Thursday, May 24, 2007

SMI Toilet Earns Praises From Ipoh City Councillor

A news report (May 18, 2007) on enforcement officers going around petrol stations and restaurants in Ipoh issuing verbal warnings to those who do not keep their toilets clean. "Buck up or face summonses", were the words from Ipoh City Councillor T. Murugiah, in driving home the message that all school toilets would also be checked, starting with the toilet in St Michael's.

And he came, May 21 (Monday) with three enforcement officers. It was a pleasant surprise for him and his officers when they inspected our five-star toilet. Spick and span, no stench, not even a single piece of tissue paper on the floor and the mirror was sparkling clean. And for the "Old Smokehouse", it had also passed the test.

The councillor, who brought along journalists from the Chinese press and RTM, was equally impressed with the overall discipline of our boys. For him, the condition of the toilet says very much about the attitude, the values and the character of all Michaelians.

Note: The toilet was built in 2005. Brother Matthew Bay had effortlessly looked into the designs which are contemporary and of high practicality. The choice of colours of the wall and floor tiles, urinary, doors and others were also the efforts of Brother Matthew. The toilet, which is not suitable to be named after anyone, is simply called by Michaelians as " The Five-Star Toilet". It was made possible through proceeds of the annual school drama fund.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

SMI Gallery and Archive

The gallery has now been fixed with a new wooden door. The damaged windows have been replaced with specially-made tinted glass windows. The room is going to be air-conditioned, serving as a meeting room and an exhibit to showcase the myriad of historical items, currently having no place to be appreciated and admired. I salute the current school administration for a job well done in preserving the school heritage and legacy.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Update on St Michael's

Happenings in St Michael's

1. A gallery is in the making in St Michael's. It will also serve as an archive and a referral point to the many rich historical aspects of the school. Located on the first floor of the main building, the gallery will showcase artifacts like trophies, medals, old books and magazines, posters and pictures of yesteryears. .....
more reports and pictures soon.

2. SMI staff room, which has been in existence for decades but undergoes little or no changes, will see at least some construction works carried out at the end of the year--to make teachers more comfortable. Some extensions are in the pipeline to add in at least another 25 tables for teachers. A reading corner, which will come with a set of settee, will definitely make many teachers happy. Update soon...

3. Teacher's Day celebration in SMI is on May 25, 2007, starting 7.20am. Wish SMI teachers , former or current, by leaving a message at
You can also share with us your days with your teachers in SMI and tell us why certain teachers had managed to leave a lasting impression on you. All messages will be published in the 2007 school magazine. Tell us your names and the years you were in St Michael's.

Posting this: 24 May 2007- Many responded with excellent write-ups. Keep your articles coming. I have until end of June 2007 to take in your stories. After that, I need to do a bit of editing before the stories make their way into our 2007 school magazine. PeterKhiew SMI

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Dato' Tan Yee Khan - Another Feather in the Cap for SMI

A Flashback....

On April 23, 2005, Tan Yee Khan was honoured by the SMI KL Alumni as the Michaelian Achiever of the Year for his remarkable achievements in badminton, having brought home the prestigious Thomas Cup twice - in 1965 and 1966. He partnered another Michaelian Ng Boon Bee in the badminton doubles.

This year, the LaSallian fraternity is thrilled and honoured to witness the Sultan of Perak bestowing the Darjah Datuk Paduka Mahkota Perak (DPMP), which carries the title Dato' on Tan Yee Khan, who clinched the All-England men's doubles title.

Another Michaelian Koo Kien Keat, the All-England men's doubles winner this year (with partner Tan Boon Heong), is also rewarded by His Highness for his recent achievement -with the Darjah Ahli Mahkota Perak (AMP) award. Koo is the 2007 Michaelian Achiever of the Year.
Congratulations to both.
caption of pix:
1. The guest of honour at the 2005 KL Alumni annual dinner, Datuk Seri Lim Keng Yaik (second from left), Old Michaelians Association president Mr Adrian Tsen (Caring Michaelian of 2005), Dato' Tan Yee Khan (extreme right) and SMI KL Alumni president Dr Chin Yoong Kheong (extreme left)

2. Our evergreen Master Timothy Chee posing with Dato' Tan and Datin at the dinner. Photos by PeterKhiew

Note: Dato' Tan is 66 years old this year while Boon Bee is 69.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Current Conditions of the Old Primary School

It is expected that the old building be demolished as soon as secondary school students are back to the main building. That will take another two to three months depending on the overall works carried out.

As for now, Form One students to the bigger-sized Form Four and Form Five students are generally enduring the crampy classrooms, toilets, corridors and doors made for their younger comrades. When it rains, leaking roofs and disintegrated ceiling panels make them even more stressful.

Nevertheless, Michaelians, as Brother Vincent has said, "would just adjust with a smile". Lessons go on. Teachers enter classes and examinations are on-going. As many have proudly testified, "all these will make us tougher and more energized".

Afterall, the students are savouring every moment in the primary school before the blocks are gone! Viva Michaelians!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Construction Works Run Smoothly

Michaelians are looking forward to a newly refurbished school building as the contractor is working towards applying a new coat of paint to the Gothic-designed facade.

