THE MESSAGE NO.66 MAY 2007
- THE YIP FOOK KHIM SERIES -
THE SELVARAJ DANIEL - 2nd EDITION
OF SOME SENIOR CLASS STUDENTS
(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.
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?
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?
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!
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.
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.
wanted to become a stenographer. Hey! Did that job last your days? Hasn't
a steno become obsolete?
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?
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
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
How wanted to become a police inspector. Can we sir you now when you
are found? Another loss but still unfound.
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.
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
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.
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
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!!!
HOW MALAYSIAN R U?
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
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.
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
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
BEWARE! & BE AWARE
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
||MOHD. ZAINON B. IBRAHIM
||MOHAMAD ROSELY ZAKARIA
||FRANKIE HOH OI CHYE
||FOO YOOK YOON
||LIEW FOOK CHOY
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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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