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WANTING TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL,

WE FOUND OUR TEACHER OF HALF A CENTURY AGO !

How it all began….

 

An article “130-year-old school may close down”  (read about it) appeared in The Star Newspapaes.  That was what stated it all.   Snapshot of this article was circulated in our WhatsApp chat group.   Siew Kok commented that although PMS has always been his polling centre, there was nothing significant about it.  His going back there has always been a matter-of-fact and meaningless.   He proposed that with the impending closure we should make a visit “back to school”.   This will be more meaningful in that we are able to visit our Alma Mater one more time before development overwhelms her.

 

The next wonderful thing that happened was we got connected back with our Std 1C teacher, a teacher of HALF A CENTURY AGO !  Jimmy arranged for Siew Kok and myself to call on Mrs Lim at her house in Greenlane.   She consented to meet us, obviously not even being able to remember any one of us at all !   This excited our mates from both Central and overseas and encouraged us to arrange a meet-up.  The following are some notable comments from other 69ners:-

"  ... when I went to school then, I hardly had breakfast or had money to buy food to eat in the tuck shop. Mrs Lim was kind to me and sometimes fed me.  These childhood memories make me cry. "

"It was in this school our bond was first established, which blossomed into friendship that has continued until today and will, hopefully, last for many more years to come."
 
Another suggested to call this visit "Our journey home - to find our roots".  He continued by describing "the beautiful trees we are today is a product very much driven by the environment and that is our roots is in Std 1 where the nourishment and anchoring started  -  speaking as a non-PMS student but equally proud of all our successes regardless".

 

I view this as a very auspicious meet-up and invited Mr GE Ooi of MBS to attend.   He reciprocated by offering to host the occasion in the school.  We even have five of our mates who came all the way from Central to “go back to school”.   It was indeed an auspicious occasion going back to MBS and onward back to PMS too.  What’s more, we were subsequently treated to lunch at Hameediyah Restaurant !

 

Attendees:-

1. Eugene Chin Ewe Weng

2. Ho Cheng Leong

3. Keong Ming Terk

4. Ong Eng Choon

5. Sahol Hamid

6. Tan Teik Leong

7. Vaseehar Hassan

8. Alan Yap Guan Huat

9. Sam Sin

10. Jimmy Tay Cheng Hoon

11. Lim Siew Kok

12. James Goh Kheng Siang

13. Mark Wong Meng Hoy

14. Wong Cheng Shee

15. Muniandy

16. Chin Foong Chua

17. Quah Keng Chye

18. Benny Beh Ping Seng

19. Cheam Aik Kheng

20. Lee Chiau Min

21. Fadzil Khan

22. Walter Goon

 

                                from KL

Students           10         2

Non-students   12         3

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        Read about:-        
           - 130-year-old school may close down        
           - Historic school to shut down in 2019        


Mark

Updated 15 January 2019

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