We have arrived at the watershed month of the year. June straddles the first half of the year with the other half at the rear. Much water has flowed under the bridge and much more traffic has rolled over it. June is a month without many festivities. However, the little ones had been scheduled to enjoy half a month of it for the schools are off on vacation.


You might have noticed that there is a change at the header of the page. Yes, we have launched a new series - The Wong Thin Ching series.

Thin Ching is an entrepreneur in the transport industry. His trucks ply up and down the country. His lorries criss-cross many state boundaries. To know him more would you go back to MESSAGE NO. 22 for a full story?

Oh! no, no, no! not any more. You may ask why we have to do some revision to look back to a past edition. Never mind if you are such no-revision-kind-of person. But refer back to that edition if you want to recapitulate the information about this generous Mesian. That is, provided you have the patience! Stop or Go, that's your decision.

M. E. S. S A G E
Vol. I Methodist English School, Bentong, Pahang
June 11 1954 No. 5

Where were you on June 4?


On Friday afternoon, June 4, the school office was broken into, and a total of $819.90 was taken from the Principal's desk. Most of the money belonged to the MYF and had been collected at the concert the previous evening.

On Tuesday morning June 8, the thief surrendered himself and returned more than half the stolen money. He is now in police custody.

The police have praised two M.E.S. students, Wong Yeng Kee of Form II and Foong Kum Tung of Form I for their help in solving the case.

Not only did these two students discover who the thief was, but they also persuaded him to give himself up.

The above was a story when the infant school newspaper was just 5 - numbers old. Does anyone of you still remember the incident? It was the talk of the school and the town that time around.


Sometime ago, Zulkifli descended from the high and lofty Cameron Highlands. He headed to Kuantan for some business about a game. Of course besides he was in for some big game. He was head hunting for Mesians as he was such an ardent fan of the MESSAGE. All this while Zul has been thinking how to recall the good times in our old M.E.S. Remember his pet photographic exhibition project ?

          In the Pahang state capital Zul looked around the hunting ground. You know whom he found? He spied Yap Ming Fatt around. That guy is available at:
E-Mail ME to find out!

Anybody remember this Kuantan lad? Has somebody been looking for him of late? His contact No. is
E-Mail ME to find out!

On his way back from Kuantan Zul captured Teh Boon Tan. How did it happen? Zul made a snap stop at Temerloh - half way between KL and Kuantan. The ever serviellient Cameron Highlander spotted someone. Lo and behold! There he was Teh Boon Tan. The latter's residence:
E-Mail ME to find out!


Yet another Mesian has surrendered the whereabouts of his hideout to our mentor:

Abdul Khalil bin Abdul Rahman
E-Mail ME to find out!


Our newsletter the MESSAGE has successfully reached the 31st edition. That is a feat. When we started off, we thought we could only come out with some issues at irregular intervals. But we had been rolling it out every month for the past 31 months and more are coming.

Our list of names of former students is increasing. We are just short of a one-digit figure to reach a total of 200.

For the new members and some forgetful ones, you would wonder how it is done. Work-wise, I shoulder all the responsibilities. Money-wise, the sponsors bear all the costs. I am the coolie: you are the boss!

The series sponsors supplement the edition sponsors. A series sponsor sends in a sum of two or more zeros with any number greater than 1 or 1 (followed by 3 zeros) in front. His/her name would appear a number of times on top of the pages as a series sponsor.

The edition sponsor sends in a sum of two zeros after one. He/she sponsors just one number of the MESSAGE.

If you feel too lonely you may come in as a joint sponsor and share the cost of the edition with someone. Even if you cannot find a partner to co-sponsor with you, leave the work of matchmaking to me.

Caution: This is not good news for the still singles or those who have been singled. It is not literally matchmaking that would result in matrimonial union.  Get the professionals for such matters! Ha , ha, ha. My job is to try getting someone to partner you for a jont edition.

Why don't you grace the header of the pages of some future series or editions with your name? Your friends would like to see your name in print. Too shy? Then request for anonymity. I will respect your choice gladly. Do a good deed and give the MESSAGE continuity.

Thanks for your generosity.


These names have headed/will head the pages of past/future editions:

  • Wong Yeng Kee
  • Peter Chong Sang Fah
  • Lu Ah Ngan
  • Yip Fook Khim
  • Kumarasamy
  • Haji Munzir Abas
  • Hassan Long
  • Chan See Phong
  • Lee Yew Kwong
  • Paul Fong Shek Phooi
  • Sam Pak Lam
  • Haji Shamsuddin bin Salleh
  • Wong Mun Seong (series)
  • Datin Alice Loke
  • Ng Kam Thye
  • Sar Kim Len
  • Chui Wai Ming
  • John Chinniah
  • Cheong Ah Moi
  • Loh Kok Keong
  • Haji Bahari Shafie
  • Vincent Lee
  • David Chinniah
  • Mahalingam
  • Chong Yit Lan
  • Zainal Lisut (series)
  • Hema Latha
  • Zulklifli Mohd. Arrifin
  • Anonymous (series)
  • Loh Fook Cheng
  • Wong Thin Ching (series)
  • Muhd. Alam Shah
  • Joo Shek Phin
  • Lee Sai Kan
  • Chan Siew Mun
  • Haji Mokhtar Mat Piah
  • Kumarasamy (2nd edition)
  • Foo Yoke Yoon
  • Lu Ah Ngan (2nd edition)
  • Chan Loy Thye

