Moral Studies paper stolen!


by Mariam Mokhtar
Malaysiakini
Oct 1, 2012

After the furore concerning the leaked question on Bersih 3.0 in the mock SPM test papers, a more serious problem has emerged; the Moral Studies paper for the upcoming examination has been stolen.

Originally, the trial papers had prompted concerns that young minds were being indoctrinated – a charge denied by deputy ministers Puad Zarkashi and Wee Ka Siong.

Puad said: “As long as it does not affect the racial or religious sensitivities or malign any individual, I feel (the question) is not a problem… It’s up to the rakyat to decide.”

Wee also disagreed that education was being politicised and refuted calls for an investigation: “I cannot act based on any Tom, Dick or Harry’s allegations….”

With weeks to go before the examination, all police leave has been cancelled and an investigation into the theft ordered. A spokesperson said the probe would include everyone who had access to the test paper before publication, the printers and the people who set the questions.

Like many other parents and children who want an advantage in the forthcoming exams, this correspondent managed to secure a copy of the Moral Studies paper, for RM100, in the backstreets of Kepong.

The Moral Studies core syllabus is divided into seven fields; self-development, family, environment, patriotism, human rights, democracy, peace and harmony. They are designed to test one’s understanding of moral values (nilai), definitions and reasoning.

To make this test fair for everyone, I have included some of the harder questions.

1. How would you show patriotism?

(a) Fly the Malaysian flag and report your neighbour who doesn’t.

(b) Buy only ‘Made in Malaysia’ goods.

(c) Be a responsible citizen and speak out if you disagree with the laws of the country.

2. You would like to help your community and take advantage of the government projects available but lack knowledge and experience. Would you:

(a) Seek your uncle (the one with Year Five education but who drives a Ferrari) who is the division head of the local Umno?

(b) Seek employment in a firm which offers the necessary training or bribe them to accept you?

(c) Enrol in vocational school and sign up for an apprenticeship to get the required skills?

3. You hear about the calls for democracy and are curious. Would you:

NONE(a) Scrutinise both mainstream and alternative papers, and talk to a variety of people?

(b) Join the butt dance led by the army veterans because you like dancing and as the Poco-poco is banned, you might as well do the state-sanctioned butt dance?

(c) Ignore all the printed media but focus on TV3, RTM and Astro because you never liked reading?

4. Your moral studies teacher asks a rhetorical question. “If you are a cabinet minister, how would you deal with the misappropriation of public funds by your family?” What is your response?

(a) Send your children to New York to lie low, and close down all downstream activities.

(b) Feign ignorance about your spouse’s dealings, and warn your leader that you, too, have detrimental information on him and other party members.

(c) You would never allow such things to happen in the first place – rights come with responsibilities and accountability.

5. Your national newspaper has called for the alternative media to apologise to Malaysians for being a ‘tool for foreigners’. Would you:

(a) Write to the editor of the national paper and ask for his views on the allegations that the authorities are ‘allowing foreigners into the country in exchange for votes’?

(b) Contact one of the right-wing extremist groups and volunteer to wazz on photos of the alternative editors, during one of their protests?

(c) Disagree because you believe we need maids, petrol pump attendants and market stall traders?

6. A fishing village has organised a demonstration because of concerns that a new chemical plant will pollute the environment and affect the livelihood of the villagers and fishermen. Would you:

(a) Say ‘I’ve seen the water and it looks good and clear. What is the fuss?’, then hope and pray that no interfering Malaysiakini journalist asks you to drink the water?

(b) Contact the local thugs to throw bags of acid on the organiser’s cars to scare the demonstrators?

(c) Join the protesters in a march of solidarity?

7. A VVIP is on your flight from London to KLIA. You have been asked to vacate your first class seat for his extended entourage. Would you:

(a) Ask for a datukship in exchange for that inconvenience?

(b) Willingly do so to show your allegiance to King and country?

