Friday, December 16, 2011
In two weeks' time, we will be celebrating Merry Christmas and the end of 2011. We will usher in the New Year 2011 as well. At the same time, by the 3rd. Week of January 2012, billions of Chinese around the world will celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Golden Dragon. All these festivities will be celebrated within 1 month.
As we celebrate X'mas, New Year and Chinese New Year, may we take this opportunity to wish everyone well. May Peace prevail around the World so that everyone can enjoy happiness, wealth and health. Let us usher in these celebrations by sharing with the unfortunate and provide them with warmth and joy as we are One of the Kind in this Earth of ours.
Happy Holidays and Happy Celebrations to Everyone.
MAHSOPA COMMITTEE 2011-2012
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
MAHSOPA Committee has been officially invited to attend the Malacca High School 185th. Anniversary Celebrations and Dinner from 24th. to 25th. September 2011.
MAHSOPA was invited by the Organising Committee of the Malacca High School 185th. Anniversary which consists of former MHS pupils and teachers in Malacca.
MAHSOPA will be sending a delegation from Kuala Lumpur to attend the Grand Reunion Dinner while our President shall be meeting with old pupils most likely at the Golf site i.e. at Ayer Keroh Golf and Country Club.
MAHSOPA wishes to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the Organising Committee for inviting us to celebrate together this auspicious occasion of our Alma Mater. We congratulate you for taking the initiative in organising these celebrations and the Grand Reunion Dinner.
SYABAS AND BE SEEING YOU ALL IN THE CELEBRATIONS AND DINNER.
MELIORA HIC SEQUAMUR
MALACCA: With an illustrious history dating back to 1826, the iconic Malacca High School will be celebrating its 185th anniversary this weekend with an exciting line-up of games and activities for its past and present pupils and teachers.
The celebrations will kick off with the Games Carnival on Saturday and Sunday where students will pit their skills at cricket, hockey, netball, golf and football.
The cricket, netball and football matches will be held at the MHS Padang while the 6-a-side hockey tournament and the golf tournament will be held at the Bukit Serindit Hockey Stadium and the Ayer Keroh Country Club, respectively.
Past pupils and their families can also reminisce about their schooldays during a trip down memory lane at their alma mater on Sunday from 9am followed by a fellowship and nostalgic tuckshop fare at the MHS hall from 11.30am to 12.30pm.
The highlight of the celebrations is the 185th anniversary dinner specifically for former pupils and staff, their spouses and current employees of the school.
The dinner, priced at RM80 per person, will be held from 6pm to 11pm on Sunday at Hotel Equatorial Malacca. For details, call Dr Ee Tiang Lock at 06-282 0161/06-286 8146 or Aljan at 016-284 4684.
The Malacca High School, a premier school, is the second oldest school in the country. It is now a cluster school.
Founded on Dec 7, 1826, MHS was initially known as the Malacca Free School. Its name was changed to Malacca High School when the government took over its management from the Christian mission in 1878.
Some of MHS's prominent alumni include statesmen Tun Tan Cheng Lock and his son, Malaysia's first finance minister Tun Tan Siew Sin, former deputy governor of Bank Negara Malaysia and former managing director of Petronas Datuk Rastam Hadi, former chief secretary to the government Tun Abdullah Salleh, High Court Judge Tan Sri Lal Chand Vohrah who was also ad litem judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and Shirley Geok-Lin Lim, a UCLA Professor of English, who chairs the School of Education of UCLA and winner of Commonwealth Poetry Prize and National Book Award.
For details, call Seet Kim Seng at 012-639 6428, Chua Eng Him at 016-660 6739 or Leo Ann Mean at 012-606 8265
Thursday, June 9, 2011
With 5 days to the MHS 185th Anniversary Reunion Dinner on this coming Sunday, it is expected to be a 40 tables dinner.
Malacca High School former pupils intend to hold her 185th. Anniversary celebrations on 24th. and 25th. September 2011 in Melaka.
A Games carnival is to be held on Saturday, 24th. September 2011 while the main dinner is to be held on Sunday, 25th. September 2011 at Hotel Equatorial.
It is unfortunate that Hotel Equatorial Ballroom is booked on Saturday night otherwise the Grand Dinner could be held on Saturday night.
Those interested, see the following flyers.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
A firendly football match between old boys residing in Malacca and rest of the world is being scheduled on the afternoon of 23 September 2011 right before the big dinner.
