grateful to what i have today.. but still, i do agree with you at many points. if only i could turn back the time, i would enjoy my teenage life more. playing more, hanging out with friends more.

  39. Regret? u should be glad.. because of the 16A1.. u came to realize so many things in life you’ve missed out because of it and you are appreciating it now..

    • Completely agreed. Otherwise you would blame yourself for the rest of your life for not study harder.. #exaggerate

  40. So are you trying to say that there’s no apparent use of scoring results that you have other that tempororial fame? Akira. Well,that opens the door to me to realise that life is more than just SPM. But by looking at your current life,your saying that these results indirectly serves no purpose for you now

  41. Hey Akira!

    First of all congratulations of your excellent results!

    I was never aware of your blog nor this post till I received a email from Malaysian Students Blog that I have subscribed. Most of the time I will just ignore the mail but somehow your blog title had caught my attention, Why I regret getting Straight A1 in SPM. Why?

    Its maybe because at one point of my life I had felt the same. As I read through your blog I can “feel” you. I had gone through the same episodes in my life. I agree to each and every point you have put up.

    Maybe at some point of my life when I entered the college for the foundation program I did regret because not the straight A1 that I myself secured was everything about. Even when entering a medical school, good grades were not all about it.

    Nevertheless after 5 years getting to know my SPM results, I am grateful for where am I and what I’m doing. I was also awarded the “glorious” JPA scholarship to study Medicine overseas. I wouldn’t be here if its not for my SPM result. Yes I accept I struggled to achieve 13 A1 in order to secure myself a JPA scholarship to pursue my dreams to study medicine because I know my family would not be able to support me to continue my higher education in medicine.

    Just like you have mentioned, no one bothers your SPM grades now nor in future but it was in the past. It was the key for your further education. Even thought your parents can afford to pay for your further studies but not everyone gets the opportunity to be paid for studying. You got the opportunity because of your excellent results. So never regret it because this is life you need to loose something in order to gain another.

    Honestly I really enjoyed reading your blog, it reminded me of my life too indeed. I’m utter surprised to see number of pathetic comments from discouraging to those who condemn the English and grammar. Its not like they had perfect English too nor I’m saying I do. We all learn everyday. After all English is a language no one is perfect not even your English teacher. Trust me. :P

    Lastly all the best in your future undertaking in studies and business(bubble tea- i luv em). Never regret anything in life. It was a good inspiration.

  42. good inspiring story :) yes there’s nothing fair in this world. you gain something, you lose something. life is all about choice. choose whatever you think suitable for you. maybe you will regret one day but it is better than afraid of your own shadow. keep it up. pray the best for me too.

  43. I am a little stressed out for my Sejarah examinations tomorrow. Thank you for reminding me that life is not all about the alphabets on a piece of paper. =3 I have always wondered if getting straight As in SPM is everything for a Malaysian. From this post, I realize that that is totally not true. Thank you so much for this wake up call! I do believe that we should study well but to push ourselves away from our talents and interests for subjects we don’t even give shit about is really depriving us of the true ways to ‘live’ our lives.
    Keep on being awesome Akira! You have earned yourself a fan! =D

  44. akira

    i think you’re just a sore loser…
    1) you took 16 subjects… are you crazy? the average no. of subjects you’re supposed to take is around 8-10. then why take 16? think you could handle it? blame it on yourself for getting ahead of yourself..
    2) you couldn’t constantly work hard… you felt you achieved enough….. otherwise, you would still be sleeping at 3 am everday.. you saw people enjoying, having fun… you couldn’t live that way, you wanted to fit into society.. you didn’t want to be left out… and you gave in to your temptation, along with the thought that you deserve to enjoy after working so hard…
    3) you were probably best in your class during form4 for getting 16A1. now you went to US.. you found there were others better than you… you were crushed by the competition… you felt there’s a wall you can’t surpass with effort and hard work… you gave up… like a coward…
    4) sure friends are important, but what are they gonna do? hmmm? you think your friend is gonna feed your family for you when you don’t have money to pay for your expenses? pft…what a joke you really are… social skills? oh please, you’re just not willing to take initiative.. don’t tell me crap like you’re to busy to initiate a conversation…
    5) no interview skills? pft… there are workshops everywhere in uni… you’re not gonna tell me you need it for a job after middle school right?
    6) you just couldn’t handle the pressure and manage your time…..

    you’re just another failure in the world… and even more of a failure now…

    from : anonymous

  45. Hey Akira, i read this piece of writing and find it very interesting. But I would lije to share a bit about what i have in my mind. Do you really think that achieving the 16A1 is the main reason you lost your precious time with family and friends, reason that you are lack of sleep, reason that you regretted getting that excellent grades or even reason that your talents are always hidden when you are in high school? Lets not blame the 16A1 and try to think about how you could actually survived better without losing your grade. It is possible, right? I am also the same scholar as you are and i never regretted studying hard for SPM. There are people out there who obtained straight A+ but aren’t as lucky as us to get scholarships. And most of them do very well even without scholarship. That’s a great thing to us, right? Do you ever feel like you don’t deserve the scholarship? If you do, then we are all equals. We “get paid to be a student” and that’s by far the best thing ever for a student, isn’t it?
    Why not look at the mirror and tell yourself
    I’m so lucky to get what I’ve worked so hard for” ?

    Appreciate what you have and you will have more :)

  46. Stupid sohai assfucks commenting on grammers and structures instead of the content. What the fuck are you poop-eating monkeys on, marijuana? Ice? Too high on your collective shit thrones to admit that the essay’s at least partially true? I’ve read worse essays in my time, this is nothing. And this one AT LEAST has some content in it that you can learn from, or apply it to yourself.

    To the other commenters with real constructive comments and counterpoints, congrats. You people are real bros. Ciao and chill out.

  47. I applaud u for admitting grades dun mean jack shit! Unless u can translate grades into money. It’s hard for the over-achievers to admit this cause they are well aware that they don’t know much about anything else in life. Nevertheless, trying is better than not trying. Everything is about balance. Just a reminder to those who think SPM or any other exams are not important, there is a big difference between laziness and just not interested.

  48. You’re right, SPM is pointless because the standard is really low. I mean, look at you.. Your shitty English still got you A1.

  49. Wow , 16A1 is a huge achievement . I’m currently sitting for SPM 2013 and I wish I could have get that result too o_o .

    Currently searching for my passion too , probably after SPM ,

    Shit happens but life goes on , Good luck ^_^

  50. Dude, you speak the truth! :)
    I can’t tell you how much of the same pressure I felt with my SPM.
    I belonged in the third top class ( ‘The C Class’ ) during my Form 4 & 5 years.
    I obtained an array of alphabets for my SPM with only an A for English.
    I felt terribly crushed and my parents made me feel like the most useless person in the world.
    It didn’t matter that there were 3 to 4 classes behind mine, I just felt more worthless than the whole lot put together. After that, I vowed not to study again and just went to work.
    But now…, I really would like to pursue that diploma in design….and it really isn’t all that bad.
    My SPM is also sufficient to go for that Diploma and that is satisfying enough for me :)

  51. I totally agree with you. Normally I wouldn’t care about the exams because they are just results. If we do get good results, our parents will insist on more (fortunately for me, mine didn’t but still they are not one of those cool parents who really understand us). You are right, we are merely AVERAGE in the Global competition. What I learn in this blog is at least, there’s somebody who really understand. I’m merely 15 and haven’t taken SPM (which I consider important regardless because of our country). A life without leisure is a poor life indeed. Teen life is a time where we make memories. Both good and bad.

    • SPM is important if you are aiming to study abroad. If you just planning to study in Malaysia, SPM doesn’t mean anything. You just need to get average results. After that you can concentrate in foundation/matriculation coz that’s what decide your path in the future.

      • Well, I can tell you that SPM is important if you are aiming to study in Malaysia ! A-Level or STPM is more important for study abroad. Nobody care your SPM because it doesn’t meet the requirement for those famous University in the world.

  52. …Can anyone tell me what seems to be wrong with his article? There are a few grammar mistakes here and there but it’s not really THAT bad…

    Or is my English worse than I thought?!

  53. Since so many people are commenting about his English here… The standard of English in Malaysia is pretty poor. I was always scoring As for my English tests when I studied in a private school in Malaysia. When I transferred to an American school, the first grade I got for my English test was an F!! It was pretty bad. Anyway, Akira’s English isn’t terrible. He still managed to get the message across so we shouldn’t be so harsh. You don’t need exceptional English writing skills to tell a story. And I do agree with him, I think the Malaysian system needs to change. SPM is pretty pointless when you get to college and university… But hey! If I were the employer, 16A1 is still a standout and I would definitely look at it :P So don’t regret it, be proud of yourself that you managed to get that grade! It would be shit if you studied so much and failed right lol

  54. You know malaysia is in deep trouble when their top student who scored 16a1s has English proficiency like this. Kudos malaysia!

  55. You know , there are many occasions where i thought my life would be a lot more different if i had been pushed to study or pushed myself to study. Maybe i would have ended up in a really great college studying towards an amazing career instead of being where i am now. Then i think to myself , had i done that i would have been different. I wouldn’t like that other person i would have become. At that time i was dealing with issues i thought my other activities could cure. I was right. it didn’t work immediately but i am a lot happier now and i know what it is i want to do with my life. Not that i am saying those people who spend their sweat and tears to do well in SPM are bad or undesirable but sometimes i feel that their ego for their achievements get the better of them and the world is a place that has no shortage of people that are skilled academically but academics are not real life. They try to be but real life is just a series of circumstances that constantly change and if there was a textbook for that then it would be thicker than All Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple stories (worlds thickest book published) . I wouldn’t have understood real heartache of losing friends and appreciating the new ones i make. I wouldn’t have understood the role my mum played in my life because when i was in bad situations she pulled me out had i been a more studious person. Maybe i would have ended up overseas and been very successful in both my social and love life. However if i can’t bring my mother with me , it hardly seems worth it. because family is everything whether one chooses to realize it or not.

    thanks for your article it really relates to me and a lot of other people .

  56. Reblogged this on WalkWithWander and commented:
    You know , there are many occasions where i thought my life would be a lot more different if i had been pushed to study or pushed myself to study. Maybe i would have ended up in a really great college studying towards an amazing career instead of being where i am now. Then i think to myself , had i done that i would have been different. I wouldn’t like that other person i would have become. At that time i was dealing with issues i thought my other activities could cure. I was right. it didn’t work immediately but i am a lot happier now and i know what it is i want to do with my life. Not that i am saying those people who spend their sweat and tears to do well in SPM are bad or undesirable but sometimes i feel that their ego for their achievements get the better of them and the world is a place that has no shortage of people that are skilled academically but academics are not real life. They try to be but real life is just a series of circumstances that constantly change and if there was a textbook for that then it would be thicker than All Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple stories (worlds thickest book published) . I wouldn’t have understood real heartache of losing friends and appreciating the new ones i make. I wouldn’t have understood the role my mum played in my life because when i was in bad situations she pulled me out had i been a more studious person. Maybe i would have ended up overseas and been very successful in both my social and love life. However if i can’t bring my mother with me , it hardly seems worth it.

  57. What if I tell u, u dont need straight A+ for spm to be offered JPA scholarship? My spm result have A-, and even my friends have B+. And now here we are, preparing to study at japan under JPA scholarship. The point is, u dont need to push yoursel too much. Just enjoy the teen age, dont be too stress.

        • Of course it isn’t. Right. Uh-huh. Yeah. Pass me more of that Bumi-flavoured kool-aid you’re dinking again, because that ain’t the reality for millions of non-privileged SPM students.

          • son of a bitch racist cunts!!! You guys think the govt is really helping the bumiputra??? If so, then I believe you guys must be one of their dogs. Be proud!! Go ahead with your racism. It is true that you don’t have to get straight A1s to get the JPA scholarship to further your study abroad. All you got to do is search, search & search. Don’t be lazy like you always said to bumiputra. Lazy motherfucking racist monkeys.

  58. Hi Akira,

    I understand what you’ve been through there, been through that myself, the only thing was, I lived my college years the way you lived through your SPM years. So now, when people say college years were their best years, I couldn’t help but to disagree with them. It was really my own doing, I chose to enter a field that I perceived to be evergreen but wasn’t passionate about & went for one of the most prestigious qualification there was. I pushed myself hard to obtain it all, to get the illustrious straight “Passes” & to graduate young,I was stressed day and night. I generally became an angry & sad person that viewed my friends as competitiors rather than friends. Competing with wha

    After achieving the so-called professional qualification before my 21st birthday, only did I realized that life did not only revolve around what qualifications you have. Life is much more than that, and I had spent 4 years stuck in a mindset that only good results will make me happy, which isn’t true at all. So now, 2 years later, I am trying to live life. Do the things I want, socialize more, laugh more and appreciate all that the world has. I am still thankful that I managed to obtain what I obtained, I don’t condemn it ( neither should you, it is part of your journey in life, no matter how much it may have taken from you, it probably has shaped some good qualities in you)

    Now that you know what you really need and want in life, go for it, bring forth whatever good memories & qualities you have from all those years, and live happily. Because there is no rewind button in life. We can only hope the best in the coming future =)

  59. So, how do you think of the Society now ??.. I’ve been dwelling in the situation before.. but now I still wonder…
    What is the SOCIETY doing right now to get rid of this kind of problems ??…..
    To me, being young is fun, passionable, unbeatable, but so, what’s coming after young ?..

  60. Funny thing about the comments is that people care more about the grammar than the actual message the author is trying to send to the readers.

    Good job Akirastory, I can relate :D

  61. Dear Akira, I may not get straight A’s like you did yet I am able to relate to your article. Many of my friends are the same, as we, students in Malaysia are too entrenched with grades we tend to forget developing another set of skills; life. Many are still too narrow minded and it MAY make it difficult to assimilate into the real world. Being good at studies at times do give a false impression of being good at everything and anything.
    Thanks for the read. It is indeed interesting to know some Malaysians are as critical of our education system. Maybe it is time for a step-by-step overhaul to create thinking and socially adaptable students and not just self absorbed high achievers.

  62. What a big joke, how contradictory.

    If you hadn’t been able to secure the scholarship to the US you would either

    1) have committed suicide already
    2) wrote a blog post about “why I didn’t study hard enough for SPM”

    and now you are telling the world you regretted it. Maybe let go of the scholarship and be a religious cleric and free yourself of any stress or worries.

    and for a 16A1 kid, wow your command of English is exceptional.

  63. walao eh talk cock if you didnt study hard you’ll probably be dead by now.pain is temporary, success lasts forever. dont be a pussy and grow a pair of balls lah

    • Talk cock”? An educated person doesn’t say that. I don’t really study much. All I did was pay attention in class and do my homework. Paying attention in class is important because the teacher gave you information FROM the textbooks and ADDITIONAL information as well. Homework are practices for you. After I’m done, I go and explore for my passion. What will I want to do in the future? What interested me? How do I get successful? Does studying and getting good results can really succeed in life? When I see people keep stressing themselves to study, all they have are knowledge from the textbooks. What about common sense? Nope. It’s because they don’t socialize much. All they did was locked themselves in a room and study without knowing what’s happening out there and how the economy is going, Studying is indeed important. But it’s not everything. I do not study much at home and I still get As and Bs. BUT! Just because you’re good in studies, that doesn’t define WHO you are. The time has changed. It’s the experience of the world BEYOND studying. One could be good in studying and when they started working, they do not know much about how to start it right or what they’d like to do. The industries want people who have common sense, knows how to handle problems, creative, social/out-going, and confidence. If all one does is studying, and never explored themselves for what they’d like to do in the future or knowing what’s going on around the world, one isn’t gonna be able to success easily. I may be just 18 years old. I’ve experienced high school by enjoying myself, I study by observing and understanding, and I find my passion by exploring and trying out different thing such as dancing, cooking, business, computer, sports, and etc. I DEFINE who I am, by knowing what kind of job suits me and what will make me able to enjoy my work. I DON’T work just for money, I work for happiness as well. When I was 15 I tried out different careers by volunteering and part time working. Why? CAUSE LIFE DOESN’T END AFTER SCHOOLING. You keep learning through out your entire life by EXPERIENCING. Since you don’t even know that, and don’t even acknowledge Akira’s story, what had you ACHIEVED in life? “Oh I’m gonna be a doctor because my parents want me to and it earns a lot? Although I don’t really like to be with patients, I’ll suck it up?”
      “Don’t be a pussy and grow a pair of balls lah?” WHO ARE YOU TO DEFINE AKIRA?! Akira learned his lesson and started enjoying life. So, who are YOU to criticize Akira who successfully finds out what is more important in life?

      Studying doesn’t define who YOU are. Yes, pain is temporary and necessary, but is that pain really worth for what you’re doing? Is it really what you want to achieve? Or is it something that’s gonna make you regret? What will you learn from your pain? Had it been a mistake? Or had it really helped you out in life and will continue to do so? FYI, studying a new language can definitely help you out through out your life if you’re able to use the knowledge. But if the knowledge CANNOT be used and you do not know how to place it into action, yet you still keep learning just to get A’s, you have no life.

        • Wait a minute….are you planning to provoke me or is that really your concern? Either way, I’ll give you the evidence why I use “he” to describe Akira. The name Akira is a man’s name and his display picture is a man. If you don’t know where to see his profile picture, scroll to the top, look at the top right and look at “About the writer”. You’re welcome.

  64. Now I don’t want to come across as a grammar Nazi, I’m usually not… but please, if you’re going to announce to the world that you scored straight A1s in SPM, of which one is for English, fix up your grammar! People won’t take your opinions seriously otherwise, and the ones who do just aren’t realistic. Plus, you’re just ‘airing the dirty clothes at the house’s front’ by demonstrating how substandard a Malaysian education.

    • Besides the glaring grammatical and mechanical errors, I think the arguments made in this blog post are not generalizable to the majority of Malaysian students, especially those who are considered “Straight A1″ students. Dear friend, life is what you make it. Your life is tough only if you perceive it that way. Be grateful that you have had the opportunity to receive formal education; many of whom I know are not as fortunate. Now, as an educated person, you have the responsibility to help others be successful. To do that you need to go above and beyond. Ranting about your mediocre achievements is not a way to show gratitude, especially to God, as you’ve mentioned in your “About the Writer” column. Quit living in a First-World mindset and start advocating for higher standards — that, to me, is where real success lies. Good luck.

    • If you’re gonna talk bout grammar, please correct your own ;) If you can’t find where your own mistake lies, then please, don’t try to be a grammar nazi.
      + the point of this article is to tell people that getting straight A1s shouldn’t be a priority to the point where you lose your focus on other important matters. Despite the article not being written with perfect grammar, I believe that many or most people would understand that.

      • Please, Malaysians don’t care about grammar. What’s wrong with voicing one’s opinion? Making minor grammar mistakes is no biggies as long as people can understand what you’re trying express.

        Honestly, I think this is a great article nonetheless.

        • Critical thinking and good points beat the shit hell out of bad grammar. I guess you can’t come up with any good arguments so you have to pick on details like these.

          • Look, I’m not arguing anything against Akira’s message, not even trying too. I have nothing against his voicing his opinion.

            My point is that he is representing Malaysia’s cream of the crop. Stating he got A1 in English is basically showing GLOBALLY (I know the target audience are Malaysians, but everyone all over the world can still access this) what Malaysian’s high standards in English are… which is pretty low based on this article.