(c) Don your eyemask and ear plugs, feign sleep, and put a ‘Do not disturb’ sign on your bed?

8. What is the correct procedure for the police to respond to peaceful demonstrators?

riot police fru bersih tear gas(a) Use the element of surprise and wait for Muslims in the crowd to observe the call to prayer; when they are praying on the streets, roll in the trucks and detain the rioters.

(b) Provided there is no violence, marchers should be allowed to exercise their democratic right.

(c) Use a combination of razor wire, tear gas and chemically laced water.

9. How should the judiciary deal with child rapists?

(a) Find some reason to convince the judge that the child forced him to impregnate her and also inspire the judge of his bright future.

(b) Child rape is statutory rape and there are laws to deal with this, if only judges could be bothered to learn the law.

(c) A Muslim can marry his victim and escape imprisonment. If he is not a Muslim, he can convert, then marry his victim and be received with open arms and also be showered with the benefits of being a bumiputera. The rapist can always divorce his child bride so she can resume her schooling or look after the child, whichever suits her.

10. The PM is suffering a drop in his popularity. Would you:

(a) Start a Facebook page with ‘I love the PM’ and write to food and beverage companies to put the PM’s face on their cans of drink?

(b) Tell the PM that he deserves to know what the rakyat feel about him – ‘Serves him right’?

(c) Join the call by the Minister of Misinformation to support the PM’s endeavours in cyberspace – send newspapers doctored photos of people swarming around the PM?

11. If you are elected chief minister of a state, how would you show how much you care for the people?

(a) When your child marries, invite as many people as possible to the wedding. This will save on buying presents, and gets you into the record books.

(b) Attract foreign investment by doing whatever is morally right, environmentally safe, economically viable and of use to the local inhabitants.

(c) Woo big corporations which have problems setting up their businesses elsewhere in the world. Just sign on the dotted line, and ensure that they pay their gratuities to the key people. The rakyat should be thankful for the development and jobs provided. Some scientist is bound to have discovered how to neutralise any toxic or radioactive products.

12. You are asked to be in charge of a think tank to boost the image of the ruling party. Would you:

(a) Organise raids to disrupt any of the opposition’s talks and gatherings, and distribute sex videos, because Malaysians love porn?

(b) Give film companies fiscal incentives and tax breaks to produce films which will plant the seeds of fear in the rakyat?

(c) Gather a team of experts to advise you of the situation on the ground, then systematically tackle each problem with sound reliable policies?

13. You are asked what criterion you would use to call an election.

(a) Consult numerology experts and the tea leaves in your daily cuppa.

(b) Individuals and companies are adversely affected by the uncertainty surrounding the election date, so you will make sure that a firm date is set for future elections.

(c) Ask someone in Sarawak to recommend a reliable shaman. You are a firm believer in alternative methods. Best of all, you like to keep the rakyat in the dark.

MARIAM MOKHTAR is a non-conformist traditionalist from Perak, a bucket chemist and an armchair eco-warrior. In ‘real-speak’, this translates into that she comes from Ipoh, values change but respects culture, is a petroleum chemist and also an environmental pollution-control scientist.

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  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 3 October 2012 - 9:44 am

    Actually when Puad was given the education portfolio, why no one raised a ruckus – the man is a card-carrying racist – a zealot even..How in the world the opposition did not raise a ruckus is beyond me..

  2. #2 by monsterball on Wednesday, 3 October 2012 - 10:29 am

    The real moral exam paper was stolen????
    The one prepared by Mariam Mokhtar posted here will not be allowed.
    Most students will fail…for they do not know the real truths..from papers…TVs and in schools.
    However…most are learning fast from Internet news..comments and write ups.
    Thus most may pass with flying colours.
    Children are guided by parents not to discuss politics publicly.
    It is great news that vast majority University students voted for change of Govt. in the mock election conducted throughout Malaysia….and news never published in papers.

