Wednesday, October 17, 2018


MALACCA High School students helping in scanning School old copies of Optimist.

MHS students scanning old copies of Optimist

Thursday, October 11, 2018


Today, Malacca High School officially presented MAHSOPA's donation of RM 6,000.00 to 12 needy pupils from Form 1 to Form 6.

Each needy pupil received RM 500.00 each.

The 5th and 6th formers were not present as they were attending the pre-graduation ceremony.

Dr. Leo presenting part of MAHSOPA contribution to a needy student

Thursday, October 4, 2018


Pakatan Harapan candidate for the Port Dickson by-election Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (second from left) is being briefed by E-Tuisyen’s Chief Editor, Sunny Yee (left) at the launch of the free E-Tuisyen programme for school students in Port Dickson. Also present was former Director-General of Education Tan Sri Dr Abdul Rahman Arshad (second from right). - Bernama
PORT DICKSON: A former teacher of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Tan Sri Dr Abdul Rahman Arshad recounted an incident in the past when he caused Anwar to turn red-faced to control his anger.
Without stating the actual date, Abdul Rahman said the incident occurred when he was holding the post of Director-General of Education while Anwar was the Education Minister under the administration of prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“If during a discussion I would not admonish him (if he makes a mistake), because I don’t want him to feel ashamed in front of the others in a discussion, but I would enter his room and tell him what I want, he turns red-faced sometimes,”he said.
Abdul rahman said this at the official launching of the e-Tuition Percuma ( for students in the Port Dickson District, here today.
He recounted the incident when Anwar was delivering a speech at the event which was also attended by the teaching fraternity from schools around Port Dickson.
Abdul Rahman’s brief speech was greeted with laughter from the audience.
For the record, ​​​​​​​Anwar was Education Minister between 1986 and 1991, while Abdul Rahman was Director-General of Education from 1985 until 1991.
Abdul Rahman who is now Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) said Anwar was also an individual who highly respected his teachers, and this attitude was still with Anwar despite holding a much higher position.
“While at the Education Ministry, when I entered his room, he would stand. I did not force him to do so, but he wanted to stand himself,”said Abdul Rahman who was once Anwar’s teacher when the PKR de facto leader was studying at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK) between 1960 and 1966.
Meanwhile, Anwar said in his speech that he had invited Abdul Rahman to the official launching because he wanted to appreciate the deeds of his former teacher whom he described as among the best who had taught him.
“He was a firm teacher, but he taught me well and he had contributed significantly to my wellbeing.
“Without expectation, when I was Education Minister, he (Abdul Rahman) was appointed Director-General of Education, so we had worked as a team and the experience at the Education Ministry was most enjoyable and had helped me a lot,”he said.
The e-Tuisyen Program was Anwar’s initiative which was carried out in collaboration with non-governmental organisations and private companies to offer on-line free tuition for Standard 1 up to Form 5 students in the Port Dickson district.
Anwar introduced the program as one of the projects to be implemented if he were elected as the Member of Parliament in the Port Dickson by-election. - Bernama

Thursday, September 27, 2018


MELAKA: An education-based non-governmental organisation lauds the oldest school in the historic city, Melaka High School (MHS), for promoting diversity and racial harmony.
Melaka Action Group for Parents in Education (Magpie) chairman Mak Chee Kin said the move by the school administration to allow leaders of all faiths to pray for students has strengthened the people’s solidarity in the state.

"This is the first time in our history that spiritual leaders from
Muslim, Christian, Buddhist and Hindu faiths were allowed to conduct prayers within the school compound as a blessing for students sitting for major examinations,” he said in an interview on Thursday (27.9.18)
Mak commended State Agriculture, Entrepreneur Development and Agro-based committee chairman Norhizam Hassan Baktee for his recent statement encouraging unity and exclusivity among schools in Melaka.
“The drive by Norhizam to enhance mutual respect among Melakans is gradually reaping positive results.
“Never before has a national secondary school invited spiritual leaders from different religions to hold prayers sessions inside the school,” he said, adding the principal should be applauded for making such an arrangement.
During a Merdeka event held at Chinese Temple here, last month,
Norhizam called upon schools to start promoting unity as Melaka should be a role model for other states, due to its status of melting pot for multi-ethnic community.
Norhizam said schools that have been in existence since the colonial period should embark on unity programmes and be emulated by other National types and vernacular education institutions.
"Racial distinctions are deliberately created to shape political influence for selfish reasons" he was quoted by The Star.
For the record, MHS, which was founded in 1826, is also the second oldest school in the country, after Penang Free School.


Sunday, September 2, 2018


Some former MHS 1976 pupils are contributing their time, resources and monetary contribution to assist the children of CheWong orang asli tribe and Kuala Gandah elephant sanctuary at Lanchang, Pahang.

