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THE MESSAGE NO.66 MAY 2007
- THE YIP FOOK KHIM SERIES -
THE SELVARAJ DANIEL - 2nd EDITION


THE AMBITIONS
OF SOME SENIOR CLASS STUDENTS
IN 1960


(Picked and edited by Chan Suy Sang in collaboration with Dzulkifli bin Mohd. Arrifin)

The Methodian 1960, the MES school annual magazine devoted four full pages describing the characteristics and idiosyncrasies, the whims and fancies, the dreams and fantasies of the Senior class cronies. Here I could but skim the cream of their dreams. These are the ambitions of some of those girls and guys as were stated therein.

Abdul Aziz
had the ambition to become an estate manager. Hey, Aziz! Your name is not on my mailing list. Where are you? Has your ambition been achieved?

Abdul Murad
stated that he wanted to travel round the world, then settle down in Kuala Trengganu. Done your globe-trotting? You are wanted on our mailing list. Could we pick you up in KT, please?

Asha'ary
wanted to take over the leadership of the PMIP now called PAS. Has your ambition come to pass? Never seen nor heard of again after leaving our school and bolting from our class!

Dzulkifli's
ambition was to marry a Chinese girl. Bravo, we have seen you really achieved your ambition after all. We have always seen her around walking on tiptoes! "I have achieved mine!" once said Zul with a big smile.

Kim Tiau
wanted to become an actor, he said. What films are you in? It seems you are gone with the wind. Now never heard of, never again seen!

Lee Seng Fook
had the ambition to become a professional footballer. Were you playing as right wing or left wing. Or were you left outside? You are still in the wild.

Mohamad
wanted to become a stenographer. Hey! Did that job last your days? Hasn't a steno become obsolete?

Mohd Fakhruddin's
ambition is to go to Mecca as a pilgrim. Come back as a Haji. You should have achieved this like what have been done by many. We are surprised to hear no news from you since 1960?

Mohd. Hashim
wanted to add a few inches to his height. Ambition achieved? Hai! How high are you now? We haven't had the chance to know. Where could we hunt your down?

Othman
had the ambition to become the first district officer of Maran. Did you become a DO? Why didn't you come for our do? Where's your whereabouts now, we don't know!

Pang Seng
How wanted to become a police inspector. Can we sir you now when you are found? Another loss but still unfound.

Rohaya's
ambition was to become a good mother. I think this was not an ambition so difficult to achieve. Tell us your achievement now! You are still out - I mean not in our mailing list.

Selamah's
ambition was to become a teacher. Not too lofty an ambition to achieve, I believe. You should be back to the fold. Does anyone of you know about her whereabouts?

You know what Sundralingam wanted to be those days? A police detective - a secret police. Your ambition, I hope you have achieved. You are sought after on our wanted list.

Tengku Abdul Jamil
wanted to become a Mr. Universe. You know those days were body building and muscle flexing heydays! Can we see your profile now? Why are you still hiding away?

Tengku Ahmad Fadzillah
wanted to increase his height and join the army. How go your ambitions? Hope you'd got higher and did climbed the rank and file ladder.

Tengku Nor Ikhsan
had the ambition to become a typist. I believe you could easily achieve this! Like our mentor's typing speed: 80 words per minute! Now type out this: Important notice: Wanted on our mailing list. How many seconds you have taken?

Yap Ming Fatt
wanted to become an inspector of fishery on the East Coast. He now lives on the East Coast alright. But has he checked the fishing boats and fishermen on that side? He has been netted in.


Many of the above are still in the wilderness. Don't you know we have a newsletter called the MESSAGE to rope you back to the fold? Mesians who know, spare not your lasso!



HEY, YOU CAN DRIVE STRAIGHT UP THESE DAYS


In the past every time I drove up to see our mentor, the bottom of my car creaked, clanged and groaned. The sides of the car scratched on weeds and brushes that had overgrown. Every time, the car would take a beating like this.

 Asphalt Road Under 

Construction

THE DRIVEWAY MENDED

But gone are the days of a broken earthen and rocky driveway that had scared many a visitor away. Our mentor has mended his driveway. Of course it was done by somebody and in fact many-bodies. A labour gang came and worked on the driveway for days. Some heavy machinery also joined the fray to mend the driveway.

 Asphalt Road Men At Work

WORK IN PROGRESS

First, the uneven rugged and even jagged earthen path was leveled. Then a sort of drain was dug along the hillside to let rushing rain water to run off without washing away the driveway.