            You may shout all you like about how Malaysians don’t care about grammar, but what does that say about them from a global perspective? This guy is studying in the US. He’s a walking talking representative of Malaysia’s best to the world. English is the global language, that’s a fact and it is ignorant to claim that a good command of Standard English is not needed to be taken seriously on the international stage.

            Akira here may have meant well when he posted this article and it is certainly something that so many are touched by his message and defending him. But with his claim of straight A1s, he has the responsibility of being the standard of what is perceived to be ‘the best of Malaysian students’ and (dare I say) role model to younger students. That means how good a job he does at it will most definitely be judged. I’m just saying he should fix up before going public or don’t at all.

            • Well hey, its not his fault getting A1 for his english. How about questioning the education dept?

              I think you care about the language way too much and extremely I’d even say. Any english-speaking countries that I’ve been do not care as long as they understand you and find that you’re an interesting person to talk to. I have met enough westerners and they are amazed at our vast vocabularies which of course we do, we memorize them. However we do not possess the ‘creativity’ westerners have to make up for the words they do not know of. Gibberish they may make but its hilarious and most importantly, get the point delivered.

              I am aware of people saying they don’t care about grammar because they do not know it and are not going put effort into learning it, or even just a lousy comeback to save them from embarrassment. All I think everyone should pay the most attention to is the content of the sentence, not excessively on how a sentence is constructed.

              As for Akira ‘representing’ best of Malaysian student, well maybe he is, but I have to say I’ve been fortunate enough to have met people who do not see me as a representative of Malaysia all the time, instead see me as an individual. If someone judges you based on your nationality, education level and etc you may want to consider if you’re mixing with the right crowd. The Earth from space looks better than a map because you don’t see the borders and lines dividing nations

    • I think this does in fact highlight some of the points he spoke about, like mediocre talents coming from the education system in Malaysia and how it isn’t really a true judge of ability. I’m not saying this article is not good, but then again I’m also not saying that you need to have perfect grammar to get an A1 in SPM. I got A1s in Add Math and Physics, and I still have no clue about them. :P

    • Meta twist! The grammar nazi contradicts him/herself! So, we shouldn’t take your opinions seriously too?

  65. “‘It is useless, useless’, said the Philosopher. ‘Life is useless, all useless. You spend your life working, labouring, and what do you have to show for it?'” Ecclesiastes 1:2-3 (GNT). This is the exact verse that can be used to describe about students who get straight As in SPM. I, myself, too experience this kind of situation.

    I’ve thought about this:

    “Young people, enjoy your youth. Be happy while you are still young. Do what you want to do, and follow your heart’s desire. But remember that God is going to judge you for whatever you do.

    Don’t let anything (that’s including UPSR, PMR, SPM or GPA or CGPA) worry you or cause you pain. You aren’t going to be young very long.

    So remember your Creator while you are still young, before those dismal days and years come when you will say, “I don’t enjoy life.”That is when the light of the sun, the moon, and the stars will grow dim for you, and the rain clouds will never pass away. Then your arms, that have protected you, will tremble, and your legs, now strong, will grow weak. Your teeth will be too few to chew your food, and your eyes too dim to see clearly. Your ears will be deaf to the noise of the street. You will barely be able to hear the mill as it grinds or music as it plays, but even the song of a bird will wake you from sleep. You will be afraid of high places, and walking will be dangerous. Your hair will turn white; you will hardly be able to drag yourself along, and all desire will be gone.

    We are going to our final resting place, and then there will be mourning in the streets. The silver chain will snap, and the golden lamp will fall and break; the rope at the well will break, and the water jar will be shattered. Our bodies will return to the dust of the earth, and the breath of life will go back to God, who gave it to us.

    Useless, useless, said the Philosopher. It is all useless.

    But because the Philosopher was wise, he kept on teaching the people what he knew. He studied proverbs and honestly tested their truth. The Philosopher tried to find comforting words, but the words he wrote were honest. The sayings of the wise are like the sharp sticks that shepherds use to guide sheep, and collected proverbs are as lasting as firmly driven nails. They have been given by God, the one Shepherd of us all.

    My child, there is something else to watch out for. There is no end to the writing of books, and too much study will wear you out.

    After all this, there is only one thing to say: Have reverence for God, and obey his commands, because this is all that we were created for. God is going to judge everything we do, whether good or bad, even things done in secret.”

    ECCLESIASTES 11:9-12:14

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  67. im a form 5 student and im really stressed with my spm.
    my family keep forcing me to get straight As but i dont want to for fear they will force me to get a course that i hate.
    just like how i have to get sains tulen. :(

    your article made my day. :D

    • I got A1 to F9 in SPM, I didn’t get a scholarship.
      I took and failed my STPM, I didn’t get to be a pilot.
      I went to TAR college with a loan and got retained, I didn’t get to stay with my friends.
      I worked in engineering in between studies. I found out i was a damn good engineer.
      With my savings and parental help (lucky me) I did a masters in UK.
      I washed toilets, flipped burgers, move boxes, unload lorries and eventually became a part time engineer.
      I finished my masters and got a scholarship to do a PhD. I was at the right time, and the right place with the right skills and the right attitude. In that capacity, I was incredibly lucky.
      So here I am, a Dr about to graduate and still wonders if he can get a job. Ironic really.

      So that is one path of a person who failed his early years. (There is also bill gates but he was pretty rich at my age). I played hard and I worked hard. But I still wished I had enjoyed myself more during my teen years. So I totally agree with Akira. Except for me, I was going to waste my SPM anyway. But the moral of the story is, you may never know what’s going to happen. Years ago, a few “failed students” friends of mine decided they will do a games degree. They barely passed. Today they earn £100-£200 a day making games. Fuck my life.

  68. Dear Author,

    I can see that you’ve written genuinely here, and I have to totally agree with you.
    MOST people, would only focus on getting the highest amounts of grades, but do not see what comes after getting such high grades.

    It’s very admirable when a person chooses to see a successful and happy life is not mainly achieved by grades, but by also how they maturely live in life.

    Congratulations, Mr. Wong.
    All the best.

  69. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation
    but I find this topic to be actually something
    which I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and very
    broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  70. Deep down I was so touched reading your article. I found myself luckier because in 2010, the maximum number of subjects a student could take was 12, so there was no need for me to compete in a rat race to get sky-high marks.

    And yeah, I was one of the students who ‘never studied his History textbook, and ended up getting A instead of A+’. (If it were not for leaked questions which forced the LPM to change a set of question, I would’ve gotten A+ because of some highly accurate tips)

    I could feel what you felt. I really envy others for being able to play musical instruments, draw, paint etc., but I never have the chance to learn it due to poor family background. I find people who can play the piano gracefully really, really elegant and attractive. T.T

    But I had my passion back then. It was all about the Chinese Club for me. I attended every single co-curricular session of that club and eventually made my way to become the Secretary of the Club. In that club I found joy, satisfaction, friendship etc.

    All in all, despite my results which paled out in comparison to yours (only 8A+’s and 2A’s), I do think I was luckier than you because I didn’t have to sacrifice that much. I never attended tuition classes nor slept so little. It was all thanks to God that I still managed to garner a better-than-average results.

    And finally, that A+ in Chinese Language really commanded total attention from others. I was really grateful for that.

    As you said, there’s nothing too late. I hope by now you had found your passion and interest! I am still having a hard time figuring out mine.

    All the best! <3

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  72. Believe in your own path, walk it, and when you’re at your deathbed, you’ll remember it for awhile and say, “It was awesome.”

    Got your path yet?

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  75. Urgh! Some viewers who left their comments here are really off-topics! Stop childing over people using bad English. Anyway, it would be nice if you just shut up if what you’re going to post later on is OFF TOPIC rubbishes!

    Okay, done with that. I’m a Form 5 student and speaking for myself, is a Sarawakian. I found your blog courtesy of my friend who is in fact from Sibu (thanks Xander). I must admit that being in the world that we live in today which focus more about grades other than necessity qualifications of life is the reason why most of our students are not living their life in teenagers.

    I was born as a intelligent freak and due to my parents being teachers thrmselves, I was more than ready to pass my class, overtaking other students and this continues until I entered my first high school. I still managed to get the first in class and when I transferred, I still maintain a great score but not constantly achieving the most top spot. But as I entered my fourth year in another different high school (I constantly transfer), I was clearly been culture shocked by my new surrounding not being able to communicate with others. The students were harsh and I was really loner for half of the year, and yes, I drop terribly from A to F. But thanks God that I finally pass through the social awkwardness when I decided to get into the religious camp.

    Anyway, that’s not all the point that I want to say. What I meant to say that, the experiences that we learnt in life is important and I stressed here that I didn’t say that class learning is not important. I had this girl in our class who is excel in everything but if you meet her, you’ll get nothing. She was like one of the viewer who commented earlier that thought friends are nothing.

    But being me nowadays, I must say I’m trying to balance out my social life better with study and trying hard appropriately with my interaction, even though I am catching up late. I was glad that my mid year exam I didn’t have any fail subjects and I hope by the time my SPM I’ll score great in my favourite subjects. It would be an additional if I able to get other subjects as good as I can. Even when my family forced me to like excel everything; I’m not a robot and it has been the heaviest burden for me as the oldest child and oldest grandchild to set peers to my siblings and cousins.

    I really like your post and I hope you continue and live your life to the fullest!

  76. Please,Please,Please reply to me..

    I will register to INTEC on 1 July 2012, sastera ikhtisas (economics) under JPA, taking A-levels.

    What subjects will I take up? Will JPA choose the subjects for me or I choose myself?

  77. We need to sacrifice many things to get what we want, especially our dream. People have various character, interest, etc. I think it is ok for those who want to be in academic and research career to sacrifice many things with study. As long as we work for the sake of god, we will get rewards from our hardwork in the world and hereafter. Thanks for the good articles.

  78. hahahahaha i was nobody back in time, but now, i am proudly say dat i am a lecturer… now, everybody look at me..hahahaha for me A is nothing, but experiences and skills are everything.

  79. I’m in a top class in my school with high expectation from teachers. Meanwhile,I ‘m a prefect in my school which needs me to involve in lots of activities and handle lots of programs. I do study (but not too hard) still I enjoy my school life with my pals and the rest of the prefects.

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  81. Thx vmvch 4 posting tis. it made me revise my life. im f5 tis year n much time was spent on studing n worring. wat u said gave me more confidence of my future. very encouraging thx

  82. My experience with people around thought me about the importance of not taking this kind of thing too seriously. When you strived too hard to achieve what you dreamed of, and then let say you failed… or at least you don’t think your achievements are worth the effort, what will happen then? A rhetoric for all of us to think about. I never force myself to struggle and I don’t really care what I will get but to be honest, I do struggle a lot, though it was for the sake of my curiosity to learn something new, nothing more. I managed to secure 11 A1 for SPM and 45 points for International Baccalaureate (IB), but I never went to any award receiving ceremony for both achievements. Why? Because I don’t fancy these sorts of incentive thingy and I don’t care at all. What I wanted is to learn the best, not to aim for the best result. Whatever the education system is lacking, it will never stop you from obtaining the best knowledge IF your real intention is just to learn the best. Thank god I secured a scholarship and now I am doing my first year medicine in one of the university in UK. I don’t know whether I deserve the scholarship or not, but I do know that this is my opportunity to learn something new which might not be there in my beloved country.I really hope we all, at some point, try consider the real purpose of what-so-called education especially for our future children. Cheers =)

    • Grammar Nazi, heil!

      You do what you must. Do mistake, live happily. You cant please everyone but you can try.

      Do your best. Whatever happen, you choose your own path. :D

      ~Break through the heaven, rise from ashes. Decent from the darkness, let the light shine on your path~

  83. I ‘focused’ myself to get A+ for english , bahasa . sejarah . ICT . A for bio chem agama modern math . A- for add math and phisyics. because i know im not mrs smarty pants or hard working =.=
    i loved this ‘ writing ‘ . Participating in co-curicular activities would make your high school life much more fun . Sorry if my english sucks :P

  84. because of want to get a good result in spm, i lost many things
    at last, i found out that i have nothing except i got a good result in spm

  85. A very nice article. I’ve read it and also half the comments. Some(comments) are funny(even racism problem??!! LOL), some are serious, motivating, supporting. Honestly my time(about 1/2 hour) is not wasted reading all these.

    What I can say is every person is his/her own personality, unique personality. Yes, some do have common things that linked them together like having failed some subjects in exam, getting A’s, etc, but still you are YOU.

    In the end one thing came to my mind, FATE… Think about it. You get straight A’s. Some people considered you are going to get a success in your life because you are hardworking or any other positive behaviour you have to get you that success. But later then fate made you in prison because you are a drug dealer or something… whatever, but i think you get my point. There are many variables in life. Some variables have very high influence in our life, like who our friends are or no friends at all, the situations, variables that affect our decision-making in life.

    Life in school is different from college life and college life is different from working life. We just need to adapt. So its okay for you to regret getting straight A’s because you know better about your life, you understand better, its your own experience. People speaks a lot from experience. But remember to get something we lose something. We take risks in our life. You took your risk by taking 16 subjects knowing(or maybe not) that some subjects might not be useful in your future(it will just fade away) and you continue your life further on lets say becoming a doctor in which the important subject is biology and no add maths.

    I say just keep living on. Do what you do best. Keep studying or stop studying and do something else that YOU want to do. Its your own life.

  86. Hi Akira, I’m Caleb and I’m an English teacher. I’ve been teaching English full-time at tuition centers in Klang and Shah Alam and I also manage my own center as well.

    They way I’ve been teaching for the past 9 years will make most people surprised (or shocked even!) as I always tell my students not to aim just for an ‘A’ in their exams. In fact, I even praise my students for getting a ‘B’ or a ‘C’ in English. That’s because I believe that as long as you try your best, then that is good enough for me. I am never disappointed in my students if they give their all.

    My classes are very different as I believe in holistic education, so there are lots of fun and games in my classes, as well as learning life skills through group projects and outings. In short, I do not just prepare my students for their final year examination but I also prepare them for life in the REAL world.

    It was on of my students who posted this article on facebook and I would like to share it with my other students as well. I wish to seek your permission to edit some of your content (for the sake of using correct grammar) and share it with my students. Please let me know if this is fine with you.

    Thanks and all the best to you, Akira. Don’t worry, you are heading in the right direction.

    Cheers! :)


    • Hi Caleb, that’s what I tell my students too. Even for those who fail in their exam, I still acknowledge them if they show improvement. it’s just that their improvement is not enough YET to make them pass. If they need to repeat my subject, it’s a chance for them to learn more and strengthen their English, no negativity there.

    • hi caleb!!! yup!! i told da same to my studs… as long as they enjoy the calss dats ok for me… for grade, as long as they put the effort, they wont get less..hehehehehe i told my studs not to waste their sem break,,,, enjoy and enjoy…. for me SCL is da most important thing…

  87. You need to lose something in order to gain that 16As. You cannot have the pie and eat it. Surely u are smart to know this in the first place?

    • I also regretted, but I did not obtained 16A1’s, I only took 11.. and I got 11A1’s..
      I went on getting 5A’s in Cambridge Alevels..
      Then I got full scholarship from Taylor’s..
      To tell you the truth, it’s true, I lose friends, but I don’t really care..
      Friends are just there for people to feel comfortable..
      But I did not die when achieving all the A1’s because you have to understand, you have to study smart. And I have 8 hours of sleep everyday, I never go tuition, and everybody was shocked that I played computer games all day long..
      The secret of my success lies in my determination..
      My burning desire to achieve the best..
      Tell you the truth, I just came from a poor family only. If I had money I have already applied to cambridge to do medicine..
      Too bad, this is what I call fate..
      At the end of the day, was it all worth the effort?
      For me, I think its worth the effort, but like everyone knows who cares.
      Its not that nobody cares, its because only a few people can get straight A1’s..
      So they are jealous, and nobody wants to justify your intelligence over them..
      So just be yourself. and yeah I have a tough time getting a girlfriend too.

      • No friends? Hi forever alone guy :D

        May you find peace with yourself.

        Seriously, go find a friend. Your “education” can only get you a job. To maintain or even to get a promotion, you will need friends. I mean a lot of friends, doesnt matter true or not, find a lot of friends.

  88. its april already im not even 10% for my spm!!!!!i got straight a”s for all my previous public exams..hoping to start studying soonn!hope im not too late

  89. I may agree with what you say…some people who had born as intelligent brat…they may find to get straight a’s is not a big deal for them…as for average people like me…it takes lots of effort and sacrifices…for me, I think I had loosed some precious things in the journey of attaining success. (social skills, friendship,) now i wonder what it would feel like to have friends who would always there to share good and bad time with you..I just can’t remember the good memories that I have with my friends. Do I have close friends? However, today, I try to change to be someone who are more easy going and extrovert by mingling around with my course friends, but I still find it is something that is hard for me to do naturally.

    If the God’s willing, we would have better days, if we make effort to change….good luck!

  90. Some people here need to take a big fat dose of “relak la brudder”! (:

    I agree with this post. I don’t think the author was condemning studies and doing well. We strive for excellence, not A’s. Some people are naturally smart, but they can’t do well under the pressure of exams. Does that mean they are stupid? Of course not.

    There is more to life than grades. Someone once told me, grades are just a piece of paper. You decide who you are going to be. Some people ada cert, tapi attitude macam taik (tahi). Bagi berapa ribu A pun aksi macam monyet.

    I am a college student and honestly, assignments will always be there. So will exams. But my friends will graduate and go on in life. I can choose to be a stuck up nerd, only studying, or I can choose to make friends who will be with through life: birthdays, wedding, funerals etc.

    To haters out there, jangan gao gao (gg) la. Boleh dapat 16A1s (or A+) rezeki jugak. Tak dapat tak dapat la. Bukannya dunia kiamat. Asyik nak complain substandard aje, tak nampak pun contribute towards education system. Don’t just talk about it. Do something!

    I really like this post! Looking back at high school, although I didnt score straight As, I have so many fun memories in Choir, Drama dsb. Lain kali ada anak, ada cerita tuk share! (:

    Akira, life isnt over for you! Make your memories now. Although I must warn you, Uni life in America is crazy! Make sure you dont make memories hammered and stoned yeah! (:

  91. Hi Akira. What’s done is done. Time to look to the future and chart a new journey. And by the way Akira, you are currently living in the present so make the full use of it, okay? : )

  92. kind of lost almost all of the above when i got 5A in UPSR and struggling harder only to get 4A in PMR. guess im just gonna kick back a little in my SPM. \m/

  93. Hello? Hello? Guys? Yeah, you all need to calm down a bit. See, we’ve all got some views on stuff. And the way I see it, its pretty ‘brilliant’! You guys showed so much passions by using all sorts of languages when expressing your feelings. ‘Well done’! Hope you’re ‘proud’ :)

    And thing is. While reading this, I cant help but thinking yess! This is so true. Not in my time though. I’ve heard this story from some friends. And it was much sadder when you listen to it, rather than reading it off the internet. So I think maybe some of you may have felt it. Some kind of connection with what this guy wrote. And maybe the rest didn’t. Thus, the differences and the mean words you guys used.

