My full name is Mahmud bin Md Hassan. I am now 70 years old. I was in Block 8 at Kirkby from 1955 - 1957. My sister, Mahayun
Hassan, was also with me at Kirkby. My wife, Maimunah bt
Salleh, was my junior (1956 - 1958).
The e-mail address that you should use to contact me is maimahmud@gmail.
After leaving Kirkby, Mahayun and I were sent to
In 1959 I returned to
1963 saw me and Maimunah in
I left Penang at the end of 1966 to join the Local Examinations Syndicate of the Ministry of Education in
In 1972 I left the Exam Syndicate to join the Malaysian Parliamentary Service as a Malay-English simultaneous interpreter in the Dewan Rakyat and the Dewan Negara. It was my job to translate whatever was uttered by members of the Dewans. If the honourable member was speaking in Malay, I had to put whatever he was saying into English and vice versa. This had to be done simultaneously. My God! It was quite a strain on the brain. However, this was a skill and being a skill it could be improved with practice and experience.
I still remember when I was in a spot of difficulty. In the visitors' gallery were several members of the British Parliament, all with head phones listening to what was being said. The honourable member was speaking in Malay and he cracked a joke. My God! A joke in one language is often not a joke in another language. But I had to do something to make sure the British Parliamentarians laughed. So I said,"Excuse me gentlemen, the honourable member just cracked a funny joke. So please laugh!" All heads turned to the gallery to see the foreigners laughing a split second later.
I retired from the Parliamentary Service in 1989 at the age of 52. A local bank, Public Bank, invited me to set up their own translation unit. I served Public Bank until I finally retired at the age of 59.
Maimunah attended a course for trained teachers and began teaching music as an itinerant music teacher. She retired much earlier in order to spend some time with our grandchildren.
We have two sons and five grandchildren. We now live in Kuang, a place about 18 miles from
If any of you happen to pass by our way, look out for Lorong Melati. If you see the crests, drop in and we can have some tea.