Sunday, January 18, 2009

THE STORY OF OLD MICHAELIANS' ASSOCIATION, IPOH.

The first meeting of the OMA took place 76 years ago - 8th September 1933 with Mr. P. J. Morsingh, who had been SMI's first headmaster, as chairman. Brother Dositheus was then Bro. Director of SMI.
The year 1998 was the diamond jubilee year for the Old Michaelians' Association.
caption: The OMA works closely with the Brothers, the Board of Governors, the PIBG and the school in making possible many facilities for Michaelians. Pix by Brother Matthew Bay

The OMA continues to maintain its high profile image and a distinguished association under the leadership of Mr. Adrian Tsen Keng Yam, following the footsteps of his predecessors, Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng, Datuk K. K. Lim & Mr. Lim Keng Hoo.
Regular meetings are held faithfully every year and strong relations with the school have remained close and supportive. The SMI building continues to look remarkably splendid, with the grass in the field looks fresh and green, and on festive occasions, the building is beautifully floodlit.
The entrance to the school was upgraded and given a new millennium look, in keeping with advance times. The landscaping design was the work of Brother Matthew Bay and the expenses were shared, with the OMA making its usual significant contributions.
OMA began a project in 1999 to upgrade the roads within the compound and cover them with modern inter-locking bricks. This project was done in stages as funds became available and was completed by early 2000.
All these, together with several sets of classroom furniture, testify the commitment and timely action of the OMA for the alma mater.
To honour the immense contributions and solid dedication of Mr. Adrian Tsen to SMI, the school pavilion was named after him, The Adrian Tsen Pavilion, as a loving reminder of his attachment and close partnership with the school.
The Annual OMA banquet is held in Ipoh every year on the last Saturday of September. This is the high point of the year for all old Michaelians who gather in numbers from far and near to renew acquaintances, share memories and make new friends.
We will continue to ensure that St Michael's upholds its rich legacy of strong traditions.We support the theme, "Upholding The Great Michaelian Ethos" which carries the distinctive brand of La Sallian tradition that stands for high personal and academic standards, excellent moral tone and discipline.

A NOTE FROM AN OLD BOY

At a meeting held on Sept 15, 1933 with Mr PJ Morsingh as Chairman, a decision to form an Old Boys' Association was reached.
Bro Dositheus, Director was elected as President. The tradition of the School Director to preside OMA continued right till the Second World War. Reverend Bro Director allowed the newly formed association to use part of the large outhouse as Club House for the Association. A Billiard table and a library was housed at the Club House.
You will be suprised that an OMA member pays 50cents a month as membership fee, while the school boys members paid 25cents p.m. (Present membership of RM10/- per year is very much lower in term of money value now, @ 83.33sens p.m). Come the 2nd War, the Club suffered as its furniture was destroyed by the occupying forces.
OMA did not cease but fight back for survival.OMA has seen ups and downs but we always managed to pull thru and survived.
We owe it all to the untiring efforts of its past presidents and its present president - Mr Adrian Tsen.
OMA has "always respond to your duty's sweet call" and "Render with joy to your mater her due".

From the administrator, thank you Mr Harneak Singh for a more complete article.

1 comment:

harrneak said...

Hi Mr Peter,

At a meeting held on 15.9.1933 with Mr PJ Mor Singh, as Chairman, a decision to form an O.B.A was reached. Bro Dositheus, Director was elected as President. The tradition of the school Director to Preside OMA continues right till the second World War.

Rev Bro Director allow the newly formed association to use part of the large outhouse as Club House for the Association. A Billiard table and a library was housed at the Club House.

You will be suprise that a OMA members pays 50cents a month as membership fee, while the school boys members paid 25cents p.m. (Present membership of RM10/- per year is very much lower in term of money value now, @ 83.33sens p.m).

Come the 2nd War, the Club suffered its furnitures were destroyed by the occupying forces.

OMA did not cease but fight back for survival.OMA has seen ups and downs but we always managed to pull thru and survived. We owes it all to the untiring efforts of its past presidents and its present president - Mr Adrian Tsen.

OMA has "always respond to your duty's sweet call" and "Render with joy to your mater her due"

Harneak Singh