shazrin is my first year student and currently he is taking Islamic Legal System subject with me. First class with him was a surprise to me. He asked me about 15 questions and I could not remember what were the questions.. Next class, I think 10 questions and third class I told him that I would allow him only 3 questions during the lecture hour. He agreed. Of course he is still asking questions but with limitation.
in one of the last lecture, i read a statement from a civil court judge"...Mohammedan Law is the law of the land.." before I could not finish my sentence, he immediately said to me," that was wrong to say Mohammedan Law", with a firm voice. I was so taken aback with his remark. I said " I am reading from the statement of a British judge in a civil court and this is the original words from him..You should not interject me while I am reading the statement". he was quiet...but for a while, of course.
Yesterday, I had a class with him and I gave a lecture about the qualifications of a syariah court judge. I was reading the list of criterria of a judge and after I gave the last criteria; male..he immediately raised his hand to say something. I allowed him. " yes, shazrin?" With a loud and firm voice he said" The criteria of being a male is FAKE! FAKE!" His index finger was pointing at me. I was so shocked not only with the comment he made, but the way he pointed his finger at me..Wow! Wow! this is boy is really amazed me..the whole class was making..wooohh..woohh.. everybody's with frowning face. Mr Ah Thiam was simply smiling and shaking his head. Looked like, this is quite normal if this comment comes from shazrin. I said to him.. " Why do you have to spat your anger on me?" Trying very hard to hold my composure I told him and the class about the need to anlyse the juristic views and strike a balance with the current needs.
After the class is over, I told him to wipe the whiteboard ( his duty for coming late to the class), with a slow voice he said" I want to apologise of what I said to you just now..sometime i cannot control my emotions.." With motherly voice, " apology accepted..and i will always love you, shazrin.." He left the class with a grinning face.
the moment i left my class, I hold no grudges to any of my student,including shazrin..they are my children.. I love them..