Dear friends,

I hardly received any feedback except from Zainal Arshad and  Janet regarding the proposal made by Encik Ismail Abu Bakar. However the subject is still open. I sometime wonder about the ‘Dewan Kirkby’ at the Tuanku Bainun Teachers’ College, Bukit Mertajam. Someone should take the responsibility to see to its decoration which should depict Kirkby atmosphere by at least putting up some photographs especially group photographs of each batch. I am sure some of us may still have our group photos and with the latest photographic technology many photo shops can touch up this old photograph. I have a copy of batch 1953-55 but unfortunately it is slightly torn in the middle. I hope En Ismail Bakar can help us to look into this, as he lives  very near the College

 

Zainal Abidin Manaf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


From: Zainal Arshad janza@streamyx.com

 

Dear Zainal,

Today I received the 24th Newsletter.  Thanks very much.  I read with interest comments by my good friend  Ismail Abu Bakar ( a fellow Penangite and my junior in Kirkby).  I wish I had his e-mail address or contact number.  Very noble of Ismail to suggest establishing a Maktab Perguruan Kirkbybut in Perak.  Unfortunately it won't work.  Only Kirkbyites "care" about Kirkby.  Not every Ahmad, Ah Chong or Muniandy know about Kirkby.  Among the "ultras"  they would say we are trying to perpetuate "nama penjajah".  I believe after the reunion of 2001 our Tan Sri Yahaya tried to ask for the creation of a Kirkby Chair at Universiti Pendidikan Tanjung Malim. But it was shot down. The reason being it is an unMalaysian name. So there you are. 

Another point.  The youngest Kirkbyite would be those who went in 1959 (last batch).  Assuming the average age was 18 (in 1960), they would be about 64 years old now.  All have retired from government service. Perhaps there are a few still working in the private sector.  By 2020 the number still living and physically and mentally healthy would be very small (average age 80).  I feel that in our twilight years we should take things easy, relax, have the occasional reunion AND the Newsletter from your goodself.  We should give thanks to the Almighty that we are still able to read and write.  What I think we should and CAN do is to assist you to make this Newsletter into a website. It’s commendable that Low Sau San in Melbourne who with the support of her husband Prof. Sing Lee have done something to keep the spirit of Kirkby alive but we need a properly co-ordinated website like those done by a number of school alumni.  For that we need some financial support to have it designed and maintained and updated regularly.  For what it's worth that's my opinion.  I thank you for your efforts in keeping the Newsletter "alive". 

Kind regards.

 Zainal Arshad

 

From: Janet

 

Dear Zainal,

Thank you for both, the hard and soft copies of the latest Kirkby newsletter.

I would like to share with you my opinion regarding Ismail Abu Bakar's proposal to set up a Kirkby College in Perak. I doubt we will be able to raise that colossal sum to build the college. I also agree with you that we are already in our 60s and 70s and so we may not be around to appreciate the setting up of such a college. I personally feel that it's better for us to set up a Scholarship Fund to assist poor students in Malaysia and thus rekindle the Kirkby spirit. This was one of the proposals put up at our Golden Jubilee Reunion in 2001 but somehow there was no feedback on the voting.

That's my two cents' worth.

Regards,

Janet

From: Ismail Abu Bakar

 

Dear Zainal,

I just received your newsletter and it was interesting to notice that there was a response to my “dream” of setting up a college and name it after our alma mater “KIRKBY” . Let us hope more Kirkbyites will give their opinions on my suggestion. Reunions of Kirkbyites alone won’t last. We want Kirkby to be remembered as a landmark in the Malaysia Educational agenda because it had done so much to bring about changes in the mind-set of Malaysians. Our “lot” is respected wherever we are. Definitely that’s a feather in our cap. Let us hope our colleagues who had migrated overseas will respond positively to my idea. History is to be cherished so that posterity will look back in awe and admiration to the vision of Dato’ Thuraisingam in education.