    But let me tell u my story. I took my SPM back in 2010. It was horrible year for me. Cause on that yr I moved from this really nasty school in PD, to this really high-class school in Seremban. Why its high-classed? Well it earned ‘CLUSTER’ title for the amazing achievements over the years. Its kinda big for TEKNIK schools. And things were so different there, compared to my last school. I didnt think I was gonna go for it, but my friends in PD, told me I should try it. They thought if it didnt work, I can always come back. Which was kinda silly. But they gave me courage, and added to my really-wanting-to-change the view desperation, I got transferred.

    First day was tough. Kids at my new school, acted all weirdy when I mentioned my last school. And one teacher even belittled me in his classes. He’s super-cute. Married and has 6 kids, another was on the way, but he’s really cute. He acted all fierce, and ready to kick some butts all the time, but at the end, we all agreed he was really nice. Anyway, back to the story. I really hit it off with the boys in class when one day, this guy came to me and hit me in the head, from behind, bcause he thought I was another girl who he teased everyday. Then, when he realized I wasn’t her, he quickly apologized. But I walked away, cause I thought it didn’t matter. I was having a rough day, and what the boy did, really was the least thing I cared about. But interesting happened. The boy kept coming at me for the rest of the day, pushed a lollipop to my face, saying sorry over and over. And bcause of him, after that day, I didnt feel so outcasted anymore.

    Thing is I had always been the one with the brain in my family. So when my father proposed for me to move away, to be honest I never thought I would survive in a new place. Truth is my form 4 final exam’s result isn’t so shiny. I got a C for physics, and Bs for english and BM. And the rest? All the other 7 subjects got flushed into Es. Yes, I was worse than bad. But funny thing was even though my result was unbelievably disgusting for all u glamorous people, I WAS one of the best student in that school.

    But my father thought I could do better than that. Honestly, holding on to that, I managed to grab the best number in my class after the first test in new school. It was months after I moved in. And while mingling with all my new friends, I did some catch-ups on my studies, and its been some crazy months too. Throughout the process, I found out that these new people weren’t so special either. Turned out my former school provided way more technicalities to us students than my once-current-school. In there, it was more theory stuff. So when it was time to do our little assignments involving some circuits drawing, or assembly some components to certain circuits, the kids were kinda clueless. Lucky for them! I was there! :D In my previous school, the teachers treated us like we were some retarded kids. They taught us steps after steps, very carefully so that our brain will not be overloaded, somehow. While in my new school, kids were treated like they were superficials, and were a group of MR and MS KNOW IT ALL. Like a bunch of Einstein juniors. Its kinda funny really.

    But whats really funny was after my second test, after I still managed to get the number 1 spot in class, all these classy kids started to come to me for study sessions. And I tell you, that number 1 spot that I got the second time? The result for my second test? I didnt even try to get it. Things just gotten easier after my first test. I swear! Mybe it was bcause I’ve been so well-behaved in class bcause I didnt want the teachers to speak about my past, so I managed to learn so much. And holding on to that alone, have got me thru without even studying. But it really was fun.

    I didnt pay too much work on studies at home. I’d went out whenever. This was cause I didnt have a mother, I mean the actual one, and my father occasionally spent time with my stepmother at night, and never home during the day. And I honestly didnt have limits on anything! I can even skip school if I wanted to. My father would question, but he wouldnt push me, bcause it was my choice, he thought. And I know he should have been tougher, but I didnt have a mother remember? Too pushy will make me feel crappy okay? Besides it was my choice to study in that nasty school in PD, and then I listened to him and moved away, what else can he possibly ask for?

    But as much as interesting it sounded, I am a girl wthout a mother. I cant stay in the same house with another woman who wanted to be my mother bcause then, I will turn rebellious. I didnt participate in much mother-talks between my friends. I didnt have a relationship with my father either. So whats left? Yep, school! So that was that. I went to school everyday to get away. It made sense to me then, but now while telling u people this, I felt kinda lousy. Like I wasnt rebellious enough. Like I was fine with all of it. Well, let me tell you straight up. It wasnt!

    Couple of weeks bfore my SPM trial, my father n my stepmother got a divorce. I was the only one in the court besides them. No other children were there. (I have 3 siblings, and my stepmother has 6 children.) Maybe bcause I can afford to skip school or so. Maybe thats why my father wanted me to come along. And after all these tiring process, it finally ended. I went home with my father, not feeling a thing. Not being affected by the divorce at all. As if that didnt happen to my family.

    Later I got a text from my former mother, saying she was upset and I didnt care. She was mad at me bcause I didnt even cry at the court. She said I was nasty, and thought I didnt love her. Well, thats just so full of crap. I did love her. Still do. I mean, the only reason we didnt live together was bcause she got kids. And those kids were not meant to have new sisters and brothers. They got nasty all the time! Thats why my father got us kids separated homes. It wasnt my fault if I didnt show her emotions. I was way pass that. I showed enough emotions when she took my father away. And I showed way, way much emotions when my mother died, and she went around and decided to settle down for the third time, with my father this time, and it was like 3 months after my mother’s death. I shed too much tears, and I was done with it! But well, we still texted and called each other til this very day. Sure I didnt come to her when I had problems, but if I needed to feel like I’m a person, she was alwys there.

    Anyways, back to the school stuff. That divorce really affected me somehow. It sure didnt do much to me on after a few days. But weeks later? The fact suddenly hit me. I will never have a mother! Seems like mothers are never stick around long enough around me. Even an imaginary mother suddenly lost her way and failed to comfort me when I was sad.

    This was affecting my studies too. I rarely focused in class. And result? Well I scored an E in my add maths. Sejarah was a D. The whole class got it bad too. Not as bad at me. But well, what definition of bad anyways? For a moment, the whole class went quiet. It was funny really. Its like if you drop ur needle, or something even tinier and lighter, not a single person can miss the sound.

    Then, Syaraf, he has a wonderful voice, ;) he went to the whiteboard and wrote words. It was really inspiring, and we all made a pack that day, that we were going to try harder for the final exams. And we did. At least I thought I was. Sure I didnt spend my nights studying. I didnt stop watching TVs, and study more. I didnt read books that I’m supposed to read, instead I read some novels and some silly mags. I stayed up late at nights, listening to songs, and write poems about it. But I did not study. What I did was paying attention at school. And between classes, I would ignore my friends and do my own light reading. Sure it didnt help much, but it was alot for me. I didnt feel encouraged at home. Cause no one was really there. But in school? Well, you kinda feel inspired to be all nerdy, and make guys like you for behaving so well.. ;)

    But anywys, I did take some times off of my busy schedule, and studied during the night bfore every paper I was going to take. Sejarah was different. I went to school with my friends when it was closed. My main goal was to meet my crush, but it was so quiet then, so everybody was in the mood to study. So I did some readings first and told them the story of the past, the history. And when I missed a few points or so, my friends would corrected me. Bcause they have studied it, and I didnt. So to them I was refreshen up their memories, and to me, it was a give and take. Haha.

    After the final’s over, I went away to stay with my sister. She just got a daughter, and I was going to be a babysitter for her. Theres nothing for me in it, really. I wasnt going to get paid. But I’d do anything to get away from my father, or from staying with my grandma. So when the result came out, I wasnt in Seremban to check it out. My father went there, meeting all my friends. He texted my sister later, that I got 7 As and 3 Bs. It isnt much, but who cares? I didnt even do much, so I deserved it, right? Well maybe not. Maybe I deserved a little less, but pls dont get all jealous okay.

    Anyways the 3 Bs were Add Maths, Lukisan Kjuruteraan and Chemistry. Hahah! Laugh on me cause I really did like all 3 subjects. Especially LK, man I had such a great time during LK classes!

    So the moral of all this was, you didnt do it bcause of yourself, you never did. Great things that you achieve mostly are bcause of someone else. I didnt change school bcause of me. I did it bcause my father wanted too, and bcause my friends ‘hated’ to see me around anymore. And I didnt try to get As during my first test in my new school bcause of me. I did it bcause I thought I’d prove all them people that they’re wrong. And of course after that, I studied bcause I was supposed to teach some of my friends stuff. But that was it. Until now, I alwys studied bcause of someone else. If you do things for yourself, of course you wont feel anything.

    Of course putting all these hard works on the SPM has been a regret to you. You were only doing it for yourself! You didnt picture it as a gift to your parents, or as an inspiring ideas to be planted in the future SPM candidates, or even to your siblings. You didnt think hard enough my friend.

    Sure we’re not going to get anywhere with a laid-back attitude, and carelessness. But who says getting all worked-up, and trying too hard can get you get things? Try it man. I’m continuing it. Still doing it now. I studied for my friends, bcause universities can get you lazy, and my friends especially the boys, well they apparently love their beds more than the classes. But me? Still finding classes are the getaways. Still finding that the best way to get a hand on these knowledges is to get it first-hand from the lecturers.

    And guess what? 4.0 first semester. 3.86 the second. Again 4.0 the third semester. This was cause I’ve been spending loads of times studying with my crush (and his friends), so I kinda need to make him feel like I achieved a great pointer was bcause of him, and then this semester? 3.57….. Its the saddest I know. Well, I got an excuse for it! I’ve been working on some robotics stuff for a competition in Singapore. Its big! Thus, failure to attend classes. But hey, the lecturers impressed! And once I managed to squeeze myself into a class, a teacher told me I was great. Thats a get-going for me! I know its not much. My relationship with my father still sucky. But he got a new wife now. A 26 yr old. She could be my sister! ;) JK. But everytime I got good pointer, when some of my friends wouldnt even post their results home, I did it. With proud. I know I did it for him too. After all the hard times I gave him, he deserved it.

    So why dont you? Find something more to keep you going. Even evil things like getting back to your aunties for being unfriendly to you. That could be something. And as far as your social lifes? Well if you think you cant do it, why put yourself in it? 16 subjects are alot man! Even for modern Einstein. Sure its mind-blowing. But why? What you got to prove anyway? That ur brain is spacious enough to fit the entire 16 books in it? Man, get a life! :)

  94. * This message is for the Akira dude to read and stop being a pretentious charlatan. Read this http://blog.limkitsiang.com/2012/04/07/malaysians-fail-to-get-into-harvard-for-second-year-running/. With your silly 16A1s, no Malaysians have been able to get into Harvard for 2 consecutive years. What does that mean? That means your 16A1s are worth nothing, zero, zilch, sifar, kosong. Don’t regret buddy, there’s nothing to regret about – you just sat for a substandard exam, don’t have too much expectations on yourself dude.

    • What’s your point? He already made a post stating that the 16A1s don’t mean much. What kind of elitist are you to come in and say someone’s hardwork is worth nothing?

      • Firstly, I didn’t not mean that his hardwork was short of sheer endurance and sacrifice. That was an assumption made by you and I do not share your same view on the issue. I merely commented that he need not regret for the results he has achieved, that is something that is expected out of someone who painstakingly worked for it. My question is why regret when you already have it? Yes, let’s cut the chase about being melodramatic about losing friends, sleep etc. That was part of the deal if you decided to score 16A1s, I am sure no one is so naive to believe that you could reach such great academic heights by just lazing around. My point is that most people are just seeing the forest but losing track of the trees in between. What does Akira want to convey to other aspiring 16A1 achiever by lamenting about his achievement? Suggest that they slack on their studies to perform less greater? Take time and smell the roses while SPM draws near?

        Secondly, he did not acknowledge that 16A1s did not mean much from an academic/scholarship/recognition kind of advantage. He plainly mentioned that it took away a lot of quality time that he could have done better things with (eg. mingle with wiser people, learn to do more stuff other than just reading for exams etc.). What I meant was contrary to all that. If he really intended to do something about this whole debacle, he should (having said this, I assume that he knows the current deplorable state that our education system is in) have written a open letter to the Ministry Of Education and to the public, saying that SPM is of substandard quality since it is not even being recognized by Harvard (that itself speaks volumes). That is commendable, not this overrated ranting of 16A1 scorer that has gone viral throughout the internet for no apparent cause.

        Thirdly, I am no elitist, I hope you can clarify your reason to profile me with that label. I have had my fair share of scoring enough As in my lifetime during SPM and STPM. But it made no difference in the actual world, something Akira has just discovered but remains common knowledge to many and those who are discerning enough.

        Lastly, thanks for unblocking this previously blocked comment. I am free to listen to more feedback regarding this. It is best to agree to disagree.

  95. You strike me as a very mature young man. Although in hindsight the hardwork may not have seemed worth it, it also showed you had tenacity and perseverance to see through to your goals. You will do well in life now that you can balance both. may you be a better person after both SPM and college. Wishing you the best in all you do!

  96. Got this link from a friend of mine via Facebook. I am inclined to write some comments just to release my finger itchiness.

    1) Cool story you have there. Getting 16A1 is a monumental achievement. There is no need for such regret, you have done well. Live your life with no regrets. Life is more than just 16A1s. You have the hardwork, passion and determination. All you need are opportunities and a little stroke of luck from now on

    2) Fuck grammar nazis. Still find it funny that these bastards love to correct someone with their prowess. If you (grammar nazis) are so full of yourself, why not come out some interesting blog about yourself? We will be glad to ‘correct’ you

    3) Our local education system is really flawed to be honest. But your results have proved that you are much more hardworking, passionate and determined than most students. These traits are important for you to have a successful career/ business in later life. You just have to channel all these quality traits to the right channel

    4) Don’t listen to those people that claimed you can be successful even though you did not go through higher education or obtained bad results. No doubt that some of these people had colourful careers and life (like Bill Gates for example). There are still many people who have also failed in later life. Do you think that the media will publicize and post about their failures for you to witness it? FYI, Bill Gates did not enter higher education because he is too smart to pursue higher education (he got almost perfect score in his SAT exams, and he has a bigger dream to pursue ie. creating Microsoft Corp.)

    5) Get to know more people. Expand your people networking. In life, it is not merely what you know, but WHO you know as well. If you are still in college, start your networking asap!

    6) Read http://www.cracked.com . It’s a comedy website. BUT, there also lots of articles about philosophies of life. You will be surprised how insightful they are. Hope it helps you

    What was past does not matter. What matters is now and the future.


    • This is the best comment I have read this far,especially item 2, bravo! Akira is sharing her thought, why the hell caring to correct grammar or sorts. Do recommend aiming-for- 16As-school-goings and parents to read this article. See things from another angle, think of what you actually want for your/your children’s life.

  97. Ahaha i think no one is doubting that hard work pays off. He just wanted to highlight there are more things to life than just studying to make someone happy. And there, I said it. Why do something that you don’t enjoy just to make someone else happy? Just focus on what you love doing. Thomas Edison didnt have a formal education, and yet he was one of the most prolific inventors of his time. In his own words, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.”. Doing what we enjoy with passion, motivates us to exceed our boundaries. Learning what other people think is important is not the most productive approach forward. That choice should be ours. Steve Jobs also lived a life without finishing college. He went on to be one of the most respected businessmen in the industry because he had a vision of wanting to make everything he touched perfect. He enjoyed what he did, he pursued it with fervor, and when he finally passed on, he took a piece of history with him. Studies is important. But it’s not the only thing in life. Saying that he is a loser because he is reminiscing his lost time with loved ones is to be fair your opinion. If you asked me whether i would prefer to watch my child grow up and influence him to be a better person, or to be a millionaire, i’d probably choose my child over the money. But hey, it’s just a personal choice. Trump has his billions and a broken family after all. Life is fair, we cant have everything.

    • You dont love your son. You had a doubt choosing your son over the money…
      Any loving mother would choose their son without a doubt….
      There is no ‘probably’ if they really love their son…

  98. well, what is important here is to learn from your mistake. Everyone can pass an exam, but what matters the most is? it is really worth it..?? are you going to study all the 16 subject until university.. Does getting 16A will get you a better future? well, i am glad that you realize this earlier. it is not to late to change. well, good luck

  99. Hey fool aka akira wong

    1) you didnt manage your time
    2) you whine too much on what you do <<<shows you didnt do it willingly
    And that's your fault
    No wonder you regretted ….
    3) you suck
    You have none
    4) you're an idiot and a complete show off
    No one told you to take 16 subjects
    You only have 24 hours a day
    If you were smart, you would realize it is impossible to manage your time like that
    5) your cmments are just excuses for not doing well……
    You probably were the best in school back during your spm
    But when you see you are not number 1, you decided to just give it up……
    And you came up with excuses and reasons…
    6) you didnt Care about family or friends
    You dont even love your mum or dad

    I cant even categorise you as an idiot, you're worse…

    • Just dont simply judge people when you dont even know his situation that time and why should you judge him? If you know him, truly understand him, of course you can judge him. But now you just seems to be jealous to him. And yet, that time we only a kid, we still in the process of growing, we still make mistake and yet he realize the mistake he make and decided to turn back so that he wont do anythings that hurt himself and we should happy for him instead of scolding or judging him. Why dont you just be positive instead of spreading these negative attitude of your own. In your perspective, it seems like show off because you are jealous of him, but in other person of view, it will help him or her a lots if he or she facing the same problem. Why dont you just praise a person instead of criticism.
      God made mouth for us is to praise not criticism. So please, dont judge others if you really understand his or her situation. You cant imagine the process he had been through…
      Im not scolding any of you, just that dont judge someone if you really understand his situation because I saw lots of these things keep happening because they just simply judge others without knowing the truth.

      **Sorry my english sucks…

  100. Akira, i have no idea y u or the students who gone through to get straight A1 in SPM (be it 9 subjects or more) want to torture urself. Indeed the SPM is important, but that is just important to secure ur NEXT LEVEL of education, be it STPM or Uni/college level. And indeed, it is just 1 of the MANY requirements to secure and obtain scholarship from which ever party u r applying for or want to give 2 u.

    To me, I still have a happy life after spm despite not getting straight A1 in SPM but got a number of As and a few Bs as the lowest. I still can get scholarship and enter uni and graduate and get a good job that I enjoy.

    Is scholarship all that matters 2 u? While u r still in high school days, have u ever though of:
    1. what’s ur goal in life?
    2. who u desire to be?
    3. r u going 2 be contend with with the A1s that u get after that?

    So i hope u really regret what u did because it is really a typical Malaysian mindset u have there to get straight A1 in SPM. Shame on u!

  101. It’s not really the 16A1 the BIG issue here.
    it just, Malaysian Education system should be changed because it’s robbing the talents of this kind of people . It’s is super exam-based and unfair for those who have passions in their subjects/studies .


    • Totally agreed. Malaysian education system was once a shinning example in the world and they are probably still many people that are alive today that can testify to that. Students routinely get honor degrees from Us such as Oxford and Cambridge. How it degenerate into a case where one of its top students would only get into Rutgers University is disturbing to say the least. And this is fully funded by the tax payers. Once you get outside of Malaysia and you have to compete with the rest of the world, you will quickly realize where you stand.

  102. Dude. Trust me, someone will admire your straight As. But what you said is true. Anyway, keep up the good work. Let me tell you this… NOT EVERYONE CAN GET STRAIGHT A. Yeah, i was the lazy person that get straight A for UPSR and PMR without studying but SPM is a different thing. Just be proud and now you know what happen, balance your lifestyle. You don’t always have to be the best. Just be the above average is good enough. Good luck in your life!

