THE MESIAN MESSAGE - 67

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THE MESSAGE NO. 67 JUNE 2007
THE WONG KEM CHIN SERIES.
THE DR. CHAN CHENG HOONG EDITION



WHITHER GOES OUR M.E.S OF OLD

THE SAVIOUR OF THE OVERAGED

Why the surge? The ACS was private and the school took in students who were overage. Why children were overage? They missed school during the 4 war years - the Japanese Occupation. When the war ended, we found ourselves including yours truly too old to be enrolled in the government school - the Sulaiman School.

Then again the school took in students who were part-time too. Why students were part-time? They were from the Chinese schools. They wanted to learn English to gain an advantage. They studied in Chinese schools in the morning and then in ACS, in the afternoon. They are in fact full-time in both schools.



HOUSED IN BORROWED CLASSROOMS

The ACS classes just suited them well because these classes were held in the afternoon using borrowed classrooms in the Sulaiman School. We students were housed in a dilapidated bungalow standing on the ground where the traffic police headquarters is now.

Yours truly was around in the primary. I remembered people said I was in half standard not standard one! I wondered what it meant, then! The classes were bursting at the seams.



NO. 62 AH PENG STREET

The classes then spilled over to a shop house in Ah Peng Street. No. 62, the Hui Ning Association still stands there now - the only remains of our beloved school.

As the school population kept increasing, classes overflowed over to the new Chinese Methodist Church towards the end of Chui Yin Street.

Thus ACS, the infant MES was run at three different locations.



AN ATTAP ATTACHED ROOF

Then came expansion and consolidation. The Methodist Mission put up a building at the location which most of us knew our school stood, throughout its history. Finally we had a roof over our heads, but it was a primitive roof of woven attap leaves thatched. A zinc roof was too expensive and a tiled roof could never be thought of then. When heavy downpour pounded on the roof, it leaked. When gust of strong winds descended, bits and even chunks of the attap roofing just tore off. The half planks and half wire-netting walls were painted black with some sort of anti-termite shellac.


ACS BECOMES MES

The Anglo-Chinese School was renamed as the Methodist English School in 1953. And, in that year saw the coming of a new principal - a white man. With an American principal MES shot into the limelight. It was considered as an institution of high esteem and recognition.

Thenceforward, students came pouring in. Those who had left including yours truly returned faithfully to pursue their studies.

The new principal and his diligence to see the school's development sparked off an era of advancement that jacked the school into prominence.



A NEW AND BETTER BLOCK

By the end of 1953, in a period of just 12 months, a new block of 4 classrooms was built. That modern block was funded by locals that were sourced by our so resourceful new principal. By then MES had eight classrooms fully utilized in the morning and in the afternoon. So we had sixteen classes. From thence on, the school grew by leaps and bounds.


THE HEYDAY OF MES

That era starting from 1953, was the heyday of MES that spanned forward for a decade. That was the time when MES was a school to be reckoned with. It attracted students from other schools and other states too. Even royalties including the Sultan sent their children to study in MES! All these were possible because of the strict discipline enforced by the principal.


STUDENT INFLUX NO.1

Changes in the country's education policies also caused waves after waves of influx of students into the school. The Standard Six examination weeded out many students from the government schools. They flooded into the private schools. MES benefited from the exodus!


STUDENT INFLUX NO.2

Then there was the axe of the Lower Certificate of Education that barred many from proceeding to an upper secondary education. Again the excesses of the government education system converged into private schools.


STUDENT POPULATION GROW IN QUANTITY, QUALITY AND VARIETY

The Methodist English School student population grew in various directions: in numbers, quality and diversity from the poorest to the high and mighty of the country's royalties. Yet our mentor treated everybody equally.

The student population peaked from 1955-1958. Influx of dropouts from the government schools improved the sporting capabilities of the school in soccer, hockey and athletics. As was expected many of the newcomers have brains at their feet and such people performed many sporting feats. Though with limited facilities, MES shot into the limelight in many sporting activities. We excelled and gained fame in games. Imagine we did not even have a soccer pitch for our players to practice! Yet our soccer team struck terror in this game!!



ACTIVE IN MANY ACTIVITIES

Then also the students were more active in taking part in the many post independent activities like singing contests, beauty contests and all the activities in promoting the use of the National language. MES participants were so groomed and active that they carried away many winning trophies.


