Tan Kian is the state's top five high achievers. He was honoured at a function held at the state education department today afternoon.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Hon Advisor: Rev Bro Vincent Corkery
Legal Advisor: Ms Juliana Devadason
The newly-elected committee members of the OMA for 2007/2008
President: Mr Adrian Tsen
1st Vice President: Mr Chan Khin Seng
2nd Vice President: Mr Louis Rozario Doss
Hon Secretary: Mr Harneak Singh
Hon Treasurer: Mr Steven Lee
Publication Secretary: Bro Vincent Corkery
Welfare Secretary: Mr Peter Khiew
Sports Secretary: Mr Anthony Lourdes
Social & Cultural Secretary: Mr Yip Chee Thong
Council Chairman: Mr Yong Sin Wah
Mr Bobby Chew
Mr Charlie Wong
Mr R. Jeyarajah
Dr Yap Chee Seng
Mr Chan Ying Wei
Mr Alfred Choong
Mr Cheong Chiew Yuen
Mr R Gnanasagaran
Internal Auditor: Dr S Radhakrishnan and Mr Wong Thin Chee
Monday, December 17, 2007
Rest in peace, Mr Clement Fong.
A note from an old boy, Mr Henry Yew Guo Zheng said it all. Thank you Yew for penning that thought.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Passed away today (Dec 15, 2007) at 3.15pm. Remains at Ipoh Garden Catholic Church (Our Mother of Perpetual Help). Funeral on Monday at 10am. Michaelians, do come and pay your last respects.
Note: Mr Clement Fong first came to St Michael's in 1968, when Brother Paul was principal. His job was mainly confined to the library. For the last few years, he helped out with the Old Michaelians Association newsletters by distributing them to members all over the country.
He had spent nearly 40 years of his life here and regarded by many a model of zeal for all Michaelians.
For details, do call Mr Adrian Tsen at 012-5089191.
Those who know Mr Clement perhaps would like to drop a few lines "under comments" of this blog as we intend to publish them in the school magazine in memory of him.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
c/o St Michael's Institution
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Old Michaelians Association, Ipoh will be held on Friday, December 14, 2007 at 7.00pm at the OMA Meeting Room (beside the school office, first floor)
1. Presidential Address
2. To receive and adopt the minutes of last AGM held on Dec 17, 2006.
3. Annual Report 2006/2007
4. Annual Account Report 2006/2007
5. Election of Office Bearers 2007/2008
6. To transact any other matters of which notice in writing has been given to the Hon. Secretary at least 96 hours before the meeting.
By order of the Committee of Management
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Dear Mr. Khiew,
I posted the following message today , at our web site. Would appreciate your help.
Thank you. Regards, Robert (Class 1967)
My friend , Michael Foo Chee Wei from the Class of 1985/86. He is not quite sure. Would like to contact as many of his old school mates as possible. He mentioned Foo Say Jin and Foo Say Han who were in his class. Anyone with any information please do contact us here at the web site. smi.robertdesilva.com
Michael Foo is currently in Washington DC and is working as the Chef in an American Restaurant. He is very keen to meet up with or stay in contact with any Michaelians who know him.
Note: A little lead.... I did a search and managed to find out that both Say Jin and Michael Foo were classmates in Form 5Sc4 (1986). Say Han was the president of the Michaelian Cycling Club while Say Jin was the secretary of the Michaelian Soccer Club. Say Han was in 5Sc1.
Say Jin, seated second from left
Say Han, seated fourth from left.
Michael Foo & Say Jin, 5Sc4
I tried the Malaysian White Pages (telephone directory) but yielded no results. Hopefully, these pictures would help in assisting Michael Foo (5Sc4) in locating his friends.
Best wishes from us here at St Michael's.
Signing off, Peter Khiew
PETALING JAYA (Dec 7, 2007): The Christian Federation of Malaysia today described the two Barisan Nasional MPs' call in the Dewan Rakyat (Parliament) for the removal of images of Jesus and Mary and the crosses in mission schools as insensitive, unsubstantiated and baseless comments.
The federation said the duo's accusations against the management and operation of the mission schools are most appalling and hurtful and do nothing except cause misunderstanding and erosion of trust and respect among our ethnic and religious groups "in this beloved country of ours".
CHRISTIAN FEDERATION OF MALAYSIA(PERSEKUTUAN KRISTIAN MALAYSIA)
Statement for Christian Federation of Malaysia on Extremist/insensitive Remarks in Parliament about Christian Mission Schools’ Crosses and Religious Images
The Christian Federation of Malaysia is appreciative of the recognition of the Ministry of Education, Malaysia of the tradition to have crosses and religious images in mission schools and of the affirmation that there is no reason to remove them.
These crosses and religious images are part of the ethos and culture of mission schools which the Ministry of Education, Malaysia has repeatedly assured us will remain.
Our mission schools have been founded with so much love and sacrifice consistent with Christian values and principles with a view to providing quality education to all students, regardless of race, religion and culture.