  103. Akira, it is rather commendable for you to speak up on this matter.
    Just remember that experience is important, so is character and attitude. So go out and experience as many things as you can whenever you can because at the end of the day, regardless of how many A’s you may get, well, it gets you through the door, yes, but its your experiences, character and personality which sustains you and makes you who you are and companies worth the effort will acknowledge that.
    So just stay on the path that you are on, learn more, experience more and constantly better yourself. Its the journey that matters.
    All the best! :)

  104. Today, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iphone and tested to see if it can survive a 25 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  105. In my opinion, akira is just a sore loser who just didnt do as well as he did during his spm exams… You know why you regret you got 16 a1 ?? Cuz you gave up the moment you entered university and saw people who specialize in subjects whereas you are too diverse…..

    Dont bullshit with me that grades can’t do a thing…
    Everyone says : boss or job interviewers dont ask for cert or marks
    The F with that….
    Which do you think a company will pick? A genius with an IQ of 140++ and 10 A, or an idiot who can’t even score a B?
    And honestly, the marks itself shows how much work you put in…
    And a company wont choose a worker who does not work hard….
    So the idiots and lazy ass out there, dont give lame excuses just because you gave up halfway….
    And if you are gonna give examples like bill gates or einstein who were not smart in their younger years, i have this to say to you: you are not them, and how many of them do you see in this world? Cuz i can count them with my fingers and toes…

    Meh… I did not expect a person with a great marks like yours would have such a horrible personality and lame resolve…
    And moreover, if you really dont want to study hard and want to excel at ECA and socialising,give me your brain. Cuz you only need a F useless backbone and the lame heart of yours which cannot presevere.

      • No, I don’t agree with you. But have you ever think of this perspective? Let’s say I have a bad attitude but a good education background. Let me put a third-point of view, shall we?

        People merely use you as their tool because they put up with your bad attitude because of your education. But because of this, nobody will ever like you due to your bad attitude. But once you reach an age where you can retire. If compared to a good attitude person (e.g. understanding, serious when needed, jokes around with co-workers / colleagues, etc) and you, having bad attitude (e.g. rude, competitive, etc), the higher-ups, will sack you for this reason unless you are better than the good attitude person but they will still keep him/her around.

  106. Kid, continue to study hard, but not for exam only, this time, it is because you really want to learn and explore. You will have tons of opportunity in the States, and please get involve with student clubs there, volunteer, etc. During summer break, go and explore the world. Take art & humanity classes as one of your electives. Trust me, you will have so much fun in the States, and of course, study hard, so for your first job, you can land on a big company to build your portfolio.

    All in all, never too late to start socializing, kan?

  107. Kid probably just started his social life right now, give him a chance to improve himself.

    For those who says English is not important, bear in mind that English “It is spoken as a first language by a majority of the inhabitants of several nations, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand. It is the third most commonly spoken language in the world in terms of native speakers, after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.[5] It is widely learned as a second language and used as an official language of the European Union and many Commonwealth countries, as well as in many world organizations.” Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_language.

    And some believe it may never be dethroned as the king of languages. Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/14/world/asia/14iht-14englede.5705671.html?_r=1

    Another interesting note is Philippines has overtaken India as world’s call center now due to one of its workforce has better English-speaking skills (Philippines is one of the the Asian countries where its official language is English). Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/12/01/10/philippines-overtake-india-worlds-call-center-capital

  108. Everything that you have just described, I am going through all of it now.. I thought I was the only one to have gone through this heartbreaking experience. And for that I say thank you for this post, it makes me feel better to know that I am not the only one feeling this and going through this. I scored 11A’s for my spm two years ago. And as you can imagine I was happy as fuck ! But soon my happiness was soon to be destroyed. I didn’t get any scholarship ( though I applied for a lot). was hoping to pursue my studies in medicine. This destroyed me. I mean literally destroyed me. I cannot begin to describe how I felt at that point. I was depressed. I was mad at myself, mad at life, mad at EVERYTHING. I felt that I had just sacrificed my whole high school social life all for nothing ! I found out that I had nothing interesting to say about myself. I didn’t have any interesting hobbies. So I literally stopped studying and focused more on myself, to figure out who I am, and who I wanna be. It’s been two years now, and I’m doing Business Finance. A field I never thought I’d go into. But I’m happy I did. I’m happy now because I have lived a little. Sadly to say I only started to live a little during my foundation years. And it felt FUCKING good ! I failed a few papers on purpose just to know how it feels like. And bro, it was the best feeling I have ever felt. Now I realised that there is so much more to life than a paper qualification. Friends, experiences, love, happiness, joy is what life is all about. I just wished someone had told me this sooner. I had to find out on my own the hard way. And now I can honestly say that I am happy with the person I am today than the person I was two years ago :)

    • You suck. You merely turned your back on your failures.
      That’s all..
      Don’t use some inspiring words because you did not change at all

    • Meh. you have no backbones. I did score straight A’s on my SPM for the sole purpose of letting myself know that I’m not that stupid. My biggest dream when I was in school was to be a graphic artist. Now, I’m on my way to be a doctor. Getting all A’s isn’t such a big deal at all. Everyone can do it. But can you survive the college and working world is all that matter.

      On this subject, we have a girl, one year my junior, who is brilliant when it comes to theory. But she has no work ethics at all. Zilch, zero. Which made her an irresponsible student. What’s teh point of knowing it all if you can’t adhere to work ethic?

  109. Akira aka L.G.(hahaha.i hope you know what does that really means),

    Your article is really inspiring! You know sth, I’m from Intec as well, but I didn’t regret of my past. Just don’t belittle yourself, Akira! Don’t count on the sacrifices that you had made! I know the ugly truth is that most of them ( the ones who didn’t really work as hard we did) out there managed to secure a place in world-renowned universities, or even could just pass without studying! But does that mean they can be you? They can’t!!! Because you are always you! You are always unique in your own way man.In my opinion, it’s not wrong to get back on the right track if we had taken the wrong one. Am I right? Let’s learn from the mistakes that we are making everyday! And now, you have hopped on the right track.Go man! go! Nothing can stop you! This is your life! All the best ;)

    • Hi Sathiya,

      If I haven’t move on from who I was before I came to Intec, you would not have known me as L.G. :D but thanks anyway. All the best to you as well.

      • Akira, enjoy Intec. Please do. The college is great, with a lot of activities that you can join. ALM always organized great stuff, and you can just join other foundations programs too. I love intec :)

  110. Akira aka L.G. (hahaha.i hope u know what does that means),

    Your article is really inspiring!You know sth, I’m from Intec as well, but you know sth, I didn’t regret of my past.Let be the bygones be bygones.Once we have realized that we have taken the wrong path, it is not wrong to return back and look for the correct path.Am I right? Don’t count on the sacrifices that you had made! Infact, it is the ugly truth that many of them (who didn’t sacrifice as we had) out there still can secure a place in world-renowned universities! Let it be, akira!
    Just don’t belittle yourself.Just a tap on ur back will keep you going into what you really love.
    That tap is a sign of gratitude to yourself for what you have done now!!!
    You found your way! So, what else? Rather than keep on sighing, move on man!!!
    All the best!!! ;)

  111. i am asasi sains student. Currently, seeking scholarships for my degree.

    During spm, i got 2b+ in Biology and Physics. You know what!? I am like being taunted for the result and i really feelt like BODOH person. One day, when my parents werent at home, my aunt and her hubby came to my house and asked me to hand her my SPM result. I already told her my result before, the exact result. And maybe she wasnt believe through what I say, she decided to check it like a police check. To me, that is SO rude! I mean like WHAT!?! You tak de kait apa2, suddenly you came my house and check my result. I felt so DUMB handing her my result, because of she is my aunt, I respect her and let her check on it.

    And at the end, you know what my other aunt said? Sarcastically, “Ada harapan lagi ker nak jadi doktor?”

    Seriously man…what the fuck.

      • oh snap.. didnt do it on purpose actually. I was very furious when typing in at the same time recalling the situation that was going on at that time. They have been really really RUDE, to me, mom and dad. There’s other stories going on between us actually. It is OUTTA topic and not necessary to tell it here.

        And the F word….they do deserve it for being so penyibuk. Kalau anak diorang bagus, pandai, bijak2, kerja bagus, takpe lah.

        My advise: go telek anak you punya result dulu sebelum belek orang lain punya anak punya result. Jauh hampeh dari aku. (Luah perasaan di sini ya, thanks blog owner.)

    • Since you like the word so much, I say ‘FUCK YOU!’, bloody hell!
      With your B results, you still can get your fucking medicine course with MARA or something.
      So, stop showing your comment here, bloody bitch. You are stupid enough just to get B+ in the science subjects, so stop showing your incompetency by saying you wana get a scholarship, study medicine and bla, bla, bla.
      SHUT THE FUCK UP, shameless malay bitch!

      • ….is it really necessary to bring in race here? Grow up, man. Like, seriously. GROW UP. You’re young, you have so much going for you – and yet you chose to go the same path our older generation had done by choosing to look at stupidity and incompetency and associating it with race. That is very racist, rude and very, very….shall I say, stupid to the core. I mean, assuming you are of another race other than Malay, you’d hate it too if people look down on you just because you are Chinese/Indian/Iban/Murut/etc, wouldn’t you?

        Why can’t we just stop being racist for once and just view people based on their own abilities? It’s sad that this person is stupid enough to keep looking for scholarships even when it’s clear their chances of getting one would just be dwindled because of their B, but I highly doubt that being Malay makes them a “bitch” regardless.

        • 1. You better read my comment below. I AM NOT STUPID to keep looking for scholarships when I have done a VERY good job during my asasi. Thank you.

          2. Do explain this: “…..but I highly doubt that being Malay makes them a “bitch” regardless”


          • i agree … you dah explain kat ats yang you’re currently seeking scholar for your degree right?

        • Hahahaha. Peace, sister~
          Racist? I’m sorry if that’s how you see it. I only mentioned one word of it and you are accusing like that. Didn’t you see that I focused on her shamelessness? It is you who focused more on racism rather than the content. I will stop my comment here. Speak as u wish.

          • lol..i think you should look at yourself first before commenting, her whole story is focusing about her result and her aunt, and she just used the word F once and as she said not intentionally, but still you are focusing on that rather than the whole message she try to imply, and know u want us to focus on ‘her shamelessness’ when it is definitely true u are being racist by insulting her and her races..truthly speaking, human are really good at defending their own mistakes…peace~~

      • what happened dude? Tak payah lah extreme sangat guna perkataan tu. “Since you like the word so much, I say ‘FUCK YOU!’, bloody hell!” <<<<<<Bila masa aku cakap? You seems BETTER than me using those word. Cayalah! (Applause.)

        1. i just shared my story and expressed my feeling towards people that made a very very BAD responses even we get not enough good result. This is very bad and rendahkan self-esteem orang lain. They have been very rude towards my family, towards ME. They should have motivate me and told me to start kicking off for my asasi. Get scholars! Be a doctor or something.

        2. With 2B+ in main subjects, sure I dont get ANY scholarship even from MARA. even MARA support bumiputera, support this MALAY BITCH here too. That is why i've mentioned about this: " i am asasi sains student. Currently, seeking scholarships for my degree." This is to SHOW YOU Mr. Walked With so called Pride yang aku ni Spm leaver kah? STPM leaver kah? Matriks kah?

        Then, yaw will know that I am an asasian/foundation student with CEMERLANG foundation result than SPM. Nampaknya, ko memang tak faham.

        So still, Aku boleh cuba nak amik scholarships and masuk bidang yang aku mahu. Mungkin boleh cuba bidang medicine? WHY? Because I CAN. As you've just said: "You are stupid enough just to get B+ in the science subjects, so stop showing your incompetency by saying you wana get a scholarship, study medicine and bla, bla, bla." You know something?

        Now I AM DAMN CAPABLE TO GET THAT DAMN SCHOLARSHIP, study medicine and bla bla bla. Honestly, I really didn't mean to show off here. This freaking dude made me to.

        3. Wow. You r such a racist, Mr. Prideless. Show your pic. Show your TRUE face and race. Before you call me a MALAY bitch, you chicken coward.

      • lol..i think you should look at yourself first before commenting, her whole story is focusing about her result and her aunt, and she just used the word F once and as she said not intentionally, but still you are focusing on that rather than the whole message she try to imply, and know u want us to focus on ‘her shamelessness’ when it is definitely true u are being racist by insulting her and her races..truthly speaking, human are really good at defending their own mistakes…peace~~

  112. There is something not right about having to study for 16 subjects in SPM. I tend to agree with Akira that it’s mediocre as best, borrowing the phrase “jack of all trades”. In my days, the max I believe was 8 or 9 subjects and the point system was based on top 5 subjects. I get only 5 As in SRP and 5 As in ‘0’ level and ‘A’ level. Somehow I was admitted to MIT(scholarship from the school) and Cambridge. MIT was an eye opening experience, everyone was smart but all were graded on a Gaussian distribution – meaning some were be getting a failing grade and only few were be getting As. There was an average of 4 or 5 Malaysians admitted annually to MIT, probably the most from an Asian country including China and India, a testament to the Malaysian education system in those days. How did I get there? By doing extremely well in two or three subjects that I was passionate in. I managed to graduate with a 4.9 GPA, proving to myself that I wasn’t admitted to MIT by mistake. Through out all, I seldom burn the midnight oil, the only time I remember was one night finishing up my thesis, and I’d never been to any tuition class, mainly because my parents could not afford it. My only advice to Akira and the likes is to keep moving forward and explore what you are passionate in, while appreciating what you have achieved no if’s or but’s.

  113. because your father is some datuk, and sucking this country of tax payer’s money.. that is what you are… a leech

  114. hmm.. i got only 1A in SPM, a 2.10 CGPA in Diploma, 3.10 for my Bachelors and then a Masters with major correction with a 3.92 CGPA, but now I work at a science center as a facilitator..

    Eclectic much? LOL

    Despite what you have been through, I am glad you opened up and become more extrovert in college. It would really suck to go through life and not be able to try everything. I started to enjoy everything when I was 26, so no worries..

    Life is just starting :)

  115. there’s no problem for having a straights A’s in hand. you should be proud of yourself, because not everybody can make it. there are nothing to be regretted about when having straight A’s. Dont give a damn about what other peoples think about you. Its your life, your decision. :) There’s a plenty of road to success. Assalamualaikum . :) Im a Muslim , Dont panic .

  116. “I know friends who can get admitted to top university in US without a JPA scholarship (cause he doesn’t have straight A1 in his SPM).”

    … but he’s got moolah??

  117. YES. THIS. SO THIS. When I found out that I scored only 2A’s for SPM, my mother chided me, saying “This is what happens when you play the computer too much.” Even though I told her that the two A’s (English and History) represent what I like and that I don’t care if I got a D in Add. Maths (the lowest mark in my results, and always has been from Primary School), I could almost hear my mother saying “You will never make it in the adult world.”

    For the record mother (and to you too, father) I think living my life and pursuing what I love is much better than being humiliated by a grade on a subject I don’t even like!

    (P.S: I also like arts and writing my own stories (fanfiction) ! )

  118. I feel the need to chip in here eventhough I haven’t really read the comments part. Just to share my experience. In the university where I studied before, me and some friends managed to get cum laude or magna cum laude which are awarded for those who got CGPA >3.25 and >3.5. A friend of ours had a difficult time getting even 2.0 (the lowest for pass) but he’s really passionate with programming (C, C++, Java). He’s really good with it. Eventhough his English was poor and he’s extremely shy, but he can code just virtually anything (hacker in making??). Anyway what I want to say is that one of our Prof took a great interest with his ability and offered him a research project for Master degree. While all of us came back to Malaysia after our degree, he pursued his Master under the supervision of that Prof and finished it successfully – I don’t know where he is right now, maybe still there in US (SIlicon Valley ???) who knows. So guys/girls, different people have different ability, but don’t be afraid to pursue the thing(s) that you are really passionate about and be really good in it, the rewards will follow. Cheers.

  119. Seriously I was touched by this article—it is so true in real life!!
    I wasn’t a good student during my secondary school life, I mean in result, I was just average (failed few times but managed to get all passed most of the time).
    My passion were accounting and Mandarin, so I had put all my efforts to ensure those 2 subjects could score As and others I just wanted pass then is enough.
    My result=My effort, exactly. I achieved what I wanted. But it didn’t make me so happy because I didn’t have any future ambitious.
    Well, after sometimes I found out that Investment could be my interested. Yes, I fostered it. Because I had lost myself. Fortunately I woke up and found my dream—to become a successful fund manager. Passion needs to be found, hobby not necessary to be some outdoor activities, it could be reading, drawing, and etc. Like the legendary investor, Jim Rogers always mentions that we must follow our passion.
    But,don’t just merely follow others, try to be yourself if initially you have “forgotten” your passion.
    Many people just want to get a safety job and high pay. Then what? what do they want other than this?

  120. “I failed in some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft.”
    ― Bill Gates

    i always use this quote to cheer me up. im not good at anything on spm. but i really like math and addmath, manage to get A’s and B’s for the subject. i also come from the bad school in klang. there are always a negative surrounding in my school. on my trial spm, i failed all the subjects. idk why that time i felt so relax. for me , getting straight A’s is a very tough things to do. cant denied , i like this straight a’s kind of stuff because the way society look at us, we’re like the awesome people in the world. but just like u said, not for long. i always told the same story to my parents , cousins and friends, but no one ever listened. for them, u dont have an A, u’re stupid. my english is also bad , most of the english words i learnt is from the music, i dont understand a word that my teacher taught me. (sorry teacher, u guys are still the best.) i also repeated physics paper and also manage to get a B. everyone looked at my B is like “bodoh” . but for me, with my super slow brain, B is like Bombastic ! hahahaha. what i want to say is, dont judge anyone for the A’s, dont force anyone to do the thing their hates the most. respect ur decision, there are millions of opportunities. not just one .

  121. Agree with 9mmleftshinki too, Live life, Learn from your mistake,Makan to the fullest, Enjoy, cherish your loved ones the most. A’s means nothing if you can’t survive in the corporate world. Thank you for your inspiring blog Akira Wong

  122. I sat for the MCE (equivalent to SPM) in the late 70s. Our passing mark was 50. It was higher in the 50s & 60s. Now the passing mark is 40. The standard/ quality of secondary school education and higher institutions, local or overseas is very different.
    Its time the Education Ministry start to introduce subjects like commerce, book-keeping, computer, relevant/marketable subjects, even for Science students to prepare them for tertiary studies and for the marketplace. Also we need more vocational schools for those not academically inclined. Seek to learn more beyond your textbooks and have a good command of English. Learn other languages if you can.

  123. totally agree with you bro.
    When now I am interviewing fresh grads for the position, I hardly ask for their grades but more for what’s their passion in life. I would love to see the beaming faces from them when I ask their area of interest, rather than the beaming resume but apathy look.
    Keep on living bro! Keep on experimenting! Life is too short to be small.

  124. understand the law of deminishing returns…then you’ll know what you need to have a balanced lifestyle

  125. understand the law of deminishing returns, my friend. Then you’ll know what you need to have a balanced lifestyle

  126. I’m sorry, but I stopped reading after the first paragraph. Apparently, the considerable effort it took to achieve the 16 A1’s robbed you of your ability to construct sentences in proper English.

    • another clown that glorifies english. Its a foreign language we are forced to learn just because the whole world is now leaning towards english medium. Who gives a damn about english in the world. Try traveling around the world kid, from Italy, France, Spain to China, Taiwan, Japan.

