Wednesday, August 29, 2012

MUET WRITING COMPONENT QUESTION 1(STATISTICAL REPORT)










FINAL LEAP 1119 2010 DIRECTED WRITING






SAMPLE MARKING SCHEME ENGLISH SPM











DIRECTED WRITING AND CONTINUOS WRITING








NARRATIVE ESSAYS


SATURDAY, 7 MAY 2011

Bahasa Inggeris narrative essay writing tips for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)

A view through a former student's eyes


read, understand, practise and apply


INTRODUCTION


Hey, I was a Form 5 student in a boarding school (Sekolah Menengah Sains Seremban in 2010) and being around with intelligent friends sometimes can be very stressful to keep up with. I admit that I also was struggling with my essay writing in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) bahasa Inggeris paper 1 in section B for a long time. Although I got an A for my Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) bahasa Inggeris, it was different from the SPM bahasa Inggeris because most of the questions are subjective questions and in paper 1 we have to write two essays; one Directed Writing essay and one Continuous Writing essay which carry maximum 85 marks out of 160 marks in total. In this blog I will be discussing on Continuous Writing and giving emphasis on narrative essay. Continue your reading to find out why I am giving such emphasis on narrative essay.


GETTING TO KNOW YOUR QUESTION PAPER

SPM bahasa Inggeris paper 1 consists of two sections; Section A and Section B.

Section A is where you are applying your knowledge on writing a talk, a speech, a report, a dialogue, an article, a letter and so on. You are given 45 minutes to answer this section. This section is compulsory for you to answer because only one question is given that brings a total of 35 marks. How the examiner marks the directed writing: from 35 marks; 3 marks awarded for format; 12 marks for content points and 20 marks for language (grammar).

Section B is where you are applying all your knowledge in writing skills. This section is where the rules of grammar take their roles. Therefore, prepare yourself with adequate amount of grammar and how it works. Now, lets take a bird's view on this section.
You are given five questions and only to answer one.
You are given an hour to read through all questions, to choose the question you feel most comfortable with, to plan for the points, to write and to check for any grammatical error. That’s seriously a lot of tasks to do within 1 hour. So my suggestion is that you must determine your chosen or most comfortable type of written essay (either narrative, reflective, descriptive, argumentative/persuasive or factual/expository). For me, I rather avoid choosing reflective, descriptive, argumentative/persuasive or factual/expository essay because these types of essay require a lot of knowledge on current issues. Thus, I choose narrative essay.
This section carries 50 marks.

How the examiner marks the continuous writing: they mark the essay based on impression which means there is no fixed formula to mark your essay, but they will judge your essay based on your tenses, vocabulary, sentence structures and so on. From there they will determine your marks. Later in this blog I will be discussing on ways to earn high marks for your Continuous Writing.

WHY NARRATIVE ESSAY?

Firstly, let us explore the pattern of continuous writing essay questions from 2002 to 2010.

Year
Questions
2002
- (Descriptive) a teacher who has great influence on you
- (Factual/Expository) good result at school do not guarantee success in the future
- (Descriptive) how I can help to make the world a better place to live in
- (Open essay) colours
- (Narrative) completing a story
2003
- (Descriptive) a day wished never happened
- (Factual/Expository) country to choose and why
- (Descriptive) an invitation that cannot live without
- (Open essay) friends
- (Narrative) completing a story
2004
- (Descriptive) a festival celebrated
- (Factual/Expository) ways to promote tourism in Malaysia
- (Descriptive) my ideal school
- (Open essay) clothes
- (Narrative) completing a story
2005
- (Descriptive) biggest challenge in life
- (Factual/Expository) ways to keep oneself healthy
- (Descriptive) who would you be if you were given a chance to be anybody
- (Open essay) music
- (Narrative) unexpected visitor
2006
- (Descriptive) an enjoyable weekend you had
- (Factual/Expository) ways television help students in studies
- (Descriptive) your life in the next ten years
- (Open essay) food
- (Narrative) completing a story
2007
- (Descriptive) an embarrassing experience
- (Factual/Expository) giving opinions whether teenagers today are only interested in entertainment
- (Descriptive) my early years
- (Open essay) tomorrow
- (Narrative) completing a story
2008
- (Descriptive) a hard-working person who succeeded in life
- (Argumentative) examination - good or bad
- (Descriptive) perfect future husband or wife
- (Open essay) stars
- (Narrative) completing a story
2009
- (Descriptive) unforgettable incident seen on way home
- (Argumentative) school children should not have long holidays
- (Descriptive) favourite day of the week
- (Open essay) beauty
- (Narrative) completing a story
2010
- (Descriptive) most popular student in school
- (Argumentative) internet mostly a good thing - do you agree?
- (Factual/Expository) ways to save the environment
- (Open essay) home
- (Narrative) completing a story

