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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Spot Tips English Essay PMR 2013 (Sample Essay)


Good Morning to the Principal, teachers and students. I am Harry, the president of the School Safety Club. This morning, I wish to talk to you about ‘Personal Safety – To, From and In School’.
Remember you will be safe when coming to school or returning from school if you move around in pairs or groups. There is always safety in numbers. When you are in a group, you will not be likely fall victim to criminals. If you are alone, it is safer to use the bus instead of the taxi. There are more people on the bus and you will be safe in company.
If you notice suspicious strangers anywhere, do not hesitate to report them to the school authorities. You will be able to save yourself or other young people from harm. After school, do not loiter around. Return home immediately after school. Your home is the safest place for you.
If you have to return home late, use brightly lit streets and avoid dark, lonely lanes. Many young people fall prey to snatch thieves and rapists in lanes which are hardly used. Most importantly, if something crops up in school and you are forced to return home late, inform your parents. In this way your parents can be on the lookout for you.
The school can also be a dangerous place if you do not take necessary precautions. If you have to leave the classroom to visit the toilet or for any reason, ask the teacher for permission. If the teacher is not in class and you have to leave in an emergency, inform a classmate before you get out of class. Let at least one person know of your whereabouts.
Another important piece of advice to follow all rules, regulations and instructions. These are safety measures and if you follow them you will be safe. Also avoid empty classrooms and dark corners. Danger always lurks in these places. If for some reason your parents are late in picking you up from school, wait near the guardhouse. You can be sure there will be people there at all times.
I hope you are convinced that there are many threats to your personal safety. Do pay heed to all that I have told you and follow the steps I have outlined to you. Remember we want you to be safe at all times.
Thank you.

Your cousin has just been offered a place in Form 6. However, he has also been offered a factory job at a monthly salary of RM800. His family is not rich. He writes to you to ask for your opinion, as he has always loved and respected you.
Write a letter to him, giving your opinion. You should base your letter on the points given above, adding any other information or ideas of your own.
When writing this letter, you should remember that:
you are writing to your cousin, who loves you
your cousin is worried
you have to use the proper letter format
you should write grammatical sentences
Reasons for Leaving School
Reasons For Doing Form 6
Afraid to fail Form 6
Job offer
Family not very well off
Tired of studying
Family can still afford to support him Quite a good student
Opportunity to enter university Better job prospects with STPM

Even though this is an informal letter, you have to write full grammatical sentences. Include all the points given, elaborating on them. Use a warm tone and express love and concern.

Sample Answer:
888, Taman Bersatu,
05100 Alor Setar,
2 October 2013.
Dear Susan,
It is great to hear from you after such a long time. Please send my regards to your family. Regarding your job offer, I have thought about it and here are a few points I would like to add to yours.
According to you, there are two reasons for taking up the job offer. Firstly, you family could use the extra income as you all are not very well off. You could then contribute instead of being a burden to them.
Secondly, you stated that you were afraid of failing Form 6, which is acknowledged by some students as the hardest exam in the world. If you do fail, you will have wasted two years in Form 6. Furthermore, you are tired of studying and decide that you want to start working.
There are, however, a few good reasons why you should continue your studies. Your family can actually still afford to support you as Form 6 is not very expensive. Besides, I am sure that your father would like to see you complete your studies as you have always been quite a good student.
If you do well in your Form 6, you will then be able to enter university. This will open up a lot of good job prospects for you. Even with just STPM qualification, you can still earn a higher wage. This will eventually be worth more than your two years’ working experience, that is if you decide to start working now.
Therefore, in conclusion, I would advise you to do form 6 if you feel confident in yourself and if your family agrees to support you. If you decide to go for it, make sure you do your best.
Your cousin,

