THE MESSAGE NOVEMBER, 2005 NO. 48.
THE DR.ABU SAMAH LABAK SERIES.
THE FOO CHIN FOONG EDITION
Felicitations. The eleventh month of the year starts with twin celebrations.
The 1st of November will see the Hindus and Punjabis celebrate Devali.
On the 3rd and 4th of the month our Muslim friends will celebrate Adilfitri.
There will be plenty to eat and much fun. Enjoy yourself, great fans.
SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDIL FITRI
Both greetings from Ted Miles, Everybody and Me.
I am sending you this edition early just in time to greet you in your festivities, yeah!
WANNA TO FEED THE HUNGRY AND MAKE SOME MONEY?
Hey, Mesians of the world. Arise and join in a business proposal.
I have met with an ambitious guy. He is an expert in pleasing the taste buds of people of
many cultures, countries and ethnicities. He is an experienced guy in the catering service.
This guy has served celebrities and royalties. His name is Nasahari a Nepali.
Nasahari proposes to set up a restaurant of international standard in Kuala Lumpur.
The restaurant will offer opportunities for Mesians and others to dabble in food and
beverages sales and catering services.
You are invited to invest. Per share RM30,000. We need around 30 shareholders. Then off we
go to tempt the taste buds of people - aliens or locals.
Quoting from the e-mail from Nasahari:
The proposed restaurant will be classified under international standard, featuring the
following cuisines - Malay/Indonesian (fusion), Chinese, Italian, North Indian, Thai,
Continental, Nepali and North Indian Sweets.
I (Nasahari) would like our members to put in shares to make this dream come true. With my
expertise in this field, on food preparations and costing, the proposed restaurant will be
serving not only as a meeting point for EX-STUDENTS and their families but also lead to a
The total amount of investment can be recovered within a period of ONE YEAR from the
NET PROFIT. I have already done my homework.
In another e-mail in greater details he elaborated:
The restaurant will be fully equipped with modern kitchen equipment, bar and dining
facilities. Apart from serving regular lunch and dinner, it should also be a place of get
together for birthdays, special functions and weddings.
The food served will be strictly adhered as per Muslim laws.
The total project cost is estimated around RM 738,330. With 25 members buying equal shares,
the contribution from each member is RM 30,000 I am willing to contribute RM 30,000
(thirty thousand ringgit).
Nasahari has sent me 8 pages of cost calculations, turnovers, earnings and profit
projections for the proposed restaurant. More details are available from me.
Any business minded individuals out there? Contact me for more details.
ABU SAMAH GIVES A BIG TREAT
Haji Mohd Razlan Marzuki is now doing free-lance. What is his line? Insurance. One day he
traveled from Kemaman to the Federal capital. He called on Dr. Abu Samah in Setapak. Abu
gathered together a few friends and some of his next of kin for a dinner treat.
Razlan suggested that he should also invite Ted Miles.
"What! To ask our patriarch to come to Kuala Lumpur just for an evening of eating?"
Abu Samah cut in.
"No deal, for there is no way you could make our master give way to oblige
what you say," he continued.
THE PLOY RAZLAN EMPLOYS
So Razlan came up with a crooked way to make our ever so steadfast master sway from his
usual no, no, no.... say.
Razlan said, "I'll get him down here by saying the occasion is to celebrate my birthday."
If someone were to come down from Terengganu to celebrate his birthday,
when invited would Mr. Miles utter "nay". After all Abu Samah will send his chauffeur
driven car to transport our master. Then he would also deliver him back to his bungalow
before the clock touched the second to enter the morrow.
MR MILES WHISKED OFF TO KL
So in the evening a car came up to his bungalow and bundled Mr. Miles in. He was whisked
off to Kuala Lumpur for dinner with us all. Our mentor was driven to Restoran Nelayan in
the picturesque Lake Titiwangsa in Jalan Pahang. There he met Dr. Abu Samah and company,
Kumarasamy, Razlan and Chan Suy Sang.
HOW WE DINE
We dined buffet style, but it was a steamboat treat. On the table were placed two pots
boiling with soup. We all dashed off to choose the laid out but uncooked food. We scooped
up what we wanted to cook in the soup. There were tray after tray and platter after
platter of balls such as fish balls, crab balls, meat balls shaped just big enough as a
mouthful each. These, we were going to dump into the pots to cook and eat. There were
also chunks of crabs, whole prawns, dismembered squids, lettuce, veggies and fish.
All the creepy crawlies, fleshy chunkies and crunchy veggies, claws, balls, pincers and
tentacles were stirred into a witches' brew, which began to simmer and then boiled over.
The soup splashed and splattered. Steam wisped and warped up the most appetizing aroma.
The foods looked so good. Ready, Yummy!
Then we dipped, we sieved, we sipped, we sucked, we chewed and we swallowed all till our
stomachs could contain no more. Yum, yum, we tucked into what we liked best and munched.
MEETING AND BRAGGING WITH OLD FRIENDS
Kumarasamy greeted Razlan with a "long time no see". They have never met since they parted
company in the 1960's. So they have a lot to catch up with their stories.
Abu Samah had forgotten about Kumarasamy until the latter test his memory with the
question: "How many Indian boys were there in our class since primary?" Abu tried to dig
deep into his memory. He could not say exactly.
Kumarasamy said,"1, 2, 3. that includes Mahalingam, Kandasamy and me." Then only Abu Samah
got a vague glimpse of the then little estate urchin who was Kumarasamy in the l950'S.