We can see that every year narrative essay question is asked and it is about completing a story either given the beginning or the ending of the essay except in 2005 where the question stated clearly on what is the main event of the story. The rest of it, you can determine your own plot of story. Easy hah?

Now I will explain why I am so excited about narrative essay.
you are only write the essay in past tense; therefore no confusion on tenses
it lets you to imagine a situation; allowing to express creative ideas
if you lucky enough, the question given is plot-free (its you who create the plot fitting to the question given)
you can use wide vocabulary
easier compared to open essay, factual essay and argumentative essay
need not to remember current issues around you
These are lists of benefits that I can think of when writing a narrative essay. Continue reading my blog as I will bring you on how to produce a good narrative essay.

PRIOR TO THE EXAMINATION: WRITING PRACTISES

To produce a good narrative essay, first you need to brush up your grammar. It does not work if your grammar is not that good. Get help from your friends and english teacher especially because they know what they are doing; plus that is what they do - teach you!

Buy if you can afford to, if not borrow grammar books, example of english essays, and anything that is related from friends or library of your school because by reading it will improve your english skills.

There is always a friends that 'master' a certain subject and for this identify your friends who have the highest marks in Continuous Writing among you. Read his/her essay and try to relate his/her writing to yours. It is not a bad thing to copy the way they write the essay as long as it involve study and education.

Try to find time to write an additional essay (which is your own personal essay; not homework) for two or a week times and asked for your teacher's comments. As for me, I started to write additional essays after finishing my trial examination because my bahasa Inggeris grade was the lowest among the 10 subjects that I took. I started a bit late, but you should start NOW while you have the time. Believe me it helps a lot because for my trial I got a B but for the SPM examination I got an A+ for bahasa Inggeris and English GCE-O an 1A. English GCE-O is the marking standard of British English and it only takes the marks of your Continuous Writing. See how important it is for you to excel in Continuous Writing.

MY TIPS ON HOW TO WRITE A BETTER NARRATIVE ESSAY

1. BRUSH UP YOUR GRAMMAR

There is nothing more important than having a good grammar skills. So, language must be taken into consideration when writing an essay. Refer to the above writing practises.

2. ESSAY SHOULD DEPICT WIDE USE OF VOCABULARY AND INTERESTING PHRASES

Unlike the other types of essays, a narrative essay requires you to have a wide repertoire of vocabulary in the story you wrote. This is to avoid a dull story to be presented to the reader; in this case the examiner. From my previous writing, I wrote that the marking system for continuous writing is based on impression. Thus, to give good impression to the examiner on the essay you wrote, you must include a wide range of vocabulary and some interesting phrases. Study the examples given below:

Example 1
"It was a boring weekend. We were lazy to read books and study, so we planned for a camping trip. After gaining permission from our parents, we brought necessary camping things and food for the camping trip. Then, we went to Mount Tahan."

Example 2
"It was a mundane and lacklustre period after the school final examination. Danny, Erik and I had had enough of reading books and studying, so we all set on going a camping trip. After getting the green light from our parents, we equipped ourselves with the necessary camping gear and enough food to last us for the two-day camping trip. Then, we embarked on our journey to Mount Tahan with high spirits."

Between both examples, Example 1 depicts a dull story but Example 2 depicts a colourful story although both are mainly telling the same idea. Why? Here are the answers:
Example 1 lacks of vocabulary.
Reading Example 1 does not portray sense of maturity in writing unlike Example 2.
Example 1 lacks of details but Example 2 has an adequate details in the writing that added the value of interest.
The use of word/phrase like mundane and lacklustre, green light, camping gear, embarked and high spirits added more sophistication to Example 2.