Next, the workmen laid a layer of gravel to make the foundation stable. Finally the driveway was tarmac with materials meant for a proper motorway. Bravo, now you could drive up to the patriarch's bungalow in one go! No more bumps, nor bounces and so no more woes!!



IT'S A WAY OF GIVING BACK

The work burnt in our mentor's wallet quite a big hole. But he said he had saved enough from some red packets. He stressed that this is his way of giving back something for your convenience. I said, "Thanks."

Hey, you should reciprocate with a visit then! Try his new driveway!! This time it won't drive you away!!!


 Asphalt Road



HOW MALAYSIAN R U?

Malaysian Flag

Answer the following questions to test how you fare as a true Malaysian.

NO CHEATING PLEASE !!!


1. How much is satu kupang?

2. Where's the favourite spot to take wedding pictures in Taiping?

3. In what dialect is Apo Nak Di Kato?

4. Name at least five variations of roti canai.

5. What is the staple food of native Sarawakians.

6. Name a popular Malay ointment made from "sea-cucumber"

7. Name the sauce made from fish or shrimp that the Kelantanese love.

8. What does pi mai pi mai tang tu mean?

9. Which fruit is Ipoh famous for?

10. What is the English name for putu mayam?

11. "Lah" is to Peninsular Malaysians as "..." is to Sabahans.

12. What does ABC stand for?

13. How long is a sari?

14. What does the Cantonese phrase " ngam ngam " means ?

15. Name Penang's famous beach.

16. How do you order coffee mixed with tea at a kopi-tiam?.

17. What's on Malaysian TV at 8pm?

18. On one side of our RM1 coin is the bunga raya, what's on the other?.

19. Now what's on our 10 sen coin?

20. What was the name of the KL Commonwealth Games 1998 mascot? the name?

21. When you fill in a form, if you're not Malay, Chinese or Indian,you are...?

22. Who is Malaysia's favourite Kampung Boy?

23. How did the word "gostan" come about?

24. Lobo's Whispers in the Wind is the English version of which famous Malay song?

25. When did Malaysia last win the Thomas Cup?

26. What is the name of our national flag?

27. If you want 4D numbers, who do you consult?

28. What's the name of the Malaysian-made 175cc motorbike?

29. Name our national bird.

30. If the father is a baba, and the mother is a nyonya, then what is the son?

HEY!: check your score in the next issue to see how fare you?




HE DARES ME TO ENTER THE BATHROOM

Brown Door

One day I was in our mentorís kitchen. "You want to write a story?" asked he. Then he dared me to enter the bathroom downstairs. I was scared. I sensed there was something fishy in there. So I hesitated. Then he said, "Nothing alive." I knew it must be some slithery critter in there.

 Door Enter

So I carefully approached the doorway. I peeked inside. I could not see anything. No, there was no creature dead or alive. Then he pointed at the shower head. There hanging from the shower head was a sort of net-like long thing. It was a snake's skin!

"A few days ago," he said, "I saw a six-footer coiled up in the bathtub. Wow! It was a beautiful snake brown in colour, with a diamond-shaped head."


HOW TO RECOGNIZE A VENOMOUS REPTILE?

Do you remember how he told us to recognize a venomous snake? "Well, it has a diamond-shaped head!" he had said.

HE CATCHES NO SNAKE NOW

So the critter in the bathtub was deadly. However, our mentor did not do the necessary: Grab it and keep it in formaldehyde to preserve it. I asked why? He said, "it's better to let a hibernating reptile lies." Mr. Miles no more captures such critters to keep them in jars and bottles! Oh, where are his specimens that he displayed for everybody to see? I wonder.

IT LEFT ITS SKIN BEHIND

After a few days, the reptile was gone. But it has left its skin behind. I wondered if it is still hidden inside some nooks or corners of the house! So beware when you visit and try to look around.





SOME AUSSIES COME FOR A LOOK SEE

One Saturday when I called on our master, he had visitors. They were an Aussie couple, John Blanchard and his amicable spouse Eunice. They had just had their eyefuls in his upstairs which is museum-like. I was sure they were mystified and surprised to see so many weird artifacts on display.

HE TOOK HIS OWN AWAY

One item of artifact on display they took away. It was a copper tooling piece showing a horse on the leap. It was John Blanchard's childhood art piece. How come it is his?