Dreams can come true and can be translated into reality if we are ambitious enough to pursue them diligently and persistently. To build a teachers’ college ( later upgrading it to a university ) is not impossible ( just like SITC Tajung Malim )

The few of us who are alive may not be capable of handling a bog project like that all on our own. I am sure there are many well wishers here and in England, especially in Lancashire, who are eager to see the setting up of such institution of higher learning.

First, Zainal, set up a committee to do a feasibility study. This committee should arrange a meeting with the Raja Permaisuri of Perak, YMM Tuanku Bainun, to discuss the matter seriously.

As I stated before in my letter obtaining a 20 acre piece of land in Perak is not a problem It’sthe financing of the project which needs fine-tuning.We may go on a ringgit per ringgit fund-raising i.e. for every ringgit contributed by the layman the government will give RM1.00 . That’s one idea the committee can look into.

Keep the idea of setting up Kirkby College alive in your future newsletters in order to get some feedback from our Kirkbyites.

You might remember the renowned Welsh mountain climber. Just before he climbed Mount Everest he was asked by the journalist why he wanted to climb such a dangerous mountain. His reply was sweet and and simple, “Because it’s there” There are many more exemplary deeds and exploits which we can quote to give us confidence in trying to achieve our goal.

So much for the Maktab Perguruan Kirkby Perak.

I would like you to commence on obituary column in your newsletter to inform fellow Kirkbyites of the death of our brothers and sisters.

The Kirkbyites from my batch ( 5th batch ) are as follows:

1.       Poon Mun Oon

2.       Chong Weng Kai

3.       Wong Fong Tong

4.       Low Guat Choo

5.       Rajoo Suppiah

6.       Ghaffar Hashim

7.       Ong Boh Sioh

8.       Choy Suan Ee

 

I believe the above people live in Ipoh. May be you like to get in touch with them and forward to them your newsletter.

Before I end this letter I enclose a  poem for your newsletter.

 

POINT OF DECISION

There comes a time

In a man’s life

When he has to decide

One way or another

To take one step

Or two

Bur he hesitates and vacillates

He reaches that point of indecision

To be or not to be

He asks or beseeches

He stands tall and short

Tall because he aspires to be

Short because he is a coward

Maturity has little to do with it

Experiences of the world come to naught

He searches and searches

Should he run for his life

He asks for time

For how long or short

He doesn’t know

Therefore he wonders and wonders

His salvation is in himself.

 

From: Haji Mahmud Hassan (1955-1957)

e-mail: mahmudhassan <mahmud37@streamyx.com>

   

Dear Tuan Haji,

I received your email address from Mr Cheong Koon Hoe, who was my senior in Kirkby. I would like to subscribe to your Newsletter. I would also like some back copies if you have any left. Kindly let me know the cost.

I was in Kirkby from 1955 to 1958. I was one of those sent to Brunei after Kirkby. Haji Zainal Arshad was my senior in Brunei. So were the late Raja Ahmad, Hashim Thani, Ismail Salleh and Mustapha H M Tahir. My wife Maimunah Salleh was my junior in Kirkby.

After Brunei, Maimunah & I were posted to Penang. There I met Zainal Arshad again. After Penang, I was posted to the Examination Syndicate in KL. There I met Mohd Perdaus who was my senior in Kirkby. Later Mr Cheong joined us in the Syndicate.

            While in the Syndicate, I was sent to Cambridge to study the conduct of Oral examinations in the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate. At that time too there was an officer, Abdul Rahman Ahmad, who was attached to the University of Birmingham to study the conduct of examinations for the blind. Abdul Rahman was my junior in Kirkby.

            After 6 years in the Syndicate, I applied for a job in Parliament as a simultaneous interpreter. I was in Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara from 1972 to 1989. I opted for early retirement at the age of 52 and was invited by Public Bank KL to start their own translation unit. I served Public Bank for 7 years after which I finally called it a day.

            My wife and I bought a piece of land in Kuang, Selangor and built our retirement home. We call it “LUBUK HATI”  (the seat of love) which actually is the literal translation of LIVERPOOL.

