"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.