Thursday, December 27, 2007

PMR Top Scorers 2007

Congratulations and yes, there is a cause for celebration as 64 Michaelians scored straight As in the 2007 PMR compared to 39 students in 2006. The school hall was a hive of activities when students and their parents came to collect the results which were released at 10.30am today.

Tan Kian is the state's top five high achievers. He was honoured at a function held at the state education department today afternoon.

Mr Phoon Chong Chee and the entire school administrative and teaching team , together with the students' parents ought to be highly commended for a job truly well done.

1. Students getting their results - 2 shots
2. Tan Kian and his family at SMI before going to the department and Tan, receiving a certificate from the Director Hj Hussain Harun.

Monday, December 24, 2007


From Peter Khiew & family. Also from us at St Michael's, Ipoh.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

St Michael's looks forward to a dynamic 2008

When school starts on Jan 3, 2008, SMI is ready for yet another challenging and exciting school session.
Sixteen new teachers are being posted to SMI for the new school session. The number of staff in the morning and afternoon sessions will see an increase, with a few new counsellors added in to the fold.
Staff meeting, to brief teachers on expectations and new developments, is scheduled for Dec 31, 2007, 8am.
Mr Phoon is the principal while Cikgu Tauhid, Mr Woon, Mr Loo and Cikgu Ramli are the senior assistants 1 (admin), 2 (student affairs), 3(co-curriculum) and afternoon head respectively.
Students are equally excited when school reopens. Michaelians are one unique lot who like coming to school irrespective of the days.
During the holidays, many boys could be seen mingling around at the foyer, making the school their favourite spot to meet one another. Scouts, Michaelian Chinese Orchestra and Michaelian Military Band members make use of the break to practise and perfect their skills.
Parents and their charges could also be seen buying books, all preparing for the new term.
I observe that Michealians' zeal and passion (old and current) continue to burn within them, that's wonderful and amazing about our children in St Michael's.
Among the newly-constructed features are a refurbished office area, with a staircase that leads to the administrative block (visitors no longer need to pass by the classrooms on the first floor), a meeting room for senior teachers and members of the Old Michaelians Association, a more conducive partitioned office area for senior assistants and a bigger staff room (under construction).

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Mr Woon Fook Sim Retiring, Jan 11, 2008.

A man who always endears to fellow Michaelians, Mr Woon stands out for his outstanding display of confident calmness. His responsibilities as senior assistant in charge of student affairs in SMI have been a great blessing to the school.

His confidence and high level of expertise in handling his charges have been a shining example for teachers who want to know how he can always get things done.

Mr Woon has demonstrated, in many instances, his capability to show endurance in mental, physical, and spiritual stamina.

He simply possesses strong will to accomplish a goal, regardless of the seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

This Michaelian will retire on January 11, 2008. Another great teacher is leaving us. Thank you Mr Woon for your years with us at St Michael's.
To Mr Woon, an old boy remembers you....
Mr. Woon is another teacher whom many students hold him with reverence. Despite being the senior assistant, he is always humble, slow to anger and often correct students' mistakes in a very benign manner. Rarely did I hear him raising his voice.
I recall the moments when a few students and I were in charge of updating the student database. The Form 1 moderator, Pn. Lee Seok Chean, switched on Mr. Woon's computer and we would then sit down and start typing in the details. Later on when Mr. Woon entered the office, he would find us in his office and ask us what we were all doing.
After producing a satisfactory explanation, he would just leave us alone with our work.Looking back in those days, I feel sorry that his office is such that people, be it students or teachers, have to invade his personal space to switch on the lights and fans of the Bilik Gerakan. Often also would he find students staying around his office, thus would actually intrude his privacy.
His working place is the smallest compared to that of the principal and the senior assistant of administration. I am sure that the metal door to his office has always been banged by students, intentionally or otherwise, thus causing unnecessary disturbance to him.
Mr. Woon must have coped up with such condition very well.For all these years, Mr. Woon has been in charge of student affairs. There is nothing to wonder about if you see students in his office receiving a lecture. I also remember him having to handle the Petronas sponsorship application. From here I imply that he even had to handle scholarship matters.
He could be one of the busiest teachers in the school. Not only did he merely handle student affairs, he had to teach as well. Having to balance between teaching and administering order within the school compound is no mean feat. As he is also living in Batu Gajah (assuming that he did not shift elsewhere nearer to Ipoh), travelling to school early in the morning and back every day must have been a test of patience and sacrifice.
To conclude it all, he is indeed a role model to all teachers, as well as students. Despite not being an old Michaelian, I am certain that he has understood the Michaelian culture so well that he now possesses the Michaelian spirit.Mr. Woon, on behalf of those currently studying abroad especially, we congratulate you for a job well done and thank you so much for your years spent in SMI.
We wish you the very best of health and eternal joy with your loved ones at home. Happy retirement!
Written by,
Henry Yew

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Old Michaelians Association Office Bearers

Patron: Dato' Lim Keng Kay
Hon Advisor: Rev Bro Vincent Corkery
Legal Advisor: Ms Juliana Devadason

The newly-elected committee members of the OMA for 2007/2008

Executive Committee

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 Members

Council Chairman: Mr Yong Sin Wah

Council Members:
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


Below are pictures taken during the funeral service at 10 am today, Mon 17, Dec 2007. His remains were cremated at the Bercham Crematorium. The Michaelian Military Band members were there to offer an air of strength to those who mourned. For all those who came, thank you all for the support.

