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.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Never a day goes without anything interesting in St Michael's. One must have encountered sights of monitor lizards going around freely within the school compound. Never leave anything edible in the staff room overnight as civet cats are believed to be on the prowl for something sweet. Rats used to be aplenty at St Michael's but now have dwindled, thanks to the school for hiring pest control agents. Iguanas could also be seen occasionally running out from the drains but would run back in when they were chased by teachers or students. St Michael's is also a paradise for cats. More and more cats can be seen anywhere. Looks like they are happy here especially at the La Salle Centre.
Last week, some Form One boys, who walked to the bookshop chanced upon a moving object under the grass. Upon inspection, they saw a crab which possesses a pair of sharp, intimidating claws. They sought help from a  teacher and the crustacean was caught. The question remains. How did it get here? We are wondering how many more crabs are around. That's life in St Michael's.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Merging of St Michael's Primary School 1 and 2

7th October 2010

St. Michael’s Institution or as it is popularly known, SMI, is going to be a hundred years old in 2012.  SMI generally refers to three schools which are
SM St. Michael, SK St. Michael 1 and SK St. Michael 2.
The secondary school occupies the heritage building which is among the top most distinctive buildings in Ipoh. The two primary schools used to be housed in what was supposed to be a temporary building but which ended up being very well used for over forty years. 
St. Michael’s primary schools operate in a way that both schools share one building but at different times. One school operates a morning session and the other an afternoon session. But then most people prefer the morning session so to make it fair to all, the two schools switch the sessions mid year.

Switching between morning and afternoon sessions mid year presents many challenges to the students, their parents and the staff of the schools. Everyone’s life is switched over every half year. Transportation rearranged, tuition classes rescheduled or even changed, parents’ lunch breaks retimed; all these and more are the myriad of activities that need to be attended to every half year, every year.
Back in 2005 when the temporary building was way past its used by date, the Board of Governors of SMI decided to build a new primary school building. It was envisioned then to have a building that can house both schools. The present primary school building was completed in 2007, funded entirely by generous donors whose life had been touched by the Lasallian Spirit.

In line with the Government’s policy of having all schools turning into single session schools and also for the well being of everyone, the SMI’s Board of Governors has decided that it is time to merge the two primary schools of St. Michael’s and create a single session school. The infrastructure in the new building is ready to house the merged schools.
The Board of Governors is now ready to bring its merger proposal to be discussed with the parents of students of both primary schools. The meeting to discuss the merger proposal will be held on the 30th October 2010 at 9:00am in the primary school hall.

On behalf of the SMI’s Board of Governors I urge all parents to spare some time for their children by attending this discussion. For the merger proposal to carry through the parents’ involvement and support is paramount. Parents, your presence and support are important. Please come to the meeting. Thank you.

Joseph Michael Lee
On behalf of the Board of Governors,
St. Michael’s Institution, Ipoh. 

A Note From The Editorial: All old and present boys can forward your suggestion or proposal here. 

A Proposal From Jouleong (1999-2005): Edited
I "graduated" from St. Michael's for a long time (2005) so I'm not sure the situation right now. Although I'm very supportive of the idea of merging the two schools, we need to consider a few issues like:
1)Can the building support all the students in 1 session?
2 ) Lessons and dismissal time for morning and afternoon? Recess time so as not to clash with the secondary school.
3)Both sessions together means worse traffic jam before and after session, how to control traffic flow. Parking for teachers and staff might also be a problem
I hope my concern will aid in the planning process.

Reply From Mr Joseph Michael Lee
Jouleong, the new primary school building built after you left school was designed to fit six classes per standard with a class size of 40 students. All the classrooms are bigger than the normal JKR specs. 
We forsee that even after the merger there will only be five classes per standard as enrollment has been decreasing yearly. It is now the time to merge as eventually both schools will be underpopulated.
The new school will begin the single session in the morning and there will not be problem at recess as the new school has its own tuckshop. You should drop by to take a look if you are back in Ipoh.
The road behind the school has been upgraded and will be able to cater to the traffic and parking is not an issue as there is sufficient space. All these were taken into consideration in the planning stage of the building.
I feel that the students will benefit from a single session school as they will have more time in the afternoon. Presently for those in the afternoon session nothing much gets done in the morning.
I wish that one day we can find the funds to build a new building for the secondary school so that it too can be a single session school.


Monday, October 04, 2010

IGP Is A Michaelian!

The newly-appointed Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar is a Michaelian. He completed his Form Five in 1970. The Lasalle and Michaelian fraternities congratulate Tan Sri for the appointment. 

Note: Mr Harneak, 
Pls check whether you have "The Michaelian" 1970 issue. We can scan the class picture to post it over here. By the way, I managed to speak to one of Tan Sri's classmates when they were in Form Five and we are going to meet over the weekend for lunch. I will follow through. 

