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Saturday, September 10, 2005

The Malaysian Star

As promised, here is the Malaysian Star, Carmen Cheh... This article forms part of the series on education in Singapore published in The Borneo Post on 10 September 2005..

They call her “Malaysian Star” in NUS High School of Maths and Science. Carmen Cheh is one of the Accelerated students in the School. Though she is in Year 1, she is doing Year 3 maths.

The “Star” shines, indeed. When asked where she would be furthering her studies after completing her high school, she answered without hesistance, “MIT in Boston.”

Carmen spotted NUS High School’s website on her own. She applied directly to the school and attended the Science and Math Camp. The Principal, Mr Lee who interview her said, “I can’t refuse her. She took all the initiative and expressed enthusiasm.”

Carmen’s father is a medical doctor in Perak, Malaysia while her mother is presently with her in Singapore. She is the only child of the family. She did her primary school education at Sekolah Kebangsaan Methodist, Tanjong Maling, Perak. She was the model student of the school for five out of the six years she studied there.

Asked on NUS High School, Carmen said,

“The teachers are very dedicated. They are kind. They help us in every way. If we have problems, they are ever ready to help and guide us. The school’s syllabus is very good. We can choose our own module. The facilities are good.”

On why she picked Singapore and not a school in Malaysia, Carmen said,

“For one, I always think of studying in Singapore.l This offer is difficult to refuse, you can choose the modules to study.”

Carmen’s favourite subjects are Maths and Physics.

During leisure time, Carmen reads.

“When I read books, I am immensed in my world. I select the books but my mother has to go through the books.”

On the question from her Principal posed, “Even books from our school’s library?”, Carmen gave a sweet smile.

Carmen also plays piano. She will play one or two computer games. She said, “When the computer is on, when I am tired, I would play one or two games.”

She wants to be a computer programmer. Her Principal said Carmen has been writing simple computer program. Carmen said her father taught her about computer programming.

The Principal said Carmen is very proactive.

“She would tell you what she has learnt. This will enhance her own learning and our ability to help her. She fights for what she wants. She has been with audition with the professors of National University Singapore, they will teach her on one to one basis for few hours a week.”

At the close of the interview with Carmen, I jokingly asked Carmen whether she played dolls when she was younger. The question brought a broad smile on our “Malaysian Star”,

“Yes, I play dolls and board games.

6 comment(s):

Malaysian shines everywhere, except Malaysia.

Oop... sorry, Merdeka is just over.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:34 am  

Hi, ws,

Sure, Malaysians shine everywhere, I agree. But, i beg to differ - Malaysians shine in Malaysia, too.

Thank you for dropping a line.

Welcome to the home of Malaysian.


By Blogger Yan, at 5:59 pm  

She is currently my classmate and she is one girl who will go far. U rox carmen!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:58 pm  

Carmen is my classmate too and she rocks to the core .... By the way, she is not a malaysian star ... she is the NUS HIGH SCHOOL M05102 STAR! I'm glad she's in my mentor grp and wish tat she will be my fwen foreva.

A. S. B. Vardhini


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:50 am  

Hi, A.S.B. Vardhini and classmate of Carmen,

Thanks for leaving some words here. Sure, Carmen is the star of NUS High School of Science and Maths. She is also the pride of Malaysia, right?


By Blogger Yan, at 10:56 pm  

Shes not called the Malaysian star in our class, shes called the malaysian tiger...due to a fiery temper =)

Another loving classmate.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:24 pm  

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