Monday, June 29, 2009

Details for Preliminary Round

Calling all old boys, come in full force! Mr Harneak, invite your buddies. After the event, we proceed to the shop infront of Ipoh Padang for either rojak or Kopitiam. 


Date: 1st July 2009

Time : 9.00 am *please come earlier*

Venue : Basketball Court.

Friday, June 26, 2009

An Awe-spiring Speech Day

PTA chairman Mr Joseph Michael Lee welcoming Brother Vincent Corkery. Looking on are Dato Seri Lee Oi Hian (Guest of Honour) and En Kamaruzzaman (Senior Assistant).The Kompang boys and students with bunga manggar welcoming the guests. Inspecting the guard of honour (Mr Phoon accompanying Dato Seri)
Our guests who came to support
The prize recipients.
Impressive performance by MCO. Thank you boys Parents who turned up to cheer their children on.

Former principal Mr Teh Chor Aun (second from right) and representatives from the PTA and OMA.
Tradition stays. The kompang boys started up the atmosphere. The up and coming cadets, MMB, St John, Scouts and the stage performance by MCO made the day!

The ingredient of a rich and strong Lasallian school was obviously still very much alive in St Michael's.

Monday, June 22, 2009


St Michael's is having its Prize-Giving and Speech Day at 2pm on June 24, 2009 at the Main Hall.
Guest of Honour is Dato' Seri Lee Oi Hian, a Michaelian.

Lee, Oi Hian
Brief Biography

Dato’ Lee Oi Hian is Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director of Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd. He joined the Board on 1 February 1985 and is the CEO of KLK. He is also Chairman of Batu Kawan Berhad and a director of Yule Catto & Co. plc.

In addition to being the current Chairman of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council, he also serves as a trustee of several charitable organisations. He graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) degree from the University of Malaya and obtained his Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, US.

He joined the Company in 1974 as an executive and was subsequently appointed to the Board in 1985. In 1993, he was appointed as the Group’s Chairman/CEO and held the position until 2008. In line with practices in corporate governance which call for a separation of the role of Chairman and CEO, he relinquished his role as Chairman on 1 May 2008 but continues to be an Executive Director and CEO of the Group.

Plantation powered: Datuk Seri Lee Oi Hian

IT must be tough to follow in the footsteps of the late Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng, whose passion for the plantation business had helped build Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd (KLK) into one of the country's largest oil palm growers. Then again, it is unfair to expect his son, Datuk Seri Lee Oi Hian, to go down the exact same path.

The industry and the country have changed considerably since the elder Lee took over an early incarnation of KLK in the early 1970s. For example, the primary crop then was rubber instead of oil palm. When Oi Hian was appointed KLK chairman in 1993 – he was already the chief executive officer at the time – to succeed his father, the company has become a vastly different creature. It had just gone into resource-based manufacturing and property development, and would soon spread its wings to Indonesia in a major way.

He had long been groomed for the job. He joined the company as an executive in 1974 and was appointed to the board of directors in 11 years later.

Under Oi Hian, KLK continues to be an essentially conservative outfit. It is soundly managed but rarely makes a splash with big corporate exercises. One exception was when it acquired American retailer Crabtree & Evelyn in 1996 for US$60mil, although the results have not been great so far. In fact, KLK is working on turning around that investment. However, it can be argued that an international business with a solid brand is still a valuable asset.

KLK celebrated its centenary last year, and that is perhaps as good a time as any to enter a growth phase. That may well be what's happening.

The young age profile of its palms promises good earnings in the years to come, with the expected strong crude palm oil (CPO) prices providing the extra push. The company has also been in a buying mood in recent years, thus significantly enlarging its plantation land bank in Malaysia and Indonesia. On Feb 2, the company announced two more proposed acquisitions involving 22,400 hectares of land in central Kalimantan.

KLK has also invested a lot in the downstream of the plantations industry, mainly in oleochemicals and cocoa products. Last year, the company opened a fatty acids factory in China.

Investors fancy KLK because of its sturdy management and huge CPO exposure. That explains the 24% rise in its share price this year.

Lee is a respected figure in the palm oil industry and has served as chairman of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council chairman for several years now. He has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree from Universiti Malaya and is a Harvard MBA holder.

He and his brother, Datuk Lee Hau Hian, control KLK via another listed company, Batu Kawan Bhd. - By ERROL OH, The Star

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Warlord of Terror

A scene that would definitely glue the audience to the seats. Master Timothy Chee demonstrating the finer point of how a sword is handled.