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.

Mr. Fong, throughout his years in SMI and as far as I could remember him, has been a very friendly, soft-spoken person whom every teacher adores. Seen very often in the school office as well as the library, his passion and love for the school had never died off.

Personally I remember him as a very fatherly figure whose shuffling walk had always caught my eyes. I remember thinking to myself that Mr. Fong should rest at home; his legs were not that strong anymore.

However what marvelled me was that despite the seemingly weak in the legs, he was able to walk from the office to the library and down again quite frequently, sometimes carrying something in his hands as I observed him from afar.

Never had I seen anyone helping him out, nor had I heard him asking for help. Perhaps it is his way of doing things (or perhaps our Michaelians are not that helpful? Food for thought).

Nevertheless, all staff of SMI have held him with great reverence and love. He will indeed be sorely missed.

Requiescat in pace, Mr. Clement Fong.

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

Things That Make Michaelians Glitter!

Went through the "archive" and thought it would be appropriate and timely to highlight some of the achievements, struggles and "the special touch" of fellow Michaelians, which had made it to the press. As we look forward to 2008, we strive to produce more outstanding and quality Michaelians, who are imbued with the ideals of Faith, Zeal and Community.

Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Old Michaelians Association
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

Adrian Tsen,

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Calling Foo Say Jin & Foo Say Han Class of 1986 (F5)

A Note From An Old Boy, residing in Washington DC.

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.

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

Removal of religious statues and crosses in Mission Schools

Insensitive, unsubstantiated and baseless: Federation

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".



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


Happy Retirement Mr Aw

Mr Aw with teachers and students.Mr Aw receiving a gift from SMI senior assistant I, Tn Hj Tauhid Ahmad
Brother Vincent Corkery and Mr Aw .... "Thank you, Mr Aw"

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

Special Tribute To Retired SMI Bus Driver Joseph Chai

Managed to arrange for an interview with Mr Joseph Chai Siew Wa a day before he called it quits. It was on May 27, 2005. Joseph was then 67 years old. The interview lasted 20 minutes and at the end of the session, I managed to have a feel sitting at the driver's seat, trying out the big steering wheel and experienced for a moment how this Joseph could drive a bus, ferrying noisy kids day after day for a total of 48 years!
A story was featured in the Old Michaelians Association magazine that year. For readers of the blog here, I am featuring here a write-up for all who still remember Mr Joseph Chai, the SMI school bus driver.

Started with an Austin, I progressed to a "Wogen" then a Morris. All these vehicles, Joseph said, were reliable and trustworthy.
"I started operating a school bus when I was 19 in the year 1957. There were virtually no cars on the road. Only bicycles and tricycles could be seen on the narrow roads in Ipoh then," said Joseph, who speaks impeccable English.
Joseph changed to a used Morris in 1973 for a princely sum of RM30,000 to ensure comfort and safety of his charges. With a slightly bigger bus, Joseph could ferry 45 pupils with ease.
Joseph has seven children, six daughters and a son, who works as a technician in Kuala Lumpur. (Heard that his wife is working in Hong Kong)
He remembers the time in his early days when he learned English from Brother Denis at night. (that explains why he speaks good English). Like Pakcik Din, Joseph was also working as a lab assistant at SMI. (And when the contract ended, he switched to bus driving). He remembers also when money had to be changed into Michaelian denominations to be used in the school canteen. As a boy, he had a close relationship with Mr P.J. Morsingh (our first headmaster). He has great respect for the La Sallian brothers because of their commitment towards educating the young. (taken from SMI school magazine 2002).
Joseph Chai, now nearing 70, had to say goodbye due to his failing eyesight and poor health.
Thank you Joseph Chai from us at St Michael's and from those who got on your nerves when they were on your bus - shouting, jumping, fighting, throwing papers and wrappers out from the windows yet still so much rubbish in your bus at the end of the day.
Sir, the boys had grown up. Many are already grandfathers, fathers and some prefer to be like Cliff Richard. Many are still in the country, some overseas. But they have one thing in common - they remember you fondly.
From St Michael's Ipoh, take care and thank you.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Dear Members of Class 5A3 of 1967

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).

I believe you guys must be busy contacting each other after the meeting in Ipoh. Mr Robert, for example, has tediously and painstakingly created a webpage to network with all his buddies. His creativity is well-reflected on all the pages, successfully attracting many others who had lost touch with one another when they parted ways after completed their Form Five in 1967. And there is one enthusiastic and dynamic Michaelian, Mr Anthony Kim, who keeps all his old friends up to date with his long list of e-mails, sending to them latest updates, currrent news and all things Ipoh. These are the people who are still vibrant, with the Michaelian spirit still burns within furiously. Feel free to use whatever images you need from my blog.