The traditions and practices of the mission schools reflect the first principle of our national ideology, the Rukunegara, of "belief in God".
Therefore the Christian Federation of Malaysia calls upon the leadership of this beloved country of ours and the people of Malaysia to continue to support and encourage our mission schools in their thus far excellent contribution towards nation building through the provision of quality and caring education.
The insensitive, unsubstantiated and baseless comments and accusations of 2 honourable members of the august Dewan Rakyat of Malaysia in relation to the management and operation of the mission schools are most appalling and hurtful and do nothing except cause misunderstanding and erosion of trust and respect among our ethnic and religious groups in this beloved country of ours.
The reason for having brought up the comments and accusations "based on grouses from the ground" is not acceptable as in the first place, there is no compulsion for any one to study in a mission school if one does not wish to.
Moreover, one would expect that before any accusation or comment is made, one should verify the facts, especially with the management of the mission schools.
The Christian Federation of Malaysia applauds our mission schools for their continuing contribution to the betterment of our students and teachers and reminds them of the important role they play in producing responsible citizens who will love their country and contribute to nation building and unity.
Bishop Paul Tan Chee Ing, SJ ChairmanExecutive Committee of Christian Federation of Malaysia
Article taken from theSun.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Having produced numerous computer engineers and computer software engineers during his tenure as computer teacher in SMK St Michael here, Aw Koon Lum had a reason to retire with contentment and a sense of fulfillment. He taught in SMI for 19 years.He believes that good teachers should impart skills and knowledge to their students so that they can develop their potentials to the fullest.
Armed with this ideal in his teaching methodology, Aw had managed to produce students who took up computer-related courses in universities and colleges who later graduated to become professionals.
After finishing his sixth form in 1971, Aw was accepted to the Malaya Teaching College where he was trained as a teacher. He was posted to Tumpat, Kelantan in 1974 after obtaining his teaching certificate.
Five years later, Aw was transferred to Kota Baru in Kelantan before being posted to Perak in 1984, teaching in a small school in Manong, near Kuala Kangsar, Perak.
In 1988, he was transferred to SMK St Michael Ipoh, his last port of call, after obtaining his off-campus degree in physics and science from Universiti Sains Malaysia.
Aw, 56, said students nowadays are a fortunate lot as computer technology has advanced so much compared to the time when he first started teaching the subject.He said computers of yesteryears were draggy, loud and unable to process a lot of things which we can do today. "During those days, having an NEC 286 computer would have friends running to your house. Students in school during that era were also exposed to the system," he recalled.
Aw, in his parting advice, told the students to be focussed in whatever they do and have long term plans to achieve their ambitions. "I have no immediate plan after retirement. What I need now is a well-deserved rest at home," he said.
Aw was given a grand farewell by some 1,500 students and teachers who sang "Auld Lang Syne", accompanied by the school band.
Note: The story of Mr Aw's retirement was also featured in Ipoh Echo, Dec 1, 2007.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Joseph Chai, now nearing 70, had to say goodbye due to his failing eyesight and poor health.
From St Michael's Ipoh, take care and thank you.
Friday, November 23, 2007
caption: Anthony Kim (standing, second from left). Was the busiest man that evening (OMA dinner), going around with his videocam.
Seated L to R : Gladys Ong ( Michael Ong's wife, former Convent Ipoh), Jeffery Thong Keon Hin currently in Melbourne, Gilbert Gomez.
Standing L to R: Michael Ong, Kim, Teoh Kar Hin, Joseph Doss, Thomas Amernathan, Justin Gomez.
(Pix from Mr Robert's website, and thanks).
Saturday, November 17, 2007
"The buses would only be allowed to fetch the students between their homes and schools", the Entrepreneurial and Co-operative Development Ministry clarified.
We were worried initially. First it was the Ice Cream man, now Pak Din. After some clarifications, Pak Din is exempted from the directive as his bus fetches students between their homes and school. Thank you Pak Din for all the years of faithful and exemplary service to us Michaelians.
A note from an old boy Mr Robert de Silva:
Dear Mr. Khiew,
I would like your permission to copy Pak Din's picture and paste it in our website. I traveled by the school bus to school from Lahat Lane during my primary schooldays and from Kg. Simee during my Form 1,2,3 and maybe part of Form 4 days. I remember the Bus Drivers then were a Joseph, a much younger Chinese Gentleman then ,Pak Din, Ahmad and a much elder Chinese gentleman Leong ? I cannot remember his name. He was a detective in the Police Volunteer Reserve. Maybe a Sergeant. Had fun travelling in the buses at that time and used to greet them whenever I see them after school days but it has been a long time. How are they faring? Thank you. Robert.
Our reply: Dear Sir, go ahead and use the picture. Joseph Chai has retired. It was in 2005 he decided to call it quits. He is still in Ipoh, staying in Simee. I can run a story about him later. As for Leong, we can get his update from Pakcik Din. Cheers and good day. Been to your blog. Pretty creative.From the alma mater, Peter Khiew.