Those who wish to play for the Malacca team pls contact me. Malacca must take revenge having lost out in 2008.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
While in PJ State this afternoon, I was fortunate enough to recognize my former MHS teacher. He is Mr Wong Kim Siong who taught Bahasa Malaysia and English in MHS in 1969-70.
He left to UK to pursue his higher degree, worked in Ministry of Education before retiring in 1993.
Keeps busy doing church work and stays in Old Klang Road. Has asked him to check out www.mahsopa.net.
If anyone of us meets any former MHS teachers and pupils, do encourage them to join our network.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Through their dedication and mentoring, they moulded us into human beings. Without their tireless effort in classes, sporting and through extra-curricular activities, we were able to learn values, compassion, responsibilities, honour and other aspects of life.
Do take some time to reflect on our teachers.
HAPPY TEACHERS' DAY
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Dear Tan Sri and Committee Members,
This may be a wee bit late but it is certainly better late than never.
Allow me to take this opportunity to congratulate,and thank,you and your team of dedicated CommIttee Members who had worked tirelessly and selflessly to
make the Annual Meeting cum Dinner Night the memorable and enjoyable night it was.All those who were present that night will certainly agree that it was a most unforgettable night of nostalgia and camaraderie,aided along no doubt by the free flow of spirit,the Bangla dancers(!)and the incredible Alfred Ho's untiring serenading us with all those� REALLY old oldies!.
Thank you Tan Sri President and your team for a job well done and I look forward to the same for next year.
chan kok choi
'ldams pufr ea;;a those who ooooere present
Monday, May 9, 2011
Before the dinner, MAHSOPA held their Annual General Meeting and elected the new committee from 2011 onwards.
Due to the overwhelming success of the dinner, MAHSOPA hope to organize a bigger dinner in the future. With the help of former Malacca a lumni members, we hope to increase our membership in the future.
Our website : www.mahsopa.net
Monday, April 11, 2011
Checks begin on termite woes at MCKK
KUALA KANGSAR: The Education Ministry, Perak Works Department and Taiping Heritage Department yesterday inspected the termite-infested century-old Malay College Kuala Kangsar.
Several ministry and department officers were sent to check the condition of the school building and its safety, and to find solutions to save the landmark building.
The New Sunday Times reported that the school's Greco-Roman building and hostel -- fondly referred to as the Big School -- had been declared unsafe for habitation. The affected main block houses 10 dormitories.
The officers were seen walking together, taking notes and taking photographs accompanied by school head Anand Baharuddin.
However, they declined to comment on their findings after a three-hour inspection.
It was learnt the team was sent to verify the reports regarding the school's termite-infested condition, as highlighted by the New Sunday Times.
It is believed the officers found the problem not irredeemable and measures would be taken to repair the affected school buildings.
Perak Education and Higher Learning Committee chairman Datuk Mohammad Zahir Abdul Khalid said the state government had appealed for a RM1.5 million allocation from the ministry for MCKK to eradicate its termite infestation problem.
He advised parents not to worry as the school had taken the necessary precautions to ensure students' safety.
The iconic Big School and its hostel were closed since the start of the school year after termites damaged its wooden roofs, ceilings and floors.
The block was deemed unsafe for habitation and at least 100 students housed within five dormitories were evacuated to other hostel blocks.
Subsequent inspection by a pest control company revealed that almost the entire Big School, which has 21 dormitories accommodating about 500 students, was badly infested.
Even the school's iconic grand old raintree, fondly known as the Big Tree, appeared to be dying as a result of the termite attack.
The Big School building was officially declared a national heritage in March 2009.
MCKK, established in 1905, is a premier boarding school with a famous alumni that include Perak's ruler Sultan Azlan Shah and Umno founder the late Datuk Onn Jaafar.
Mighty MCKK falls to humble termites
The anxiety is real. Even the swift response from Education director-general Datuk Abdul Ghafar Mahmud yesterday that the matter would be rectified immediately would do little to ease the exasperation.
Said one of the old boys, Federal Court judge Datuk Abdull Hamid Embong, a member of the school board, in a text message: "It is a heritage building and the government must save it. Historical significance too important to ignore. Even Queen Elizabeth and Emperor Hirohito visited it a few years ago. I wonder what they would say if they come to know that the Big School is left to rot, that our heritage has become a meal to the humble termites."
