THE MESSAGE JULY, 2005 NO. 44
- THE DR.ABU SAMAH BIN HJ. LABAK SERIES. -
THE HEMA LATHA SUBRAMANIAM 2ND EDITION
A TIMELY RESCUE & CUE
AS SOON AS NEWS SPREAD THAT THERE IS A HIKE IN POSTAGE RATES, FOO YOOK YOON FROM TEMERLOH
RUSHED IN TO THE RESCUE. SHE PASSED SOME MONEY TO OUR MENTOR TO BECOME AGAIN THE
Then one evening, she called. What for? She said I could send her only one copy of the
MESSAGE instead. Yes. She could share it with her siblings whom I send separate copies.
I feel I must send to all but she insisted. That is another way I could cut down on cost.
Thank you Yook Yoon for your timely rescue. For your cost saving cue, here's my salute
to show my gratitude.
FORMER STUDENTS AND FRIENDS COME A VISITING
ON EASTER SUNDAY, three protons converged and pulled up to Mr. Mile's bungalow. The
entourage had traveled far from the south. Chan See Phong, his son and See Phong’s spouse
have come to Bentong town. With them also tagged along See Phong's brother Shu Fan and his
life partner, Lim Chin.
There was a round of greetings and squealing to display shocks and surprises for this most
unexpected gathering. Our mentor Mr.Miles was more than surprised to see so many former
students and friends had arrived. For, I have not made any prior announcement that I would
bring in a crowd on that day.
After settling down on the sofas and a round of juice, all wanted to have a look around.
It was a tour of his museum to see our mentor's collectibles on the first floor. So
everybody dashed for the staircase and climbed up to the top floor.
Even the most senior member of the group did not want to be left out. Shu Fan is on the most
senior stage of locomotion as far as the number of legs is concern. Remember the little
riddle describing the three stages of human development referring to man as the creature
with a certain number legs for locomotion?
However, in spite of his additional appendage Shu Fan was able to take a great challenge. He
ascended the flight of stairs up to the first floor with a little aid, of course. Up there
he satisfied his curiosity browsing through the many artifacts of great antiquity.
Then he descended the stairs to the ground: safe and sound. This is no mean feat, man!
Bravo to Shu Fan who showed that he can !!
So Shu Fan and his spouse, See Phong and his missus and son in tow, had many eyefuls of
all our master's collection of weird and queer antiques. They were curiously enchanted,
and very joyfully intrigued.
After descending to the ground, it was through our patriarch's books that they browsed.
A sale was made by our master as a result.
Soon the visitors left because they still have a long way to go. Shu Fan and spouse had to
send their three relatives down to the Federal capital for onward transit back to their
hometown. See Phong and family have to go back to Ulu Tiram, the place where they come from.
Bye, Mr. & Mrs.See Phong, Junior Hock Yan and the rest who had come visiting along. I must
not miss out a visitor from Bentong, Lee Yew Kwong. Thanks for giving a lift to Fatimah back
to Bukit Indah. Did her baby wave you "da, da" ?
Our mentor was most honoured by your presence.
Also, he wishes to thank you all for your presents.
In fact for See Phong and his retinue, Yew Kowng, his son and daughters,
they had hit two birds with one pebble. They had in fact paid homage to the departed and
visited the living. Why? The visit took place around Cheng Ming.
READ THIS - THEN BURST INTO LAUGHTER
Ah Beng calls the telephone operator:
Ah Beng: "Could you please tell me the time difference between Singapore and New York?"
Operator: "Just a minute..."
Ah Beng: "Thank you."
Ah Beng got his answer and cut off the line.
At a bar in New York, the man sat next to Ah Beng told the bartender,
"JOHNNIE WALKER, SINGLE." and his companion said, "JACK DANIELS, SINGLE."
The bartender turned to Ah Beng and asked, "AND YOU, SIR?"
Ah Beng replied: "Tan Ah Beng, MARRIED."
After completing a jigsaw puzzle he'd been working on for quite sometime,
Ah Beng proudly shows off the finished puzzle to a friend.
"It took me only 5 MONTHS to do it," Ah Beng said.
"FIVE MONTHS? Why did you take so long." the friend asked.
Ah Beng replied, "No, it is not long at all, look at the box, it says
it is for 4 to 7 years".
Ah Beng took part in the Singapore Manhunt Competition. During the Q&A segment,
the host asks, "Name a drink that begins with the letter 'G'."
The crowd shouts, "Gin! Gin!". Others exclaim, "No, its Grape Juice!"
Another smart aleck yells, "Alamak, Gatorade!"
Host : "Quiet please."
Ah Beng laughs hysterically like a hyena before replying,
"C'mon man, I don't need their help! I got more original answer.
