THE MESSAGE NO. 64 - MARCH 2007
THE PETER CHEONG SANG FAH SERIES
THE SELVARAJ DANIEL EDITION
GETTING READY FOR MR.MILES'S 80th BIRTHDAY PARTY
As soon as Mr.Miles agreed to the how's, the wherefore and the wherewithal
of organizing for him his 80th birthday party, I started working for it
immediately. I called people.
The first person I called I hit rocky ground. The telephone rang and rang.
Nobody around! I thought. Finally a crackling sound cackled in. I said,
"hello, is it convenient to talk to you now?"
"Yes, I've stopped my car by the roadside." That was the hurried and
CALL YOU ANOTHER TIME
"Oh my! I'm sorry. I think I will call you some other time.
Nothing so important, nor is it urgent. Thank you."
I knew it was not convenient to continue. It might not be convenient even in
some other time! People might be again driving, eating, drinking, bathing,
doing their very private business in the latrines, in fact in whatever action
you can imagine.
TEXT MESSAGING INSTEAD
So I resolved not to cause people inconvenience or interrupt their on-going
activities with a tingle ring ting. I abandoned calling people but instead
resorted to do messaging. I mean I started sending text messages or SMS.
This is the most modern and the cheapest form of communication!
HANDSET USERS HERE I COME
I typed out a text message asking people to come to Mr. Miles's 80th birthday
party to be held on the 25th of February. I sent the SMS to everybody on my
Mesian list (Sorry, to only handset users)
The result was fantastic. Incredibly fast. Responses came in almost like a
flash. Many whom I thought would not respond promised to come and join the
bash. Within a day the numbers coming shot up to more than 30. Hurray! So the
party is on. "Go on," you may tell me. "Tell us all about Mr. Miles's 80th
WE CELEBRATE MR. MILES'S 80TH BIRTHDAY
Hurray! We celebrated Mr. Miles's 80th birthday on the 25th of February.
Since it was an important birthday hitting the 80th year of adventures through
life, we celebrated with a party that was more organized. Lunch was provided.
THOSE WHO WISH TO PAY PAID
We abandoned the pay per pax system because it was so erratic and troublesome.
We adopted the "how much you would contribute" system, instead. So we roped in
a few people to finance the lunch. This system worked well. In fact too well
that we never lack anything in the end.
THOSE WHO CHIPPED IN
The following have chipped in to make and to substantiate the very substantial lunch a success and left
something in excess: Angie Ng, Balachandran Nair, Chan Suy Sang, Chen Kon Siew, Foo Yook Yoon, Kumarasamy,
Liew Chow Yin, Loh Fook Cheng, Low Qooi Tee, Lu Ah Ngan, Palainasamy, Peter Cheong, Ramasamy, Ronnie
Hong Chee Set, Sar Kim Len, Sarjeet Singh, Selvaraj Daniel, Wong Kem Chin, Wong Mun Seong, Wong Thin Chin,
Wong Yeng Kee, Yap Choy Meng. The excess has been wrapped in a red packet and dealt with in a way that
many of us agreed was the best. Thank you so much for your generosity as every one of you has done your best.
(N.B. some of those mentioned above, have indicated that they would come in.
But owing to last minutes glitches, exigencies, pre-arranged engagements
and very personal intimate commitments, they could not make it there. From all
these, they have tendered their apologies)
MORE WHO CAME IN
The rest of the crowd who crashed in to show their presence bearing gifts and
loads of presents includes: Lee Yew Kwong, Yong Seng Yuen and Selina Lee,
Fu Yu Pong and spouse, Irwin Low and spouse, Elaine, Daljit Singh, Krishnan
Arumugam, Balbir Kaur and Manender Kaur, Munzir Abas and his spouse, Zainal
Lisut, Allan Lim, Dara, Balbir Singh, Pathmarajah, Lee Kim Thye, and
Also burst in were our mentor's former colleagues from Taylors' College. They
were Mary Wee and her hubby Garry with their daughter Stephanie. Choo Oi Mei,
Tung Lye Hock, Tracy Thum and her hubby Thum Kok Cheong, daughters
Thum Wei Min and Thum Wei Li, Bala and spouse Umagavalli, Mary Lim and Ho Fei
From far away Kuantan came Dr. Chan with his golf enthusiastic other half. Dr.
Chan Cheng Hoong is a great fan of the MESSAGE. In fact, he fans in more life
into the MESSAGE by sponsoring a future edition.
And Ahoy! From across the Johor Straits dashed in Yap Kim Loy! He has totally
lost the few valued strands on his crown. Now he carries a desert around!!
