Over 90,000 students begin SPM, STPM in Selangor today

PETALING JAYA: About 96,346 SPM and STPM candidates are sitting for the exam in Selangor starting today.

For 17-year-old Amar Azlan who is taking nine subjects for SPM, he felt the first paper taken earlier this morning was easier than the trial papers.

"However, I am still slightly nervous about the History paper. I will do my best," the SMK Taman Melawati student said.

The subjects that he will be tested on includes English, Mathematics, Science and Accounting.

Present also was his mother Yasmin Yusof who sent her son some lunch before the commencement of the second paper.

Commentind on the floods in Penang, Yasmin, a writer and a mother of two, expressed concern for her family and friends there.

"It's really sad (although) my family says they are safe as they are living in an apartment on the third floor around Balik Pulau area.

"They can't move easily as most of the roads are not easily accessible because of the floods," the Rotary Club of Ipoh South president told theSun.

"Our Rotary members are close. We are trying to arrange some assistance to alleviate the plight faced by families afflicted by this tragedy," she added.

The SPM exam this year starts on Monday and ends on Dec 4.

On Sunday, Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan said the SPM and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examinations will not be cancelled or postponed despite the flood situation in Penang and Kedah.

Kamalanathan emphasised that the safety of students remains a priority and that official instructions should be adhered to at all times.

A total of 23,114 SPM candidates will sit for it at 159 centres in Penang, while 34,672 candidates will sit for the examination at 261 centres in Kedah.

There are a total of 443,883 registered candidates at 3,363 exam centres throughout the country.

The Malaysian Examinations Syndicate (MES) Public Relations officer Khawari Idris said candidates who are unable to get to their designated examination centres should head to any centre nearest to them and report to its chief observer to sit for their examination papers for that day.

In case of emergency, candidates can contact the MES mobile room, open from 7am to 5pm daily at 03-6126 1668/1600 (general line); or 03-6126 1650/1651/1653/1661/1662.

The rain which lashed Penang overnight on Saturday is on record to be the highest – 45 mm more than the previous record of 270mm recorded on Sept 15, this year.

Police confirmed that seven are dead and over 3,000 have been evacuated after a storm triggered serious flooding on Nov 5.