Note: Robert de Silva, who currently lives in Washington DC, was in class 5A3, year 1967. His site is smi.robertdesilva.com.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
For more than six decades, the familiar ice-cream man had been bringing smiles and joy to thousands of Michaelians with his varieties of goodies. That man of few words and his knack for orderliness in arranging the ice-cream, has stopped selling two months ago. His absence has raised many questions among us. What has happened to him? Why did he stop selling? Is he still in Malaysia? Will be be back?
We will return with his story...
At the foodcourt, SMI ice-cream man always cuts a lonely figure. He is also a man of few words and because of that, not many people know that his name is Mohd Ali. That lonely man of 82 is not lonely anymore. He is now back in India, a country where he came from when he was a very young man. His wife and two daughters are still there.
SMI kacang putih man Solaiappan (right), who is Mohd Ali's very close confidante said Mohd Ali was already selling ice-cream in the 40s, even before the arrival of the Japanese.
Solaiappan, who operates the kacang putih stall, took over the stall from his father.
"My father took over the trade from my grandfather. That means the selling of kacang putih in SMI has run for three generations", he said.
Solaiappan said when he was in primary school, helping his grandfather at the stall, the ice-cream man was already operating a stall selling "ais kerim potong" which he made himself.
That time, he said, the stalls were operating behind the Masjid India mosque. It was called tuck shop then.
All the years of selling ice-cream, Mohd Ali had not used any motorised vehicles to transport his weighty metal container to and from school to his Kinta Height flat - a distance of at least a km. For five days a week, Mohd Ali (imagine his age) would cycle on his trishaw(beca), struggling on his pedal power when he encountered the slopes and patiently enduring the blaring horns from vehicles when he moved too slow. He had to cycle from the school to the French Bakery every two days to get fresh stock of bread as "he knew pupils and teachers alike like it".
All the years of hardship had somehow weakened him and that contributed to his frequent bouts of asthmatic attacks. "It was getting very serious early this year, rendering him very fragile and weak. Still he wanted to come to school to sell. The noodle man, Ah Fatt, helped him greatly by carrying his goods to school," Solaiappan said, adding that Mohd Ali would just sit at his stall and attending to his young and eager customers.
His health deteriorated further in June 2007. Mohd Ali decided to vacate his humble abode at the flat and to return to India. He was also advised by his sons-in-law who are working in Johor and KL to stop working for good. At last, he relented.
SMI ice cream man left behind only two items in St Michael's. One is his faithful trishaw, the other is our sweet memory of this faithful old man, one who has spent virtually his entire life in St Michael's.
Mohd Ali had to go without saying goodbye to all Michaelians. Deep down, Mohd Ali considers himself a son of St Michael's and he left with a very heavy heart.
"He spoke highly of the school, the Brothers and the old boys. He remembers Brother Paul and Brother Vincent vividly and always spoke on the ways they managed the school. His greatest joy was being able to serve here in St Michael's," Solaiappan said.
Mohd Ali now resides in Southern India. Those who want to say hello to him, call 00914567-259993.
From St Michael's, thank you Master Mohd Ali. We hope that you will have a fruitful and happy retirement with your family.
Signing off, Peter Khiew.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
It was a reunion that really etched in memory of more than 650 old boys and old girls who attended, with many already made appointment to meet each other again next year.
Old boys studying in Form Five, (1957) were presented with their Golden Jubilarian certificates. Our old brothers are Toh Hee Nam, Narian Dass, Foong Weng Yeow, Lee Sin Hean, Lim Cho Hock, Loh Heng Khan, Phang Meng San and Bill Teoh.
Forty-one others also received their Diamond, Ruby and Silver certificates.
From St Michael's, our warmest regards and see all of you again at our 70th year Bash on Sept 27, 2008 , which I believe would definitely be a merrier and a more dynamic get-together.
Pix 1: I still remember what you did in 1957.
Pix 2: The class of 1960s
Pix 3: Our guests from St George's Taiping with Mr Louis Rozario Doss.
Pix 4: Old boys from the the 1950s.
pix 5: Our SMI teachers
Pix 6: Brother Matthew (left) ..."The prawns are good. Go get some before they are gone"
pix 7: Former SMI teacher and now Kuala Sepetang state assembyman YB See Tean Seng with Master Timothy.
Note: Please assist me in identifying the wonderful old boys in the pictures (esp pixs 1 to 4). Indicate which pix and name the individuals from left to right so that I can acknowledge them in this blog. Cheers from SMI.
1. The Ice Cream Man (finally got a shot of him from Brother Matthew)
2. Mr Aw Koon Lum (It's time to know what he has to say about SMI and how he feels teaching here)
3. Captain Ho Weng Toh - The Flying Tiger (met him in person).
They are the courageous Michaelians worthy of a mention here and read how they can continue to inspire us.
Coming up soon.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
caption: Dr Chin, Dr Jim, his daughter, Jeannie and Master Timothy Chee.
Ronald (standing) with Esther and her family