THE MESIAN-MESSAGE NO. 147, FEBRUARY 2014.
THIS EDITION IS SPONSORED BY MUHD. ALAM SHAH HJ. HAANIM
A MESIAN, A NATIONAL HOCKEY PLAYER THIS IS PATHMARAJAH
BY CHAN SUY SANG AFTER TALKING TO PATHMARAJAH
I met Pathmarajah at a pre-arranged rendezvous in Petaling Jaya Old Town. We began a most amicable chitchat. Below I have his story..........
Pathmarajah originated from the other KL, Kuala Lipis I mean. Skipping the first 10 years of his life in this challenging world, he was stricken with almost lameness at the age of 10. He fell and was not be able to get up again. Though he was healed from his disability he was medically certified as unfit for any physical activities. The doctor just said he was not to participate in any sporting events. But like any other teenager he craved to be active and join his peers in physical movements and exercises! Thus against the advice of the doctors he stealthily became active, doing exercises, running, kicking and playing a very successful sportsman.
PICKED UP BY THE SULTAN
Like all children those days, Pathma and his half a dozen siblings was an adventurous lot. They used to roam the Kuala Lipis Residency hill to catch spiders and foraged for fruit. One day the late Sultan of Pahang Sultan Sir Abu Bakar was visiting Kuala Lipis. His Highness's favourite sport was lawn tennis. One evening an aide of the Sultan spotted Pathmarajah and his brother roaming up the hill. The aide picked the boys to help the Sultan pick tennis balls. For the job they were paid fifty cents each - a big sum those days - just for picking up tennis balls.
The next day, as they were up the hill again, the Sultan's Cadilac ascending the hill stopped just in front of the same two boys as they were walking on the roadside. The car door opened and the Sultan personally asked the boys: "MASUK" (enter - in English). So Pathma and his brother took the ride with the really big man of the state - the ruler of Pahang - the Sultan. They were sitting facing the royalty and they felt the Sultan was a real big man. Later back at home, the boys were admonished by their parents even getting a beating. Why? They said they were against protocol taking the limousine ride with the Sultan!
BOOTED OUT OF SCHOOL - LUCKY THERE WAS BENTONG METHODIST ENGLISH SCHOOL
The Standard 6 national public examination gave Pathmarajah the second blow to his life. He was booted out of school like many other younger kids. Fortunately for him Pathma was sent to the Methodist English School in Bentong, a private institution managed by the then young and systematic Ted Miles from the USA. There in MES (short for Methodist English School), Pathmarajah studied up to form 3. And there he excelled in many sporting activities like in soccer, badminton and hockey. It was in hockey that Pathma particularly shone as a promising young player.
STATE HOCKEY PLAYER
After form 3, Pathma shifted to St. Thomas school in Kuantan following his family. In Kuantan he progressed greatly in hockey and soon he was selected and played for the state of Pahang in the Federal hockey tournament.
SERVED IN SELANGOR
After finishing his form 5 public examination, Pathma went to visit his relatives in Klang. During his visit he played hockey in friendly matches in his relatives' neighbourhood field. He was spotted by someone playing hockey in the Selangor state second hockey league. The scout, a labour officer, caught Pathma and offered him a job. Immediately Pathma started working in a Japanese company and drafted into the Second Division Selangor Hockey League. He shone in the league. The then general manager of the then CEB (now TNB) spotted him. He was offered a job in the CEB. There he played hockey for the Kilat Club the sporting arm of the CEB. Job-wise, he later shifted to the PKNS.
IN MALAYSIAN OLYMPIC HOCKEY TEAM PLAYED IN GERMANY
In the 1972 Olympic Games in Germany, Pathmarajah was selected to play for Malaysia. Being the only candidate from the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, his friends and acquaintances from the east coast states cheered and congratulated honoured him as their hero.
WORLD CUP HOCKEY IN HOLLAND AND MALAYSIA
Pathmarajah played in the World Cup Hockey tournament in Amsterdam in 1973. In 1975, Pathmarajah played for Malaysia in the World Hockey Tournament held in our country. Malaysia came out in the fourth place.
OLYMPICS IN MONTREAL
And in 1976 he was a Malaysian team hockey player at the Olympics at Montreal, Canada. For his sporting abilities, he further proceeded to the university and obtained a Sports Science degree.
A VETERAN HOCKEY PLAYER
With suck an illustrative sporting career, Pathmarajah is well-known in the sporting circles. Work-wise, he has retired. However, he is still very active in his sporting life. Only last month he played in the Asian Veteran Hocky tournament in Hong Kong. From an almost condemned lamed child, it is a feat that he later excelled with such progress in hockey. According to Pathmarajah, of all the headmasters and principals he had studied under Mr. Ted Miles was an all rounder: very down to earth, caring and responsible, strict yet fatherly treating all the same irrespective of gender and race.
YES I DO, SO YOU ARE A FOOL
BY HARBANS SINGH
Marriages made in hell.
I will outline a few marriages with their torture and all.
My elder sister got married and the next day returned home with injuries and swellings all over her body. Marriage or torture? What did my mother say? She told the son-in-law: "she is yours do whatever you want." Meaning he could beat her more.
We had prepared a mountain of laddu (sweet meat) for the wedding and laid them out on a Punjaabi bed. A goat owned by our family liked the laddu so much that it would come to the bed to pick up a laddu in the mouth and went outside to chew it. She ate and ate until her stomach got bloated. We found her dead the next day.
A death immediately after the wedding day! Watch the omens they say!
The next marriage was mine. My mother decided she would kill herself if I did not get married to the girl of her choice. This ultimatum was given to me when I was on relief duty in Raub.
Did I have a choice? None at all. So the wedding took place in Bentong. No food was served by the In-laws as was the custom. The marriage did not last long. The omens again.