With many of our guests came also their spouses. Some have little emperors
and blooming beauties in tow. Many were smashingly dressed in their very
best. Some stood out from among the rest.
PAUL CALLED FROM ONTORIO
"Hello, Mr. Miles..... blah, blah, blah, "This was a call received by our
mentor just after having tucked in our grandeur and delicious tiffin. The call
came from miles and miles away - on the other side of the world where Paul now
stays. Paul Fong Shek Phooi called from far away Canada to wish Mr. Miles
"Happy Birthday" and for minutes they blared away.
TONG AH TAI SPRINGS A SURPRISE
The last batch of guests was the Tong Ah Tai entourage. Ah Tai has a good
excuse to be late on that day because he flew in from Australia all the way!
We were all surprised to see him came.
Ah Tai is a minister now. I beg your pardon he is not any Australian
politician. Not a menteri but a paderi. He goes up to the pulpit and preaches
to his church multitude. "In my school days in MES I was inspired by the
Gospel of St. Luke," Ah Tai continued.
Ah Tai's e-mail:
He is very thankful to the Almighty for giving him a new lease of life. Why?
He has a reconstructed intestine and a pair of new kidneys now! Wow!! I am
very thankful to him for taking up a series of the MESSAGE!
IN COME THE FORMER LOCAL
With Tong Ah Tai also came his sister - the then local "Marilyn Monroe".
The replica of the then Hollywood silver screen bombshell idol. Remember a
slim and sleek girl who used to catwalk past in front of MES and us like she
was on tiptoes! She had the gait of the fabulous Marilyn Monroe. When I stood
in front of a fair lady on February 25, 2007, she reintroduced herself saying,
"I am Tang Hoe".
Those days guys called her Marilyn Monroe. Hey, guys of the new generation if
you do not know who Marilyn Monroe was, she was like Anna Nicole, the late
super model. The American idol who hit the headlines when she recently and so
suddenly left the world!
75 WELL-WISHERS CAME
It looked like to wrap up the day of 25th February, 2007 Mr. Miles received a
regular couple Santa and Anthea who came to wish him "Happy Birthday". I
thought they would end the day with a few rounds of scrabbles.
But oh no, not yet! In came two more guests. Mr. Choong brought in his spouse
Hilda Ponnu. So the numbers of guests who came that day totaled up to a
whopping 75 well-wishers.
THE BEST BASH - A GREAT SUCCESS
What sayth the guests who were at the bash? :The gathering is a real success",
commended Mary in an SMS. "So far this is the best!" complimented another
guest, "Yes, it's the best bash," echoed the rest. I was so inflated. I was
almost knocked flat. Thank you for patting me on the back!
Some of you may say, "hey, Suy Sang why so much ado about Mr. Miles 80th
birthday do?" To which I might reply, "we wish you were there too. Could we
count you in, to present your good self in our next do?"
Three Mesians slipped in on February 18 to treat our patriarch to lunch. They
were Khalil, Rosba and Razlan. "Hey! sons of a gun. You beat the gun. Do you
know you've missed all the funs of our party lunch?"
Then on the 23rd of February emerged Hassanah and Zaki. They too brought our
mentor out for a sumptuous birthday makan.
Thus, on reaching 80, an exact total of 80 guests came to treat and wish him
Mr. Miles appreciated the presence of all of you. He was so happy to see you.
Our mentor was superfluous with joy to meet those who had made it after
decades of lost contact.
And here's Mr. Miles's word of gratitude:
THANK YOU ALL OF YOU
FAMILY GATHERING TALES 3
Didn't I ok you after talking so much about the achU.... in the last issue!
I am OK, no sneeze for now. Now it is time to tell this OK story in
"Family Gathering Tale No. 3."
Yes, where does that come from? OK. It is the initials of a name. What name?
Or, rather whose name? Thanks to the Internet. I searched the websites about
OK. I was almost koed to see how many websites about this OK are there! More
than a million websites. Surprised! Sure very surprised, and I was excited.
OK SIGNS OBEDIAH KELLY
It is said and many believed that this most popular colloquial expression
originated from a railway freight agent named Obediah Kelly. As he went
through the packages he was handling he initialed them with OK. This showed he
had checked them.
OK = OLD KINDERHOOK
In America it is said that OK originated from the Democrats. In the 1840
election OK is the initials of the nickname of their presidential candidate.
They called him "Old Kinderhook," though his real name was Martin Van Buren!
Why? His birthplace bore that name, right. His supporters even formed the OK
club to popularize his name.
Hey, Democrats what you did recently in the mid-term election was so ok
because you koed the Republicans!