Ipoh folks driving along Jalan S.P. Seenivasagam are enthralled and mesmerised at the efforts carried out to ensure preservation of the century-old building and also to add a touch of grandeur to a building reputed to be one of the most photographed in the country.

Currently, almost half of the galvanised zinc roof has been put up, with workers now busy fixing up the ceiling and electrical wiring. The next stage will involve works from the foyer right up to the left wing, covering places like the chapel, science laboratories, Form Six classes, the school hall and the Old Michaelians Association secretariat.

Expected date of completion: July 2007.

Classes to accommodate the Lower Six students, to register on May 15, 2007, will be temporarily stationed at the primary school block, at least for two months. This move creates another history. Why? The first time Form Six students attending classes in the primary school. First, it was the primary school which made headlines and now the secondary school building. We put on record again the generosity and deep concerns of our benefactors, who mainly include corporate figures far and near, well wishers, parents and old boys to ensure that the legacy which had produced great Michaelians since 1912 will stay on for another century to come.

National treasure... a view of SMI from a distance.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Examinations Fever in St Michael's

Some 1900 students from Form One to Upper Six are sitting for their mid-year examinations from May 3 to May 15, 2007. Form Three, Form Five and Form Six students are taking the exams seriously as the question formats are set and the papers marked according to the actual examinations. Our best wishes to them as they look forward in assessing their potentials.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Michaelian Awards For Year 2007

Officially announced by KL Alumni president Dr Chin Yoong Kheong, the three awards presented to outstanding Michaelians for their shining leadership, personal endeavors, benevolence and strong entrepreneurship.
Caring Michaelian of The Year 2007

Brother Anthony Rogers, FSC

This distinguished individual has contributed a lot of his effort in caring for the under-privileged and the award is given in recognition of the work for the needy, the marginalized and the deprived. His contribution includes:
The work for the Office of Human Development of the Catholic Church;
His work for marginalized groups in Malaysia, principally migrant workers, drug addicts and the poor;
Arrested under Ops Lallang (ISA),but continues undeterred in his campaigning for human rights advances in Malaysia;
His dynamic leadership of the Catholic Welfare Services
He taught at St Anthony’s, Teluk Intan (1972-73),St Paul’s Institution, Seremban (1974-1976) and at St John’s Institution, Kuala Lumpur (1977-79).
1979 was the turning point in his life. He realized that his true mission lay outside the formal school system: it lay in the refugee camps at Pulau Bidong; it lay amidst the growing population of migrant and undocumented workers; it lay with youth in distress on the streets; it lay with the orang asli and the marginalized.
Our Caring Michaelian 2007 sought permission from his superiors to focus on the deprived, the marginalized and the needy outside the formal school system. He began to organize people to work for a more caring Malaysia. He was a familiar figure at university campuses organizing students to reach out to the needy. He helped them break out of their complacency and isolation to work for and with others for a better world.
Our Caring Michaelian 2007 Award goes to a Michaelian (1963-65) who has devoted his life towards seeking a new vision for our times. Born in Penang on 5th March 1949, this son of St Michael’s spent part of his formative years (1963 – 1965) at the Juvenate (Form1-3) at St Michael’s Institution, Ipoh.
Our Caring Michaelian 2007 deserves high praise for mobilizing Malaysian society to upgrade the welfare homes for the elderly particularly the Old Folks’ Home in Kampung Simee, Ipoh, which today is an exemplary model of excellence in the care of the elderly.
Mother Teresa once said: “If you open your hearts, you will find Calcutta very near you.” Our winner of the Most Caring Michaelian Award 2007 is Brother Anthony Rogers in recognition of his tireless and fearless efforts to open our hearts to the Calcutta that is very much in our midst in Malaysia.