So, how to make your essay more interesting to read?
Find words or phrases that can replace a common word that you think can be used for every essay you want to write. For example happy can be replaced by cheerful, cheery, merry, joyful, light-hearted, jovial, gleeful, buoyant, carefree, blithe, glad, elated, ecstatic, euphoric, overjoyed, exuberant, in seventh heaven, propitious, auspicious and fortuitous. Actually these replaceable words for happy just only a portion of it. A thesaurus may come handy for this job. Try searching for sad, shocked, scared and so on.
Insert at least two idiomatic expressions in your essay like Example 2 that uses the idiom green light which means giving permission and high spirits which means happy. From Example 2 which is a complete paragraph there are already two idiomatic expressions. So, imagine if there are five similar paragraphs!
This next tips could be very ambitious. Try to insert common words and phrases from Latin and modern languages which had been accepted and used in English Language. Such words like ad initio (Latin) meaning from the beginning, esprit de corps (French) meaning team spirit, genre (French) meaning style and so on. These words can be found in english dictionary.
3. HAVE A FIXED PLOT WHEN WRITING NARRATIVE ESSAYS

Here is another important part in narrative essay writing. Plot. A good narrative must have a strong plot. Beginning with an introduction, then there is rising action, a climax, then falling action and lastly a resolution.

Example of a narrative essay:

From Terengganu 2010 Trial Examination; beginning with "I could not sleep throughout that night..."

Stranded


I could not sleep throughout that night. Not even a minute. It was just because I might miss the ships or boat that passed by the island. I was shivering in cold even it was just a gentle breeze. I thought to myself that things would have been different if I did not take part in that vacation. Never in my wildest dream that a spectacular vacation on a cruise ship at the beginning turned out to be a nightmarish affair.




Introduction

The day before was a joyous one. I embarked on a three-day vacation trip on a cruise ship. The vacation was amazing. The scenic view was splendid across the horizon of the sea as far as the eyes could see. The sea water was crystal clear and the sky was a magnificent azure. My blissful day did not stop there. The dusk thrilled me as I sat on a chair. The sky gave its golden appeal and the Sun looked like it was sinking into the sea as night began to unfold. Then, the golden yellow background of the sky changed to twinkling stars. I was staggered to see the view of the opulent God's magnum opus.

As the night grew older, something totally different started to appear up to the sky. The sky was too dark. It darken so much as the glimmering stars started to disappear. To my instinct, something bad would happen any time soon, but I just could not figure it out. I went into my room and soon dived into a deep slumber.




Raising action

'RIIIINNNNGGGG!!!!!!'

"This is your captain speaking. Abandon the ship! This ship is about to sink!"

The loud ringing sound really woke me up from my comfort bed and I was taken aback to hear the announcement. To my horror, the ship was in topsy-turvy. High jinks enshrouded the air. Then I realised, there was a storm happening outside. To my flummox, I dragged myself outside and saw people running higgledy-piggledy as they did not know what to do. As for me, the only thing I could remember is that a huge wave came crushing upon the ship and then everything seemed to darken.




Climax

Streaks steaks of light awaken me found out that I was on a beach. At last I thought that my misery had ended. But a little exploration did not bring much hope. There was no one there. So, being an optimistic person, I built up a settlement near the beach. I laid upon my leaves bedding. I wondered. Could I survive? Did my family know that I loved them? For how long did I have to wait?

Out of the blue, an abrupt siren was heard from afar. Swiftly, I arose from my leaves bedding and ran nearer to the beach. I shouted for my life while waving my hands up on the air.

"Help! I'm here! On the island! Help! Help! I'm here!"




Falling action

Then, the siren became louder and louder. At the moment, I knew they had noticed me. Unexpected, tears of joy started to drop from my eyes. Before I even thought my life was over, now the door back to my life was widely opened. By the moment I stepped into the rescue boat, I know that it was the time for me to go home.




Resolution

That is the example of a complete narrative essay written by me within a week time after my trial examination. This essay earned me 45 marks out of 50 marks.