Another, Azizul Kallahan, executive chairman of communications consultants Spencer Azizul, called in to express his deepest concern about the state of affairs and said he would rally support to set things right.
Indeed, the alarm bells have sounded. First, it was the school's declining achievements. Now even the physical structure is crumbling away at MCKK.
And something must be done fast to save the century-old fully-residential school that has produced the cream of the country's who's who.
The Big School, the landmark hostel section that looks so majestic from the outside, is crumbling and creaky on the inside after being eaten away by termites.
It is now unoccupied, the students having been moved out of the dormitories for safety reasons.
This actually has made it worse because the desolation has turned the whole section into a horrible scene: an abandoned ghostly building waiting to fall to pieces.
News about the termite infestation has been around for a while and it was not until I saw the situation for myself that I realised how bad it was and how seriously the school has sunk.
This was last Tuesday when, together with four old boys from the Class of '71, I set out on a sentimental journey to Kuala Kangsar to see for myself the sad state of my alma mater.
No matter how jovial and upbeat T.K., Vic, Zin and Azhair have always been and no matter how many times they have visited MCKK the past two years, we couldn't hold back our tears when we saw the deterioration that had taken place, particularly at the Big School.
Some dormitories were empty and in a very sorry state. Parts of the ceiling and floorboards were rotting away, having been eaten by the pests.
What used to be Dorms 7 to 16 were dark and empty, with dust gathering all over the place. The balconies were unkempt and the Roman pillars very rough at the edges with signs of the termite trail. The common rooms and the sick bay on the lower floor were also not there anymore.
This was the place we grew up in and we stood there gasping at what had become of it.
No doubts at all, something has got to be done to save this heritage.
The reactions are understandable. Another old boy, Datuk Mohd Shukri Hussin, executive director of CIMB Group, said he found it hard to understand why the pest problem was not addressed earlier.
"Why must the matter come to a head like this until students had to be moved out?"
I also detected a lot of anger from retired diplomat Datuk Salim Has-him. Among other things, this was what he said in his email to me: "Read the story. Yes, alarming and heart-wrenching, its like your soul is gutted to the core. What happened to our Big School, perhaps, is not an isolated case. There are many other iconic buildings that could be in the same state of affairs.
"It is reflective of the national mind, to put it mildly, of how much such things are valued. That we do not possess the culture to recognise these national heritage is simply mindless. We continue to build new complexes and new symbols for the nation and yet neglect the ones that we already have. Where is the balance in our milieu of things?
"If the government is not able to consider providing the appropriate funds to restore the decaying buildings, perhaps the alumni would come forward to contribute to the restoration work. Mind you, it is not only the Big School which requires repairs, but generally the whole school complex is in such deplorable condition.
"When was your last visit to the school? I was there about eight months ago and decided to walk around the campus. Never mind that things have changed so much after 42 years but just imagine that the library is relocated at the far end of the school?
"I went to look for old school magazines and was told that none is available and all are pushed into what is called cabinets? I could not find any single magazine which I thought could remind me of the years I spent at that famous MCKK... what a shame."
I think he has said it all.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
RECENTLY, MELAKA STATE GOVERNMENT HAS INTENTION TO RE-LOCATE BHES AND SFI AT BANDARHILIR TO PULAU MELAKA BUT OLD PUPILS OF SFI WAS AGAINST THE PROPOSED RE-LOCATION. THEY RECEIVED 1000 EMAILS AGAINST THE IDEA WITHIN 5 DAYS VIA FACEBOOK.THE RE-LOCATION HAS NOW BEEN SHELVED DUE TO THE OPPOSITION.
WE, AS MHS ALUMNI MEMBERS, SHOULD MAKE OUR VOICE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR WITH ONE VOICE AND DETERMINATION. HSOBA HAS BEEN AROUND FOR 90 YEARS BUT THE CURRENT SCHOOL AUTHORITY WHICH HAS THIS IDEA, IS ONLY 5 YEARS OLD.
WHY CAN'T THE CURRENT SCHOOL AUTHORITY WORKS TOGETHER WITH OUR FORMER PUPILS ALUMNI AS ONE FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE CURRENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS OF MALACCA HIGH SCHOOL PUPILS
KINDLY EMAIL THIS eNEWSLETTER TO YOUR CLASSMATES AND SCHOOLMATES SO THAT THEIR VIEWS CAN BE RECORDED. EMAILTO:firstname.lastname@example.org