THE FLOCK HAS LOST ITS SHEPHERD

However, MES's popularity declined with the departure of Ted Miles. The Methodist Mission promised great things in Kuantan. Mr. Miles was lulled there with the promise of setting up a great Methodist institution of higher learning. With the movement of Ted Miles, even some students migrated with him to the new State capital.


CHANGE IN GOVERNMENT POLICY CAUSES FURTHER DECLINE

MES Bentong declined, students left and even the source of students was stopped. The government introduced free education and automatic promotion. The school in Bentong fell into disrepute and was finally abandoned. Even the two buildings became drug addicts and vagabonds haven.


THE PLACE IN NOW BULLDOZED

Most recently in 2007, mechanical monsters struck. Somebody had taken away even the land that MES used to stand. Bulldozers had rumbled in and raked bare the ground. Not even the skeleton of the school is left to indicate the place where many of us were nurtured and grew up.

The mutilated site of the former MES

Can someone write aN obituary to mark the going of a so memorable building and the demise of a great Institution of learning?



ANSWERS TO THE QUEST TO FIND HOW MALAYSIAN YOU ARE


1. Northern slang for 10 sen
2. Lake Gardens
3. Negeri Sembilan, meaning "What's there to say?"
4. Roti bom, roti pisang, roti planta, roti telur, roti sardin, roti tisu, roti bawang
5. Sago
6. Minyak gamat made from sea cucumber, for wounds
7. Budu
8. Northern dialect that means coming and going but ending up at the same spot
9. Pomelo
10. String hoppers
11. Bah
12. Air batu campur OR All Asia Broadcast Centre
13. Six yards
14. Just in time or just fit or just right
15. Batu Ferringhi
16. Kopi cham
17. The news
18. Keris
19. Congkak
20. Wira
21. "Other" or Lain-lain
22. Lat
23. A corruption of "go astern"
24. P.Ramlee's Getaran Jiwa
25. 1992
26. Jalur Gemilang
27. "Datuk"
28. Jaguh
29. There's none - lah
30. Baba


SCORES AND EVALUATION:

0-10 SCORES

Malau-lah you!
We suggest you spend at least one hour a day at your nearest coffee-shop.


11-20 SCORES

Boleh pass.
Okay, you may claim to be the average Malaysian with a score in this range but you could watch less CNN on Astro and more local content on RTM.


21-30 SCORES

Wah, you one true blue Malaysian-lah.
Top quality belacan. We are truly impressed, especially if you know the answer to No. 24 which we admit is very tricky!




FAMILY IS SPECIAL


Family is so special. This is very beautiful...please read!

FAMILY

I ran into a stranger as he passed by, "Oh excuse me please" was my reply.

He said, "Please excuse me too; I wasn't watching for you."

We were very polite, this stranger and I. We went on our way and we said goodbye.

But at home a different story is told, How we treat our loved ones, young and old.

Later that day, cooking the evening meal, My son stood beside me very still.

When I turned, I nearly knocked him down. "Move out of the way," I said with a frown.

He walked away, his little heart broken. I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken.

While I lay awake in bed, God's still small voice came to me and said,

"While dealing with a stranger,
common courtesy you use,
but the family you love, you seem to abuse.
Go and look on the kitchen floor,
You'll find some flowers there by the door.
Those are the flowers he brought for you.
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.
He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise,
you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes."

By this time, I felt very small, And now my tears began to fall.

I quietly went and knelt by his bed; "Wake up, little one, wake up," I said.

"Are these the flowers you picked for me?" He smiled, "I found 'em, out by the tree. I picked 'em because they're pretty like you. I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue."

I said, "Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted today; I shouldn't have yelled at you that way."

He said, "Oh, Mom, that's okay. I love you anyway."

I said, "Son, I love you too, and I do like the flowers, especially the blue."

FAMILY

Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. and come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than into our own family, an unwise investment indeed, don't you think?

So what is behind the story?

Do you know what the word FAMILY means?


F ather
A nd
M other
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L ove
Y ou



Practising penmanship on his 80th birthday?

Waiting for the dishes? Hope they don't bring them in literally! We dont want to go away hungry!!! But the food that came was aplenty.

(Front row - seated from left) Mrs. Wong Mun Seong, Wong Mun Seong, Mr. Ted Miles, Jimmy Chu Sin Sang, Wong Yeng Kee, Chan Suy Sang.