Keep in touch constantly.....from St Michael's Ipoh, cheers!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Special Tribute To SMI Bus Driver Pak Din

caption: UNFORGETTABLE... Pakcik Din (left) and the Ice-cream man. Two faithful Michaelians.

St Michael's takes pride in having produced individuals who have contributed to society and become prominent figures in the community. The alma mater never forgets these personalities. Here, we pay a fitting tribute to SMI Bus Driver for his service and zeal to all Michaelians.

Pakcik Din, full name Tuan Haji Jamaluddin was born on 4 September 1934. He came to work at SMI in 1952 as lab assistant. Brother Denis Hyland was Brother Director then. Many did not know that we had a fleet of nine school buses to ferry our boys to and fro school and Pak Din was commissioned to drive one of the buses.

He continued to drive privately even after his contract as a lab assistant expired. He recalls the time when there were no traffic lights in the early days and bullock carts were a common sight then. St Michael's was merely a small structure then compared to the magnificent building today.

At 73, he is still going strong and up to Nov 16, 2007, Pak Din still ferries young, energetic Michaelians to school from the Ipoh Garden and Canning Garden areas. His amber-coloured bus, AT 8551, has been on the road for more than three decades, four perhaps. (extracted from SMI 2002 school magazine)

The antique-looking bus carries with it prominently the logo of St Michael's, displaying the "green and white" proudly around town for many,many years. Pak Din arrives punctually everyday and parents are rest assured he can have their kids "delivered" to school safe and sound, just like when the parents themselves got delivered to school when they were young. By whom? Yes, by the same reliable and trusted man, Pakcik Din.

He has seen through eight directors and principals- Brother Denis, Brother Pius, Brother Paul, Brother Vincent, Mr Chong Suan Ee, Mr K. Balasubramaniam, Mr Teh Chor Aun, Mr Louis Rozario Doss and now, Mr Phoon.

Note: In the newspaper on Nov 19, 2007 : No more long trips for buses older than 15 years, says the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB). It will no longer issue temporary permits for school buses older than 15 years for long distance trips.

"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

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Taking A Short Break

Due to marking of exam papers, year-end preparations, the registration of Form One students 2008 and other logistics matters, I will be taking a short break. Posting resumes middle November 2007.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

SMI Ice Cream Man

A Tribute To Michaelians Behind The Scenes ICE CREAM MAN (right) with Pakcik Din, SMI Bus Man (pix taken early this year) courtesy of Brother Matthew Bay.

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

Our Sincere Thanks To A Competent Organiser

caption: Mr Yip (right) with Brother Vincent ...."Thanks to you, Mr Yip, for a job well done".

Working behind the scene to ensure the success of the OMA banquet dinner year after year is none other than Mr Yip Chee Thong. Being the social and cultural secretary, he has to look into virtually all areas that make a successful and memorable get-together of old-boys.
He has to find out the recipients for various categories of former students who would be awarded certificates. That is no easy task, considering some have left school as long as 50 to 60 years ago.

Next, besides looking into the area of ticket sale to make sure all tables are taken up, he has to ensure that the food is comfortable with guests who are from very different age groups.

Mr Yip also has to ensure that the certificates are prepared, rolled up and tied neatly and honorably before they are given out. He has to arrange for the services of the prefects and Michaelian Military Band members to help out that night, making sure guests are treated like "old boys".

While others are seated with their comrades comfortably, he has to go around to make sure that the beer promoters are doing their job fast enough to fill up the glasses on all the tables.

We salute you Mr Yip for a job well done -for the past 14 years. He had indeed made our reunion an evening we truly remember.

Note: During his heydays at St Michael's, Mr Yip was a renowned rugger and footballer, winning accolade and admiration from his friends and teachers.
He represented St Michael's at the prestigious Burnley Cup Youth Tournament when he was in upper form, a feat a few had ever accomplished during that time. Mr Yip left school in 1962. Brother Paul was the Director then. He joined OMA in 1991.
Mr Yip can be reached at 019-5567913.

Friday, October 12, 2007

OMA 69th Annual Banquet

It was the catching up on old times which prioritized all others. Even the scrumptious eight-course dinner and the evergreen songs had no match for people to get around saying hello and to talk about those old days. Only the Tiger beer was able to pull them back to their seats once in a while.

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.

Stories Coming Up

Three outstanding stories - of grit, perseverance, sacrifices and their strong fighting spirit - are on the way.

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

Welcome Home, Michaelians.

KL SMI Alumni members, our cherished old boys and girls came a calling on Saturday, Sept 29. Led by Dr Chin, the entourage of some 20 members, including Dr Jim Lai, Mun Toh, Patrick Teoh and Jeannie Khoo arrived at 9am. After walking down memory lane, the group, together with the present students, teachers and OMA committee members had a session of treasure hunting. Assisted by the scouts, Master Timothy Chee and Mr Ronald Hor were the co-ordinators. After the session, we had lunch in the food court, the preferred place of our guests-of honour. Hope to see all of you again next year.

caption: Dr Chin, Dr Jim, his daughter, Jeannie and Master Timothy Chee.

Ronald (standing) with Esther and her family

Mun Toh and his family

Mr Phoon and OMA members

Lunch time.