Note: the underlined words or phrases in the essay really help in earning me a high marks.

Now back at the title above which is about a fixed plot. What is the meaning of fixed plot? A fixed plot is the plot that you will be using during your exam. How to do that?

The example essay above is from the question; beginning with "I could not sleep throughout that night..."


But, what will happen if the question says; ending with "...It was truly the experience of a lifetime." My suggestion is that you keep on using the same plot, NOT the same essay by means memorising word by word, but change either the beginning or ending with respect to the question given.

This an example for changing the ending with the same plot:

"...Then, the siren became louder and louder. At the moment, I knew they had noticed me. Unexpected, tears of joy started to drop from my eyes. Now, looking back to what had happened to me I realised that I am surviving alone at a deserted island. Not everyone could say that they slept on leaves bedding and have the sky as the roof. It was truly an experience of a lifetime."

Now, can you see what I am trying to make point here? By practising two or three times, you can easily remember the plot. When writing the essay, try as much as you can to relate the plot to the question asked. This is what I did for my examination.

Note: the benefit of having a fixed plot is that the time that you usually used to plan for your essay can be used to write. By the way, it is the written part is submitted to the examiner, not the planning part, right?
IMPORTANT NOTE ON WRITING A NARRATIVE ESSAY
Give a title to your essay (refer to the example essay given above; it has a title) . The title itself must be relevant to the plot. So, does the title 'Stranded' relevant to the plot? Yes it is because the plot is about a person was trapped in an island after a tragedy on a cruise ship. The title of an essay can be anything as long as it fits the story.
Must write more than 350 words. But, the essay must not too long. Remember this; the longer you write, the more mistakes you write. An ideal essay should be around 350 to 400 words.
Use only one hour to write the essay and the same for Directed Writing; only use 45 minutes. Be fair when writing the essay;
Include wide range of sentence structures, vocabulary and must have at least one dialogue (MUST HAVE - one of the characteristics of excellent essay). Why you should have dialogue in your essay? When you include a dialogue in your essay, it shows that you have the knowledge in punctuation. This is what is special about narrative essay because there is no dialogue in factual essay, right?
At least include a word that plays a specific sound. In the example essay I include the word 'RIIIINNNNGGGG!!!!!!'. In english, it does not mean a thing, but it gives the reader a feel to the story you wrote.
Include a wide range of vocabulary to your essay to keep the interests of the readers.
Check for any grammatical error after finishing the essay. Make sure it is grammatically correct in order to get high marks.
WHAT TO AVOID?

1. AVOID WRITING SOMETHING THAT YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND

My teacher used to tell me that narrative essay is relatively a little bit easier that the other types of essays; but it depends on the question itself! If your do not understand a word or a phrase for a particular questions; DO NOT even try to write about it! For example you are given this question:

Write about your most propitious moment.
See the underlined word? Most of us do not understand the word "propitious", some may guessed that it means sad, surprise and so on where the real meaning is happy. Avoid to write something that you do not sure.


2. AVOID MEMORISING THE ESSAY WORD BY WORD

Continuous Writing is very related to Directed Writing in terms of language. The quality of language you portray in Directed Writing reflects the grammar knowledge that you have because in Directed Writing the is no specific question to be asked. It can be anything of any format. Unlike Continuous Writing, students tend to memorising an essay.

How do the examiner even know that a student was memorising an essay or not? It depends on the language on Directed Writing. Let say R got 6 marks for language in Directed Writing but in the Continuous Writing R's language band stands for A. By that time the examiner know that R was memorising an essay. Thus, R's Continuous Writing essay will fall to the lower band. Directed Writing does play a major role here.


Therefore, it is crucial for you to have a strong knowledge on basic grammar.

THE END

Monday, August 27, 2012

WOW!! iS IT A GOOD NEWS OR BAD NEWS??

Bowler escaped jail for rape of minor as he did not use force, coercion or violence, says court

August 27, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 27 — A lengthy jail sentence would have been imposed on national bowler Noor Afizal Azizan for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl when he was 19 if he had been older or had used force, coercion or violence, the Court of Appeal said today in a written judgment explaining why it had controversially substituted imprisonment with a good behaviour bond for five years.

