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SAMPLE 1) YEAR END 2008: MUET WRITING 800/4 QUESTION 2
“People are becoming more materialistic. They are concerned with making more
money and what money can buy.” What is your opinion on being materialistic?
You should write at least 350 words. [60 marks]
They say that money makes the world go round. And indeed it does as without
money, life would be very difficult as in today’s society, nothing is free. The side
effect however is that people are becoming more materialistic; more concerned
with making money and what money can buy. But how much money is enough? Is
it ever enough? To some, it will never be enough. In my opinion, I truly believe
that this statement is true and that people are becoming more materialistic in
nature. In this essay, I will discuss how materialism has affected modern
society’s way of life on an individual level, the country’s economy as well as our
spiritual and moral beliefs.
First and foremost, each individual is affected by materialism to some extent in
this day and age because hedonism is becoming an uprising trend. This is
because today's generation are geared towards making more and more money so
that they can enjoy the carefree lifestyle that is so popular these days. Moreover,
people now are striving to earn more income in order to afford things that are
more expensive and branded. For example, people spend their hard earned money
on material objects like genuine LV and Coach handbags, expensive gadgets like
Iphones and Tablet pcs and so on which in my opinion is a waste of money when
regular goods may prove to be good enough. Therefore, while individuals become
more focussed on their pursuit of material wealth and improving their standard of
living, they may forget that what matters most in life is quality time spent with
family and friends and not the quantity of their material goods.
Secondly, when society starts spending in a materialistic manner it will surely
have a domino effect on the country’s economy. This means that the spending
power of society will help boost the economy and create more business
opportunities for the booming trade. However, when a society overspends, using
plastic money or credit cards, or when they take loans they cannot afford to
repay, then the country’s debt margin will be higher. For instance, USA today is
facing an economic crisis because banks have approved home loans to people
who aspire to own bigger houses than they can actually afford and this is causing
the collapse of the country’s economy there. Thus, while a society’s spending
habits helps our economy to grow, overspending due to materialism will have an
adverse effect to the country’s financial stability.
Last but not least, materialism affects our spiritual and moral beliefs. This is due
to the fact people who are materialistic may become ‘amoral’ whereby they
disregard their spiritual and moral upbringing and instead turn to crime to satisfy
their materialistic needs. In fact, the crime rate is increasing because criminals
these days have developed many ways to gain more money from society. Take for
example, there are more reports of snatch thefts, burglaries, kidnapping for
ransom, credit card fraud, internet banking hacking and others that are driven by
materialistic criminals. Hence, when people lose sight of their spiritual and moral
beliefs and believe instead in the greed of materialism, therefore the crime rate is

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bound to increase.
In a nutshell, materialism is a common agenda in the 21st century as more people
are working hard to afford things beyond their reach. While this may spur
individuals to work harder to improve their standard of living, overspending due to
materialism may cause the downfall of a country’s economy and their morality. In
my opinion, I still firmly believe that materialism has a strong hold on today’s
society; both positive and negative effects. Our government can encourage
society to be less frivolous and wasteful in spending by running campaigns such
as ‘Consumer Awareness’ and ‘Buy Malaysian Made Products’ in order to educate
our younger generation for the prosperity of our nation.
SAMPLE 2) MID YEAR 2010: MUET WRITING 800/4 QUESTION 2
The world today is turning more to electronic communications such as the e-mail,
Facebook and Short Message System (SMS). What is your opinion of this growing
trend? Discuss. You should write at least 350 words. [60 marks]
Everywhere we turn today, the world is crowded with people busy typing SMSes
on their Nokias or iPhones or someone is staring unblinkingly at a Facebook or
Yahoo page on the computer screen. Whether you like it or not, the age of
Information Technology is upon us, and we can either learn new skills and adapt
to this new technology, or be forever lost and stuck in the older generation. In my
opinion, I am fully convinced that this growing trend is the way of the future, and
it brings countless benefits to mankind. In this essay, I will discuss three positive
effects of electronic communication, namely its efficiency, enhances
communication and creates a borderless world community.
First and foremost, more and more people are relying on e-mail, Facebook, Short
Message System (SMS) and other types of electronic communication tools
because of its high efficiency. This is because in today's age of globalisation, we
need information at the tip of our fingers. Moreover, with the use of these tools,
we can increase the speed of getting the necessary and relevant information
within seconds and this will increase our productivity. For example, gone are the
days of using 'snail mail' or regular letters using stamps and envelopes and many
more examples of 'old' technology because it is simply too slow and inefficient.
Therefore, these e-communication tools increases the access to important
information which is why the new generation is fully accepting this growing trend.
Secondly, this form of technology enhances communication among people today.
This means that when we use SMS, e-mails and websites like Facebook, we are
able to communicate clearly and directly to our target audience. Furthermore,
people today find that the message is more important than the form it comes in as
an e-mail in short but clear sentences is just as good or even better than a long
and formal letter. For instance, an SMS can give clear instructions in just a few
words and this communicates what needs to be done quickly and directly. Thus,
when the intended message can be spread clearly using short and clear
information like in SMSes and emails, communication can be enhanced and there
will be less problems of miscommunication.

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SAMPLE 1) YEAR END 2008: MUET WRITING 800/4 QUESTION 2 “People are becoming more materialistic. They are concerned with making more money and what money can buy.” What is your opinion on being materialistic? You should write at least 350 words. [60 marks] They say that money makes the world go round. And indeed it does as without money, life would be very difficult as in today’s society, nothing is free. The side effect however is that people are becoming more materialistic; more concerned with making money and what money can buy. But how much money is enough? Is it ever enough? To some, it will never be enough. In my opinion, I truly believe that this statement is true and that people are becoming more materialistic in nature. In this essay, I will discuss how materialism has affected modern society’s way of life on an individual level, the country’s economy as well as our spiritual and moral beliefs. First and foremost, each individual is affected by materialism to some extent in this day and age because hedonism is becoming an uprising trend. This is because today's generation are geared towards making more and more money so that they can enjoy the carefree lifestyle that is so popular these days. Moreover, people now are striving to earn more income in order to afford things that are more expensive and branded. For example, people spend their hard earned money on material objects like genuine LV and Coach handbags, expensive gadgets like Iphones and Tablet ...
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