Date: 14, 15 and 16 August 2009, 7.45 pm Venue: School Hall

Tickets are sold at RM20 and RM50 each. Reservations have started. Enquiries through your class teachers. Call 05-2540418 for details or e-mail:

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Ever Strong and Resilient MMB!

caption: Drum major Leong Kah Choon

For two strenuous months, our boys have been on high endurance mode to perfect their skills for the Perak State Band Competition scheduled to be held on July 3, 2009 at the stadium.
This time around our boys are tying up every knot to make sure they hold their heads up high till the end.
On Monday, 22 June 2009, a group of judges will turn up at the school to assess the performance of our boys to see that they are up to the mark. I am sure our boys are ready to impress!
The schools SMI is expected to face are SMJK Nan Hwa Setiawan, Sam Tet, Anderson and ACS Sitiawan.
"We are more prepared this year. The boys have given their best," said Band Leader Tan Tihn Chern. Training sessions can go on for hours, from morning until late evening.
The boys obviously look tired and weary but they are driven powerfully by their spirit and inner strength.
Michaelian Military Band vice-chairman Lee Wai Keong said the 76-piece band has matured over the years. "We are doing what we can to ensure that the boys continue to stay strong", said Lee, who has been with the boys on their rehearsing sessions since day one.
Former band members who turn up almost daily also made the efforts to encourage the boys. Personally I am greatly inspired by these young Michaelians.

Dear Michaelians and well-wishers,
Offer a line of your words of encouragement to the boys. For me they are simply amazing!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Moving Forward as Lasallians In Malaysia

22.7.09 Just added! The SMI delegates who were in Sabah. Mr Velupillai and Mr Loo.

caption: Arrival at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Sabah, Strong support from the Brothers at the conference, Brother Visitor Thomas Lavin declaring open the conference, Brother Anthony Rogers' plenary session, Group discussion, sharing an idea at the conference and the delegates at the 4th. Malaysian Lasallian Educators Conference.

June 8 to June 11, 2009. The get-together of some 94 teachers from all our the country to share and network. Among the schools attended were St Francis' Melaka, St Xavier's Penang, St Andrew's Muar, La Salle Brickfields, St Martin's Tambunan, La Salle Kota Kinabalu (host), SK Sacred Heart Tambunan, St John's KL, St Paul Seremban, St George's Taiping, La Salle Klang and St Michael's Ipoh.

Moving Forward as Lasallians in Malaysia

Our Identity as Lasallians in Malaysia
We are a community of diverse races and ethnic groups, religious and faith traditions aspiring for unity as Malaysians. This is rooted in our common understanding of the Spirit of Faith which helps us to see our work as God’s work.

Our Priority in our Educational Service
As Lasallians in Malaysia we see to the holistic and integral, human and spiritual formation of the Young with preference for those who are weak and poor.

Organic Unity of the Educative Community
The dynamism of the Lasallian Community in Malaysia is linked to a new partnership with Brothers, Parents, Board of Governors/Managers, PIBG and Alumni.

Formation of the members of the Lasallian Family
In order to deepen our Lasallian identity, be more committed to the Lasallian Educational mission and build our Educative Community we need to be more aware of our Lasallian Heritage and Spirit.

Note: St Michael's was represented by Mr Velupillai, Mr Loo and Mr Peter Khiew.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

4th MALEC, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

The LaSalle Brothers of the Penang District and the Pacific – Asia Regional Conference (PARC) recently organised the Asia-Pacific Lasallian Educators’ Congress in December 2008 in Hong Kong.
The Fourth Malaysian Lasallian Education Conference (MaLEC IV) is to be held in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah from 8 June 2009 till 11 June 2009.
The THEME for this year’s MaLEC is LASALLIAN VALUES IN EDUCATION: Challenges to Youth in Malaysia Today.
This conference is aimed to promote and instil Lasallian Education Values among the teachers and students in all our Lasallian schools.
This is part of our initiative to give serious attention to the on-going formation of all members of the Lasallian family in Malaysia.
I will be away for a few days and updating of blog continues when I return.
From St Michael's, our best wishes and kind regards.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Getting Together For a Worthy Cause

That's Michaelian spirit advocated by two teachers and some twenty Form Three students who rolled up their sleeves to give the dull-looking trophies and shields a good polish. They stayed back after a tedious day in school and after a meal in the food court, they gladly marched to the gallery. Looking at how they played a part in the preservation of the school heritage, I took my hats off to all the boys and teachers who were involved that day. Thank you.