"I'm a Chinese Muslim," I smiled at the Chinese student.
She nodded and smiled back.
Yes, I'm back at school after 2 months of maternity leave.
However, it's no longer SMKPS but SMKSJ.
New school with a new principal, new students and new responsibilities.
This time around, I'm dealing with a different batch of students.
SMKPS consists of 80% Malays and 20% Indians, with 70 Malay and 3 nonMalay staff. I found myself speaking more Malay than I wanted to, which was quite demotivating
Here, it's multiracial. There is a good number of Indian and Chinese students and teachers. And I can speak English comfortably in the good classes without having to explain 90% of the words in Malay.
And again, I've become an object of curiosity as students wonder why I can speak and understand Mandarin and Hokkien, but still look like a Malay lady. Ahhh, the Chinese boys are beginning to feel uncomfortable as they can no longer talk freely in their mother-tongue, hahaha.
Alhamdulillah, it's been 3 days and I'm doing well here.
It's going to be more challenging working as a teacher here but the opportunity to learn is greater.
And I thank Allah SWT for His blessings.