Dear Diana,
Thank you for your letter which I received two weeks ago. I am glad to know that you are in good health.
In your letter, you asked me to look for a college which offers a computing course. Well, I went around to several renowned colleges in Kuala Lumpur and asked for information on the computing courses offered. I also discussed the matter with several friends who are doing similar courses and they, too, agree that you should take up the Diploma in Computing Course at Sunway College.
Sunway College has a proven track-record. The students from Sunway College re highly sought after as they are knowledgeable, skilled and reliable. Moreover, the duration of this course is only 10 months. This means you will be able to finish faster and join the workforce much sooner. I know this is important to you as you want to lighten your parents’ burden, more so since your father is going to retire soon. Furthermore, the college promises that you will get a job once you complete the course.
Another reason why you should take up the course at this college is the low fee if RM 3 500 which is payable in two installments. The other colleges charge between Rm 5 000- Rm 8 000 for similar courses and the payments must be made upon enrolment. I know that you would definitely prefer to pay in two installments so as not to tax your parents too much.
In addition, Sunway College is well-equipped. The lecture rooms are air-conditioned and the library is well-equipped. You will be able to study in comfort and need not go to other libraries to source for reference materials. Moreover, the lecturers are experienced. Most importantly, the college allows free use of computers. This means that you need not buy a computer and so you can cut down on expenses. Another way you can cut down on costs is by staying in the hostels provided by the college. Living in Kuala Lumpur can be very difficult especially for those on a tight budget as food and housing costs are very expensive. The college charges reasonable rates for the hostel and I know that you can get cheap food in that vicinity. Finally, the college promises scholarships to its top students who wish to pursue a degree course. With your diligence and determination, I am sure that you will be one of the recipients of this scholarship award.
I have no doubts that this college is suitable for you. If you need more information, please do not hesitate to call.
Till I hear from you, take care
Your friend

999 Taman Bahagia,
05200 Alor Setar.
The Editor
Morning Star,
123 Jalan Aman,
45100 Kuala Lumpur.                                                                                                                                               14 February 2013

Dear Sir,
Proximity of Shopping Complex to school
I wish to express my concerns regarding the location of the mega shopping complex that is taking shape around SMK Tasik Teratai. SMK Tasik Teratai is a good school and the discipline of the students is very good. However, things may change soon.
2. I believe that truancy is going to be a major problem because the shooping complex is less than 100 metres from the entrance of the school. Students are going to be attracted to the exciting activities happening at the shopping complex. They will start missing classes.
3. Students will also waste a lot of time loitering I the shopping complex. Even if they do not miss school, they will go there after school instead of going home or to extra-curricular activities.
4. Another social problem that will be created is that of young students mixing with bad company. We know that many drug pushers, addicts and gangsters, hang out at shopping complexes, waiting for victims. Innocent teenagers may start mixing with bad company and get involved in unhealthy habits or even criminal activities.
5. A disadvantage of having a shopping complex so close to the school is that children will be attracted to it and get into the habit of frequenting the shops. Parents may not be able to control their children’s spending.
6. Another problem that may arise is the disruption of teaching and learning. The loud music and promotional activities that are held frequently in shopping malls will infiltrate the school and capture the attention of the young and impressionable students.
7. Finally, the roads around SMK Tasik Teratai are going to be congested. As it is now, there is already traffic congestion before and after school hours. With the opening of the complex, the volume of traffic is definitely going to increase.
These are some of the problems that we, the teachers and students of SMK Tasik Teratai, anticipate. I hope the authorities concerned will take appropriate steps to overcome the problems mentioned.
Thank you.

Jacky Chan,
SMK Kayu Ara Pasong,
82010 Pontian,
Pn. Siti Suhanah,
SMK Kayu Ara Pasong,
82010 Pontian,
JOHOR                                                                                                                                                                               2 October 2013
Dear Madam,
Poor Quality of Food and Services at School Canteen
As Head of the Canteen Prefects, I wish to complain about the poor quality of food and services by our school canteen.
2. First of all, there are several complaints about the lack of variety in food. The menu is the same every day. As a result, students get bored of the same food. Students also say that the food served is tasteless and cold. Food should be cooked and served piping hot. In addition, the food sold is unhealthy. At times it is oily and at other times it is too salty. In the long run our health will suffer as we may end up with high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Something needs to be done about this situation.
3. I have also noticed that the food prepared is unhygienic conditions. Most of the time cooked food is left uncovered and the vegetables are washed on the dirty floor. Recently many students have fallen ill with food poisoning.
4. Quite often the cutlery, that the workers say has been washed, is oily. This simply proves that the cutlery is not washed properly.
5. Several students have complained that the canteen workers are rude. They bark at the students for no rhyme or reason. In addition, the workers are careless when returning the change. Students are often short-changed. This must stop.
6. Another criticism I have against the workers is that they are not properly dressed. When handling food, workers are required to wear aprons, caps and gloves to ensure cleanliness is maintained at all times.
We hope that the school administration will attend to our complaints and take necessary action a soon as possible. Thank you.
Yours faithfully
(Jacky Chan)


It is Road Safety Week in your school and you have been asked to give a speech. Write out the speech that you will give.
Include the following points:
reckless drivers and motorists
tired drivers, especially drivers of lorries
poor road conditions
poorly maintained vehicles
everyone is responsible for road safety

You should use all the points given above. When writing the speech, you should remember:
to use the proper address and closing remarks
that your listeners are students and teachers
to write in paragraphs

The instructions indicate that this talk would be given in your school, perhaps at assembly, so you would address the principal, teachers and other pupils. You are instructed to mention the topic of your talk. You can also mention your purpose for giving the talk, which is part of the programme for Road Safety Week. Make sure you include all the points given. You can arrange the points in any logical sequence, expanding on them with examples or explanations of your own. For your ending, you should tell your listeners how you would like them to respond, adding a suitable saying if you know one. And thank them for listening to you.

Sample Answer:

A very good morning to our Principal, teachers and my fellow students,

I am very glad indeed to be standing here in front of you this morning. You see, as I was crossing the road in front of our school, I was nearly hit by a motorcyclist, who had suddenly turned out of the school gate and was speeding in the wrong direction, straight for me! Fortunately, I was able to jump aside in time. It’s such a strange timing, since I was planning to give a talk entitled “Keeping Our Roads Safe” in conjunction with Road Safety Week.

Anyhow, this is my first point. Roads are often made dangerous by reckless motorists or motorcyclists who speed around, not looking out for other road users. Sometimes motorcyclists even conduct races on the road! Such irresponsible road hogs should be collared by the authorities. There should be stricter enforcement of the traffic rules and bigger tines should be imposed on reckless drivers. Some drivers are rather young, and perhaps too immature to realise the dangers that they are inflicting on others. I believe that the minimum age for new drivers should be increased to 20.

A common situation when dangerous driving occurs is when the drivers are too tired, for example, when a lorry driver has to drive long distances across the country. Such practices should be actively discouraged. Awareness campaigns should be carried out on the dangers of driving non-stop for long periods. Furthermore, the authorities should also suspend the licenses of dangerous drivers, especially those driving heavy vehicles.

Finally, road safety is also affected by poor road conditions and poorly maintained vehicles. The authorities should carry out regular checks on vehicles to ensure that only road-worthy vehicles are allowed on the roads. It is also the duty of the government to keep the roads in good condition.

If the government and the citizens realise the importance of road safety and take active steps to remedy the situation, there will be less road accidents. So, whether you are a motorist, a motorcyclist or a pedestrian, let’s try to do our part to make the roads safer. Remember: The life you save could be your own.
Thank you.


