Wednesday, December 22, 2010


This news is long overdue. Nevertheless, it's still relevant. St Michael's tuckshop (known as that during the 60s, 70s and early 80s), canteen and now, foodcourt was awarded the first prize by the state department of health in 2008.
It was evaluated for its cleanliness, proper maintenance and operation. We must congratulate Brother Matthew Bay for his meticulous planning and outstanding management. Imagine how many schools are there in the state and  obtaining the top prize is a great achievement and an honour for St Michael's. A mention to all Michaelians for appreciating our foodcourt. Keep it that way for many more years!


The blog spots a new design, aptly reflective of the school colour. A new outlook, a new perspective and a new spirit. This blog, will continue to inform and reach out to all.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010


The school is as busy as ever. Exams are still on with STPM and SPM students determined  to give their best shot. Parents are flocking over to get their children's necessities for next year. Many others are also enquiring how to get their charges transfered over to St Michael's. The scouts could be seen preparing for their next camp at Sam Tet School.
While all these happenings take place at the ground floor, many are unaware that workmen are busy hammering, chiseling and plastering at the chapel, which is located on the 2nd floor.
Brother Matthew Bay is currently commissioning the work there. Started on November 11, major repair work carried out involved the wooden beams, ceiling, doors and floor. Broken glass panels of the doors are slated to be replaced.

Lightings and wiring have been fixed. A few difficult-to-obtain antique-looking bulb covers have also been acquired. (Thanks to Mr John Bosco, our office assistant for his effort). Brother Matthew said works are still on-going with the next one being to varnish the floor parquet and replace shattered door panel glass.
Note: All photos above by Brother Matthew Bay. Many thanks.

PIBG chairman Mr Joseph Michael Lee sent in these photos, expressing this via e-mail.
"I had a look at the chapel and loved the work done. I hope that the chapel will be used properly". 

The opening of the chapel heralds our efforts towards the centennial celebrations, which kick off next year. Many programs and plans are in the pipeline. Everyone is counted to be part of the grand and joyous celebration. We are still looking forward to contribution from caring Michaelians. 

20th National Lasallian Leaders' Convention

For the first time, St Joseph's International Singapore sends its delegates. 
It's on from December 6 to 11, 2010 at La Salle Centre. Seventy eight delegates, accompanied by 12 teachers attended the convention which is themed, " Forward With Faith". Among the schools attending are:
St Francis' Malacca, St Andrew's Muar, St George's Taiping, St Joseph's Kuching, La Salle Kota Kinabalu and St Anthony's Teluk Intan.
Delegates all ears at the meet.
Delegates also come from St Martin's Tambunan, Sabah, St Joseph's Institution Singapore. St Joseph's Institution International, Singapore and St Patrick's Singapore.
A total of 16 schools, including St Michael's Ipoh and St Xavier's Penang, are at the convention.
Teachers, including Brother Michael Kum from SFI, are at the convention.
Anil Netto is one of the speakers at the convention.
It aims at experiencing La Sallian solidarity as a lived reality. It also hopes to discover spirituality and realise its importance in empowering persons to effectively bring about personal and societal change.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

A Reflection

Thanks Mr Harneak for that.

Monday, November 29, 2010


The contributors below responded as soon as the plight is posted. Enquiries can be forwarded by sending your questions to the comment icon below the article. Yes, just a few minutes ago, we received some feedback from current students asking whether they can contribute. Sure. Even a ringgit, two or ten means a lot. We are looking into something like putting a donation box outside the office for students' convenience. For old boys who happen to be in town, the box would definitely come in handy.

Names of contributors are listed on the side of blog.


Little is written about the school chapel. This under-publicized heritage of SMI, located on the 2nd floor of the main building and is linked to the quarters where the Brothers stayed, has been long  "abandoned"....Read more.....


The Centennial Celebrations committee discussed the matter at length. As we are moving towards the 100th year celebrations, everyone feels strongly that the chapel is taking its role as one of the integral parts of the highlight. This prized heritage has been around for decades and it is time all of us rally together to see that the chapel opens its doors again. Currently, it is not accessible to anyone as some repair works had to be carried out first.
Concerned Michaelians have long voiced their support in `revitalizing' the chapel so that we can see the glorious days when students streamed into the chapel to sing songs of worship and occasionally listen to words of wisdom. For others, a stroll inside would be an excellent balm for tired souls or just to reminisce those moments they had in this great institution. No matter what's the reason, the chapel must be allowed to continue its glitters.