The court said, however, that its decision should not be considered a precedent for all future cases involving statutory rape and should be judged on its own merits.

Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Raus Sharif (picture)said in the judgment released today that Noor Afizal, who is now 21, was a “young boy who was extremely remorseful for what he had done and had thrown himself to the mercy of the court by pleading guilty to the charge.”

Raus, who sat with Justices K.N. Segara and Azhar Ma’ah, wrote the grounds of judgment.

Noor Afizal was let off with a RM25,000 bond instead of being jailed after he pleaded guilty to statutory rape, sparking a firestorm online over the court’s message on sex with minors even as it raised questions about the Penal Code and other criminal laws.

Incensed Malaysians have taken to Twitter and Facebook to vent their outrage against the judiciary after the Court of Appeal reversed earlier this month a High Court decision to jail the bowling ace for five years — suggesting that fame and a bright future are enough to ensure a convicted offender gets a ticket away from jail.

But the Court of Appeal pointed out today that its decision to let the bowler off with a bond did not have blanket application, or applied to all cases involving young offenders committing a similar offence.

“If the appellant (Noor Afizal) had been older or if he had used force, coercion or violence on the victim, or if he had tricked the victim... or he had not co-operated with the police and he had not shown any remorse to his act or there is no guarantee that he will not be committing the same offence in future, we would not have any hesitation, as we have done in many other cases of similar nature, to impose a lengthy custodial sentence,” said Raus.

In the Malacca Sessions Court, the judge had imposed a RM25,000 bond with good behaviour for five years on Noor Afizal after he pleaded guilty to raping the girl at a hotel in Ayer Keroh, Malacca on July 5, 2010.

However, the public prosecutor had appealed to the High Court on September 20 last year and obtained a five-year custodial sentence, the mandatory minimum for rape under the Penal Code.

According to the facts of the case which was laid down in the written judgment of the Court of Appeal today, Noor Afizal had checked into a hotel in Malacca on July 5, 2010 together with the girl who was then 13 years and four months old.

The two had what was described as consensual sex. The next morning Noor Afizal sent the girl home.

The girl did not complain to anyone and the incident only came to light when her father read about what she had done in her diary.

Raus pointed out today that Noor Afizal’s bond was in fact a suspended jail sentence and that he would always have a criminal record as a rapist.


Lesson to be learn. Consensual sex with minor is consider statuary rape but if plead guilty will not go to jail.
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2 replies · active 41 minutes ago
dont forget you need money or status
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Not forgeting you must be a potential NATIONAL SPORTSPERSON
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Statutory rape is statutory rape. There is no excuse, no grey area. This is a great miscarriage of justice. We are very dissappointed with the judges.
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1 reply · active 8 hours ago
Rape is Rape and there is no two ways about it. A precedent is set.
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I thoght the law is very clear that if anyone have sex with a minor whether is consensual or not
is considered rape.
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I pity the parents of the girls. Wonder whether there will be any statement from them soon. Or maybe none ... somebody high up has given gag order.
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Hmz157p· 9 hours ago