Last weekend, during the World Elephant Day at Kuala Gandah, some organized activities were held there.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018


Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin (centre) looking on during the cheque presentation by Puteri president Mastura Mas'ud (right) to Sekolah Seri Puteri principal Roslina Ahmad at the Royal Gala Dinner to celebrate the school's 50th anniversary.
MY alma mater Sekolah Seri Puteri (SSP) celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, ending the year-long celebration with a gala night dinner last week. Graced by its royal patron Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin, the event saw the attendance of some 761 guests, of whom 106 were principals and teachers who had served at the school over the years.
Known as SMK Perempuan Jalan Kolam Ayer during its first 10 years, SSP is an all-girls boarding school named for its first location on a hill encircled by Sungai Batu in Kuala Lumpur. It took over the premises of a few buildings that survived World War 2, which were originally the Kuala Lumpur Technical Trade School, built in 1929 .
Its first principal, Adibah Amin, was given the responsibility of getting the school going. In 1968, the first batch of female students who came from all over the country enrolled at the school. A year later, Adibah left for the New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd. She was later awarded the Asian Journalist of the year in 1979 and the Tun Razak Prize in 1998 for her outstanding contribution to the development of education.
The growth of the school during its early years did not only take place at its location but also the surrounding area. I was among those who were in the school in the early 80s, witnessing the construction of Putra World Trade Centre that was later launched in 1985 by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the prime minister during that time. In 2003, the school moved to a new and bigger location in Cyberjaya.
The term alma mater however, is not of buildings or bricks and mortar but of people and relationships. This two-word Latin term when translated, literally means “nourishing mother”, representing the idea that schools play a special role in nurturing the development of their students — similar to the role of a parent, although not identical.
The word alumni, on the other hand, is first used to generally mean children abandoned by their parents and brought up by someone else.
What’s interesting is that both terms — alma mater and alumni — were linguistically connected
as they both derive from “alere”, a Latin term, which means nourish. Over time, both terms were used
to refer to an educational setting.
The emotive attachment to alma mater — pride, happiness, gratitude and nostalgia — are lifelong that usually grows on the students as they become older.
For a school to carry a “past” to “respect”, it is important to set the right tone for its future. What kind of tradition a new school wants is a vital question to set the foundation.
After attending the celebration at the SSP’s 10th speech day, Adibah, through her NST column, with the headline “My ‘baby’ is 10 years old today” wrote on
“the beginnings of a fine tradition”.
Pleased with how the school had turned out 10 years later, she pointed out, besides “impressive academic records and the promise of solid contributions in the future”, those who have left the school and graduated from universities, came back “giving tuition to their ‘adiks’ in the school for free, refusing to accept even petrol money”.
“Wanting to give back to the school” is also to become fully aware that a student does not achieve success on one’s own. The fact that one has been nurtured by so many, both intellectually and spiritually, gives rise to an obligation to nurture others.
School jubilees and centennials provide the perfect opportunity for reflecting on a school’s past and the successful students who have added to its reputation and history. The celebrations, usually organised by the alumni, can also be a magnet for present and past students.
But, a school’s alumni association is not only a forum for networking. For it to thrive and be effective, it needs a team of former students who is passionate about the school in relationship building and engagement.
The association can assist the school with opportunities to showcase the school and cooperate with projects and fundraising. Taking it further, its presence can serve to benefit the existing students, providing aspirations from the success of former students.
Today, 50 years on, SSP alumni (Puteri) does not only organise activities made up of the usual fundraising dinners and motivational talks. The Buddy Programme, for a start, is already into its second year, with hopes of becoming a social support system for current students to help, not only to improve soft skills, but also in stress management. A “foster parent” programme for alumni members to adopt students in the school who come from financially-challenged families called “Caring Hearts”, is also another initiative.
It is also Puteri’s hope to present a school bus as a gift for the school before the end of the year to commemorate its golden jubilee.
The golden jubilee celebrations for this year also saw a combined effort of not only the school
and Puteri, but also its parent-teacher association — another example of synergy towards excellence.
As a former student, I cannot deny the fact that my alma mater has shaped me into what I am today — from the teachers who have loved us like their own children to the schoolmates I call my sisters — they all have contributed to my learning and life
experience beyond what the academic lessons have done. And, not to forget the support staff who have provided services such as meals and beautiful grounds throughout my five years there.
Happy 50th Birthday SSP and here’s to many more years of excellence!
The writer, who is NSTP's education editor for English Content, was from Batch 1986 of Sekolah Seri Puteri

Saturday, August 25, 2018


Old copies of our School magazine, The Optimist, can now be viewed on-line from all over the world.

The website address:

Only 12 copies have been scanned only. Once more copies are scanned, they will be posted in the above website.


mhsdigitallibrary Team

Friday, August 17, 2018


MAHSOPA 2nd. Career talk about Education as a career was presented on 16th. August at Malacca High School premises.

The talk was presented by Dr. Leo Ann Mean.

Dr. Leo giving his career lecture on education.


Our MAHSOPA Committee member, Rahim Aziz presented a talk on career in the maritime industry to our MHS students recently.

The talk was well received by all who attended the career talk.

Syabas to the presenter, MHS staff and students.

Thursday, August 16, 2018


Other issues of Optimists can be viewed at: