Rubber tapper’s son scores straight As in UPSR

  • Nation
  • Friday, 21 Nov 2003


JASIN: Tears flowed down rubber tapper Chong Chu Yin’s face when her son Sam Meng Seng told her his results for the UPSR examination – 7As. 

At the rubber estate where she has toiled for years to raise her two children, Chong, a single mother in her 40s, could not believe the good news until Meng Seng’s teacher Gan Yew Hoon repeated the results to her. 

“I told you but you didn’t believe me,” said Gan, who had predicted on Wednesday that Meng Seng would score straight As. 

IT'S FOR REAL: Meng Seng showing his results slip to his mother at the rubber estate.

Overwhelmed, Chong could only manage to respond with a “Thank you.” 

Meng Seng, a student of SJKC Toon Hua in Nyalas near here, about 50km from Malacca, helps his mother to clean the cups for collecting latex and with the household chores whenever he can. 

His father died of lung cancer before he was born. He has a 15-year-old sister, Mui Fong. 

Left to bring up the two on her own, Chong’s day starts in the wee hours of the morning when she gets up to tap rubber. She then returns home to cook for the family before proceeding to clean several houses in the afternoon. 

In the low-cost house for which she pays a monthly rental of RM120, she also utilises the small garden to plant ladies finger, green onions, sawi and long beans as well as to rear chicken. 

With her meagre income, Chong also sends Meng Seng to tuition classes. 

“I hope he can continue to do well in his studies,” she said. 

Gan promised to help her submit an application to have Meng Seng admitted into a secondary school in Jasin.  

Both Meng Seng and Mui Fong said they wanted to be teachers when they grew up. 

For the first time, SJKC Toon Hua, with an enrolment of 69, scored a passing rate of 88.9%, with three of its nine candidates getting straight As. This made it the top-ranked Chinese school nationwide.  

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