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THE MESSAGE NO. 65, APRIL 2007
THE YAP FOOK KHIM SERIES.
THE LOH FOOK CHENG 3RD EDITION


A CHUNK OF HISTORY
THE SENIOR CLASS OF 1960

 Back to School?

By Dzulkifli

It has been 46 long years since we left MES and time really flies fast. I believe we are grandparents by now. Oops! Maybe not all, I think. Sundralingam, are you sure you are a confirmed bachelor as you once claimed to be?


A MEMORABLE 1960
 Classmates

I wonder whether you still remember our senior days back in 1960. As for me it was a memorable one. Do you still remember who sat next to you or in front of you? Yes, I remember, Rohaya sat next to me, Mohammad and Fakruddin were behind us and Zubir sat at the back corner seat.


REMEMBER THE METHODIAN?
Anyway, I'm glad to have the opportunity to travel back in time to that wonderful year again. Thanks to our mentor, Mr. Miles, who gave me a copy of the METHODIAN, the 1960 school magazine which gave me this crazy idea to write. Hopefully, this write-up will remind you back of our final days in MES, our classmates and their interesting characteristics, our senior class activities and of course our Will and Prophecy. Not to forget our Principal, Mr. Miles and other teachers, Mr. Brian, Mr. Wong Yeng Kee, Mr. Surendranath and the late Mr. Shamsuddin Pandak.

For a start, I would like to take you back down memory lane to the glorious moments of 1960 to some of our senior class activities. See if you can recollect these two events.


THE NATIONAL LANGUAGE WEEK ACTIVITIES
 Malaysia Flag

During the National Language week, the Seniors, Mohd. Noor Mohamad, Sundralingam, Murad, Tg. Rahim, Tg. Ibrahim and me to name a few, constructed a very colourful float. The lorry borrowed from Hong Joo Chan was completely covered with red, white and blue crepe papers with the words BAHASA JIWA BANGSA around it. A huge map of Malaya stood on the lorry with six students of various races sat around a huge torch depicting knowledge. The students were Low Ah Moi, Vanasadchy, Safinah wearing baju kurung while the boys Tg. Nizam, Samuel Paul Raj and Loh Fook Cheng with songkok and baju Melayu.


MES HAS THE BEST FLOAT THROUGH TOWN
The float was most beautiful during the procession through Bentong town and we won the first prize trophy. It was our pride and joy for the seniors and MES. Of course, we had our victory party in the School hall at a later date and we sure had a good time.


WE FETED OTHER PEOPLE
Next, on May 19 we entertained about 30 members of the senior class from the Catholic High School and their teachers to a social evening at our school hall. We played games and gave away prizes. Among the winners were Low Ah Moi, Hashim, Chen Chen Yen, Lee Seng Fook, Tg. Rahim and Ashaari from MES. The grand prize winners were Cheng Chow Sek, CHS, and Abdul Murad from MES.

Refreshments of curry puff, biscuits, ice cream and Coca-cola were served. I, on behalf of the MES Seniors thanked our guests for the wonderful and successful evening.

THE AUTHOR OF THIS STORY DZULKIFLI MOHD. ARRIFIN CAN BE REACHED AT E-Mail ME to find out. and at R.E.A.C.H. CAMERON HIGHLANDS.


Coming up next by the same author in collaboration with the editor is: AS we see ourselves........



HI, K C I C U C

(Read the title as you would read it in an SMS - the new shortcut language!)

Bentong! Many cannot leave this upcountry town for long. Somehow, for one reason or another or for no reason at all, they return. They will take a ride, look for a bite or just to breathe in the cool fresh country air and come back for a look see! This is often done by K C.

So during the Chinese New Year recently, K C again visited Bentong with his family of three generations: his mother, his life partner and a little emperor!



SMALL TREAT

I met K C at a restaurant called Lee Yuen. For a feast? No, just for a small treat and some light tidbits. Lunch was too heavy after all the eating of the festivities. After all it was the second day of the Lunar New Year. Many have feasted after opening the brand new year of the piggy!

So to give our stomachs a respite, K C ordered something light. There was a platter of chicken fried Cantonese style and fish slices. The latter was especially tasty and he ordered a second platter to go round to everybody. We also tucked into rice vermicelli cooked in soup. So we chewed and slurped.