      • Since the article was written in English, I believe his comment about the lack of written quality is warranted.
        Adoption of English as a language of commerce is also widely held. Maybe u should go to those countries u listed and try speaking non-native and non-english and see how far u get.
        I’m just saying,if u were visiting China and didn’t speak any Chinese dilect, u will get further with English than Spanish or French or Italian.

        next time think before u embarass yourself with such naive comments

      • Not trying to sound rude but saying “who gives a damn about English in the world” is being a little naive. I agree that there are many parts of the world where English may not be the primary form of communication. However, the comment above is only trying to highlight that we do expect a student who has scored 16A1’s to have better control of the English language.

        I don’t think this is mainly the author’s fault because he may have been raised in a non-English speaking background and the difficulty to master a second language has proven to be fairly difficult. However, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the Malaysian education system may have some major flaws.

        English is the main form of formal communication in many countries. This can be seen by the language used in legal judgements and academic journals. I believe it is important to have good control of the language. Ask yourself this, how did the author score A1 in his English examination?

        Did he cheat? Probably not. Are our standards to low? Possibly.

        We hear many students saying English is easy. It’s an A1 for sure. (most students)

        If you are a Malaysian who scored A1 in your SPM and has travelled to further your studies overseas, you will notice one thing. It is hard to speak to the British or the Americans because they probably wont understand you. In fact, they may even laugh at the mistakes you make in daily conversation. In addition to that, overseas lecturers may not be satisfied with your essays because you don’t write very well (by their standards)


        Solution: Speak English more often and try to get better. Improvement is always better than ignorance.

        Solution 2: Stay in Malaysia. You will probably have a higher chance of getting a job.

        If you are hoping to work outside of Malaysia, 16A1’s is not the answer. It opens up opportunities for you (scholarships etc.) but employers don’t want employees who can’t speak proper (emphasis added) English.

        I hope this helps. Best of luck!

    • Okay. Wait a minute. I just have to butt in on this. I really think it’s rude for you to say that his English is not ‘perfect’. Sorry to say but it’s only a freakin blog. Who cares if he can’t construct sentences in proper English? It’s not like he’s writing this for the Minister to read. What the heck? K, peace. :)

      • Maybe you’re right and I do find it unfair to judge anybody without knowing them personally. I’m just stating the reality of the situation here. Our education system just isn’t doing enough to produce employees who are marketable on the international arena. Feel free to disagree. I appreciate all comments against my position because my perspective is biased and based on my personal experience alone so maybe I will be able to understand your perspective as well.

        Just trying to help. Criticism can be constructive right?

        Do you have any perspective on this matter or is stating the obvious your favourite past time?

  127. I seriously wonder who were your english teachers!
    So now you know that all work and no play makes Akira a dull person. Find a passion in life and that should keep you going.

    All the best.

  128. What you’ve said is very true indeed. My husband was just a kampung boy who graduated from the local university. He did not do well in his studies but managed to graduate on time. He is very passionate with his work and able to secure quite a number of awards for being the best engineer. He can hardly speak English but he has made tremendous efforts to better up himself. Now, he proudly works for one of the biggest MNC networking company and has travelled around the globe. He still manage to win outstanding awards despite lacking in the language side. He is a true example that passion comes first, then paper qualification…. On the other hand, I was one of the excellent students during my schooling years… somehow I end up being just an ordinary person working for an average institution….

  129. I am definitely not a A1 student. graduate locally with average result
    But end up working with them with same basic salary in previous company which is very well known MNC company. (the interviewer never look or judge me on my SPM result). And I am top performer in my team.

    Looking back, there are nothing i regrets for being stupid and ridiculous.
    As long as you passionate and enjoying of what your doing.

    thanks, very inspiring blog

  130. I find this article stupid and single-directed. You basically reap what you sow; if that is what you really want to achieve, I do not see why you will, in fact should have sacrifices and put in the extra amount of effort to attain them. Do not whine about the hard times especially when you know that it is going to be for the best.

    I am very impressed by this guy’s determination to get the straight A’s, but from what I see from this is that he himself doesn’t seem to see the value of this result; he just doesn’t realise how much has he come to achieve from the effort that he has put in, and I find that very pitiful. I see people not being able to get the results that they want even though they slog like hell and so have their future sort of diminished and here there is this guy who is whining about his incredible achievement.

    I’m starting to think that this guy is just lacking and craving for attention, especially the sort which acknowledges that he is one of the best students in the country, but then I might just be very mean so say so.

    Anyway, I feel that anyone who has achieved something which meant so much to him/her has gone through a lot for it, and you will definitely know it when you get it. It’s just that in the absolutely blessed society that we surround ourselves in have this mentality that everything in life is so simple and easy to attain, and so fail to realise the actual effort made to realise the person’s achievements. That’s just sad and I think the writer shares the same sentiment as I do.

  131. Akira, just be proud of yourself. Not everyone can do what you’ve done. I guess now you’re actually learning to be “human” again. Get a life, be happy and be moderate in whatever you do. You can’t be where you are if didn’t score the 16A’s. Now that you’ve learnt from your wonderful ‘mistake’ of getting the 16A’s, for your information, it’s not too late yet. Go ahead. enjoy your life to the fullest.

  132. I think it really depends what getting an A1 means for you. For me, it is a sense of personal achievement. It is a good training thing too. For instance, if I did not have the drive to get A1s, then I would be lackdaisal with my work. If I am lackdaisal with my work, how, then I will not able able to arrive this position that I am in (doing an honours in psych)?

    Hard work and persistence gets you everywhere. I never found getting 10A1s in SPM a regretful thing. SPM may seem pointless but the fact that you have to deal with 10 subjects tests your time management skills. When I was in uni, I realized how valuable SPM is because in my uni, I did two unrelated majors (Psychology and HIstory) and a breadth subject (unrelated to your faculty -i.e. if you are doing Arts, you must pick from Science, engineering) etc.. SPM gives me the training I need to excel in uni. The subjects done in SPM may be pointless, for instance Moral (Most ridiculous thing ever!), but you know, you do learn a thing or two from SPM (i.e. I used my Sejarah knowledge in my 3rd year History essay; I used my bIology and chemistry knowledge to help me get through with the science bits in psychology; I used add math to help me with my statistics for psychology; I used my Kemahiran Hidup skills to do the plumbing, cooking, sewing, ironing and light-bulb purchasing and changing in my house).

    I, like you, felt like committing suicide too when I was in SPM. Not only that, I have an eating disorder as a result of the immense stress. I had to battle depression for three years due to the stress but was it worth it?

    For me, it is. I scored like nearly 100 for every subject, not only in SPM but in my school exams. I find it immensely rewarding. Then, in the long run, this hard work go me into psychology honours. I was not the best student in my uni. My uni is filled with super smart people. 1000 people applied for the programme I wanted to do, which only allows up to 70 applicants, but I was selected (not blowing my trumpet but just demonstrating that it is worth it)

    Thus, I feel that all those years of stress, tears, acne and illness, was worth it. Without that, I will not be able to cherish what I have. I will not be able to learn so much about myself and learn how to manage my time.

    I think it is really up to you to think of whether it is worth it or not. You have your point there. But you just have to sacrifice certain things to get what you want in life.

    By the way, this is a great enlightening read. Never read anything that is so refreshing for a while, apart from xiaxue’s stuff. I hope that I did not offend anyone in this process.

  133. Hey dude , even though I don know you , but your words and inspiring stories have truly reminded me of my own self . First of all , I would like to congratulate you ! You have done a good job in your SPM.
    I quite understand that why you have such a thinking in your mind. Well ,honestly speaking, results is not a matter nowadays , the thing that matters is your personality ! When you proceed on your tertiary education in US , you will slowly discover the true meaning of what I am telling you now. You will go through different kinds of stage in different stages of your life. Allow me to say that , what you have said now marks the beginning of growth in thinking . Don allow this premature thinking dominate you

  134. Once you’re out of the school system, you’ll realize how useless all your A’s from SPM are…what do employers look for? A good degree. Even if you’re applying for a PhD or a Masters course, they’ll look at your character & well, a certain prerequisite grade from your degree. No one will ever look at your SPM results again.

    I agree with the blog post. Even if you don’t get all A’s, there are many other places to look for grants/scholarships (eg. Private colleges, funds, competitions). All the straight A’s do is make it easier to earn that free education. But then again, you have to remember, not everyone who gets perfect results receives the JPA scholarship from the government. It’s not the end of the world, there are plenty of organizations and private universities willing to take in bright and promising students.

    I’m not a straight A student. I’m finishing my Masters soon and working towards getting my PhD funded. A’s isn’t the most important thing in the world, it’s about passion & your ability to shine in the ‘real working world’ :) What do you want out of your life?

    P/S: To all those judging him on his English abilities, takde kerja lain nak buat ke? This is an opinion post on his blog, not an English essay. At least he had the balls to said what we had on our minds all these while. Besides, even he said it himself, marking standards in the exams have gone down after all… ;)

  135. IF you didn’t get straight A1’s, do you think you would have the chance to sit there, enjoy your time in the US, using our tax money and complaining about how getting straight A’s suck so much in your life? WAKE UP Please!!!

    • I agree. A straight As student who got straight As to get a scholarship in USA is telling me it’s not worth it? sounds like a self-centered, whiny, attention seeking boy without any ounce of gratitude to the great opportunity he was given. Whatever pain, stress, depression etc that you went through was a conscientious decision that you yourself made. So stop whining to the rest of us and grow up to be a man with better principles! Sorry boy, but you don’t have my sympathy but only scorn!

      PS: if you were not given that scholarship from the hard work you regretted doing, would you be able to come up with this epiphany that getting straight As wasn’t worth it?

      • thats so true…you better be thankful as there are LOTS of people out there that experienced teen life like you yet did not even been given the opportunity as good as that.Be thankful for what you have,dude..

  136. I always wonder why does the malaysian government give free scholarships to academically excellent students despite no guarantee of them being good tax contributing citizens in the future..

    Through my career in business and banking, i observed that it is often the enterprising individuals who are better in achieving economic success. They do it through their courage, creativity and determination; rarely or ever showcasing their university degrees (if they have) or result slips.

    Without a doubt, they are better tax assets for the country. Granted they weren’t the obvious candidates for a scholarship, they are great investments (no or low cost high returns).

    Of course, it is not right to measure someone’s worth by their economic contribution. There are other qualities for promoting knowledge in the society blah blah blah….

    BUT, my proposition is simply this, do away with all those silly scholarships for undergraduates (why does the country need to spend huge amount of money for a basic degree? Cant we do it local?), give loans instead. If they do well in life, they will pay back. As for proper scholarship, keep them for those researchers or postgraduates, those who can contribute to the technological development of the country.

    Last words, book smart is never a measure of intelligence, but a deserving prize for middle office/ finance roles.

  137. Yup your English is way out. Probably a result of focusing on your studies in our Malaysian Education System and not reading widely enough

  138. I have only 2 A in math n physic. I still manage to get scholarship n study cadet pilot. Now I m a pilot for 5 years. No body cares about your cert. it’s about how good you are in you.

  139. Try getting a mediocre result and missing out on a scholarship opportunity and see if you’re still able to brag about your success to the whole wide world. Even if you’re not interested in scoring A1’s, it doesn’t mean you’ll be an extrovert just because you spend less time studying. If you’re an introvert you’ll be an introvert anyway. Nice writing, though. Your writeup almost smells like you’re from a Chinese school. It’s no surprise, then.

    • Well, I had a mediocre result but I’m on a scholarship right now. So waddya have to say about that douche bag?

  140. Word of advice: your future self will advise you to take this piece off the internet. While it’s a good reflection on your decisions, it’s not something you want to publish given the level of introspection. In a way, it is a strong criticism of the system and of misplaced values. However, this is better framed in a different manner that will put yourself in a better light.

  141. imo, Memories are over-rated. no matter what you did, you would always look back and wonder how it would have been if you had taken a different path.

    I have good memories and bad memories; yet I cherish none of them. When I reminisce I often sigh, because good memories reminds me of a time gone by, and they would never return. as for bad memories… well, they are bad memories it shouldn’t ever be remembered.

    Regrets I have plenty. Yet they are ridiculous, having regrets is like crying over split milk.

    How I wish I never had memories at all and I could live every day as a new day; seize every moment as it comes. To live for the moment.

    • True, when people tell me I should have done this and that in my past, I always tell myself, “So what, it was a choice that I made myself, and hence I do not deserve to regret over it. Just learn from it and move on!”

      Better to move on than to linger, reminisce, and sigh in regret, right?

  142. I was a straight-A SPM candidate myself, 14 years ago. I have since gone on to obtain a PhD. I am now a junior research scientist at a British university, still working my way towards recognition as a full-fledged scientist. I have enjoyed every moment along the way. I do not have any good reason to regret it. I don’t believe you have a legitimate reason to regret it, either.

    I think you mistakenly believe that you are disillusioned, having ‘realised’ that you studied hard for nothing. But you do not know it yet. You could not have known, for the journey is far from complete. It’s premature to make that conclusion.

    I take it that you have only recently obtained your SPM results, since you indicated in your post that you were bound for the US for tertiary education. Your reasons for regret would only be legitimate if you saw shining SPM results as the ultimate goal in your life. As you rightly pointed out, they shouldn’t be. But make no mistake, every effort that you have put in towards achieving those results will stand you in good stead in the future. If you haven’t learnt anything else, surely you must have learnt that hard work pays off eventually — it just doesn’t always pay off instantly and in the way you imagine it would. In my humble opinion, it is silly to throw away all that you’ve achieved now and start espousing academic mediocrity before you’ve even seen university.

    I think you need to rethink your approach to life, and reconsider your priorities. What you have said about being excellent academically (in short, you lose out on other aspects of life) is equally applicable to other non-academic pursuits. You earn some, you lose some — that’s is the fact of life. If you turn away from the pursuit of academic excellence now, how are you going to emulate those other people who party harder, have an enviable social life, and play a dozen musical instruments well? Would you simply end up being mediocre in all departments? Would you be happier if you were at least excellent in the academic department?

    I wish to add, it is perfectly possible to be academically excellent, socially apt and talented in various other departments (music, sports, etc.). It’s only when you expect yourself to be the pinnacle of excellence in all departments at the age of 20 that it seems a bit far-fetched.

    If you truly think that academic excellent has no place in what you intend to do about your future, (and you’re the best person to consider that for yourself), then fine. Otherwise, I would say, I am a bit concerned about your taking pride in your “truly average” results. Your views clearly are changing, and it may well change in the future. This may not be the disillusion that you think it is. If you’re not careful, when the real disillusion comes, it may be the one legitimate reason for your regrets.

    • Well said! He’s obviously a bit young and feeling a bit left out in his social circles. Some of the sacrifices are obviously a bit OTT though (especially ones that affect health), but this is a problem with all over-achievers who think that grades are all that matters. It is also a flaw in the education system. There needs to be a balance in school life. I don’t think I would have had as fulfilling an education if I didn’t get involved in the various extra-curricular activities my school offered (I admit that both my secondary and tertiary education was from Melbourne).
      Now that you have already beaten that path of getting the good grades and are on your way to the US for further education, I would like to just give 2 bits of advice – don’t regret your achievements and please (now that you’ll hopefully have the time) to read a bit more. I know that people here are commenting about your English, but it is true – too many students from Malaysia think that having bad grammar/bad phrasing etc is just good enough, but it isn’t. I can see with a bit of tweaking, you can be a better writer.

      Good luck in what you do (and well done on getting this viral, albeit for various reasons!).

  143. 1. I lost friends and family
    In the end you will find that friends and family are things that you can’t replaced with money and fame. The high school memories you spent with your family and friends are valuable cause these are memories that you created when you were still a teen, and you will never ever had a second chance to be a teen again. Much of my high school time were spent in studying and tuition. In the end, when I graduated from my high school, or even my current college, I was wondering: where are my memories?
    2. Lack of sleep.
    This is really true. When people keep looking at you shining glamorously as the “16A1″, you yourself know the best that it was paid with real hard works. Unless you are a genius, a good result has to be achieved through hard work; it’s the absolute. During the SPM I had a serious sleep deprivation and I forced myself to revise my works starting from 3 a.m. I have an average 3 hours of tuition per day, and subtracting my school time which is 7 hours per day, I had only 14 hours to do all my other things. Homework is directly proportional to the number of subjects that you took, so does the time you need to spend for revision. With the extra curricular activities coming into the schedule, my average sleeping time per day is 3-5 hours.

    I think its the same for ppl who play PC games or online games~ haha

  144. hi Akira – Thank you for sharing so transparently about your “regrets”. It takes humility to admit that you could have done things better. And it certainly takes courage to share your thoughts publicly.

    So you’ve lost a few years in high school, burying in your face in books and missing out on a few social events (i know what it’s like!) Whose life is perfect, anyway? It’s never too late. In fact, i think you have a head start compared to a lot of people! From what i can see in this blog, you are an aspiring writer, you take some pretty good photos and I think your Mandarin articles are very well written.

    I was a straight A1 student 10 years ago. Until today i’m still learning to discover what my true passions are. I don’t think that we will ever stop learning about ourselves – what we stand for, what we are passionate about, what life means to us. The day we stop discovering is the day we cease to live.

    Wishing you all the best, keep pressing forward! Have a great life ahead! :)

  145. I cringe at the thought of how our tax payer’s money is being used to educate you. Your command of the English language is atrocious. Rather than having hundreds of thousands of dollars of this “fairly awarded scholarship” going towards your education, you should probably try to finish reading an English book a day. Return in two years and write a follow up to this blog.

    Also, you’ll probably learn very quickly once you’re abroad that you were a sucker of the Malaysian education system. The SPM means nothing abroad. For non Bumis, sure we study hard to try and get the scholarships if our families can’t afford to send us abroad. The funniest thing is that you struggled your butt off to get straight A’s and made the sacrifices as mentioned in your blog without realizing that you probably would have got the scholarship anyway, if you catch my drift . . .

    You can’t teach anyone common sense and no amount of government funding will ever make you realize this. Shut up, take the money and don’t ever post your opinionated views on the internet ever again unless you’ve done what I suggested in the first paragraph. Good luck.

    • “Your command of the English language is atrocious.”

      I would like to know your own level of BM proficiency, please.

      Because I have met many Malaysians like you – who get funded by public money for (at least) 12-year primary/secondary education locally – but still ended up having the command of the NATIONAL language beyond atrocious. Cakap dan menulis BM pun macam orang Monggolia yang baru keluar dari gurun tundra pertama kali, kemudian terdampar ke bumi Malaysia selepas tongkangnya pecah dipukul ribut. And this is just a metaphor to illustrate my point, ok. No racism is intended.

      Seriously, there is nothing ’embarrassing’ for anyone to have a less-than-perfect command of English. Unless the person is a native speaker. If anything, we should crucify those (Malaysians) who have poor command of BM. You go anywhere in the world – and trust me, there is no one country that would RESPECT you: if your English is excellent but fail to master the National Language.

      As a second language (or perhaps his third/fourth?), I don’t see any real issue with his (level of) English in this entry. Perfect, may be not. But atrocious? Come on! I have met many people all over the world with WORST ENGLISH. Dan orang-orang ini masih boleh jadi saintis, sarjana dan pedagang yang sangat berjaya pada skala global.