Good news. We have obtained the 1970 school magazine. Scanning is in the process. All of us will be able to see how Tan Sri looked like when he was 17. Oh yes, we will soon be establishing contact with Tan Sri. Thanks to OMA  president Mr Adrian Tsen and his strong network.  

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Vintage Class of '60

Customary welcome by the Michaelian Military Band members.
The boys occupied almost 13 tables at the dinner, making them the largest group celebrating their jubilee. All the years, prior to the golden anniversary, their presence at the dinner had always been an annual affair. The group was commended even by OMA president Mr Adrian Tsen, saying that the old boys are a faithful lot who have never missed even a single annual dinner.
A good turn-out at the home-coming
The next day, the group, in their specially-designed T-shirts and wearing a school badge, came a calling at the alma mater. The entourage was customarily welcomed by the Michaelian Military Band. Mr Phoon, the principal and senior assistants Cikgu Tauhid Shamsuddin, Mr Velupillai and teachers were present. Among the guests invited for the function were Dato Bro Vincent Corkery, Bro Matthew Bay, Mr Adrian Tsen and Mr Joseph Michael Lee. The old boys then proceeded to the hall when they were further accorded reception befitting true Michaelian heroes by renditions of Chinese classical music by the Michaelian Chinese Orchestra. Masters of Ceremony were Form Two head prefect Kenneth Kee and Form One prefect Paras Jassani. Official tour guides were combination of Form One and Two prefects.

Form One and Two prefects on standby. For school events like this, these young Michaelians even turn up on a Sunday.
Four old boys, Lt Col (Rtd) Lawrence Chai, Francis Fernandes, Dr Arjunmall and Jio Lim Jit Yong later shared about their experiences as students at SMI. The class of  '60 also contributed RM1000 each to MMB, MCO and the Michaelian Heritage Gallery(MHG). We thank them for such kind thought.
The Class of '60 presented a memento to the MHG. 

A superb rendition of classical music from the MCO. The audience was impressed.
The highlight was a visit to the MHG where St Michael's artifacts and historical items are displayed for posterity. A plaque has been fixed to commemorate the visit.
Walk down memory lane.

Old boys identifying themselves when they were 50 years younger before signing their "attendance"

A favourite spot to have a shot for posterity. The plaque is to commemorate the visit.

Browsing through the historical items at the gallery.
Master Timothy Chee is looking at the drama posters.

Catching up old times even at the gallery.
Lunch at the food court. 

It was then lunch time at the food court before the group said goodbye. Goodbye is not appropriate actually. Many old boys have not even left St Michael's. SMI, for many,many old boys, is still their HOME.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Old Michaelians Dinner 2010

It was a grand gathering of some 750 old boys. The atmosphere was euphoric and everyone had a purpose for being there - rekindling of friendship and the Michaelian bonding. The hall was filled mainly with jubilarians: Diamond, Golden, Ruby, Silver and Pewter. Even those celebrating their Pearl Anniversary were also there to receive their certificates.
From left (Bro Visitor Thomas Lavin, Mr Adrian Tsen & Bro Anthony Rogers)

A special mention should be made of the Brothers as their turnout was splendid this year. Their presence holds special and significant meaning to gatherings like this. We thank Brother Visitor Bro Thomas Lavin from Hong Kong, Bro Anthony Rogers (Bro.Director of Malaysia), Bro Matthew Liew, Bro Ambrose Loke, Bro Andrew Loke and Bro Michael Kum. We also salute Dato Bro Vincent Corkery and Bro Matthew Bay for being such strong support as fas as SMI and OMA are concerned.
The event also saw Master Timothy Chee being awarded the "Eminent Michaelian Award", the first time such award being presented to a Michaelian.
Eminent Michaelian - Master Timothy Chee 
The plaque, made of pewter and hardwood, was presented to him by equally outstanding and remarkable Michaelians and Lasallians - Bro Visitor Thomas Lavin, Dato' Bro Vincent Corkery, Mr Adrian Tsen, Mr Joseph Michael Lee, Mr Louis Rozario Doss and Mr Sivapragasam.
These are all outstanding Michaelians!
All ears - From left (Bro Thomas, evergreen Master Noel, Bro Ambrose Loke & Bro Anthony Rogers)
We also had the honour to have former SMI principals - Mr Balasubramaniam, Mr Teh Chor Aun and Mr Louis Rozario Doss with us. The dinner was a tremendous success, measured by the excellent turnout of fellow Michaelians. Tickets to the dinner were sold out two months before the dinner, with the organisers having apologetically turned away many eager old boys and lastly, the dinner ended with a sweet note. Many have already asked when is next year's dinner. Thank you boys for such massive support!
Class of '60
A gathering of faithful old boys!
Class of 2009! 
Vintage Class of '60. Look at their spirit!! 
Class of 1985

Master Thomas Choo (left) and Master Chong Tet Fah (right) with an old boy from class of 1960.

Our special guests - Mr Tan and Mr Yeap( in batik -from the St George's Old Boys Association), Mr Michael Ong (left) and  Mr Teh Chor Aun