Michaelians can make their cheques out to:


and send them to:

c/o The Narborough Plantations Plc
33A, Jalan Tun Sambanthan
30000 Ipoh.
(SMI Chapel)

For acknowledgment purposes, I will post all names of contributors and the amount contributed on this blog. Best wishes and regards from us at St Michael's.

Signing off,

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Taking A Break In Cambodia

Currently having a short break in Cambodia. Visited Phnom Penh on the first day and put up a night. The second day took a 6-hour bus ride to the capital city of Siem Reap, province in northwestern Cambodia, the gateway to Angkor. Tried many local food. Will update blog when back home in December. Happy holidays all.

Monday, November 22, 2010


Among the special guests at the gathering were YB Kula, MP for Ipoh Barat, YB Fong Po Kuan, MP for Batu Gajah, YB Thomas Su, assembyman of Pasir Pinji and Dato Brother Vincent Corkery.   
The junior prefects were invited to be part of the celebration. They did a marvelous job in keeping the residents occupied.
Sister Henrietta giving a speech, thanking the OMA for a job well done. She also thanked Riverview Rubber Estates Bhd for meeting the expenses in replacing the entire roof of Asrama Bintang due to termite and leakage problems. The expenditure involved was RM 70,000. 

Mr Adrian Tsen, OMA president, contributed some cash to the Home.
Some of the residents enjoying the food served that evening.
Our prefects mingling with their "sisters". Second from right is Sister Mary Michael. On her left is Mr Bobby Chew.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Venue: La Salle Centre, Ipoh - Irish Ambassador His Excellency Declan Kelly, accompanied by his wife, Anne Kelly, arrived at around 11am. After a short conversation, they walked over to St Michael's.

Venue: SMI- The distinguished guests were welcomed by the prefects, librarians and students. Among the places the couple visited were the parlour where the sculpture, "Pater Familias" is located. The "teacher and child" artpiece was completed in 1980 by Brother Joseph McNally, an Irish sculptor. They also visited the lecture theater, the Marian library and the foodcourt.
H.E. Declan Kelly later presented a congratulatory message from the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese to Dato' Brother Vincent Corkery.

The letter is produced here.

Congratulations Brother. It is truly an honour.

Note: All pictures courtesy of  Ms Corrinne Mah.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010



17TH November 2010
To : All Members
Dear Sir / Madam,

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Old Michaelians Association, Ipoh will be held on Friday, 17th December 2010 at 7.00 pm at the OMA Secretariat, (Besides the school Office), SMI Ipoh.

1.  Presidential Address
2.  To receive and adopt the minutes of last AGM (18.12.2009)
3. Annual Report 2009 / 2010
4. Annual Account Report 2009 / 2010
5.  Election of Office Bearer 2010 / 2011
6. To transact any other matters of which notice in writing has been given to the Hon General Secretary at least 96 hours before the meeting.

By order of the Committee of Management

Harneak Singh

Friday, November 12, 2010


Irish Ambassador to Malaysia His Excellency Declan Kelly is making a trip to Ipoh, meeting up with Dato Brother Vincent Corkery on November 16, Tuesday. 
His stint here will cover a short visit to St Michael's Institution. A group of Michaelians will welcome him with the school rally, which according to Brother Vincent, has a hatful of Irish Connection. Lunch with Brother Vincent follows next. 
Declan Kelly, 60, has vast experience in the diplomatic field including as Ireland's ambassador to Canada and concurrently to Jamaica and Bahamas, and as ambassador to Australia and concurrently to New Zealand and Fiji before his posting to Malaysia. 

Selamat Datang ke Ipoh. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!
Rule 2: The world doesn't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.
Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.
Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

If you agree, pass it on.
If you can read this -Thank a teacher!

Thank you for sending over this, Mr Adrian Tsen.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Birthday Do For Three Great Michaelians

A Birthday Gathering even attended by old boys from ACS and Anderson.
Their birthdays are just a day apart from one another. Come early November every year, St Michael's remembers these three illustrious men who are empowered with real passion - Dato' Brother Vincent Corkery (November 4), Mr Adrian Tsen (November 5) and Mr Louis Rozario Doss (November 3).
These are ordinary men leading extraordinary lives who have touched the lives of many Michaelians through their values of true humanity, powerful emotions and dedication.
It was last Saturday at the Delight Restaurant some old Michaelians celebrated their auspicious days. The day was so special that even old boys from ACS and Anderson came to show their support. To think of it, until today, St Michael's still rules!
Member of Parliament of Batu Gajah YB Fong Po Kuan, being a close friend of Mr Adrian Tsen, was also present.
Batu Gajah MP congratulating the OMA president.
We are so proud of all you’ve accomplished, but we are more proud that you’re our good friends. Happy birthday.

