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ZAHID Zahid is a small, quiet boy. He lives with his grandmother because his parents are separated. He bought a pencil, which was later stolen. He was then accused of stealing the pencil and punished by Mr Jamal. He then turned into a bad, naughty boy.

MR. JAMAL Mr Jamal was a strict teacher. He also liked to make hasty desicions. He punished Zahid for stealing Dolah's pencil, without looking to the matter carefully. Mr. Jamal later found out that Zahid was innocent and Dolah was guilty.

DOLAH UDIN Dolah was envious of Zahid's new pencil. He stole the pencil and carved his name on it. Later, Zahid hit him and slashed his hand.

MR. BERAHIM Mr Berahim was the principal of the school. He was a very patient and diplomatic leader. He managed to change Zahid's behaviour and made Mr Jamal treat Zahid better.

Plot Zahid and Dolah quarrel over a pencil. Mr. Jamal asked them to come up front to see him. Dolah accused Zahid steals his pencil. The pencil has Dolah's initial on it. Mr. Jamal believed him and punished Zahid. Weeks before that, Zahid saw the pencil in a bookstore. He liked the pencil very much. Zahid asked money from his grandmother so he can buy the pencil. Grandmother asked him to work with his Uncle Teh instead. He bought the pencil and treasured it very much. A few days after that, the pencil disappeared. It turned out Dolah had the same pencil, only the paint was scrapped off. Zahid interrogated Dolah about the pencil. Zahid waited for Dolah in the bush after school to ambush Dolah. He hit Dolah.

Zahid found the pencil in Dolah's bag and broke it into pieces. He ran home. He did not come to school for three days after that. He was down with fever. After that, he became a little monster. He disturbed other children.He bought a pocketknife and destroyed the nature table in the classroom. He slashed Dolah's hand. Zahid was called into the Principal's office. Mr. Berahim, the principal, asked Zahid why he do all the bad things. Zahid told him everything. Dolah admitted that he stole Zahid's pencil and accused Zahid instead. Mr. Berahim told Mr. Jamal about Zahid's father. Mr. Jamal now understand why Zahid became very naughty. Mr. Berahim gave Zahid two new pencils. He was very happy and gave one pencil to Dolah.


Setting 1: CLASSROOM Where Dolah accused Zahid of stealing his pencil Where Mr. Jamal punished Zahid Where Zahid disturbed the other children Where Zahid destroyed the nature table

Setting 2 : ZAHIDS HOUSE Zahid and his grandmother live here

Setting 3: THE BOOKSTORE Where Zahid first saw the pencil and bought it Zahid also bought the pocketknife here Setting 4: THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE Where Mr Berahim consoled Zahid Mr Berahim gave a new pencil to Zahid

Theme HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY We should be honest and admit if we made any mistakes. Dolah did not admit that he stole the pencil from Zahid. As the result, he was hit by Zahid on the way back from school. THINK BEFORE TAKING AN ACTION Before taking any actions, we must think first about the right and wrong, and the consequence. Decisions that are made hastily will lead to troubles. Mr Jamal did not evaluate the situation between Zahid and Dolah carefully. He should not just listen to Dolah accusations.Zahid should think before he punched Dolah. He should also understand that destroying the nature table and disturbing the other children will not bring any joy to him. BE PATIENT We should be patient when dealing with difficult situation.Mr Berahim asked Zahid softly why he slashed Dolah's hand. He did not punished Zahid harshly like Mr Jamal did.

Moral Values Punishment without investigation is as bad as the crime itself. Do not claims things that are not yours. Handling an issue with patience is more effective than harsh punishment

Here are some difficult words you might find in the story odour inflection = smell = rise and fall of the voice of someone speaking Carved = cut something into an object symphathize = feel pity for another quiver = tremble slightly unusual = not common ambush = be hidden and waiting to attack fathom = understand

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