(Back row - standing from left) Mong Yong, Mrs. Mong Yong, Chin Khin Sang, Wong Thin Ching, Yap Kim Hee, Lee Yew Kwong, Tan Seng Chow.



I STUMBLE INTO A SCRABBLE DEN

One Sunday when I visited our mentor it turned out to be a "birds of the same feather flock togetherh sort of gathering. There came Anthea, David and Dara. Together with our mentor, there were four - I mean whites all. They have come to have a game of scrabble, their version of an addictive indoor game - something like mahjong to locals.

A ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY GUY

Anthea is the usual scrabble player together with our mentor. David a Briton is a retired restaurateur. The heavily built gentleman felt a little uneasy on hearing the continual barking of the dogs. Our mentor inquired why? Then David began his "once bitten twice shy" story.

HE DELIVERS NEWSPAPERS

When David was young he earned pocket money by working as a newspaper delivery boy. He went round a certain neighbourhood and delivered newspapers to subscribers early every morning.

HOUNDED BY A HOUND

One morning, he was on his rounds. He came to a house and entered its compound. After dropping the newspapers by the doorway, he turned round to go. A ferocious hound sprang out from nowhere and rushed after him. David dashed out, but he hit the fence. He made an unexplained escaping feat. He leapt over a tall fence. Luckily, the canine missed sinking its canines into David's most vulnerable part - his behind.

I RESIGN

David went back to his boss and requested that he would like to be let off his job. "Why?" the boss inquired. "I might not be so lucky next time around, from the fangs of that ferocious hound." That was how David's answer sounded.

NO YOU CAN'T GO

The boss was reluctant to let David go because the lad was an excellent delivery boy. He always delivered the papers to the doorstep of houses - never ballasting the papers in like missiles into people's house compounds.

So the boss went to speak to the lady of the house. She promised to leash her canine to make it safe for the delivery boy to come around.


HE WAS A RESTAURATEUR

David later ran an eatery in Penang. But just recently his partner passed away. David was not willing to stay. He closed it down and chose to travel around. He is now enjoying his twilight years as a senior citizen seeing the world go by.

SHE PROMOTES ENGLISH

Oh, the other scrabble enthusiast Dara is a young American lady, a government employee working at the local education office. She is a key personnel in the planning and implementation of programmes to improve the teaching of English especially to our rural pupils.

Dara has picked up a good working knowledge of Bolehland's language. She told of an incident when one of her kind proposed to a local girl. The guy said, "Boleh kita kawin?" And by reflex the lass said, "Boleh". For anything you ask "boleh" is answered with a reflexive loud and firm "Boleh".


IN BOLEHLAND - PROPOSE

Hey, isn't Bolehland the best place to propose to a girl? You are sure to get an affirmative answer. It's reflexive to say "boleh" you see! With that exchange of "boleh kita kawin" and "boleh" thus commences their romance. Or is it that then and there the romance ends? May I hear your comments? Boleh?



Birthday Cake Green

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN JUNE


No.
NAME
BIRTHDAY
1
LAU FEE CHU
JUNE 1
2
ZAINAL BIN LISUT
JUNE 1
3
MOHD NOOR MOHAMMED
JUNE 2
4
CHEONG AH MOI (MRS. HOH)
JUNE 3
5
TG. ABD. WAHAB B. TG. ABD. AZIZ
JUNE 3
6
CHEONG YET LAN
JUNE 6
7
LU AH NGAN (MRS. LAU)
JUNE 6
8
THAM CHEE LOONG
JUNE 6
9
MOHD ZABIL HJ ABD.KADIR
JUNE 9
10
HAJI ABDUL RAHIM
JUNE 10
11
TAN BENG CHIN
JUNE 12
12
LENG KAM YEE
JUNE 15
13
LOO TEE SEE
JUNE 15
14
MOHD NOOR TA'AYUN
JUNE 15
15
ONG SEK KEE
JUNE 15
16
SAM PAK LAM
JUNE 19
17
HARBANS SINGH
JUNE 22
18
CHRISTINE CHAN FOOK THYE
JUNE 25
19
SAR KIM LEN
JUNE 29
20
YAP MING FATT
JUNE 29
21
KUPPUSAMY
JUNE 30





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