Deepavali Open Houses

The festive mood of Deepavali was made more meaningful with visits to Mr Sathia's house in Menglembu and Mr Velupillai's open house at Excelsior Hotel. Authentic Indian dishes like mutton curry, dried chicken curry and pomfret curry were marvellous at Mr Sathia's house. Joining in were Mrs Sathia's wife and his junior. Mr Lawrence and his wife were also there to join in the merriment. Thank you for the nice meal, Mr Sathia. 
Mr Velupillai held his open house at Excelsior Hotel, attended by teachers from St Michael's and his former colleagues from a few schools. 

Thursday, November 04, 2010

From St Michael's Ipoh, Happy Deepavali

Happy Holidays and best wishes.
From Peter Khiew 

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Launching of State-Level Crime Prevention Program At SMI

St Michael's was once again abuzz with excitement. It was the launch of the state-level Crime Prevention Initiatives Program by Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, vice-chairman of the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation. Among the guests who turned up at the event were Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian, chairman Board of Governors SMI, state CPO Deputy Commisioner Dato' Zulkifli Abdullah and state deputy director of education Tn Hj Muhamat Roli bin Hassan.

SMI Scouts At Attention.
An exhibition In the SMI Main Hall

A Visit to SMI Five-Star Toilet. SMI Principal Mr Phoon Chong Chee (right)

Saturday, October 30, 2010


One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.
He passed the first interview. The director who did the last interview, made the last decision.
The director discovered from the CV,  that the youth's academic result is excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research, never has a year he did not score.
The director asked, "Did you obtain any scholarship in school?" and the youth answered "none".
The director asked, " Is it your father pay for your school fees?" the youth answered, my father passed away when I was one year old, it is my mother who paid for my school fees.
The director asked, " Where did your mother work?" the youth answered, my mother worked as cloth cleaner. The director requested the youth to show his hand, the youth showed a pair of hand that is smooth and perfect to the director.
The director asked, " Did you ever help your mother wash the cloth before?" The youth answered, never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books, furthermore, my mother can wash cloths faster than me. The director said, I had a request, when you go back today, go and help to clean your mother's hand, and then see me tomorrow morning.

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job is high, when he went back, he happily wanted to clean his mother's hand, his mother feel strange, happy but mixed with fear, she showed her hand to the kid.
The youth cleaned his mother's hand slowly, his tear drop down as he did that.  It is first time he found his mother's hand is so wrinkled, and there are so many bruises in her hand. Some bruises incites pains so strong that shiver her mother's body when cleaned with water.
This is the first time the youth realized and experienced that it is this pair of hand that washed the cloth everyday to earn him the school fees, the bruises in the mother's hand is the price that the mother paid for his graduation and academic excellence and probably his future.After finishing the cleaning of his mother hand, the youth quietly cleaned all remaining clothes for his mother.
That night, mother and sons talked for a very long time.
Next morning, the youth went to the director's office.The director noticed the tear in the youth's eye, asked: " Can you tell you what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?"
The youth answered, " I cleaned my mother's hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes'
The director asked, "Please tell me your feeling."

The youth said, Number 1, I knew what is appreciation, without my mother, there would not be the successful me today. Number 2, I knew how to work together with my mother, then only I can realize how difficult and tough to get something done.  Number 3, I knew the importance and value of family relationship.

The director said, " This is what I am asking, I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knew the suffering of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life to be my manager. You are hired.
Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates, every employee worked diligently and in a team, the company's result improved tremendously.

Thanks Mr Tan Chee Sin of St George's Taiping for sending me this.

Friday, October 29, 2010


A glimpse of our young Michaelians. 
The excited and eager-to-attend school boys from St Michael's Primary One are on their way to their respective classrooms. 
Meeting to Discuss the Proposal by the Board of Governors of St. Michael’s to merge both the primary schools into one single session school will be held on Saturday, October 30 at 9:00am. The venue will be at
St. Michael’s Primary School.  

The meeting will be chaired by Mr Joseph Michael Lee.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Friday, Oct 29, 2010, 10am is the launching of the state-level Crime Prevention Programme, an event organised by the state education department. Some 550 guests are expected to attend the programme to be officiated by Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, an old boy of St Michael's.
He completed his Form Five in 1964. Education Director-General Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom, officers from the state education department and state police top brass will also attend tomorrow function. More pictures and story after the event.