      Yes, English is important. But sometimes people tend to overestimate its importance; or place it in the wrong . Linguistic skill is not all about grammar, syntax and semantic. Equally important is mastering the art of expression. And for you to be an effective person (dalam apa juga bidang kerjaya, atau dalam konteks komunikasi dalam komuniti): substances are far more important than tools. Remember, ‘language’ is just a tool. It is not the core essence of the message you are trying to convey.

      This boy does have more substances than you do; and his art of expression is more convincing and believable. Yes, perhaps your English is, grammatically and semantically, better. But your writing is heavily clouded by bitterness and jealousy. Funny thing is: you thought that you had better common sense than this boy. Go on dreaming…

      You may say that my English is atrocious. Fine with me. Judge my English, if you must. But, I know where my atrocious English has brought me: both at national and international levels. So I don’t fu____g care.

    • Welcome to the internet! Where your opinions dont matter and the persons command of english is as important as stranglers mothers chlamydia infection

  146. Straight A students do not impress me. If you need to have straight As to get recognition, respect, love and attention – I pity you! There’s much more to LIFE than scoring As. And as you grow older and become more mature – it means NOTHING, except to the people who made a big deal out of it! Sometimes it doesn’t even mean anything to YOURSELF, the straight A student!

  147. This is so true. You can have all the As, but that doesn’t prove how good you are.
    After all if you can live happily without all the As, it’s still worth it.

  148. I also get 7A in SPM and the rest is B but I so jealously about the student who have straight A in SPM. You should know that when you have straight A in SPM you will be remember all the time like Naruto and become inspiration for your friend to move forward in the future. That the specialist of ‘Straight A’ student.

  149. First off, you guys and your bad grammar nonsense. Is he getting marks for complaining? =_= Lozers and haters please back off if you do not plan to support this courageous boy.

    Anyways, i did not achieve amazing marks like you did. All I had was 5A1s 1A- 2Bs 1C and 1 Fail written on my SPM slip. Back then, I was a mischievous female student who just want to have fun. My friends and I would ditch school almost everyday without getting caught(if we are lucky). I did many ridiculous things that made everyone including my parents disappointed in me. Getting caned by the discipline teacher and then sent to the headmaster was such an adventure! Honestly, it was an amazing experience and I was actually happy I went through that stage.
    Right now, I am studying Degree in Multimedia Design and currently situated at the top of the course. I managed to score 3.87 for my GPA in my first semester. I’ll admit that it was tough to be where i am now but what is life if there are no challenges? I had fun loads of fun even in university. Holding positions here and there in clubs and societies, it is fun! :)
    Scholarship? Well, because of my results in my first semester, I got 100% tuition fee waiver for a year.
    My point here is that whatever Akira had express up there is pretty true. I’m one of the weaker and useless student who magically turned into a top student. Thank God I manage to find the light. Hahaha!
    Anyways, i’m not saying that you guys should be like me and ditch SPM. Different experiences is needed for different kinds of people. Each of us has the capability to be proud of ourselves in different ways. Like how Akira experienced his downfall and is trying to get back on his feet with a better outlook on life.

  150. Hi… I know I’m not as good as you do.. I take 11 subjects only and I’m lucky to have straight A’s in my SPM.. ^^..I just want to say that I respect you for all of your efforts all this time… you don’t need to regret it.. you should be proud of yourself… and the most important point is.. enjoy your life… do whatever you want to do…

    • yeah. what you said is true. just be proud of yourself. become the straight A in SPM not meaning you have lost everything.

  151. Its not about the amount of A’s you get , in the end when you come out to the reality of working world its about how much money you can make. How could you survive. How many properties you can afford to buy. How much $$ in your atm.

  152. Good result can reflect how well you organize your time, which is also critical in some working environment and is the reason why there are employers who still consider it important. It shows that the student manage to work under pressure and still manage to bring good outputs. Some jobs don’t require the employee to be intelligent but smart enough to manage time and handle the stress. If you can’t perform in school or higher learning intitution when everything is spoon fed what makes people think you can perform better outside?

    • You know people like you should burn in english hell cuz all you talk about is how bad a language can be. But wait, get salvation and meet your angel at http://www.meetsingles.com
      Guaranteed to speak proficient english or your money back guaranteed

      • Joe, you seriously think your English is good? Get a mirror, please. Either that or you should ask your mother what bad thing she had done when she was pregnant (with you inside). You’re obviously born with no perspective. Sad.

        People, pay attention to the substances this brave boy tried to highlight. Don’t get obsessed with the language. It’s only a tool…

  153. My point dont work so hard until you have only 5 hours rest. You do that in your working life

  154. You do not really understand the purpose of high school. It is not for you to experience and discover what to do in your life. You do that in college. High school is just a phase and soon you will find out the best years is ahead of you so dont worry. High school and college is also the same you will realise it doesnt matter.sure the grades will matter when you get a job but be sure not to force yourself to study… Its ok to be average

  155. In truth, you had only learned to ace the exams. You followed the syllabi strictly, you studied (only) what would be in the exams, you worked on the past year questions. Your focus was the exam questions and how to answer the questions to get the highest possible points! You had not understood the knowledge/information learned nor had you really explored anything. If you were to go to a top-tier universities in the U.S. and Europe, you will find that most students (your peers) had *truly* learned, absorbed, and explored — be that their expertises or the general subjects — in their high schools. They’re ready to continue to study, to explore, to investigate, to research, to be creative in a classroom setting, working together with their mentors and their peers, and independently.

  156. Throughout your education, UPSR, PMR, SPM, and examinations at uni, you will take less than 50% of your knowledge into the real world (even more so if you’re studying something like Commerce or Politics).

    That does not mean that it will not pay off to work hard during those chapters of your life. I got straight A1s for my SPM too, and you are right about alot of things; I forgot almost all that I studied during high school, there are many much more brilliant people who did not excel in their SPM and no one will remember.

    But sometimes, people are not born into the best of opportunities and circumstances, you do all you can to get to the next stage. For some people, doing well in SPM will significantly increase their chances to obtain a university education, because they cannot afford one. Most scholarships in Malaysia for college and tertiary education are based on SPM results. Even if what you learn for SPM is useless, do all you can to be able to do what you love in the future. There are other ways, yes, but if you’re desperate and you want to be sure you will have good options and opportunities, study hard for your SPM.

    I got a JPA scholarship eventually too, which without my straight As I would have never gotten. Scholarships from foreign institutions are incredibly difficult to get, and when there is so much competition, like I said, do all you can.

    Because you do not take most of what you learn to the real world, education is not important because of its content. It is mainly important to shape character and to build soft skills (communication, social norms). Good results and the kind of university or school that you eventually go to are a form of SIGNALLING. It is important.

    If you got 16A1s in your SPM, it will forever be a signal of the kind of person you are. Diligent, focused, and willing to do whatever it takes. If you can consistently get good grades throughout your education, that is further emphasized. What you learn doesn’t matter, how you decided to excel anyway does.

    This is the same for the school that you go to. You learn the same thing, no matter which school or university you go to. A lecturer in Cambridge may be far less effective than one in a low-graded university. But who cares (unless you’re in the medical profession, there are a few exceptions)?

    Let’s say you want to go into banking. It will be difficult for your future employer to pick out from 10,000 applicants, who is talented, the smartest, who is bullshitting and who is not, through a 2 hour interview. What your future employer can tell is that someone who got 16As and got into a high-ranking university (which means you had to work doubly hard to get in AND STAY IN because standards are higher, and through sampling the people there are more competitive and driven), must be hardworking, willing to work and ambitious. SIGNALLING IS KEY.

    Do not regret your 16As, without which, now you would not have a free education worth ALOT of money.

    • Spot on carmen!!! But the problem is most employers love bullshit and would probably hire a person not based on meritocracy but based on who his father is. i know i know you probably think is guys is off his knockers but what i m just saying is if you are not endowed with good luck and fortune then i guess you have to know that probably getting a good grade is the best way to prove yourself. With all those time devoted into studying it must be hard to get a date but if you just take 2 minutes to visit http://www.meetsingles.com
      I am sure you wont regret it

    • Im a 10A1 student last time and here are some true facts.

      Basically it is true that in commerce you will only take not only 50% but actually around 5% into the real world. I consider myself lucky as I didn’t really study at all during my secondary education life but rather enjoyed my time with friends. I did not get and scholarship due because the courses JPA offered are not my choices of interest.

      Im now a new accountant at HSBC and this is what is it about:

      Well 16As is not what your future employee will see if he is willing to take you in. In Banking, they will need you to show IBBM cert or CIBF cert. 16As is only for scholarship. Whereas for accounting its all about joining MIA or ACCA or ICAEW or CPA i can go on.

      Its all about attitude and character in the working place. Anyway 16As is cool.

  157. a big kudos and hats off to you akira, for me, you’re a great guy with a positive intellectual mindset.
    from what I read, there are only TWO interesting points in your whole story here,
    firstly, you regret where you didn’t socialize much back in the day where you were pondering them books while they (your high school colleagues) were doing such fun stuffs.
    Secondly, I quote ” I am not afraid to try things new, even if it means things that are embarrassing.”
    where you yourself states that you would like to try new things and socialize more.
    It’s clearly to tell here that you are way past over the “regretting” phase and ready to move on with your “this is the beginning” onset.
    Here’s what I’d like to offer, With your attitude and your brain, I’d say you’re the best person that can achieve great things in life, you can socialize with more educated and intellectual people and will start a new journey with new experiences as well, Call my number if you’d like to start an education business with me, but only if you’re back in Malaysia though, I need new intelligent partners :)


    • Hi Wan,

      Thanks for the encouragement and recognition. I was very surprised and delighted when I read through your comment. May I acquire more information from you on the business opportunity that you had mentioned above through email? My email is akirawnc@gmail.com.

      Hope to hearing it from you soon.

      Akira Wong.

  158. Hey kid, I was a straight A1 student who went to INTEC too and went to the UK with my scholarship, currently serving my bond. Thought I’d share this with you (shared it on my Facebook):

    High school is overrated. It’s not too late to discover yourself, your potential and life after high school. In fact, it gets better. Working hard towards the straight 1As was a conscious choice that you made and the time has passed and you have achieved that goal. Well done, and move on. Yes, in the long run, it doesn’t matter but the fact that it got you the highly-coveted JPA scholarship DOES matter, so please do not discount your efforts.Yes, there are other scholarships available but please remember that you are very fortunate and privileged to get the scholarship to the US, which is basically an amazing opportunity to see and discover the world. I know, because it was exactly that for me as I would not be able to afford it with my family’s finances. Now that you’ve gone through it, see it in a positive light – you survived that amount of mental stress, and it will help you with other challenges in life.

    In a nutshell, SPM was your Golden Ticket. Don’t squander it, don’t regret it. High school is bloody overrated. THE BEST IS YET TO COME. ;)

    I’m definitely NOT condoning being sleep deprived and going to endless tuition for the grades (soooo NOT into it)… but hey, what’s the point of regret? Be grateful that the hard work was not in vain, and make the most of it lah! :)

    P/S – My closest friends in my young adult life are the ones I met in INTEC and Uni. Just sayin’.

    • that’s so true my closest friends are from intec and uni too! couldn’t be bothered about my friends from school lol

  159. Wow, your English pretty bad. I really have no idea how those SPM people grade you. If you did O level you would have probably got a D, or C if your even lucky. In A levels General Paper you would have just flat out failed. Also an SPM qualification doesn’t mean much to the outside world so I don’t really think you have much to boast about. Cambridge and Edexcel are the main qualifications recognized worldwide. Sadly the standard of SPM is also very low from what I heard compared to international schools hence the ridiculous amount of A1s. If your thinking about going to the US, you better buck up on your English writing and speaking skills. There was this Malay girl who was sponsored by the government to go to Cambridge and flunked really bad. I’m unsure of the exact reasons but I’m guessing it was her lack of communication and writing skills.

    • Wow, your English (IS) pretty bad. I really have no idea how those SPM people grade you. If you did O level you would have probably got a D, or C if your (YOU ARE) even lucky…..

      Kelakar la kau ni! :)

      • “Wow, your English (IS) pretty bad. I really have no idea how those SPM people grade [GRADED] you. If you did O level[,] you would have probably got [GOTTEN] a D, or C if your (YOU ARE) even lucky…..”

        Wani ini lagi kelakar lah. Correct some, never correct the rest…

        • LOL… pRopeR Spelingz iz 2 mainStream.

          We be hipster boy. Now stop being kelakar and go learn how to shuffle.

        • Kudos on the 16A1s. However, I must say, you have a terrible command of the English language. Has the standard of education gone down that much over the years?

    • hey John, how could you say others’ english is bad while you yourself have a much worse english? can’t you just rectify yourself, see how you wrote before saying others? I seriously have no idea

  160. People lame or not he has succeeded in doing one thing beyond all of you. Attract you all, including me to read about him. That my friend is gold ;)

    If you guys are not interested or what not, you wont see the comments of this blog pilling up sky high as it is.

    So there is still a silver lining here. Give him a chance to improve to all those ‘haters’ out there. You will not know the taste of success until you tasted failures and mistakes.

  161. Grammer mistakes? Oh please, I dont pay much attention on my grammer as I blog, for god sake, blogging isnt about grammer. His points are what really matter.

  162. It must be difficult for you to realise all this now. However dispite everything you should also be proud of what you are capable of. Also to everyone who thinks that the insult on his grammar is just plain hate. Your wrong. He is a 16A1 student. His english is a representation of our level in english. If this is our A then I am extremely ashamed. Is this what the A students are capable of? Disappointment. Welcome to our education system.

  163. Salute . He got the guts to tell everyone publicly about why did he regret for getting straight A1 .. And .. those people are commenting below and criticizing his English’s grammar error ?? What’s the problem with these people ?!?!?

    It’s his blog, he can do anything he wants, he can make any mistakes in it to learn. Just because he scored A1 doesnt mean he cannot make any mistakes and this post is 1 year ago.

    Come on .. this is Malaysia’s style of education, breed these people not to fail . not to do mistakes . And then only know criticize at the back and think they’re good enough .

  164. Dear Akita, I could not resist to tell you “COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS”. We all make mistakes but don’t let it overwhelm you too much. Life still has so much to offer, go make the best of it and THAT”S ALL THAT MATTERS. By the way, stay strong and positive even if some of the comments here could be a little harsh. I wish you a fulfilled, enriched life ahead and endless amazing insights about yourself as you try to learn to see life from a different perspective :)

  165. Haters will always hate. People don’t get the main point of this essay. he’s just speaking about his experience. Maybe he’s using simple or ‘malaysian’ english just so those who are poor in english can understand it well enough?
    As one of the comments stated, bashing one doesn’t make you a superior. I wonder why do people like you all exist just to demotivate others. Such a shame.
    Akira, all the best in your future. :) What’s past is the past. Go ahead and do what u like in the future,

  166. Pardon me fellas for ruining the party. Akira(gay ass name for a straight a student) and Alvin, you guys are such an inspiring joke. Nobody needs to know about any of your achievements. From what I know boys, I’ve been in this life for 35 years. I’ve been thru all the bullshit that you guys had. In high school, I was a straight A student but in an upside down kinda way. I’m lazy. I’m rude. I don’t do homeworks. Im the state player for Johor in basketball. Im fucking horny. I lost my virginity when I was 16. And yet I was top of my goddamn class. In the U, i was president of the student council. I got 1st class honours in DUKE. I played in the NCAA. First team starters. You clowns would’ve seen me on tv, the only Asian guy in the team class of 1998 as a starting point guard. I divorced and remarried. I have a solid 90k income monthly. You can say I cracked up a story just because I’m jealous of your achievements. Its fine with me. But do know this, if you want to brag, be smart. Do it to somebody who has never seen the world. Don’t do it publicly. Wanna know why? Cause there are somebody out there whose able to whoop your sorry asses here just like what I’m doing right now. Which also means, there are people out there who did better. You clowns are just embarrassing yourselves. This is one lesson you guys should remember. You two got a long way to go. Keep your heads up. This mistake wouldn’t be your last. I’m David Ng. I’m 35. I work for SIME DARBY. SORRY. COO OF SIME DARBY. :) Good day, fellas! I hope the both of you do well in the future. ;)

    • Hi David,

      I’m certainly intrigued by your reply post as I have come across it through a friend’s son.
      Certainly I do understand brag when i see so,
      this boy here is clearly stating his thoughts on his endeavors, and on the topic of bragging, it’s obvious you’re passionate about it. Well my good old chap i hope you do realize you do tarnish the name of Duke University as a graduate as qualified as yourself not being able to be open on the topics of real life as no ones life is the same.
      For whom i know very well as a good friend of mine, Abdul Wahab is the COO of Sime Darby, do kindly state your role in the company if you’re able to do so.

      All the best…

      Takuma Otoshi

      • Dear sir, your response to mr. david so called COO of Sime Darby was to his face…thank you for your wonderful reply.
        A person of such status wouldn’t even in the first place insult a youth who is just yet to experience the world.

    • Cool story, bro. I don’t remember bringing up anything to boast, other than the fact that I also scored straight A1s in my O Levels. And that was to simply legitimize my argument, so that people don’t accuse me of being a jealous asshole with no basis for saying what I said.

      That said, I’m not as impressed by your income and so-called achievements than I am by your insecurity. Hey, what about the fact that nobody likes you in real life? Are you going to bring that up (because it’s obvious), Mr. Oh-I-Got-Laid-At-16-Therefore-I’m-A-Champion-At-Life? And COO of Sime Darby, wow. News flash: you’re just a cubicle employee who also needs to attend meetings, punch your time cards, and manage other morons under you who don’t even have an ounce of respect for you. YOU ARE AN EMPLOYEE. DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT? THAT IN ITSELF IS A SERIOUS FORM OF FAILURE. IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW MUCH YOU EARN IN DOLLAR TERMS; YOU’RE STILL WILLINGLY GIVING UP YOUR PERSONAL FREEDOMS AND TIME, BECAUSE YOU CAN’T MAKE MONEY ON YOUR OWN AND INSTEAD NEED BIG CORP TO BAIL YOUR ASS OUT. I thought you would have figured that out with your oh-so-prestigious First-Class Honors from Duke. Sime Darby is going to hell anyway, paying you RM90k/mo of money you haven’t earned or deserved. Besides, COOs don’t do shit; the employees are the true value creators in any company.

      I feel sorry for you, to be honest. Prima facie, you have all that a man could want. But it’s very obvious that you feel super-inadequate, and you sorely lack self-esteem. At least Mr. Akira Wong is aware of this issue, which he clearly shares with you. You don’t even know how much you suck.

      P.S. Nobody cares about sports or extra-curriculars. NCAA, state player, students’ council, bla bla bla. BORING.

    • This guy is clearly framing David Ng. U think somebody is stupid enough to state their real name and place of work after making stupid comments (maybe he is stupid). No?

    • This guy is clearly framing David Ng. U think he is stupid enough to state his real name and place of work after making stupid remarks? (Maybe he is stupid). No?

    • Im pretty sure the COO of simedarby wouldnt post something like this. Because the immaturity of this comment… IS TOO DAMN HIGH!!!

    • It’s ironic that you bash on others for bragging, but you’re doing the very exact thing. I don’t see anyone bragging here, of course other than you. You talk about other embarrassing themselves, when you’re the only one doing that. Amusing stuff.