My answer is "Gu ni!" (milk in Hokkien)
Ah Beng had just bought a new computer and was using it when he
encountered some problems. After a few attempts, he decided to use the 'Help' command. Soon after, he
became very irritated and called the computer shop for support.
Ah Beng : "I pressed the 'F1' key for help... but it's been over half an hour & still
nobody has come to help me...."
In the class.
Teacher: "Class, do you know the meaning of parents?"
Ah Beng: "Yes, teacher, it means father and mother."
Teacher: "Good. Can you give me an example?"
Ah Beng: "Sure. Cowboy's parents means cowboy's father and mother. Also can say Cowboy's
father is Cow Pay and Cowboy's mother is Cow Boo. So if they walk together, we can say they
are 'Cow Pay Cow Boo'."
Ah Beng with two red ears went to his doctor. The doctor asked him what had happened to his
ears and he answered," I was ironing a shirt and the phone ring lor- but instead of
picking up the phone, I accidentally picked up the iron and stuck it to my ear. So Kena lor!"
"Oh Dear!" the doctor exclaimed in disbelief.
"But, what happened to the other ear?"
Ah Beng: "That stupid fellow called back again loh!"
Why did Ah Beng go to a movie with his 18 friends?
Because according to the advertisement, below 18 is not allowed to go in.
( Well, Ah Beng is the Hokkien version of Pak Pandir, right!.
If you don't understand the story fully, ask a Hokkien lady or buddy.)
WHAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH July 1955
50 YEARS AGO??????
Not many important things happened during the month of July.
It was also nearing the end of the second term. What do you expect?
Examinations again, before we broke off for the August vacation.
M.E.S. SPORTS INTO THE LIMELIGHT
There were a few reports of games and sports in the M.E.S.SAGE. The M.E.S football team
was getting stronger with the coming of some excellent soccer players who snowballed into
the school due to extremely restricting strict government school examinations.
In those days, government school failures were given the boot.
Hurray! Those government school dropouts crossed over to M.E.S. with their boots.
What boots? Soccer boots, of course. M.E.S. welcomed them with open arms especially the
sportsmen and sportswomen. Now they played for M. E.S. with vengeance against their
The school soccer team was finally strong enough to play against the town's powerful and
invincible teams such as those from the army, the police, the Malays, the Chinese youths,
the estates and other schools in Pahang.
Sometimes when a game was on with M.E.S. playing, the whole school would go down to the town
padang to cheer for our players and to jeer against our foes.
That was really a field day for all of us.
When we won a game, the whole school went into a frenzy of ecstasy and joy.
Of course, there were times when the game finished against us.
Then our players whimpered away from the field.
The next day, the whole school would be dead silent. We students would also know that
we better behave ourselves and keep the office and principal at a distance.
Many of us would prefer to peer into our books pretending to study for the upcoming
examinations. Such was the mood from a failure to win a game.
Once a few buses brought our school soccer team to play against the Clifford School in
Kuala Lipis. Among the trippers were of course tens of cheerleaders.
Spirit was high while the buses sped towards Kuala Lipis. However, dead silence and
melancholy enveloped the whole entourage on the homeward bound journey. Why? We were
mourning our loss. All of us went home hungry.
Everybody learnt a lesson: IF YOU LOSE, NO FOOD!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN JULY
||ABU BAKAR MOHD ISA
||HOOI YEW CHEE
||LEONG SIEW LING
||YAP KIM LOY
||GOH SENG KWANG
||NIAM HOCK SEK
||CHUNG KOON SUNG
HAVE YOU A STORY TO TELL
IN DECEMBER, WE ARE COMING OUT WITH A BONANZA EDITION OF THE MESSAGE.
WE WELCOME STORIES FROM YOU. YOU COULD TELL YOUR LIFE EXPERIENCES, GLITCHES THROUGH LIFE,
STORIES WITH MORALS AND TEACHINGS. YOU COULD JUST CALL ME AND RELATE THE STORIES TO ME.
I WILL PUT THEM INTO WRITEN FORM AND CREDIT IT TO YOUR NAME.
HE'S OFF TO PARIS
One day, out of the blue, I received a post card showing the picture of the Alambra
in Granada. What is it? Where is it? I wonder.
The card only has this message: "Love from Madrid and off to Paris". Who sent it?
I wonder more. Wow, holy cow! There is no name for me to find out.
Later when I met our mentor, the mystery of the sender was unravelled.
He is Hají Bahari Shafie who has taken to the air again and hopping from country to country.
Hey there, Bahari! You are now a much-travelled man. You should have brought back tales
from many foreign lands. Got a story to tell me, Bahari? Come, let's share it with everybody
who is ever hungry for stories.
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MANY THANKS TO DR. ABU SAMAH FOR LEADING THE SERIES.
THANKS TO HEMA LATHA d/o SUBRAMANIAM FOR SPONSORING A 2ND EDITION
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