Outstanding Michaelian of the Year 2007

Dato Prof Dr. Khoo Kay Kim is a well known Malaysian historian. He is currently the Professor Emeritus (History), University of Malaya. He was born in Kampar, Perak Darul Ridzuan on the 28 March, 1937. He Married to Datin Rathi and had 3 sons (Eddin Khoo, Rubin Khoo, Mavin Khoo).
Dato Prof Dr. Khoo Kay Kim had his early education in St Michael’s Institution. He attended the English school in the morning and Chinese school in the afternoon. He finished school in 1956 after completing Form 6. In 1960, he obtained BA (Hons) in history, from the University of Malaya, Singapore. Dato Prof Dr. Khoo Kay Kim obtained his MA History in 1967, University of Malaya, Singapore and in 1974, PhD History at the University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur.
His career profile started soon after graduation with a teaching post in Anglo Chinese School in Teluk Anson. His career path soon took off in the following sucesson:
In 1966, he took up the position as Tutor at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
In 1967, he became the Assistant Lecturer (temporary), University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur and soon after that, he took up the permanent position of Assistant Lecturer.
In July 1974, he was appointed Professor, University Of Malaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
In May 1973 to 1975 he was the Acting Head, History Department, University Of Malaya.
In May 1975 Professor, History Department University Of Malaya.
Dato Prof Dr. Khoo Kay Kim was honoured the J.S.M Johan Setia Mahkota in Jun 1983 and in April 1987 he was honoured the D.P.M.P., Darjah Paduka Mahkota Perak, which carries the title, Dato'.
His Publications include:
Transformation & Democratisation, by Khoo Kay Kim, Pelanduk Publications in 1971.
1992 - His Majesty Sultan Azlan Shah : Biography.
Dato Prof Dr. Khoo Kay Kim was also involved in various voluntary organisations and in September 4th,1995 as an Advisor, Malaysian University of Southern California Alumni (MUSCA). He was the Track-and-field Judge, South East Asia Peninsular Games (SEAP) in 1964. In Apr 1995 Director, Sports Centre (University Malaya). A well-known academician, Professor Khoo has written several books on history used by our school children.
Dato Prof Dr. Khoo Kay Kim reminisces his days in SMI as fun days. He was a science student but his love for sports set the path for his career and where he is today. He was the sports captain in 1956 and represented the school in the epic match against the Royal Scots Fusierliers, the top military team in the country then. Some of the members in the SMI football team then represented the country and this included Ng Boon Bee, who represented the country in badminton too. When he completed his Sixth Form, he find that it was difficult to pursue his love for sports and science at the same time when he had to stay back for lab work till 5:30 pm. Pursuing Arts gave greater flexibility! He pursued history and the rest is history!
Dato Prof Dr. Khoo Kay Kim is equally caring for the community at large and he has been spending time serving various non-profit organizations and currently, he is active in:
Institut Integriti Malaysia (IIM)
National Society Institute of Malaysia
Distinguished Fellow of the International Islamic University
He was once a fellow (1999 to 2000) of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies of the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.

Michaelian Achiever of the Year 2007

Left SMI in 2000, after completing his Form 3 for the Bukit Jalil Sports School in recognition of his potential in badminton prowess. His early achievements were representing the country in both the men’s doubles and mixed doubles. His achievement took a significant leap forward when he was paired off with a new partner in October 2006, when they made their debut as a pair in the Japan Open. Since then, he together with his new partner has consistently reached the finals of every tournament except for the Korean Open (which they reached the semi-final). Here are the key achievements that he achieved, just over the past year:
Gold at the Doha Asian Games in December 2006
Malaysian Open Champion a month later (January 2007)
All England Doubles Champion in March 2007
Swiss Open Doubles Champion a week later
This Michaelian has formed a formidable pair that had beaten higher ranked pairs, outclassed experienced opponents and tamed the old hands in the game. He is just 22 years old and we expect more successes to come!
He is Koo Kien Keat!

Articles contributed by Dr Chin.


"Simple yet stylish", "Creative and authentic". These are the comments made about the KL Alumni annual dinner programme books distributed to diners on April 28, 2007. The designer must have spent many hours to come up with the ingenius ideas in working with his subjects which effectively relate directly with the theme of the event. By having the book printed in black and white, it created a historical feeling and this has successfully transformed everyone back to their childhood era - with their classmates and teachers in St Michael's.
Good work.

An Unforgettable Gathering!

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle". Erin Majors

The "candles" of St Michael's - teachers who have made our lives meaningful and greatly enriched.

The presence of former teachers at the KL Alumni organised get-together had made the reunion a great success. Joining in for the first time, inspiring and charismatic teachers like Master John Lee Choon Heng, Master Stephen Lee Kee Leong, Master Chong Tet Fah and Master Ho Khai Koon at the dinner had added a touch of grandeur and a feeling of nostalgia to the occasion.
A digital presentation on SMI's unforgettable personalities like Brother Vincent Corkery, Brother Ultan Paul, Mr Chong Suan Ee, Master Noel Oliveiro, Master Almelda and Master Louis Rozario Doss had successfully created a strong ambiance and emotions worthy of a well-planned reunion between members of the LaSallian fraternity.

In his speech, president of the SMI Association Klang Valley Dr Chin Yoong Kheong said the annual dinner aims at rekindling the unforgettable memories of the good old days in St Michael's Institution.
He said it was a time that friendship was built with solid foundation that stood the test of time which had never blinded by race or religion.
"It is time for rejoicing in the friendship we have maintained until today and the reminiscing the nostalgic moments of yesteryears", said Dr Chin at the dinner, which was attended by some 700 old boys, well wishers, teachers and guests from LaSalle schools around the country.

The presentation of awards for deserving Michaelians, Caring Michaelian of the Year 2007, Outstanding Michaelian of the Year 2007 and Michaelian Achiever 2007 was also the highlight of the evening, which was also attended by young badminton hero Koo Kien Kiet and his family members.

Worthy of mention is the noble efforts by the Klang Valley SMI Alumni in raising RM210,000 to fund the New Primary School Building. Others are Dr Francis Morsingh (eldest son of SMI's first headmaster Mr PJ Morsingh) who contributed RM60,000, Dato' Chee Kok Weng - RM50,000, Dr Chin Yoong Kheong - RM30,000, Mr Poon Kok Fee & family - RM30,000, Mr John Tan-RM30,000, Class of 1978 -RM30,000, class of 1974, class of 1974 and Helen Lip and family"