      Even if what you’re saying is true, you’re sorely lacking something. Something called morale.

    • David,

      I tend to agree with you but you do not need to be nasty about it. In other words, an a**hole…… ;)

      Good day,

  167. The post is average but the comments are OUTSTANDING. I cant help to think why are there so many haters out there. Be nice peeps.

  168. Maybe somewhere in the future, he will also understand that all those things he deemed important then might not seem so important after all too… And maybe appreciate the amazing advantage he has gained in the real working world..

    Do what you believe is right, in line with the person you want to be and what you want to achieve in life. Your straight A’s definitely doesn’t mean much, except maybe as a means to an end. And definitely its also not the only path to success.

    Will you trade your ivy league US education for a local uni because your parents can’t afford it for sleep and school memories?
    Would you not mind if its a little difficult getting good jobs because your resume is always second choice compared with top overseas graduates?
    Would you not mind if you weren’t able to afford certain things as well, including not being able to afford to send your children overseas?

    If you wanted to be a great dancer, singer, actor, wouldn’t you trade your entire high school life to be the protoge of the best teacher?
    How is this any different?

    More importantly is to know yourself, the person you want to be, the destination you want to achieve. Every path has a sacrifice, whether its for today or your future. Pick one you wont regret. Straight A’s doesnt dictate character or competence, and there will always be people smarter than you. I agree it is also not the only path to achieve your dreams.

    Never be imprisoned by that path though. Why couldnt you spare half a day here and there to spend with your friends? Would your result be any different? Dont use it as an excuse for laziness or malice though. God favors righteousness and hard work, and your alternate path might lead to a even longer road of regret.

    Understand yourself, and pick the kind of life that you imagine yourself living in the future and walk the path that leads there without regret.

    I’m just afraid that this blog post might encourage others to just give up on their dreams and succumb to mediocrity. Dear blog owner, do update this post in the future on what you think after the storm has past….

  169. Maybe somewhere in the future, he will also understand that all those things he deemed important then might not seem so important after all too… And maybe appreciate the amazing advantage he has gained in the real working world..

    Do what you believe is right, in line with the person you want to be and what you want to achieve in life. Your straight A’s definitely doesn’t mean much, except maybe as a means to an end. And definitely its also not the only path to success.

    Will you trade your ivy league US education for a local uni because your parents can’t afford it for sleep and school memories?
    Would you not mind if its a little difficult getting good jobs because your resume is always second choice compared with top overseas graduates?
    Would you not mind if you weren’t able to afford certain things as well, including not being able to afford to send your children overseas?

    If you wanted to be a great dancer, singer, actor, wouldn’t you trade your entire high school life to be the protoge of the best teacher?
    How is this any different?

    More importantly is to know yourself, the person you want to be, the destination you want to achieve. Every path has a sacrifice, whether its for today or your future. Pick one you wont regret. Straight A’s doesnt dictate character or competence, and there will always be people smarter than you. I agree it is also not the only path to achieve your dreams.

    Never be imprisoned by that path though. Why couldnt you spare half a day here and there to spend with your friends? Would your result be any different? Dont use it as an excuse for laziness or malice though. God favors righteousness and hard work, and your alternate path might lead to a even longer road of regret.

    Understand yourself, and pick the kind of life that you imagine yourself living in the future and walk the path that leads there without regret.

    • I agree with you all in all. If we are willing to work hard, we will achieve our desired results. Nothing inspires me more than the stories of great people who had to undergo hardship (in any form) in order to achieve greatness.

      As long as we have a dream, and that we work hard to get there, that is sufficient. ‘Walk the path that leads there without regret’

  170. Your English is utterly atrocious for a straight-A1 student. You even fail to grasp simple grammar, e.g. the use of ‘is’ and ‘am’.

    It speaks volumes about the standard of English in the Malaysian education system. Someone should send this to Moo-yiddin citing it as reason #1 why PPSMI should NOT be rolled back.

    Please please please, pickup up your SPM certificate and kindly cross-out the A1 next to the subject ‘Bahasa Inggeris’.

  171. I feel like I should wash my eyes with soap after reading this horribly written post, do mankind a favor and stop reposting this piece of junk all over facebook.

    • Oh? Suggest something better, please. You like all other low-esteemed losers come about to pull people down just because you can’t be there with them. What do you gain from writing posts like these? You honestly think you’d make him stop? Or did you write it so you could feel cool about yourself in your cooped up room starring into the monitor with sunglasses on just so you could remind yourself 24/7 that you ARE cool.

      I don’t have to have good English to say this, but do mankind a favor and stop using Facebook altogether and go out, get a life. Get laid, do drugs and wither with the forgotten, because you are not someone people would mourn over when you rot in hell. GROW UP

  172. I would like to say that I disagree strongly with the views expressed by ‘Akira Wong’, and I took some time off to write why I do:

    Akira Wong, you need have no regrets about your 16 Straight-A1 accomplishment. I wish I could have achieved sixteen Straight A1s. Most of us do. Don’t call yourself a fool for achieving 16 A1s, because when you do that, you belittle the sacrifices you have made for your results, you belittle the sacrifices your family and friends have made for your results, and you belittle the sacrifices others made for their results.

    Don’t ever forget that you are where you are today (Rutgers University, USA, on JPA scholarship) because of your 16 A1s. Don’t ever forget that there are millions of SPM candidates who cannot be where you are today because they didn’t achieve straight A1s. You should be thankful for your results, as proud of your results as you should be (no more and no less), work hard in university, improve your personal development further, sympathise for those of us who didn’t score as well as you did, and for the sake of the rest of us, make the best of your life.

    Akira Wong says that he underwent a lot of stress and conflict to secure his amazing score of 16 A1s in the SPM (O-level equivalent) examinations. First and foremost – congratulations, Mr. Wong! I am happy for you. Don’t be regretful at all. Many of us lesser-achievers wish we could score straight A1s too. Please know that you were not the only one to invest time, effort and stress into the SPM – we all did.

    The difference is that you invested more effort, and could obtain more A1s. Or maybe you are smarter than me. Or hardworking. Or lucky. Some of us had other commitments – part-time jobs, family, etc. Whatever thereason, understand this – some of us were just as stressed as you were. But we didn’t get the straight A1s. So be thankful you have your straight A1s to show for it. Most of us don’t.

    Similarly, Akira Wong says that he had lack of sleep when studying for SPM. Well, all I want to say is that some of us suffered lack of sleep studying for SPM too, and that lack of sleep due to overwork is a common problem for many, many, many students all over the world, from Primary School to University. Many if not most working adults also have lack of sleep. Yet out of all these people, only a very small number have 16 straight A1s to show for their lack of sleep. So I don’t really see what Mr. Wong has to complain about.

    Akira Wong says that it is easy to get A1s in Malaysia, and that it makes no difference when one is in university. Thank you for telling me that, Mr. Wong. I didn’t get many A1s; thank you for telling me that I failed at a task which in your opinion is ‘easy’ to a 16-A1 super-achiever. The fact, Mr. Wong, is that few students obtain A1s, much fewer still obtain Straight A1s, and compared to the total number of SPM candidates every year, the number of students scoring 16 straight A1s is even less. I don’t have to quote statistics for you to know this is true. So I congratulate you on your achievement – but don’t you dare tell me it was easy. You say you sacrificed some time with your family and friends – don’t you dare spit on that sacrifice by saying it was easy. It wasn’t.

    I agree with Mr. Wong on 1 issue – in university, A1s in SPM are not very important. In university it is the amount of effort you put into your university studies that count. However, in order to get into the university, A1s are indeed very important, just as UPSR straight-As are not very important to passing SPM, but do contribute to getting you to a good school. I will speak more on this later, when I tackle Mr. Wong’s statement that ‘nobody cares’.

    Akira Wong says that he regrets not developing other ‘talents’ while he was busy studying for SPM. Well, it is true that personal and social development are just as important as academic achievement. But I would say that some so-called ‘talented’ people would gladly trade some of their talents for some of your A1s. Why? Because Mr. Wong, you have plenty of time still for the rest of your life to develop as many of these ‘other talents’ as you want, whereas for the people you admire, they will never, ever be able to sit SPM again to correct their scores, as much as they wish to. I would also say that 16 straight-A1s in SPM help a lot in finding a good job, and these ‘other talents’ which you so admire are not as helpful. In business terms, 16 A1s may be more marketable than the ability to ‘take stunning photos’. Ask any struggling photographer with a handful of Bs and Cs.

    I both agree and disagree with Akira Wong’s 6th point that nobody cares if you have straight A1s. I agree in the sense that I personally don’t care if Akira Wong or anybody else has 16 A1s (those are my personal views). But I disagree when Akira Wong says that bosses and organisations like JPA don’t care if you don’t have straight A1s. Ask any student who didn’t score Straight-As and got rejected by JPA. Ask any applicant for a college or university degree who didn’t score straight-As and got rejected by the college/university.

    It’s true that character, personality and experience also counts to getting a job. Many managers and interviewers will agree with this statement: ‘good academic scores enable you to obtain a job interview, but your personality as a whole enables you to obtain a job’. Don’t forget the first part of the statement regarding academic scores. Ask any applicant for a job who didn’t have the right academic qualifications and got rejected by the company. Show me, please, a lawyer who failed his CLP but managed to qualify for the Bar because of his ‘character, personality and experience’.

    I like the optimism you have when you say ‘opportunities are everywhere’. But please show me where I can get a top-class university education, or ‘opportunities’, on the strength of my ‘character, personality, experience and courage’, because I have many friends in need of such opportunities. I congratulate your friend on being admitted to a top US university without a scholarship – I have friends like that too. What I’d like to know is, what about those who couldn’t get a good tertiary education because they couldn’t get a scholarship? Can you say to their faces that straight A1s aren’t important?

    You are right that it is not too late for you to pick up interests and be more extrovert. But it is too late for me to go back to SPM and score 16 A1s. What you should do is realise this fact: the crucial pre-SPM years of Form 4 and 5 are not the correct time to ‘pick up interests’ and socialise, just like the senior year of a university degree is not the correct time to do the same.

    If your results are truly coming down and starting to average, what you should do is study hard! Get your results back up! If you think the battle is over now that you are in university, and you can relax and ‘pick up interests’ – it’s not! University results are as important to securing jobs as SPM results are in securing universities – and the consequences of failing are worse. My academic career survived not getting a string of A1s; I doubt your work career will survive getting a Third Class Degree. Remember also that you are on scholarship, and you are therefore using up part of the Malaysian peoples’ taxes. As Tom Hanks’ character in Saving Private Ryan said: “Earn this.” Make sure you do well in university, and in life, and give back to society what society gave you, with interest.

    It’s obviously true that there are more things to life than good academic results. Maybe this is news to you; it’s not to most of us. Nonetheless, understand this: good academic results are a basic necessity, like flour to a cake. ‘Talents’ are icing on top. So when you say that it is important to ‘pick up talents’ instead of getting A1s, this is bad advice; it is like preparing icing before you have bought flour. Sure, icing’s important, but flour is crucial.

    I end this response with a hope – several. I hope that all this writing and thinking on your part and mine has not been a complete waste of breath. I hope that you have carried away important lessons from your experience of SPM and university. I know I have. I hope that you will continue to appreciate those who worked hard for their education, and didn’t receive the opportunities they deserved. I hope perhaps in the future you will find the magnanimity to help students like them in some way, maybe by setting up a private scholarship fund for impoverished students. It would certainly be more helpful to them than for you to berate yourself needlessly for achieving what the rest of us did not.

    WHO AM I?
    I’m a fellow SPM ex-candidate who didn’t get what he hoped for in the SPM examinations, and whose personal and academic life was impacted as a result. Nonetheless, I was lucky enough that I managed to get admittance to a university, though not on a scholarship. Some avenues of education were denied to me, but I am happy and thankful to be where I am today, and I have strong hopes for the future. My advice to all SPM and University students is: don’t neglect personal and social development, but don’t neglect your studies either, especially if you are in need of scholarships for your tertiary education.

    • I was about the write something like this when you beat me to it.

      I wished I got straight A1s but I didn’t. Not even one scholarship applications of mine was successful. Matriculation did not even consider me (even after I beg them)
      I studied EVEN harder, sleep EVEN lesser, had EVEN LESS social life and scored decent result in STPM to get a place in Public University. Working now regretting that I should have studied EVEN harder, sleep EVEN lesser, tuition MORE during my SPM years so that I could have a guaranteed place to do what I want.
      Unless you are born with a silver spoon in your mouth, this article of yours do not apply to MAJORITY of the people. Only the minorities who are contented with MEDIOCRE job titles / MEDIOCRE incomes / MEDIOCRE profession.
      Go A1 Team!

    • Well said…
      If its not because of my SPM results, I won’t be in the Local Uni that I’m in now and I’m about to graduate after completing my intern…
      Though with my SPM results, it did not help me to secure any scholarships but it do help me to allow me to strive for more…
      I did not suffer from deprivation of sleep, I sleep on average seven or eight hours per day…
      Who says that you need to reduce your sleep to get straight A’s, I got 9A1’s and 2A’s, yet I still enjoy my high school life without regrets…
      Employers do look at your SPM cert for your pass of certain subjects instead the among of A’s …
      By the way, be grateful with what you have now Akira…

  173. Hey dude, congrats for achieving the superb results! Forget about the past and the present, focus on the future! You are still so young, it’s not late for you to set a new goal to achieve balance in life!! Good luck to you!! ;)

  174. It’s shocking for me to read a very bad essay written by a straight A student. You should practice more. And I don’t get why there’s so many people reading this blog. The only reason I stumbled upon this site is because a friend posted it on facebook and said that you have really bad writing skills, in which I honestly agree. The fact that a lot of people read your site is also a bad thing as well; they’re reading mediocre things instead of reading essays of much more substance.

    But on the other hand, it is also a good thing. You set yourself as an example to others; an example of what education means. Is it to strive for grades or to understand how the subjects work and use the knowledge in real life? Is getting good results more important than the process of learning? If getting good grades has no purpose, then there are no good or bad grades. Grades are just labels.

    Your writing is shitty, no doubt. But it could obviously mean that it’s not your first language, which I guess is somewhat excusable. Looking at your profile picture I can definitely label you as one of those study-freaks who speak mandarin all the time. How about writing your blog in mandarin or Cantonese then?

    • seriously??? positive and words of encouragement will be nice.. if you want to judge others, get straight 16As then. Act class and commenting about people’s English is just so lame. Its funny people like you who achieve nothing yet good at criticizing others. Just blow me off. Disgrace….

      • I’m afraid I have to agree with the former. His grammar is unacceptable for a person studying in the US. To say “shitty writing” is not an overstatement.

        But as for the content of the blog, he’s right. He’s obviously trying to get something across and he managed it anyway, even with all the lameness and whatnot.

        Keep writing. You’ll improve.

      • thumbs up!
        they thought they are smarter..
        We should encourage him not criticize..those who never serious with their study will never know the pain..I experience on the same thing..

      • Dear friend, if Akira wants “positive and words of encouragement”, he should just go talk about it with his family. I’m not his mom or dad, I’m just an outsider commenting frankly. No it’s not lame to comment on “people’s English” because Akira is the one who uses it as a medium of expression in the first place. Sadly, it’s the medium that he doesn’t master. I don’t want to get 16As because it means nothing to me. I know I can if I wanted to but there’s more worth in doing the things you love and going all out for that rather than going all out for things that you’re not passionate for. That’s just my opinion. If you don’t agree then, well…blow me.

        People like me who achieve nothing? Since when do you know me? How do you know what I have achieved and what I haven’t? Smells like stereotype to me. It’s funny how people like you can stereotype people like me while making yourself look like someone who is against people who stereotype. In the end, we’re no different you know? Be well.

    • ditto!
      Looking at your profile picture I can definitely label you as one of those study-freaks who speak mandarin all the time.

      • You don’t say? That blue faux-mosaic thing on the side tells me you’re a douche.

        (Actually it was your comment)

  175. Thank you. Now I can repost this and wipe the smirk off those fucking self proclaimed smart asses, whose looks are fucking horrible and fucking arrogant.

  176. Hey Akira,

    Thank you so much for sharing what you’ve learned. I totally understand how you feel cause I’m in the same boat too. I made really good grades in SPM followed by straight A star in A-levels. Now, I’m studying in the states. Despite getting 4.0 GPA, I realized i have so much more to learn, especially things not found in the books. For a while, I had a hard time figuring what i’m truly good at. Nobody here knows what SPM or even A levels is. But truth to be told, I thank God for His favor on my grades. My academic excellence is meant to glorify Him. Through different involvement and experiences, He has revealed to me what I’m good at and what I love doing.

    I’m glad you realized that there’s so much more in life than getting good grades. Keep telling your story and hope you’ll figure out what you’re truly passionate about and work on it.=)

  177. the things that you wrote amazes me, i never, ever thought that even straight A students would have undergo such dilemma in their life.. anyway all the best though, live life to the fullest!! = )

  178. I assure you you would be equally, if not more depressed if you hadn’t gotten your 16 A1’s. In fact, the only difference is that your revelation would instead be how you should have worked harder to get a better grade as you will be unhappy with where you are. In hindsight it is often easy to critique how things went and the differences you could and would have made, and forget that you have to thank those experiences for who you are and what you think today.

  179. Well said!

    The very reasonsI didn’t study much for SPM, those last 2 years of high school was full of memories and I enjoyed my honeymoon years. I still got into a US college, spend qaulity years there. Now in my thirties, I am close to retiring :-).

    So yes getting all A1s is not what it crack up to be.


  180. Hey Akira, thanks for sharing for your experience. Being in the industry already taught me a few things: (1) certs are just to prove that your brain actually works and capable of thinking. (2) employers in general do not care that much how many As you’ve scored. Impressive resume gets you through the screening and into interviews, and what really matter afterwards are your personality, communication and critical thinking skills. (3) What we’ve learnt in schools and uni so far are not enough when it comes to applications in the industry. 10% perhaps? So, capable of learning new things within short time period actually carries more merits.

    I’ve seen a student who technically scored 110% in one of his units in 3rd year engineering studies, yet still couldn’t really perform when he was required to execute an industry project involving critical thinking skills. But anyway, when it comes to in terms of experience, everyone is entitled to his or her opinions and there’s nothing absolute. We’re all bound to make mistakes, but what really matter are the lessons learnt at the end of the day. So, don’t need to bother much about haters’ comments. Well, haters gonna hate anyway. Part & parcel of life. Cheers! ;)

  181. So true..getting straight A in all BIG exams is not an assurance to your future life..but still..it is an awesome thing!coz not everybody capable enough to get such result..that is a real fact. chill up.But if its involving suicide attempt…clearly something gone wrong here.Back then, I love study and think that getting A’s is fun, its like having a full blast competition.then when i entered university life, its gone n experienced a whole lot different thing.it confused u.yes, it was difficult to find job coz u’ll b evaluated by all means, but once u entered the career life that meant for u, u ll c clearly.. its is not about ur A’s , but its all about how u get those A’s. ur brain.

  182. Nothing to regret, as this is just the exact same feeling when you achieve level 500 in World of Warcraft (pardon me if there is no 500 lvl as I never play WoW), then realize, what is the point. But the different is, you can’t spend a single cent you earned in WoW, but you can spent your 16A1 wisely.

