Exam week

It’s exam week in a pandemic. Thankfully, the exam format is MCQ. I could just eeny-meeny-minie-mo if I don’t know the answers. I am also thankful that I am not on weekend duty at the Covid Assessment Centre (CAC). I could do some revisions, sample questions and tips from the forum. I tried to read my modules in the car in between my patients as I go on my mobile vaccine outreach activity. However it is quite difficult to focus.

Thus, I am relying heavily on my assignment scores. For HUbungan Etnik it amounts up to 70% of the total marks. MCQ makes up for the rest of the 30%. Is it wishful thinking to hope for an A (moon) and if I don’t, I land in the stars (B)?

14.08.2021 – Hubungan etnik

15.08.2021 – Health and Wellness

18.08.2021 – Statistics for Psychology

Uncle Muthu – the subject for my assignment

For Hubungan Etnik, we need to submit an assignment written in Bahasa Melayu. The task evolved around the Upin Ipin animation and how it can play a role in achieving unity. We need to provide examples of how these characters made it possible and the one thing that crossed my mind was, “Do I need to watch all the episodes?”

Judging from the conversation in forums, it seems like we could write a fairly good essay based on the superficial knowledge we have about the animation. Surely, the cliches of ‘amalan-amalan murni’ like helping the elderly, teamwork etc would be what the characters will be doing. However, to produce an outstanding essay, I think it would take an extra mile to show the examiners that we know what we are talking about. I decided to go an extra mile.

Watch Upin&Ipin | Netflix

I chose Uncle Muthu as my ikon of unity for my essay. I felt that Jarjit would be a very popular choice. Who could not resist mentioning him and his pantun, right? Uncle Muthu seemed like a favourable character and worth exploring more as I started the draft of my essay. I knew him as an Indian man who sells local delicacies at his stall in the village but surely there is more to him than that.

His biodata on the web did not elaborate much except for the fact that he has a son called Raju. I asked my son if he knew anything extra about Uncle Muthu but he only knows that he sells ABC. And so began my marathon of Upin Ipin on Youtube. It was an incredible research portal as there were tonnes of side information about Muthu. His most prominent episode was Cahaya Deepavali.

THE ASSIGNMENT

The question asked about the impact of Uncle Muthu towards kesepaduan sosial. I outlined my answers as below;

  • menyediakan ruang sosial untuk penduduk setempat berintegrasi
  • berasimilasi dengan budaya dan masyarakat setempat
  • berbudi bahasa dan prihatin dalam komunikasi harian
  • mendidik ahli komuniti secara tak langsung mengenai keunikan kebudayaan etnik beliau

Of course, each point was elaborated by extracting examples from relevant episodes. I am so grateful for Youtube. It was easier to watch it there than having to go on Netflix.

Ethnic studies

Malaysia is a Nation Without State. Negara Tanpa Bangsa. We are not like Indonesia yet where its citizens are identified as bangsa Indonesia. A person may be from a Chinese ethnicity but his name is probably Ari Wastroyo something. She may be a non muslim by the name of Siti Murni. In Malaysia, we are still identified by our race and religion. It’s not really a bad thing to be honest, in fact, multiculturalism is worth celebrating.

In this semester, ethnic studies or Hubungan Etnik is a mandatory subject. Browsing the topics, it looks a bit like history class. I am intrigued to see how the tutor is going to bring forth this subject in a neutral manner. This is because the last thing I want is for us learners to feel like we are being brainwashed in a camp. We’ve only had 2 classes so far and it seems OK. Of course, the topic will get more difficult and challenging as time goes by as we navigate around the sensitive issues of social contracts and such.

The Assignment

The question is about kesepaduan sosial dalam mewujudkan kestabilan dalam konteks Malaysia where we base our essay on the local animation, Upin Ipin. The essay is to be written in Bahasa Melayu. The assignment itself carries 70% of the total marks. That is a lot of weightage. Screw this up, it brings down the whole grade.

That was what happened with my Cognitive Psychology subject last semester. (sob)

The deadline for this assignment is next month. Time is running out. I need to start soon.