Thursday, September 29, 2011

OMA's 73rd Annual Banquet

Class of 1971 with Brother Vincent

Old Michaelians by the hundreds, to be exact 800, turned up excitedly at the alma mater on September 24, 2011 for a real fellowship and reunion. One could see dozens who came as early as 6pm, exploring the school and entering classes, possibly to reminisce their good ole' days with their classmates and teachers. A group of them even came up with stickers of SMI school badge and wore them proudly in and out the main hall. What an amazing spirit! The class of 60s did not lose out. They had their version of old Michaelian badge which they also wore throughout the function. Others? They just 'yam seng" and "yam seng" throughout the occasion, making the atmosphere splendidly lively!

The Class of 1981
Celebrants included those receiving their Diamond, Golden, Ruby and Silver jubilee salutation certificates.   Dato’ Bro. Vincent Corkery gave out the certificates. Among those who left St Michael's 70 years ago (1941)-what a feat- are Dato’ Yeoh Kian Teik, Mr Ng Khoon Hong, Mr Wong Hon Choong, Mr Wong Kee Fah and Mr Chang Kong Foo. It was during the time of Brother Patrick O' Donovan that the Second World War broke out. The batch sat for their senior Cambridge in 1941 and the situation was tense. The answer scripts were sent immediately to Cambridge by the British. The scripts arrived safely. The boys took 4 years for them to see their results! They done well. 
Dato Yeoh is the father of Michelle Yeoh.
OMA president Mr Adrian Tsen taking a shot with his idol, chemist cum writer Mariam Mokhtar. 
Mariam with Diana Yeoh (left) and Lawrence Brindes.
Among the guests who turned up were Lasallians from the SMI KL Alumni (Mr Michael Lip), Old Paulians Association, Old Georgians Association, Old Xaverians Association, the MP of Batu Gajah Fong Po Kuan, writer Mariam Mokhtar and Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian. We are also honoured to have Brother Matthew Liew with us.
"Thank you, YB" - MP Fong presenting a prize to Cheong, Class of 60'.
We thank all Michaelians and guests for joining us at the dinner. Look forward to another great year, "Yamm.......Seng".

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