KAJANG: Iddin Faizal Mohd Khair and Alan Wong are both in primary school but their ability to solve mathematics equations can leave many amazed.
While nine-year-old Iddin Faizal could add 10 rows of nine-digit numbers in less than 30 seconds, Wong, 11, could add and subtract 10 rows of 12 digit numbers at the same time.
Iddin Faizal had been developing his Mental Arithmetic skills since the age of six while Wong, since he was seven. Both are pupils at the Universal Concept Mental Arithmetic System (UCMAS), a smart learning centre.
“I like their methods, which had helped me a lot in my studies,” said Wong, with Iddin Faizal agreeing.
The two young mathematicians demonstrated their skills before several VIPs and journalists at a joint event organised by the centre – the 4th Malaysia Abacus and Mental Arithmetic International Competition and the 10th UCMAS Abacus and Mental Arithmetic International Competition – yesterday.
Launched by the National Unity and Social Development Ministry secretary-general, Dr P. Manogran, the event was co-organised by Mead Johnson.
About 3,000 students took part in the competitions at Universiti Tenaga Nasional, near here, including over 50 participants from Indonesia, India, Brunei and China.
The event earned a spot in the Malaysia Book of Records as the “Largest Mental Arithmetic Competition”, while UCMAS also received two entries in the book for “Largest Mental Arithmetic Academy” and “First Mental Arithmetic Institution To Achieve ISO 9001:2000”.