    We all live in this imperfect education system, where we do what people told us to do. “Why the fuck I need to study Moral and Sejarah?” I asked this question for 5 years, and until now I graduated from uni yet still don’t know why. I failed most of my Moral and Sejarah in Form 4 and Form 5, yet nothing to be ashamed, because some of those who scored perfect Moral don’t even has proper moral.

  183. I agree about the English. He’s got one thing right, A1 really is average of this kind of English can receive an A1.

  184. Apart from point 6, I would have to disagree thoroughly with you. Here is my take on points 1 to 5:

    1), 2), & 4) I can’t help it but to think that these issues only arise because of your incompetence in managing time in general and your inherent limiting belief that academic success and doing well in other aspects of life are mutually exclusive.

    Who says you can’t even get straight A1s without sacrificing sleep, friends, and family? Who says you can’t develop talents alongside getting straight A1s? I (and other top students) did just that. The problem was not SPM. The problem was you. The first step towards preventing future mishaps is to intellectually acknowledge that the problem started from within.

    3) This just shows that you (and SPM) are frauds. A true top student would be unassailable in college, university, or even the workplace. A true top student has character; it’s what made him successful in the first place, and career success, money, good grades, extra-curricular achievements, etc. are just manifestations of that character. A bogus top student focuses only on the grades, mercenary to the core and without the wisdom to even discover and develop the core qualities needed for success in general. In other words, you wasted your life focusing on the limited goal of getting good examination results rather than perfecting a repeatable process (character) that can be applied to gain success in other areas of life.

    5) If you focused on learning instead of preparing for the examinations, maybe you would be able to remember and even apply the knowledge even till now.

    Also, I’m not sure if you have actually learnt anything from your SPM fiasco. Your last sentence stated that you are now focusing on the “points and prides” in your resume. First, you’ve got to be kidding me. That just smells exactly like what you did during SPM, just replace grades with resume points. You don’t seem to get it. You’re supposed to develop character. You’re supposed to be able to get a job WITHOUT the aid of a meticulously-edited, nonsense-filled resume. Second, you claim to be a budding entrepreneur — or a “wantrepreneur” as referred to in my circles (in case you’re wondering, it’s a derogatory term). Focusing your life around prepping your resume seems to be diametrically-opposed to being a self-starting businessman. What have you done so far: any product/service, any registered company, any paying customers, any employees? Or are you thinking of using being in university as an excuse to defer your so-called entrepreneurial ambitions?

    P.S. I’m surprised you got an A1 for your (atrocious) English.

        • maybe more.. =p regurgitating vocabs doesn’t really help to build stronger arguments, Alvin. the last time i checked, getting 16A1s in SPM doesn’t really fit the bill of being a complete failure. so labelling another person’s experience as a fiasco wasn’t really wise. think twice & play nice.

          • You obviously don’t understand what I’m getting at. I’m saying that his SPM experience was a failure, because the costs outweighed the benefits (if any). He indirectly admitted it. What do you call an endeavour where you lost more than you gained? A failure, of course. Plus, look what he’s doing now — getting all crazy and obsessive about his resume once again. Then he’ll go on into the working world, realise that nobody gives a shit about how impressive his resume is, and start building real value-creation skills.

            • Then you did not get my point either. you’re entitled to your own opinions. No qualms about that. But it’s your choice of words that really intrigued me. Since you’re quite critical on the english proficiency of the author, I supposed you should better understand the definitions of certain words and under what occasions they should be used. While the author may have made some mistakes, scoring 16A1s, in my opinions, is still something remarkable. And about your rhetoric of costs outweighing benefits, in my humble opinions, you fell short of looking beyond the present time. How exactly would his mistakes today shape his tomorrow? We’ll never know and thus should never judge. So, from what I’ve understood, “fiasco” was too strong of a word to be used to describe the author’s experience. The author’s experience can neither be categorised as a “complete failure” (partially maybe) nor an “embarrassment”. “Failure” or “mistakes” would have been more appropriate compared to “fiasco”. Pick your words wisely if you really want to delve into the technicality of a language. There are always different ways to get the same message across. Be nice.

              While the so-called “meticulously-edited-and-nonsense-filled-resume” may not mean everything, it’s definitely an important evaluation tool used by employers to gauge their potential candidates at the screening stage. And don’t forget that resume does actually reflect the communication capability of a person. So, an impressive resume does help in a way and, of course, should be built upon with hard work. And how could I be sure of this? Because I’m already in the industry.

              • And how could I be sure that if anyone made the resume their focus or primary concern (that’s what Mr. Akira Wong sounds like he is doing), they would pretty much be in trouble? Because I’m the one paying people to send me their resumes and attend my interviews.

        • Maybe, maybe not. I don’t need to pull out my credentials to legitimise my arguments; I’ll let my comment stand on its own merit, thank you very much.

    • I agree with you, Alvin. I am also one of the top SPM scorers in my high school and I have friends who I can count on, family members who are supportive, more than enough sleep and talents which I have groomed during my high school time.

      Also, I believed that it is important for one to know how to apply the knowledge learned instead of using it during the exam to get A1s. It doesn’t really matter if A1s are average or not, it just simply proves that you applied your knowledge well during the exam.

      On the other hand, I would only partially agree with you on the fact that we would be able to apply what we learned during high school up until now in the working life. This is because some of the things we learned in Sejarah, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Additional Mathematics etc. do not really work in every single aspect in our daily lives, and definitely not entirely in the context of working life. However, I am not ruling out 100% that they do not apply in our daily working life as I understand that knowledge is never useless. We may need it one day, maybe teaching our children etc.

      What is really important is that we find the right balance between study and play. Nevertheless, no one’s saying it’s easy to get the right balance. We just have to sort things out and prioritize what is important to us in life.

      By the way, I do agree with you that he managed to get A1 for his English with such standards. Perhaps he’s lost some of the skills in writing :P

    • Oooppss. Clicked on the wrong Reply button.

      Oh snap! I believe that Mr. Wong just got burned!

      Thanks for the post, Mr. Tan.

    • Simply love ur comment. Insightful and ur English is so awesome ( & a thousand times better than the article u commented) I agree with all ur points :)

    • I don’t think you actually got the whole idea of his writing, dear arrogant creature. The point is just to open our eyes, on how big this world really is, that getting good grades in exam, in schools, is not gonna guarantee us to live a happy and successful life. There are sacrifices that needed to be made, and along the way, he learnt that he’d missed a lot of things in life. Again, this is his story, his opinions, might attest to some people and might not to the others. And there you are, talking so arrogantly, undermining his life, blatantly judging him. And what that makes you? Yes, another asshole. Typical Asian mentality.

      P.S. Oh yaa, bashing other people’s English doesn’t make you any superior. At least he tried. Go ahead and bash me pulak, I know you like it that much, don’t you?!

      • I think the only eyes he opened are his own. Practically everyone knows that “getting good grades in exam, in schools, is not gonna guarantee us to live a happy and successful life;” it goes without saying. If he thought that, it is no wonder that he also thought that “[t]here are sacrifices that needed to be made” to get those grades.

        I don’t claim to be a nice person. I state what I think. A lot of these “regrets” budded from his own actions, his own choices. It has NOTHING to do with his guess that getting straight A1s in SPM would need to consume our lives.

        The problem, as I have stated in my original comment, is that he didn’t seem to have learnt from it. It was a fiasco, because he wasn’t happy with the end result. Period. That makes the entire SPM episode a failure to him; he lost more than he gained. But he seems to be doing the same thing with his resume now, obsessing over resume points and beefiness. A few years later, guess who’s going to write a blog post about why he regrets amassing resume points in university? Mr. Akira Wong, of course.

        • Alvin, you do love to critisized but you can’t stand being critisized yourself? The constructive criticisms of you are profoundly insightful, and your bombastic verbiage isn’t.

          Get down your intellectual high-horse and stop this act of schadenfreude. Success in life is not measured by your ‘high’ degree of intellect but by your emotional intelligence which is questionable if it is there to begin with. Your menage a trois with voyeurism and egoism remind me of sociopaths.

            • Oh so now you want to belabour the points of discussion… Let me remind you who started attacking people not points.

              Alvin Tan mentioned: “Second, you claim to be a budding entrepreneur — or a “wantrepreneur” as referred to in my circles (in case you’re wondering, it’s a derogatory term).”

              This is just one of many examples, but I am not going to meticulously point out all your personal attacks, I doubt you are the kind of person who heeds advice, you will have to learn from life experience.

              Since you seem to be so pedantic about grammatical correctness, let me correct you that the word ‘gotten’ is grammatically incorrect. The past partciple of ‘get’ is ‘got’, it is an IRREGULAR verb if you are to follow the standards of traditional British English.

              If you understood epistemology, I doubt you will be jingoistic in your replies to an author who did not even get personal with you. If you are not going to polish up on your EQ too, your ‘discussion’ is and will be meaningless.

              He gets four and a half star out of five for this post, he must have done something right. 90% of us find him agreeable, so where does this 90% of us stand in your intellectual hierarchy?

    • Journey to self-discovery is never an easy process, always ongoing.

      A successful life is a happy life, not necessarily measured by status (in materialistic achievements, or number of titles you have, etc). There is no general solution to leading a happy life. :) Some people like to lead a happy life by squashing their opponents like bugs, be it by status or having a bigger ego, etc. Let them be if it makes them happy, if our path to happiness is in contradiction to those kind people, all we need to do is just avoid them.

      The path to excellence is knowledge. Knowledge is not limited by intelligence, knowledge is limited by arrogance. You have a bright future ahead of you young man. Remember that egoism is inversely proportional to knowledge. Paradox it might be, the more you learn, the less you know, in the end, you will realise that being top is only arbitrary.

    • Be nice dickhead! You wouldn’t like it either if someone found out your weakness and starts making it worse.. Well obviously, he ain’t that good in English. But what makes you any better as a person? You can choose not to comment on this blog if you’re not happy. No?

      • Maybe I’m blunt and insensitive. But I have a point to make. Even better, I have a point to make that might help him. The point now is that he’s still repeating the same attitude (i.e. if I get all the resume points/A1s, I will be set for life) now in preparation of entering the workforce. He will be in for a rude awakening. He should be developing concrete skills — hard or soft — not just bother with things that will make his resume look good. He’s getting it wrong again, and I just wanted to alert him to his mistake.

    • First to the points:

      1), 2), 5): I agree with you to some extent – academic success and other parts of life need not be mutually exclusive. However, I would not be too quick in telling him that he was limiting in his beliefs. He skewed his focus in school towards getting superior grades: 16 A1’s unlike 11A1’s (or some other number), by the logic of wanting to “stand out” – perhaps with the aim of getting a scholarship. This comes with infinitely more sacrifice – and he put in what was required of him, maybe more.

      Sure, his priorities are questionable but we all have the benefit of hindsight. He could have aimed for slightly less A’s, be better honed in other areas and gotten a similar scholarship. On the flipside, he could have aimed for less A’s, expanded his horizons in other areas and not arrive at the same place: we will never know. What I will say is that he made the best decision for himself at THAT point in time and it has paid off.

      While I think regretting all of it is unnecessary (and unhealthy I might add), he is doing himself well by allowing his current priorities to be reshaped by past experiences so he doesn’t make the same “mistakes” of skewing his focus towards any end of one spectrum.

      3) “A bogus top student focuses only on the grades, mercenary to the core and without the wisdom to even discover and develop the core qualities needed for success in general. ”

      While I will try to refrain from accusing you of making crude generalizations which assumptions are unjustified – oh wait I just did – I will say that this entire point suggests more of a flaw in the system than a flaw of every single “bogus” student. I am in business school in the U.S right now and I can make the argument that there are “bogus top students” who focus on grades, are money/prestige-driven and are not necessarily the most ethical while they’re at it. Is it a function of their being or more so a function of the business environment?

      I understand your point about character but I really hate that you don’t at all acknowledge how our system incentivizes academic success over “character-building” activities. Given this, it is not surprising he would have skewed his focus towards grades. Also, even with his focus, does it mean he has no character? Where are you drawing your assumptions from?

      5) Resume points =/= grades. If you have a long resume, it means you’ve spent time OUTSIDE of school engaging your self in “character-building” activities rather than just your grades. He’s taking your “advice” if you will by expanding his horizons and trying to achieve a balance.

      “You’re supposed to be able to get a job WITHOUT the aid of a meticulously-edited, nonsense-filled resume. “… “Focusing your life around prepping your resume seems to be diametrically-opposed to being a self-starting businessman.”

      Again, many people who get into top firms – banking, consulting, what have you – have the aid of a “meticulously-edited, nonsense-filled resume.” You don’t get to be a Goldman Sachs banker without having a great resume. A great resume and having a great job are correlated, so I don’t understand how at all this is supposed to be helping Akira.


      I appreciate that you’re trying to “help” him but I think it would be more constructive in the future, in ANY KIND of open public forum if you:

      a) refrain from making broad generalizations about things you don’t necessarily understand
      b) nuance your arguments as much as you can. please do not go onto a public forum and talk about things like “getting a job without the aid of a [paraphrased: great] resume” – it shines more light on how much you actually [don’t] know
      c) emphatize/be tactful, something that is ESPECIALLY important if you are trying push your views onto other people. i’m sometimes surprised how people think they can get away with pushing their views onto other people without trying to be tactful. if this was a communications class, your argument would not just be terribly crude but unpersuasive

      You wanted to argue on points, not people. There you go.

  185. Let me say 1 thing…
    I dont mean to boast but I am a truly lazy ass but as far as it goes I still get a pretty boastful result *which means a great one that can be use to show off*
    But the truth is I dont really work hard like anybody said not like the writer of this long article… I also dont see my friends working mega hard like that, we just enjoy life at school, playing around, sleeping, chit chatting and yes doing all that while the teacher is in front of the class teaching… So what is the point in working truly hard if a lazy ass like me can get a good… no, a great result without working any hard as you guys, the hardworking ass….
    I dont get it… The final point is Colleges, Universities… Spm is juz shit…. Dont waste your life….

    • The final point is never Colleges/Universities. Please get that straight for your own sake.

      1. In Junior School, excelling in Pre-School doesn’t mean success
      2. In High School, excelling in UPSR doesn’t mean success
      3. In College, excelling UPSR doesn’t mean success
      4. In Job, cert (Degree/Master/PHD) doesn’t mean success
      5. In retirement, position/money doesn’t mean success
      6. In time of near death, almost everything doesn’t mean anything
      7. The only thing that important is always family, friends and how much have you contribute to others.

      Don’t try to think it out, try to ask around. If you’re in college, do ask the people in the workforce does whatever you do really mean anything. If you’re working, go ask those that already retired. If you’re already retired, do ask those that waiting for their death.

      All in all, protect those that important, but at the same time don’t forget to do what you’re supposed to do. Prioritized!!

  186. Glad you woke up to reality I can’t stand these kids going round with their strings of A’s. Its actually quite hilarious to people who are already working. Frankly I’ve never been for a single job interview that has asked for my SPM results, let alone my college results. Employers just want to know you have a cert and if you can deliver on the job. Now that you’re out of the ‘matrix’ the world’s your oyster, all the best to you.

  187. Your experience reminds me of this movies=
    3 Idiots and The Dead Poet Society… These inspirational movies taught students to pursue their dreams and not just do what others told them to do… (parents especially…xD) what your experience had told me, have lift my spirits ALOT! Thanks~ =D

    • I don’t think he ever went from excellent from average. He went from average (but not realising it) to average (but at least realising his mediocrity). It’s an improvement nonetheless.

      • really? sounds fishy there..
        you never know life in college i think because you didnt know our life..
        or maybe you never do any preparation to study in oversea or you never study in oversea..
        believe me, american degree harder than matrics and ausmat

    • Going from excellent in just studying to an average in fields beyond studying is a great improvement. It’s a stat-balancing thing.

  188. Akira, very proud of you and your thought.. :) still remember me? madam Arfah, your comparative religion teacher in your first semester..I’ve seen your potential from the very first time i saw you in the class.. you’re such an active student in class’s discussion…i also amazed with you and your group for the dance performance at the closing ceremony of sport competition in intec. :) :) wish you all the best..

    “begin your success with the bright and clear aims at end in of your mind..

    • Madam Arfah! I remember! OMG I was very touched when I read your comments. How’s your life? Since the first semester I hardly see you around in Intec again. There are also times when I slept in your class though. (I apologized). The dance was choreographed by my seniors, Thanges and the gang. That’s my very first experience in dancing and I felt very proud of trying it out as well. :D Thanks for everything as Intec does inspire me to do a lot more: things that I could never imagine before I graduated from my high school.

      • Hi Akira and Madam Arfah,

        It will be a great swindle if we walk away from here today not learning anything!


        Do you remember the time when Jiraiya tried to defeat Pain with his Rasengan but that wasn’t the real Pain, and then Jiraiya got attacked from behind and then he died? I don’t know about you, but I was like shouting at my TV screen: “Damnit Jiraiya, that’s not the real Pain! It’s a TRAP! How can you fall for something so simple? You are suppose to be a Sannin dattebayo!”

        Well, the trap was so obvious to us, but not to Jiraiya. What we don’t realise is that this happens to all of us, all the time. Sometimes we are too engrossed with the scenario in front of us; we need someone from the outside to wake us up.

        Read and appreciate Alvin Tan’s comments; his intentions for you are very good and sincere. Yes they are blunt, but I dare say his advice can trigger a life-changing moment. You have so much to gain.

        After all, Naruto didn’t learn the Kage Bunshin no Jutsu just to pass an exam. What would Naruto do if he was in your situation?

        Madam Arfah,

        You seem like a great teacher, one of those who teach students how to live rather than how to pass exams. It is fantastic to have a teacher like you entrusted with our country’s SPM high-achievers! Alvin Tan’s comments are a must-read for all students. Unfortunately, his message will be lost on the majority- look at the poor arguments in response to Alvin’s messages. I hope the events of today motivate you to inspire your students further. What are their REAL dreams (besides scoring straight A’s and landing a high-paying job)? What are their hobbies and interests? What do they do on a Saturday afternoon? What do they wish to contribute to society? What are your colleagues doing to encourage their dreams?

        Perhaps a good start is to point your students to Akira’s post, and ask, “What are your thoughts?”

        Good luck.

        • Nice one. Jun Neoh is right, Alvin Tan have some good points.
          Well, there are so many ways to make it life. Just make sure it’s the life you choose.
          I don’t think you want to spend more years doing something, then end up regretting all over again.

          And hey, language is a skill. Any skill can be improved if you work on it correctly. Don’t mind all the bashing, think of them as a motivation to learn.
          What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
          Good luck man.

    • I totally agreed with you. Parents and teachers tend to categorize good and bad student by judging their result based on the numbers of As in exam. Don’t ever judge a person by his/her result. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

  189. I get average result in SPM too. Despite the pressure and expectation, I believe that my nonchalant atitude had save me and definitely had save my high school life. From where I am now, I hope people and especially parents realize that in reality the numbers of As does not reflect the future success. There’s a huge different between being “Straight As Clever” and “Average As Smart”. All it takes in life is the level of maturity and resolution.
    So kids Its not the end of the world even if you are falling out from our country skewed yet imbalance education system because it is not a measurement of your potential to be successful as well. Live life to the fullest, enjoy it, learn from it, be mature and be smart because of it.

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