JOHOR BARU: When Suzana Adlha Jamaluddin and her sister Surianiza were enrolled in a Chinese vernacular school in Muar years ago, little did they know they would return to school as teachers.
Now, Suzana, 31, and Surianiza, 27, teach Bahasa Malaysia to students at two Chinese secondary schools in Muar and Klang.
Their parents, said Surianiza, had wanted their children to not just master Bahasa Melayu, but stressed the importance of learning other languages.
“I am the fifth of seven siblings. Four of us were enrolled in a Chinese school back home in Muar,” she said, adding that their parents were very strict about education.
The mother of two said she made sure she spoke to her young children in Mandarin at home so they could pick up the language.
Both Surianiza and Suzana were at Southern University College’s 22nd anniversary celebration here yesterday, which was also attended by Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung.
Surianiza said she and her sister had continued their studies at Southern UC after receiving a scholarship from the college, gaining a diploma in teaching Bahasa Malaysia.
In his speech, Dr Hou said Southern UC played an important role in Chinese community on matters of education.