it seems the judge don't understand what "statutory rape" means..send him back to law school.
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When one read the judgement by the court,there is something one might think that the law is applicable to a citizen depending on the guilt remorseness and many other factors. What if the guilt can always put up all the excuses for defend.......?
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Najib, another international recognition forthcoming that you should be proud of!
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What a stupid, stupid judgement and rationale by the Court of Appeal president for not jailing this scumbag! Can this nincompoop judge tell me of the possibility of a benevolent rape devoid of "force, coercion or violence"? Also, isn't sex with a minor illegal? And this completely baffles me (maybe not, since it is after all Malaysia): "... Noor Afizal’s bond was in fact a suspended jail sentence and that he would always have a criminal record as a rapist." To have a criminal record is to have committed a crime and to be known on his record as a rapist is to in fact strongly suggest that he committed a crime. Yet he is let off! Stupid country!
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1 reply · active 10 hours ago
If it had been Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Raus Sharif's daughter it would had been a different story.
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somebody got to explain to me what statutory rape means.
Also if one is under 18, it is ok to rape?
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Law is law, then rape is definitely a rape, BUT interpretation of law is the judge, well then is judge the judge base simplily on interpretation no use force, coercion or violence, constituted no rape. Then, Penal Code should be amended without interpretation, straight on, consensual as no force etc, n rape case binded on a Bond wouldnt need case to go right up the higher up where a waste of court time n money. Well, is this considered miscarriage of justice? Interpretation wrong? Or Penalty out of consideration of its criminal gravity? Penal Code is faulty?oh, something wrong somewhere? Pondering!lah
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We are probably the ONLY country in the whole wide world where rape is considered as NOT violent. In any dictionary, look up that word and you will find words describing that act as abusive, forcing people into acts of sex without consent, etc. That meant IT IS violent and demeaning in all manners of the word. Moreover, all statutory rape will still be considered as rape whether it is consensual or not. Even a layman knows this !!!
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This issue is consent and the capacity to give consent. A minor does not have the mental and legal capacity to give her consent. That is the core issue. The law is intended to protect minors. If as ruled by this unlearned judged, then anyone can sweet talk a minor into having sex, no violence involved and then pay his way, like paying for a prostitute. This is going to the feudal times, where rich people can pay to marry children of rich people.

If this is Malaysia, then we are going backwards, not developing.
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I thought it was rape, he confessed and was found guilty. So his guilt is not an issue. The issue now is whether the punishment given to him was too lenient or not. Should a 19 year old boy having supposedly consensual sexual relations with a supposedly willing 13 year old girl be punished as harshly as a 48 year old step father forcing himself on his unwilling 15 year old stepdaughter? Its the same crime, both are equally guilty in the eyes of the law but should they be punished the same?
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Maybe the judges got bowled over by the rapist's talent and bright future !
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Kangaroo Court decision. A black day for Malaysian Judiciary!
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This should be black and white. Proven guilty, serve the sentence and dish out punishment like you mean it. And the accused should take the punishment like a man too...
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just send the 3 judges back to their books for making such a judgement. disgrace to malaysia.
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Wow...with a strong emphasis to not use the case as a precedent, wonder what sort of message the judgement is trying to convey.
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Statutory rape means by virtue of having sex with a minor, you are deemed guilty. Consent, violence, etc are not relevant. This judgement is simply dumbfounding!
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CYK155p· 12 hours ago

"If he was older" ?? Where do we draw the line ? 20 years old , 21 or 22 ?? I thought The Law on Statutory Rape was meant to protect the minor . Now we have a Judgement that protects the person charged for Statutory Rape because he was "Not Old Enough" . I think if it was a theft case he would have been jailed.
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Noor did not and will not escape punishment. He may have been allowed to walk for 25K but that doesn't mean he is free. He is a publicly known figure and now everywhere he goes (especially if he shows up at bowling tournaments) he will be hounded.
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What a joke.

Statutory rape is illegal, means it is illegal - since when do we have grey area?

Is that judge going to use the same logic on those who steal?

For example, one who steals without the use of force, coercion or violence - the person is remorseful, hence the person shouldn't be held guilty.

This judiciary system has become a joke!
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This judge is still living in feudal and barbaric times. The intent of the law is the protect minors who does not have the mental and legal capacity to give consent. What the judge did is to make a mockery of the law and Parliament, which made the law.

If the rich and powerful can pay someone to sweet talk a minor into having sex and on that basis, the sentence is a light one, just pay a fine and no jail, then there is no need for this law. This judge should be removed from the judiciary if our government is to retain its credibility with the rakyat.
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What nonsense is this?
This controversial decision (suspended five year sentence) had been officially handed down for that remorseful rapist who had raped an under-aged girl by the Court of Appeal. But this court President does not want this decision to used as a precedent for future cases involving statutory rape.
This is another case for the country's Court of Shame.
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According to the law, for statutory rape, the consent is not a relevant factor.
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I consider myself to be extremely liberal in my views but even I am FLABBERGASTED with this judgement !!!!!

This is not about consentual sex. This is about an ADULT (in Malaysia as the age of consent is 16, so anyone who is above 16 is an adult, even if he was 19 when he committed the crime) who had sex with a MINOR.

