Teacher: Good morning.
6-year-olds: Selamat pagi, Cikgu.
Teacher: Okay, class. For Math today, we’re going to learn percentage.
6-year-olds: Yes, lao shi.
Teacher: Alright, here is how we do the sum. As you all know, we just attended an exciting party. How many children were in the big hall yesterday?
Teacher: That’s correct. There were thirty. Now, can you name your friends at our Sunday party? Just tell me those who are not Chinese.
6-year-olds: Gobind! Kula. Also Kasthuri. And Jannie…
Teacher: Right. So we have Syefura, Jannie and Kasthuri. And Kula plus Gobind. Let’s count them.
6-year-olds: One, two, three, four, five, lao shi.
Teacher: Now pay attention, class. We’re going to calculate % which means per hundred. Your non-Chinese friends are how many?
Teacher: And yesterday our party were how many?
Teacher: Listen carefully. We call our five non-Chinese friends ‘a part’. We call the thirty children semua at the party ‘the whole’. Class, what do you call a part of the whole?
Teacher: What is our non-Chinese fraction?
Teacher: Next, we learn that ‘percent’ means per every hundred.
6-year-olds: But there are only 30 of us, lao shi, not 100.
Teacher: True, there are 30 of you boys and girls. Twenty-five of you are Chinese. Five of you are non Chinese. From fraction we go on to calculate percentage. Can anybody tell me what is the percentage of non Chinese at yesterday’s party?
Smart alec: 5 divide 30 multiply 100 equals 16.7%
Teacher: Clever boy, Tony. There are 16.7 percent non-Chinese in our happy family party. But enough of math for today. Tell me what you want to be when you grow up, children. We’ll go around the room, starting from front row.
Teresa: Online shopper
Lim Guan Eng: Chairman of The Company
Lim Hui Ying: Director of The Company
Lim Kit Siang: Mentor of The Company
The Lims: It’s our company, mah.