The next marriage was also mine. My aunt had arranged to get the assistance of a bomoh to knock my senses off, load me on to a donkey and bring me to the girl's house. My aunt went in and saw the girl and told me that she has all her limbs in the right places. Then asked me whether I agreed to marry the girl.
I told them I had already declined earlier. She said it could not be done because the people around would ask what was wrong with the girl. Out of frustration and like a trapped animal I asked the future father-in-law whether he knew where Malaysia was. He said he had not been outside his village! Reluctantly I agreed to the engagement. The omens!
I now live in the hell I created for myself. Fortunately they are related to the Pertab singh of Eternal Love. How strange the games fate plays with us!
I wonder why I am the target of these matrimonial whims and fancies? My first mother-in-law took my first wife to the graveyard. A bomoh (shaman or magician) came and told my wife lie down on the grave to get the spirit of the woman in the grave.
The result was she got the power to control me. So I could not control the mother-in-law or my wife. I used to cry for no reason.
HARBANS VISITS BENTONG FOR A REASON
One Sunday, I went to meet Harbans Singh at Dato Ted Miles's bungalow. Yes, I met him and Gurmail Kaur his spouse. There were also their daughter, a grandson and a granddaughter.
In fact there were more of them from his clans who had come over to Bentong. But the other members of the family like Harbans's brother and his family members and Harbans's sons and others had taken to their heels as soon as they finished their prayers.
(From left to right) Harbans Singh, grandson Harjot Singh, Dato' Ted Miles, granddaughter Prablean Kaur, (back row) wife Gurmail Kaur, and daughter Naraern Kaur.
What prayers? Prayers for the soul of Harbans's late mother who had passed on many years ago. It is a custom for the Sikhs to pray for the departed senior members of the families to mark their goings anniversaries. So the whole of Harbans' clan had come up to Bentong for the prayers ceremony. They did it formally with the necessary prescribed rituals at the Gurdwara Sahib Bentong, I mean the Sikh Temple at the back of and towards the extremity of Chui Yin Street here.
We sat down with our mentor and had a brief conversation. It looked like Harbans and his family members were in a hurry to return to their homes in Klang.
Just ten to twenty minutes on, they left in their Proton Waja with his daughter at the wheel. Well, to everybody who had come up for the visit: "so very nice to meet you. Adieu." Our mentor was in high spirit meeting old boys and their family members.
LET'S HAVE SOME FUN WITH THESE PUNS
English is a great language for puns and word games, and as w've said before, we're suckers for puns so bad they are so good! Enjoy the following word games, they made us laugh our socks off!
A bicycle can't stand alone, it is two tired
A boiled egg is hard to beat.
A dentist and a manicurist married - They fought tooth and nail.
A thief who stole a calendar..... got twelve months.
A will is a dead giveaway.
Acupuncture: A jab well done.
I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. It's impossible to put down.
Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He's all right now.
I was going to look for my missing watch, but I could never find the time.
I used to have a fear of hurdles, but I got over it.
A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.
Police were called to a daycare where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
He drove his expensive car into a tree and found out how the Mercedes bends.
I did a theatrical performance about puns. Really it was just a play on words.
I used to be addicted to soap, but I'm clean now.
Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft and I'll show you A-flat minor.
Need an ark to save two of every animal? I Noah guy.
A new type of broom came out, it is sweeping the nation.
A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to a hospital. When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said 'No change yet'.
The new weed whacker is cutting-hedge technology.
Some people s noses and feet are built backwards:their feet SMELL and their noses RUN.
When William joined the army he disliked the phrase 'fire at will'.
Did you hear about the guy who got hit in the head with a can of soda? He was lucky it was a soft drink.
OH! THIS IS CHINESE NEW YEAR WE MUST HAVE SOMETHING OF THE SINO ETHNICITY
When without money, eat wild vege at home;
When have money, eat same wild vege in fine restaurant.
When without money, ride bicycle;
When have money, ride exercise machine.
When without money, wish to get married;
When have money, wish to get divorced.
When without money, wife becomes secretary;
When have money, secretary becomes wife.
When without money, act like rich man;
When with money, act like poor man.
Says share market is bad but keeps speculating;
Says money is evil but keeps accumulating.
Says women are trouble-makers but keeps desiring them;
Says high positions are lonely but keeps wanting them.
Says smoking & drinking is bad but keeps partaking;
Says heaven is good but refused to go.
In the rural area, chicken calls man awake;
In the cities, man calls for chickens.
In the past, famous actresses will not sell their bodies;
Now, actresses will sell their bodies to become famous.
AND THIS IS THE YEAR OF THE HORSE.
WHEN HAVE HORSE, RIDE THE HORSE.
WHEN HAVE NO HORSE LET US JUST WALK.
CELBRATION, CELEBRATION AND MORE CELEBRATIONS
We Malaysians are a happy jolly lot. Starting with Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, then followed by Deepavali, next Christmas and then the Lunar New Year. We have been celebrating for the past few months. For us Mesians or graduates of Master of English Studies (MES), we have one more celebration.
What is it?
We are going celebrate our mentor's birthday on Sunday February 16. Dato' Ted Miles will turn 87 years young on that day. Come with some food, little gifts, presents, and a few good words from your heart to brighten up his day.
We will see you there!
ON 16th February, Sunday
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN FEBRUARY
||YAM TG .KAMIL B. TG. IDRIS SH
||CHEE YEW TUCK / AH HEONG
||ABDUL RAHMAN UMAT
||KEE LAI WOH
||CHRISTINE LOW CHOY YONG
||TED C. MILES (PRINCIPAL)
||LOH PEK YIN
||DATUK MUARAD ABD. RANI
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