31 December 1957 - the last day of the year! Approaching Ipoh the landscape below pockmarked with tin mines as far as the eye could see. I took a taxi to St Michael's through busy traffic dominated by heavy trucks transporting tin ore to Butterworth. Passing over Brewster Bridge I could see up river the dulang washers, busily sifting tin from the river bed.. Yes, I had arrived in the Kinta Valley the richest tin-mining valley and Ipoh the tin mining capital of the worlds...
On arrival there was nobody about. I was surprised at .........
That was the excerpt from the book, Life Ever Dawning, an autobiography of Dato' Brother Vincent Corkery. In his foreword, Brother Anthony Rogers notes that through Brother Vincent's vivid recollection of the past, he skillfully gleans from his seemingly mundane daily experiences and transforms them into Lessons from the Past as Light for our Future.
"..will be inspired by his words since all of us have been surely touched by his life" - Bro Rogers.
I personally reckon that the book skillfully chronicles events, encounters and memories that are close to his heart, not only Brother Vincent's years at St Michael's or the early years in Ireland but the people he met and a lengthy description of old Ipoh during those years.
In my written tribute, I mentioned that, "he chose the difficult road so that the journey of millions of others might be a little easier, and for that fact alone, we need not look far - Brother Vincent makes himself available to us".
|Brother Vincent and Mr Michael Lip at the book launch during the SMI Alumni Klang Valley Annual Dinner on 26 April 2014.|
The books are available in St Michael's Institution, Ipoh (walk-in or email for appointment, firstname.lastname@example.org). Alternatively, call Mr Michael Lip ( 019-2225660) or Ms Helen Lip (019-2216366) to get a copy of this marvellous book. An unsigned copy is priced at RM30 each and a signed one is RM50.