  3. #3 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 3 October 2012 - 11:27 am

    How can the UMNO/BN govt talk about Moral Studies, no less the point man being a racist, when it refuses even to pay Kelantan Oil Royalties?

    I find it unbelievable that the Kelantan oil royalties has even gotten to the point of law. .Oil was explored off Terengganu by the Federal Govt even before Petronas was formed and yet when Petronas and Petroleum Act was established, Terengganu immediately was paid the oil royalty because as Tunku said ‘the poorer states should have it’..

    Its simply a matter of morality that Kelantan should get the oil royalty and since UMNO/BN can’t even behave morally on such a basic Federal-state matter, the idea that they should be doing Moral studies, with racist as the point-man, shows how convulated immoral UMNO/BN is already is.

  4. #4 by sheriff singh on Wednesday, 3 October 2012 - 11:59 am

    Is this Moral Studies paper for real or is this a joke by MM ?

    Just what is in the syllabus of these types of paper these days ? Who sets the questions ? Who vets and approve them ? Wee Ka Siong ?

  5. #5 by Winston on Wednesday, 3 October 2012 - 12:11 pm

    Moral Studies Paper got stolen?
    That just goes to show how immoral the country has become under the present Federal Government!!!
    Are there any morals left?
    So Malaysians must judge whether they still want to consort with the Devils they have known for five and a half decades or the Angels they have been acquainted with for about half a decade!!!

  6. #6 by yhsiew on Wednesday, 3 October 2012 - 1:25 pm

    What is next? Steal the mark list and change the grades?

  7. #7 by sheriff singh on Wednesday, 3 October 2012 - 2:17 pm

    All you need to score A** is to answer the questions with any one or all of these words:

    George Soros, Transformasi, 1Malaysia, BR1M, Janji Ditepati, Rosmah Mansor, ETP, Sodomy.

    Words NOT to use are:

    Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang, Pakatan Rakyat, Cowgate, Scorpene, SUARAM (definitely a no-no), Corruption, Crony.

  8. #8 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Wednesday, 3 October 2012 - 2:31 pm

    Exam paper got stolen? Wots the big deal? Its only a sheet of paper, aint it? If a plane engine could be carted out of the air force without anyone knowing what about a sheet of paper? Dead easy mate.

  9. #9 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Wednesday, 3 October 2012 - 2:44 pm

    Now about the questions on moral mariam drafted, I would like to propose the following answers (for marking purposes).

    Irrespective of the question give full marks to any answer that bears effect or meaning:

    (1) umno is great;
    (2) jib is best; ros is cantik;
    (3) ketuanan umnoputra = right to take money;
    (4) butt show is great;
    (5) rambutans are only for umno/umnoputras;
    (6) gobermen projects are only for umno and cronies;
    (7) umno can force potential witnesses in criminal cases to commit suicide;
    etc etc.

  10. #10 by Jeffrey on Wednesday, 3 October 2012 - 4:53 pm

    There’s yet another harder question for the Moral Paper:-

    “Someone in either state or district education offices or the school that set the Moral Paper Paper leaks a set of questions out which, according to your contact, can be purchased for RM100-00. Which is the appropraite response? (a) walk away (b) purchase it for reference (c) purchase it for reference and then sell it for RM150 to another student who needs it (d) report the source to the MACC.

    “Since we’ve given autonomy to schools
    0b noral

  11. #11 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Thursday, 4 October 2012 - 5:25 pm

    Maybe there is a harder question still for Muhyiddin:

    1) How is possible for MOE to report better results every year in SPM?
    a) Leak the papers.
    b) Sell the papers.
    c) Give the papers to UMNO operatives – to win votes.

    Ok, ok, not a fair question. Try this one:
    1) Why are Malaysian public university graduates unemployable?
    a) Qualifications are like celup degrees.
    b) Degrees are worth RM100/piece.
    c) UMNO wants to hire them as Mat Rempits.
    c)

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