Even in the courts in Western liberal-thinking countries, they take this very seriously.

The judges in the court, should think, what have they done in their judgement in protecting
minors from being abused by this man?

The fact that he has "tasted" sex with a Minor, what makes the court so sure he will not commit the crime again? Is the court so sure he is not a Paedophile who only want to have sex with under-aged girls?

I am not sure if there is such a thing in Malaysia, but in many countries they have a SERIOUS SEX OFFENDERS register, and those convicted of sex with minors are put onto the register for life. Also, such a crime , has to date resulted in jail sentence. Malaysia seems to be the exception rather than the rule.

The Attorney General needs to look into this case and send this case for retrial at a Higher Court. That is the least he can do to salvage some respect for the Malaysian courts.
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The appeal judges has set a precedent....
its okey to have sex with minor !
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A minor is incapable of making an educated decision in relation to sex. That is why the statutory rape law was created. To protect those who are too young to make decisions. The law was broken. His guilt was admitted. He should go to jail. You judges are wrong. May God forgive your travesty.
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Must be below 20, consensual by tricking a girl to have his way with her, crocodile tears, if get caught just admit guilt and most importantly a famous bowler. Got it! Post note: dont throw shoe at judge or you get 2 years sentence.
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1 reply · active 15 hours ago
Maybe the judge was afraid if a shoe was coming for his face
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"Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Raus Sharif said in the judgment released today that Noor Afizal, who is now 21, was a “young boy who was extremely remorseful for what he had done and had thrown himself to the mercy of the court by pleading guilty to the charge.”

As a father and god fearing citizen of Malaysia the reasoning of this judgement is NOT ACCEPTABLE at all!

Dear Judge:
The Malaysian Law is meant to protect our minors whose thinking and action is suspected.

So what happen to the 13 years old girl who was subsequently dumped by this bowler. Madu diHisap Sepah dibuang!

What if this happen to our own child?....
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court said, however, that its decision should not be considered a precedent for all future cases involving statutory rape and should be judged on its own merits.
What is this, where are we heading with half baked judgements
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2 replies · active 15 hours ago
What not to be considered a precedent? Is not English Law where we take our roots from built on precedent. Judges can say what they want but its what the people on the street perceive/think and form an opinion
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My thoughts exactly. This statement proves that the judge knows he made a mistake
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I cry for you Malaysia!
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Is this another proof case that a famous or rich can get away!
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Remorseful or not A RAPE IS A RAPE.What if the little girl is your daughter judges?
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Looks like all the Singaporeans will be heading over to Malaysia to have sex with minors! Look at what happened to all those who had 'paid' sex with a minor - all jailed. Headmaster, head of charity org, major business expat - all very useful to society and all very remorseful. The Singaporeans will plea that the girl even enjoyed it and they are helping the girl and the family and for sure our judges will let them off with no fines even. Malaysia boleh!
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The judges acted as if they were presiding over a native customary court.
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The judge has erred in his judgment. The AG office shd appeal on such decision rather than making it a precedent for future cases. This in particular, statutory rape is still rape, irrespective of violence.
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Judges dont understand the law of Statutory Rape? There are no ifs and buts!!
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This being the Malaysian judiciary, I highly suspect money has changed hands in order for this to happen. This judgement simply defies basic common sense. No violence? Consensual? There is no such thing as 'consensual sex' with a 13-year old, because 13-year olds aren't old enough to consent! If the bowler was truly remorseful, he would have reported himself to the police instead of waiting to be caught!
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What kind of judgment is this?

It clearly states that the victim was below the age of consent..it is criminal and punishable by LAW!

Regardless if it was consensual!
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"Noor Afizal was let off with a RM25,000 bond instead of being jailed after he pleaded guilty to statutory rape.."

Which brings us to the question.. is RM 25,000 the cost of having sex with a minor in this country? Does this still apply if the minor is your sister or daughter?
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Since when rape cases are classified to a few category of judgement? Now even how you conduct the raping will determine you are jailed or not. Rape is rape...there is no need to questioned how you did it, but did you do it.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/bowler-escaped-jail-for-rape-of-minor-as-he-did-not-use-force-coercion-or-violence-says-court/