Adults are realising the importance of the Kemahiran Hidup subject.
Kemahiran Hidup which literally translates to ‘Life Skills’ is a course taught in both the primary and secondary school level.
The subject focuses on mechanical, business, social, electronic, home economics and agriculture courses at a basic level.
Within the course, students are taught seemingly unimportant skills compared to regular old school subjects like maths, science and history.
Generally, students would learn how to sew, balance a chequebook, plant trees and even how to solder a circuit.
Coming to this realisation in her tender 30s, Lainie Yeoh took to Twitter to share thoughts on what she calls a highly ‘underrated’ educational subject.
Now that I’m in my 30s, I know the most underrated lessons in school were all in Kemahiran Hidup.— Lainie Yeoh ✊🏻🌈 (@lainie) September 3, 2019
KH should be mandatory from the first year of school up until graduation. Spend a whole year each on doing accounts, sewing, cooking, plumbing, woodworking, idc
Lainie speaks her mind on how useful the subject was and how the syllabus should be made mandatory for all students in various stages of learning.
The short commentary appeared to echo the views of others in Twitterjaya who was also aware of how important the school subject was when it came to adulting.
I tot kh is useless until the maturity comes in and I realized those things are handy in daily life— furiousRainbowcat (@GPridemalaysia) September 3, 2019
Totally agree. When I was in school, we didn’t have a formal way of learning these things, but helping around the house taught me how to prepare ingredients for cooking, changing electric plugs, using tools, how to change a car tyre, etc.— Ramesh Gopal (@rameshgopalkr) September 3, 2019
I would never have learned to sew if it wasn’t for Kemahiran Hidup. Though I think i may have missed the class where they taught us to sew buttons, which is the most emergency sewing I’ve ever needed to get done.— Marc Lourdes🇲🇾 (@marclourdes) September 3, 2019
KH was my fav subject! Had fun with the cooking, sewing, carpentry works, and soldering in school. SUPER UNDERRATED SUBJECT— Anti Paedophile Kakkumei (@kakkumei) September 3, 2019
The tweet that came out on September 3 had since received over 3,000 likes and 2,000 retweets.
Like-minded netizens are also pointing out why they think the course should be made mandatory.
I agree 💯 that KEmahiran Hidup should be mandatory from the first year of school up until graduation. Spend a whole year each on doing accounts, sewing, cooking, plumbing, woodworking etc #belanjawan2020 please make it this come true for our future generation— YeahItuSaya! (@DibaZamani) September 3, 2019
I completely agree. Super important (esp when there isn’t nonsense gender segregation as I’ve heard happens in some schools??). It needs to be well funded and well taught. “Life skills”, for real.— Katrina J. Maliamauv (@kjorene) September 3, 2019
It also should be implemented in international schools. Half of my friends knew how to use saws while half of us, especially me (a.k.a international school grads) were clueless.— Rain Lee (@RainLeeMusic) September 3, 2019
So Malaysia, do you agree that KH had been a grossly underrated school subject?
Should it be made into a mandatory course?