Most of my chinese coursemates in university thought I'm from Chinese school since I can read, write and speak Chinese fluently. Despite explaining several times to them 我不是华校生 ... They still kept on forgetting, so I finally give up explaining. I still remember they constantly asked me whether I skipped Remove Class /Kelas Peralihan (for those from Chinese School), cos I am one year younger than them.
I had my primary education (Primary 1 to Primary 6) in SRB Saint Anne, Sarikei. By just looking at the name of the school, you will know that is not a Chinese school, right? I had my secondary education (Form 1 till Form 5) in SMB Saint Anthony, Sarikei and did my Form 6 (Upper six and Lower six) in SMK Meradong.
How I get to learn Chinese? Chinese language was taught as one of the language subject during my primary school days, just as English language and Jawi. Malay Language is used as the teaching medium for all the other subjects. Although I stopped learning chinese after I completed my primary school, but because of my passion and my love for chinese language, I still continue reading chinese novels and story books and even chinese newspaper till today.
I still remember reading 兒童樂園 (er tong le yuan) and 小叮噹 (xiao ding dang) when I was in primary 2 or 3 time, reading the 西遊记(Journey to the West) thick novel when I was in primary 6 and reading 卫斯理系列小说 during my secondary school days. I am glad I didn't neglect Chinese language all these while cos it is indeed a very useful language and communication tool. (Psss.. I prefer reading Chinese novels than English novels. The descriptions in chinese novels are much more lively & interesting, don't u think so?)
I learnt Jawi as well during my primary school day (from primary one till primary six).. Jawi is a compulsory subject :( We had exam too for Jawi and I remembered once I even score 100 marks for Jawi. Hahahha, unbelievable, and I don't know how I did that. I can even write my own name in Jawi during those days. But now what I can remember are only - alif, ba, ta, sa and lam.. that's all.. Nothing more and nothing less. All returned back to my primary school Jawi teacher.