Anyway, time might have wrought much change to the physiques of many. Our young and
boyish faces have been weather-beaten that we now look so different. Yet, there might be
noticeable little semblances of traits, behaviour and speech that might be individualistic
and personal. From these little facets of personalities we could slowly recall people's
look during their early days.
As we tucked in morsels after morsels of just cooked meat, fish and vegetables, we yakked
on and dug into our memories. Kumarasamy even brought along the M.E.S. school magazine
published in 1963. From the photographs therein he pointed out the mug shots of many of
his friends in those bygone days.
DR. ABU SAMAH'S SUCCESS STORY
Of course Dr. Abu has a lot to talk about his life history. Beginning as a pen pusher in
a government agency, he rolled off and then kicked off as a world-renowned practitioner
of complementary medicines. Abu Samah had traveled far and wide so much so we could say
that he had set foot on all the five continents. And, cities he had visited and lived
CLICK, CLICK, CLICK
As we cooked and dined the shutterbug of the occasion got to work feverishly.
Haji Razlan snapped shot after shot that I could not count how many.
Bravo, Razlan, for being our paparazzo! May we have our photos? Besides looking at
ourselves in the photos we will also know how fares thou as a talent scout and a paparazzo!!
After dinner, Mr. Miles was chauffeured back to his bungalow just before the clock struck
twelve to close the day's revelries.
For that was a pre-condition that came with the invitation!
WHAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH NOVEMBER 1955
50 YEARS AGO?
The whole of the sole November issue of the M.E.S.SAGE was filled with names of Year's
Final Examination results. There was a scholarship winners' list and an Honours list.
Otherwise, there would be new items of news to read and mesmerize about.
Then one night I gleaned through the M.E.S.SAGE of 1955.
There I discovered some interesting anecdotes about the goings-on in the classrooms.
Each class made a short report of the interesting things during their lessons. For the
Primary classes from Standard 1 to Standard IV, the teachers wrote the anecdotes.
Probably, the students were not able to express themselves in writing yet.
Students of the higher standards and the Forms wrote the reports about their likes in the
lessons. Many classes reported the importance of learning English and literature.
One class told us about the usefulness of Hygiene and another class was much attracted by
their Nature Study lesson. The higher classes found pleasure in studying Geography.
One innovative teacher one day completely abandoned her lesson. She saw a boy gazing at
some sparrows on the rafter beams instead of listening to her teaching that she realized
was boring. Instead, she turned to talk on the sparrows.
She ended the lesson saying, "and you shoot the poor sparrow with a catapult".
The class looked at the sheepish boy with a jolt.
Thus with the M.E.S.SAGE we come to know many things happening in the classes.
LAUGHTERS FROM READERS
Mr Michael (sternly) : This composition on "Our Dog" is word by word the same as your
Ah Kow : Yes, sir. It's the same dog, sir.
Miss Joo : Lee Yew, what is that lump in your cheek? Are you eating some sweets?
Lee Yew : No, I'm not eating anything. I'm soaking prune to eat at dinner.
Miss Foenander : Why did you tie a string on your finger?
Mr. Wong : Oh, it was tied by my wife.
She was afraid I would forget to post a letter for her.
Miss Foenander : Where's the letter? Have you posted it yet?
Mr. Wong : No, not yet; she forgot to give me the letter.
Hamid : Who is it that gets to lead the band?
Tak : The fellow who can face the music, of course.
Guess what you get when you put the letter s in the word "smile" to the back.
(The above jokes are as old as many of you. Could you send in something new?)
OUR MASTER'S BEST FRIENDS
For quite some time I haven't mentioned about our master's best friends.
What do you mean? You may ask. I mean his homely canine companions.
From a total of twenty-one, the numbers had declined to only five some time ago.
Then it looked like the population will remain stable, unless another pregnancy brings
forth another brood. No, but their number further dwindled.
There are now only three: Elsa, Kancil and the elderly Lucky.
THEY EXPLORE NEW TERRITORIES
What happened to the other two puppies? Well, they had grown up and like all adolescents,
they liked to break loose and roam free. One by one they tried to get over to more
civilized country. They strayed from the jungle to emerge to more open and inhabited
THEY SAW THEIR OWN KIND
They saw man's inventions incessantly speeding by. They spotted their own kind howling
on the other side (of the road). "Woof, woof, woof....." thus their own kind lulled and
beckoned from over there. They wanted to befriend their kind on the other side.
IT'S LIKE SUICIDE
Stop! Crossing the road over to the other side is like suicide. Drivers are daredevils
nowadays especially to animals. Often we see feline and canine carcasses on roads:
the victims of hit-and-run accidents.
THOSE THAT SURVIVE ARE FRIENDLY
Now back to the surviving three: Elsa, Kanchil and Lucky. They are a happy-go-lucky and
friendly lot. They are very fond of me.
Whenever I visit our mentor, they run out with tails wagging to welcome me.
They let out no barks nor are they staring and watching me.
Instead, they gambol around wagging and shaking their furry bodies happily. Even our
master once commented, "they are so familiar with your presence. You look no stranger to
them now!" Do not misunderstand me for I ain't no canine lover.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN JULY
||JOO SHEK PHIN (WILLIAM)
||MOHD KHALID M.YUSOFF
||YIP FOOK KHIM
||LEE YEW KWONG
||ISMAIL B. MOHAMED
||NG KAM THYE
||JOHN D CLEMENT
||CHAN SEE PHONG
||TAN GEE SIN
||TONG AH TAI
||WONG FOONG CHAW
||LAM HAY YIN
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