TWO MORE ROPED IN

Two more Mesians and another companion later slipped in. The MES former students: Kok Yew Fah and Ng See Meng. Yew Fah had gone far, but he returned to stay put in Malaysia. Ng See Meng is a descendant of the Chop Ban Lee rubber dealer clan. Then there was another younger man.



IN LAND K C WAS SO KEEN

K C or Wong Kem Chin his full name is a very well-informed man in matters about land. He knows in details lots of plots of land around the town. He knows the owners of the land around. What they are doing with their land: sold, disposed or bulldozed, etc.

Is K C a real estate man, a land broker then? No, he is an insurance adjuster in profession - someone who is authorized to approve or to dispute then to reduce your insurance claims! However, as he talks so much about land I presume he moonlights in land-brokering as a sideline.



WHAT'S UP?

Soon we touched on the land of our old MES. The place is now leveled ground. Bulldozers had struck and dug the land up! We wondered what's up!

Then K C paid up. Paid up what? A series of the MESSAGE. He is a fervent reader, almost an addict! Every month he eagerly waits for the arrival of the MESSAGE! Who told you? His missus.




 Traditional Medicine

TRADITIONAL REMEDIES

(AS TOLD BY LEE YEW KONG)

While talking to Lee Yew Kwong I learned a lot about traditional cures and alternative medicines.


THE OLD MAN KNEW WHAT TO DO BEST
Once, Yew Kwong's sister developed a cyst on her breast. The sore had gone quite bad. His father knew what to do best. The boil was cleaned. The pus extracted. Then the old man went to the wilderness - into the forest. He searched and searched for the right herbs. The herbs were pounded into a mesh and applied to her breast. After a few applications, the wound healed and closed up. The patient's condition picked up and she recovered completely from the malignant cyst.

To modern people, that was a cancerous attack. Cut off the breast. Go for chemo. That's all. Then the killer disease spread. The medical circle would say incurable and called it terminal. Soon the sufferer's life terminates.


A CURE WITH HOT CACTUS
 Cactus

And, Yew Kwong said if the boil had not gone bad, it would be simpler. Just heat up some cactus. Oh, remove the thorns of course. Slap it on the cyst. After a few applications with the warm cactus pads, the cyst would disappear. Is that so simple? Well, believe it or not it might be tried as a last resort. But no one should try to cure oneself so traditionally with so much modern medicine and treatments around. Consult your physician and get the best treatment that can be found.


MANY GREEN APPLES DRIVE THE DISEASE AWAY
 Green Apples

Sometimes we might feel pain here and there. It is a sudden sharp prickly pain. What is that? Stones, suspected. Consume a fruit to get rid of the excess of calcium forming in your systems. What fruit? Green apples eaten in excess! "That's the best." Yew Kwong said. Not an apple a day. That will not keep the doctor away. It is five to six apples a day to keep the ailment at bay! Finally the pain will go away!!

Yes, somebody might have a pain in the back. They said it is caused by bone pricks. These are little growths from the bones and they impress on the nerves. Thus the pain.


DEAD WOOD INSECT DROPPINGS
What mambo-jumbo cure is available? Well, very strange and weird stuff indeed - the droppings of dead wood insects. Get hold of a lot of this then mix it with the white of eggs. Apply on the pain causing area. After a few applications, the pain would disappear. Weird, indeed so weird! Only those who had tried and were cured would believe it.

"Well, some of these traditional remedies are just external applications. Why not give them a trial. After all they are not to be taken, so there is no harm done," said Yew Kwong.




LUNCH ENCOUNTERS
On his very birthday, I lunched with our mentor together with another four. They are his closest pals. There was Santa Singh and his spouse Anthea. Then came a lady called Angie Chong. She is the sister of one Chong Yuet Ngor.


IN COMES A REAL STORY TELLER
Another teacher named Jennie Cheah was there. She was a real story teller. She bragged of her encounters with some international school students. They were of one kind - Koreans. According to Jennie, those Koreans children were curious but they were anything but soft and good mannered. To be exact they were a rowdy lot, rough and rugged on the spot. They were cheeky too. In public places they left behind a trail of throw aways to litter everywhere!


NO KIMCHI - NOTHING'S TASTY
 Korean Kimchi

On one occasion Jennie found that some Korean girls just refused to touch their meal. You know what she discovered? Curious, she asked, "Are you missing your kimchi?" The word "kimchi" struck them like lightning. Instantaneously they started babbling and cackling. Jennie heard "Kimchi" from their lips though what they were all talking about to Jennie it was all Greek.