OK = CORRUPTED CORRECT
Some people also said that OK comes from a misspelling of "correct"
which was erroneously spelt as "korrekt". So if anything was correct
it was OK, they would express. Plausible, isn't it!
OK SAYS THE AFRICAN SLAVES
No, that's not the end yet. There is yet another laughable theory of the
origin of OK, too! They said OK originated from the black slaves of African
origin. OK means "all right, yes indeed" in many West African languages!
OK SAYS THE CHOWTAW INDIAN
"Oke" or "oked" exclaimed the Chowtaw Indian chiefs. All right, "it is so."
So the story goes.
YUCK! THAT'S WHAT OK MEANS TO SOME LOCAL FOLKS
Over here in Malaysia among some of us, we use ok to mean defecating. Yuck!
That is the most degrading use of that word.
OK, I think I will leave you, before I make you more confused and ko you!
I am expecting some achus!!
HOW BOSSES HIRE?
This year Wong Mun Seong's Mesian reunion lunch was attended by a rowdy bunch!
Among us were some bosses. I do not want to look at them as big money loaded
guys, but I would be delving into their capricious tendencies to hire and
fire - real bosses from the viewpoint of the employees.
Before some of these guys became people who wield the power to hire and fire,
they had also been hired and fired! To be hired, they needed to grind through
what we call interviews. Here's how some met some of the most idiosyncratic
and erratic would be bosses at the interviews.
YOU SHOULD BE IN MY CHAIR
Mong Yong confessed that once he went for an interview for a position. As soon
as he entered the interview room, the chief interviewer told him, "you should
be sitting in my chair." What? Mong Yong felt a tight slap on his face. He
realized that he had failed so far to ascend to the guy's position. How could
he so lower himself as to be below that post? Mong Yong felt shamed, picked
himself up and bolted from the room.
SOME BOSSES CHOOSE BIG NOSE
Then there was told of another boss's unthought of approach. This is how he
recruits. He just looks at the applicant’s mug shot. What? Hiring someone by
looking at his photo like in his passport! Yes, just that. What does he look
for in the photo? A big fat nose! So if you are born with a big fat nose,
to such a boss you are qualified for any post. Well, if you are not born with
a big fat nose, get it blown up by a plastic surgeon. Pray that the operation
would bring you good luck in job hunting. But beware, it might disfigure you!
Yet another boss asked the interviewee, "What can you do for my company?"
"I'll take over your company." Interjected one crony.
"I'll bankrupt your company," jested another buddy. Hahaha......
FIRED BEFORE HIRED
You know what the interviewee replied, actually? "I will trY.... Blah,blah,
blah...." Before he could explain further, he was fired before he was hired.
Later, after many failed interviews, the guy realized that bosses do not want
their companies to be used as guinea-pigs to test this and try that. You can
be sure no boss would hire a trial and error guy!
THE BOSS MUST HAVE THE URGENCY TO HIRE
I feel that you will be successful in an interview if the boss has a great
desire to hire. The desire from the boss should be urgent. The situation
should not be to fill up a position that is vacant. That can wait. But the
case should be one where the boss urgently needs someone to do a job. For
example, an accounts clerk's post that has suddenly fallen vacant due to a
resignation. A mathematics teaching post, with no one to teach the pupils. A
mail delivery man's job where an office is clogged with mail to be handled.
GETTING A JOB VIA SMS
Whatever it is, it is the urgency of the vacancy that may spell success for
the right applicant at the right moment.
If the situation is critical, even getting a job through the latest technique
of communication is possible. I have heard of someone who was hired by sending
an SMS via his hand phone!
WHEN OPPORTUNITY STRIKES
Sometimes it is just the chance arriving at the right moment.
One guy called a long lost acquaintance when he was thinking of taking on a
job. You know what he got?
"Oh, my teacher teaching your subject just handed in her resignation letter
yesterday. Come in, I will see you this afternoon."
The guy went. He started teaching the next day!
Hey, Mesians! many of us have been hired and fired or retired. Can you tell
me of your idiosyncratic, erratic or even erotic bosses? We would love to
hear your stories.
IF YOU ARE ALREADY A BOSS, YOU COULD HAVE HIRED AND FIRED.
Tell us how you decide.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN MARCH
||TEH BOON TAN
||LOH KOK KEONG
||JOHAR B. ZABIDIN
||NG SHUI CHUAN
||LOH FOOK CHENG
||A. KRISHNAN ARUMUGAM
||HJ. TENGKU PUJI
||LIEW CHOW YIN
||TAN SI HOOI
||ABU HANIPAH MOHD
||ZULKIFLY M. ESA
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