BACK IN THE 1970S

During our conversation, Mr. Miles told me that he had known John from young. In the 1970's when our mentor was at Taylor's College, John was a student there. Not doing full-time studies but only taking some lessons because he was too young! Courses at Taylor's College were for pre-U studies. And, John had not reached that level yet, as he was then a very young lad!

REMEMBER CHAMPION MOTORS?

John's parents were executives at the then Champion Motors dealing with that famous bug-like car called Volkswagen. I remember Yap Kim Hee was in Champion Motors in the late 1950s as a mechanic trainee. Could the elder John Blanchard had been your superior and boss, Kim Hee?

HE COMES TO SEE HIS HEADMASTER

Anyway, John Blanchard junior rented a car and drove up from Kuala Lumpur to Bentong after his arrival. He especially made the trip to particularly see his "headmaster" meaning Ted Miles. Of course our mentor was so happy to see him. From knowing him as a child, he realized that John is now an established auto parts dealer. The couple has produced four male issues! Congratulations to you!!

And just weeks before they called, the senior John Blanchard with his wife had also visited Ted Miles. I am sure they had bragged about the good and bad old days, hey!





BEWARE! & BE AWARE

Car Tolling

It was a hot and sultry afternoon. As I drove on and along, a brilliance of reflected light from the windscreen caught and almost blinded my eyes. What! Broken again!! I had just changed a new windscreen, but now cracked again!!! I could not believe my eyes. Broken almost overnight! I could not help but began to suspect. Had the mechanic buried a trick to make the new windscreen break? But how does he do it, I could but only speculate. So I lost another half a thousand ringgit!


BEWARE WHEN SENDING YOUR CAR FOR REPAIRS

Speaking of car repairs, a friend once warned me to be aware and always beware! The parts you want repairs done, but the guys at the workshop might suggest other things to be done saying how serious the impending problems would be. Of course his talk would make you agree. Then he suggests you replace the parts. He charges the work and made you pay for the parts which are more expensive than what you would pay if you get them from the dealers of spare parts. Thus, the charges would give him a double return: workmanship and a cut from the parts.


JUGGLING WITH FIGURES

Once I wanted to change a gadget in the engine. I asked for an estimate. The mechanic said, "two hundred plus ringgit." That could mean anywhere between RM210 to RM290. But he would probably strike a middle figure, roughly RM250.


SHAME HIM NOT FOR YOUR DISCOVERY

Days later, I went to the spare parts shop and bought the gadget for RM120. Got back to the workshop and asked the mechanic to fix it. He charged me RM30 for the simple task of turning but a few screws. Of course, he asked how much I paid for the part. I was smart. I said RM200 plus, just to make him happy and not to shame him with my discovery! There I saved some money!! And that spare part is one and the only one available meaning it must be genuine - for no imitation was found.


THE GENUINE AND THE FAKES

While talking to Lee Yew Kwong one day, he had this to say. "There are many parts that are available for all makes of cars. Some are made by the original car manufacturer others are made by countries who are our neighbours with cheap labour. They sell their products at much lower prices. These are the imitators! Faked versions are cheaper, but their qualities are lower and life-spans are shorter!" warned Yew Kwong.

Anyway, coming to taking your car for repairs always be aware and beware!




HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN MAY


Birthday Cake - Green




No.
NAME
BIRTHDAY
1
MOHD. ZAINON B. IBRAHIM
MAY 3
2
R.S LINGAM
MAY 10
3
JOHN CHINNIAH
MAY 12
4
MAUD FOENANDER
MAY 13
5
ABDUL KHALIL
MAY 13
6
MOHAMAD ROSELY ZAKARIA
MAY 14
7
FRANKIE HOH OI CHYE
MAY 16
8
FOO YOOK YOON
MAY 17
9
RAYMOND ARASU
MAY 25
10
PLANISAMY PERUMAL
MAY 26
11
LIEW FOOK CHOY
MAY 30



SELVARAJ DANIEL HAS COME TO THE RESCUE AGAIN TO SPONSOR ANOTHER EDITION AFTER ONLY A MONTH SINCE SPONSORING AN EDITION. THANKS SELVARAJ!.




SPONSORS, COME IN THE MESSAGE IS ON ITS BRINK, LIKELY GOING TO EXTINCT.



 Book and Quill

Written and edited by Chan Suy Sang
http://www.mesian-message.com




CONDOLENCE

We wish to register our heart-felt Condolences and Sympathies to the family of the late Santa Singh who passed away on the 11th of April, 2007 at the age of 77 years old.

PEACE be with you, great soul.



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