SMK Kayu Jati’s Fund-Raising Carnival
The 30th June, which happened to be warm and sunny Sunday morning, saw the field of SMK Kayu Jati as a hive of activities. On a day when everyone else was resting at home, glued to their television sets, the students of this school and their parents had sacrificed their beauty sleep to be in school by six-thirty. Reason? They were there to help out with the one-day carnival jointly organized by the school authorities and the Parent-Teacher Association.
The idea for the carnival was mooted by our beloved Principal, Puan Hajah Sri Asmida Saadon , to raise funds for several projects. The school hopes to use the money collected to help needy students pay their tuition fees. The money will also be used to help sponsor twenty students who come from single parent homes. Other than that, the money will also be used to buy new books for the school library as the existing books are torn and tattered. Some reference books are outdated while the fiction books are from our parents’ era.
The parents and teachers had set up stalls offering a variety of mouth-watering dishes. Pn. Ruzi Liyana, the senior assistant, could be seeing slaving over a barbeque pit, fanning sticks of chicken satay and frankfurters. Not to be outdone was the chairman of the PTA, Tuan Haji Nasoha. Together with a few teachers and parents, he could be seen serving his endless streams of customers a variety of ice-blended drinks. Other popular stalls included Pn. Hidayah’s ‘Nyonya Fare’ and Mr. Wee’s ‘Bollywood Cuisine’. I found out that the teachers and parents had slaved hard from three a.m. to prepare the food at home. Judging from the crowd, I can safely say that many of our teachers are good cooks. Moreover, all the food was sold out by 1 p.m. Many visitors who came later were disgruntled but Puan Hajah Sri Asmida saved the day. She had earlier made arrangements with the restaurants nearby to supply food to the school should such situation occur.
The games’ stall were handled by the students themselves. The Ghost House was all-time favourite, with tickets for the day sold out by 12 noon. Many children could be seen trying their hand on mini golf, ‘ride a pony’ and the numerous dart games which offered attractive prizes to winners.
The prefectorial Board members had turned music deejays for the event. For a mere 50 sen, they spun popular English, Malay, Chinese and Hindi songs. Requests for dedications kept them busy the whole day.
The carnival was over by 4 p.m. More than three thousand people had turned up to support our carnival. A whooping RM 50 000 was raised. Some parents have suggested that the carnival be made an annual fare as it not only helps the school raise funds for useful projects but also encourages co-operation among all parties involved. Let’s hope that next year’s carnival is even more successful and we can have a much-needed school hall.
Reported by,
Thalathiyah Nawa
Some Tips on Weight Loss and Weight Management
These days, many teenagers are very concerned about their weight. Many go on crash diets hoping to be transformed into models with svelte figures. Some, who are already slim, embark on such diets to become as skinny as Victoria Beckham. The seriousness with which teens tackle weight issues is worrying as the methods they use, such as going on crash diets and consuming slimming pills, are harmful. This article is therefore written with the aim of giving sensible solutions to weight loss and weight management.
First, one should always eat sensibly. One way to do this is to cut down on foods that are high in sugar and fats such as cakes, biscuits and fast food. You should consume more fibre-rich foods as they keep you feeling full for a longer period of time. Instead of eating white bread, go for whole meal bread. Also, you should consume more vegetables and fruits, especially green leafy vegetables. Be selective of the fruits you eat and avoid those with a high sugar content. One important tip to help in weight management is to chew your food slowly. This way you will eat less. When you eat in a rush, you tend to eat more and the results will show on the scale.
You should never go on crash diets as they are unhealthy. One major reason for this is that you will gain back the weight that you had lost. At the end of it, you might even be heavier than when you first started dieting. Crash diets take a toll on your body. This is detrimental especially to students. When you deprive your body of food, you will feel physically tired and mentally sluggish an this will affect your daily activities and disrupt your studies. Remember, your body needs nutrients in the right amounts to function efficiently.
Another useful tip to reduce your weight is to learn t recognize hunger pangs. Whenever you feel hungry, ask yourself whether you are really hungry. In fact, you might only be thirsty. This way you can cut down on unnecessary calories by drinking plain water instead of reaching for food.
Lastly exercise regularly. No weight loss programme is effective without some form of exercise. Exercise helps to burn calories and you continue burning calories for some time after finishing your exercise routine. Experts recommend that you exercise at least three times a week for a minimum of thirty minutes. There are many forms of exercise you can take up, the easiest of which is walking.
Remember, your goal should be life-long weight management, not just short term weight loss at the expense of your health. Maintaning a healthy lifestyle takes effort especially in a country which is a culinary delight where people eat all the time. You have to be disciplined if you want to achieve and maintain your ideal body weight.
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Your school library is in a bad state and many of the students have been complaining about it. As the Secretary of your school’s Reading Club, you have been asked to write a report to the Principal to inform him about the problem and to suggest solutions.

Include the following points in your report:
old books books in poor conditions
insufficient chairs and tables
media equipment is not functioning
inefficient and lazy librarian

You should elaborate on the points given and add any further points of your own. When writing your report you should remember:
that you are writing to your Principal.
to address him properly
to sign off correctly

You have to write a report, addressed to the Principal. Make sure you include all the points provided, elaborating on them through details, examples, explanations or related points. You can touch briefly on the improvements that you would like to see, but as it was not specified in the question, you should not stress on them. Note that the word limit was not mentioned so you are free to add in more material so as to gain the maximum marks that have been allocated for your points. The language used must be formal. Be sure not to use slang, contractions or conversational forms.

Sample Answer:

To: The Principal, SMK Panglima Bukit Gantang, Kerian, Perak

Poor Conditions and Services of the School Library
I am writing this report to draw your attention to the poor conditions and services of our school library.
Firstly, the collection of library books needs to be expanded and improved upon. Many of the books are so old that they are out of-date and in poor condition, with torn or missing pages.
Secondly, the seating arrangements are inadequate. Only 12 chairs have been provided in our library for a school of more than 200 students. Furthermore, many of the chairs and tables are rickety and the tabletops are all so deeply scratched that it is difficult to write on them. It would also be much more conducive to readers if some easy chairs were provided, so pupils will able to relax while reading.
Thirdly, the media equipment in the library is not functioning. As far as I know, it has been out-of-order since January last year and has not been repaired since then.
Finally the school librarians arc rude and unhelpful. To quote just one example, when asked for help in finding a book, one librarian responded, “Find it yourself. Do you think I am your mother?” Surely, librarians should be more willing to assist the students.
One of the objectives of our club is to encourage reading among the students of the school. As we realise that many of the students will have little access to good reading material apart from the school library we hope that the conditions in our library can be improved.

School Reading Club

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