  • If you refer back to the MESSAGE No. 6 where I said Wong Yeng Kee started the ball rolling I predicted that ball would turn into a snowball. Yes it has, and it is gathering more snow with an increasing number of sponsors. Would you too jump on the bandwagon to keep the snowball rolling and growing?

    Our Bentong goldsmith Chui Tai Fan has promised to take a series.

    Later Dr. Abu Samah bin Labak will romp in with a win. He will be the FIRST ever full-year series sponsor. HURRAY!

    May I invite you to continue the list especially individual edition sponsors that cost
    RM100 each ?

    Even those who had sponsored before may come in with a 2nd Series or a second edition like what Kumarasamy and Lu Ah Ngan have done.


    Too bored through reading those names, eh?
    Let me entertain you with a little story, lest you label me a bore and lambaste me.

    An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.   Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his catch and asked how long it took to catch them.

    The Mexican replied,
    "Only a little while, amigo."
    The American then asked why didn't he stay out longer and catch more fish?
    The Mexican said he had enough to support his family's immediate needs.

    The American then asked, "But what do you do with the rest of the time?"
    The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life".

    The American scoffed, "I'm a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise."

    The Mexican fisherman asked, "But how long will all this take?"
    To which the American replied, 4 "15-20 years." 4

    "But what then?" 4
    "When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell you company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions." 4

    "Millions. Then what?"

    The American scratched his head, then said, 4 "Well you would retire.  Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where you could sip wine and play guitar with your amigos". 4

    Ha, ha, ha Yankee you've gone too far.


    As soon as Peter moved to his new residence in Seri Kembangan he phoned me. He gave me his new address.
    Thanks Peter for your prompt action. I have started mailing the MESSAGE' to your new address.


    A very ardent Mesian has come in to fully support Zulkifli's suggestion for a photographic exhibition. He is none other than our beloved John Chinniah formerly of the Museum Negara.

    He glorified the thought of holding a photographic exhibition of our old defunct M.E.S. He stressed that an exhibition of this sort would provide good entertainment for members of our fraternity and the residents of Bentong. Great that you realise this for a show of old photographs of the once so prominent school and so popular principal would certainly bring back good old memories.

    But John does not want to dump money in a temporary show. He suggests that we talk to our mentor to "open up part of his bungalow which itself has the characteristic of a museum." (John is well qualified to say so, because he has put in many years of service in our National Museum before). He has noticed that many museum quality of our mentor's collection of artefacts are not now properly displayed. He said "many treasures of silver and copper are lying in the Miles' Mansion storeroom waiting to be rediscovered, cleaned up and neatly arranged for viewing." However, when later I met our mentor he denied the treasures of precious metals in his bungalow. I also realise that he has things there that you could describe as queer, odd, rare and unusual.  Yet they are certainly invaluable.


    Dear friends, let us start the ball rolling by contributing RM30.00 per person to the fraternity. The job is Q.E.D. With such exhibitions we can highlight some of the great personalities during the M.E.S. era when it was the talk of the town.  Let us build a garden around the mansion with exotic plants and flowers and with a continual flow of former students, friends, teachers and acquaintances. Let there be more reunions, parties, roti canais, fried mutton, curry etc. etc. Thanks.

     Book and Quill
    Written and edited by Chan Suy Sang through his interaction with friends and Mesians who ignited his fire of inspiration that glowed into a conflagration.



    We are saddened to hear that Ng Kam Thye's wife the late Chan Yuet Kiew passed away on the 7th of April, 2004 at the age of 66 years. Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.


    One day out of the blue a courier company delivered a letter from Temerloh. It was from Muhd. Alam Shah, the MESSAGE's new found fan.

    Well, Alam Shah had been a model hubby. He wanted to insert a note to remember his late spouse's departure from this world.

    Alam Shah was widowed on the 23rd of March, 2003. So that was her departure anniversary.

    This gentleman must have had a wonderful and blissful matrimonial life for him to want so much to remember his deceased beloved wife.

    For this purpose he has also sent me some money to jointly sponsor this edition with another Mesian.

    your good memories of Azizah bte Mahmood and remain good.

    Thanks, Muhd. Alam Shah, keep your good memories of Azizah bte Mahmood and remain good.


    Allahyarhamha Azizah bte Mahmood yang telah pulang
    ke rahmatullah pada 23.03.2003.

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