39-Year-Old Man Sits For SPM Chinese Paper After 21 Years!

Main image via MalayMail [Farhan Najib]


Have you a list of “Things I Want To Do Before I Die”? We believe we all have certain things we’d want to accomplish in life, whether you write them down or not. 

A 39-year-old man finally fulfilled his dream to sit for the SPM Chinese paper after 21 years!


39-year-old man sits for spm chinese paper after 21 years!Image via MalayMail


Admin executive, Wong Yong Geng, a topper in school, had always felt bad for not completing his Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination. He said that he did not sign up for the Chinese paper in secondary school. 

After school, he enrolled himself at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and still wanted to go back and sit for the Chinese paper. However, the exam date somehow always clashed with his university exam dates, then later his work matters, and finally last year due to the pandemic. 

Wong was so determined this time around that he took unpaid leave to finally sit for the examination on March 15th, as the oldest candidate. Wow! 




Although it was tiring for him to write Chinese words after many years of not practising, he was delighted that he fulfilled his dream of 21 years. 

He didn’t do it to prove anything to anyone. He did it just so he felt satisfied. We’re happy for him. Good job, Wong! 

But he's not the only one we've heard about. 65-year-old Salman Ahmad was recently one of 645 private candidates, out of the total 16,554 SPM 2020 candidates in Negeri Sembilan, and said he wanted to prove to people that you can do anything that you set your mind to, no matter how old you are.

Dreams do come true after all.


By Piravina Ragunathan