Anyway, in her cranium Jennie got the click. She got the recipe for making "kimchi". She made a batch of that famous Korean side dish. It tasted nothing like the original stuff, yet the girls ravenously devoured the whole lot. Kimchi is to Koreans as "sambal belachan" is to Malaysians, you see.


HOW TO MAKE KIMCHI
Now, how to make kimchi? Kimchi is actually spicy pickled cabbage! To prepare kimchi first we salt the cabbage. Then chop the cabbage into bitable sizes. Next mix the cabbage with minced garlic, ginger, salt, red pepper, sugar and a little fish sauce. Leave the lot to rot for a few days. The resulting stuff is kimchi. It is the most important appetizer for Koreans, as essential as salted fish to the Hakkas and curry to Indians what more it is like chappati to Punjabis!


KOREANS DISCOVERIES
Jennie also narrated her discoveries about her Korean little ones. She brought them for a nature walk in Genting Permai. There they were shocked and surprised. They found millipedes of about a foot long and with body up to thumb size. They caught grasshoppers 2-3 inches long. They were even amazed to find our ants are giants to them. Why? They have never seen such critters of those enormous sizes!

They came from a small country and may be many things and creatures back home are of miniature sizes.


SOUTH KOREA IS A VERY PACKED COUNTRY?
 South Korea

If you look at the size of South Korea it has but half the size of penisular Malaysia. Yet South Korea has twice the population of Malaysia. I have heard that in the capital city Seoul, people are living on top of one another! Hahaha! Most people's dwellings are found in strata.

Oh my! Where am I? I was talking of our lunch that Mr. Miles. He treated us on his actual birthday. It was a very sumptuous meal indeed. After the meal, Mr. Miles and I drove up to see our old MES.

You know what we saw? Guess.


OH MY, WHAT A PITIFUL SIGHT!
Surprise, What a shock! The hill behind has its top shorn off! The area is totally exposed, stripped naked and bare all unabashedly to the open sky. Tons and tons of brown raw earth have been pushed into the stream. In fact the stream has been flattened. Whither goes the water now, we just wondered! Our mentor shook his head in disbelief. :How can they do this!" he exclaimed. A signboard announced that there would be erected three storey houses and some semi-ds. We waved a final farewell to the mutilated site of our beloved MES.



FOLKS, HERE'S HOW TO IDENTIFY A STROKE
 Identify Stroke

STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters.....

My friend sent this to me and encouraged me to post it and spread the word. I agree. If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks. Seriously... Please read on:


STROKE IDENTIFICATION:

During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food - while she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00pm, Ingrid passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition.

It only takes a minute to read this

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke... totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.



RECOGNIZING A STROKE

Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps, STR . Read and Learn

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.

T *Ask the person to TALK; to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e.... It is sunny out there today)

R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

{NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his/her tongue... if the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke}

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 999/112 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.







HE TREATS ME TO CHAPPATI

A week after we celebrated our master's 80th birthday, I visited our mentor. Normally, I would bring some tidbits but this time through the phone he pleaded, "no food please, just come in for a treat." So I arrived at his bungalow empty-handed indeed.

He served me a chappati the staple of the Punjabis. By the side was a fist-sized lump of some sort. So I inquired, "what's that to go with the bread?" "That's saag," he said.

"Oh, is it so!" replied I. "Try" he emphasized.

So I tore off a piece of chappati, wrapped it round a mesh of saag and munched a mouthful of the stuff. It tasted so good. Yes, no wonder our master once said chappati with saag is good food. Only that the portion of saag he served on that day was a little too much. I swallowed some plain saag at last. But it is real good stuff.

What he would treat me next: kimchi or chutney! I must wait and see!!



HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN APRIL


Birthday Cake - Green




No.
NAME
BIRTHDAY
1
LEE KIM THYE (MRS TONY)
APRIL 6
2
R. MAHALINGAM
APRIL 7
3
CHAN SIEW MUN
APRIL 8
4
CHIN AH SANG
APRIL 13
5
KHAM TIM
APRIL 15
6
LEONG AH SUI
APRIL 20
7
YAP YOKE CHIN
APRIL 20
8
LAI MEI YIN (MRS. TEH)
APRIL 21
9
YAP YOKE NGOH
APRIL 21
10
CHOI THIAM EWE
APRIL 25
11
ABDUL MALEK BIN AWANG
APRIL 26
12
BAHARI SHAFIE (HAJI)
APRIL 29




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