            On our front gate we have the words Lubuk Hati flanked on both sides by the Kirkby Crest. One day someone stopped me in a supermarket in Sungai Buloh. He said to me, "OXFORD?" and I said, "No, KIRKBY." He was a retired Lt Colonel in the Malay Regiment. Apparently he was in UK and had seen the crest before.

            My contact phone numbers are: Home 03-60382328, Mobile 012-663-7558. If you are on your way to KL by car, take a break in Kuang. We'll only be too happy to offer you coffee or a cold drink or a meal.

            Some of my contemporaries at Kirkby were Ghaffar, Effendi, Guat Choo, Mohd Thalha, Wong Fong Tong, K K Pany, Soo Fook How, the late Zaiton Hamid Don, the late Ali Nordin,

 

I hope to hear from you soon Tuan Haji.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mahmud Hassan.

 

After sending him a few newsletters I received the following reply.

 

Assalamualaikum Tuan Haji,

I am looking forward to reading the Newsletters. I hope they arrive today.

Your experience in kampong life is most interesting, but you must listen to what my first  experience was.

After returning from Kirkby, I had only about 2 weeks at home in Alor Star before proceeding  to Brunei. The CEO of Brunei was a Mat Salleh, a Mr Padmore. He told me I had been posted  to a school in Tutong, a place some 28 miles from Brunei Town. This was in 1958.

To get to Tutong, I had to travel by bus. There was only one bus per day and this bus passed  by Tutong before proceeding to Seria and Kuala Belait. The bus was just like our old police trucks with passengers sitting in two rows the whole length of the bus and facing each other. In the centre were placed bakuls, boxes, live chickens, coconuts, etc etc. After about ten miles out of Brunei Town, the tarred road ended and laterite road began. My God, it was dusty all the way. When it rained the road was soft and frquently the bus got stuck in the mud. Passengers had to get down and push the bus out of the mess.

When we got to Tutong, I made enquiries at the balai polis and was told my school, the Sekolah Muda Hashim, Tutong was on a hill behind the police station. Some school children came to help me carry my belongings up to the school. The headmaster was very happy to meet his English teacher. He took me to a house which turned out to be the quarters allocated to me during my stay.

The house was next to a graveyard and no teacher wanted to stay in it. Well, what choice did I have? Mau tak mau I had to accept the house. To make me feel secure in the house the headmaster lent me his shotgun and several bullets. My God, I was more afraid of the gun than of any ghosts from the kubur.

For meals, the headmaster asked me to buy 2 tiffin carriers. Hostel boys would come to collect the carriers morning and evening to provide me with whatever food they were having.

I was the only Malayan there. The locals were Tutong Malays who spoke their own language. There was a Chinese shokeeper in the small town. His wife offered to do my laundry for me.

Apart from  teaching English, I was also required to start adult education calsses in English. At first I looked forward to the weekends to go to Brunei Town and be with other Kirkby teachers. So immediately after school closed on Thursday, I was down at the police station looking for any transport available to Brunei Town.  The policemen were very friendly people and they would stop  timber lorries and asked the drivers to take me to Brunei Town for free. The kelindan of the lorry had to perch on the timbers way up in the back having given his seat to me. Imagine the laughter I got from the Kirkby teachers in Brunei Town the moment the timber lorry dropped me in front of their flats.

Such was life in Tutong with no one to talk to in our lingo. Fortunately I was there only for a year. 1959 saw me at the Sir Omar Ali Saifuddin College in Brunei Town teaching woodwork, my optional subject in Kirkby.

 

Wassalam.

Mahmud

 

Surprisingly I received an e-mail from Zainal Arshad about his visit to Mahmud’s house:

 

Dear Zainal,

I visited Mahmud and his wife in Kuang a few weeks ago.  I have written an article re the visit.  I have also attached a photograph.  I hope you can include this in the next Newsletter.  Thanks and kind regards.

 

A Visit to”Lubuk Hati”

Not many Kirkbyites would know what “Lubuk Hati” means.  Literally translated it means liver pool (Liverpool).  A couple, both Kirkbyites, came up with this ingenious idea of calling their “retreat” Lubuk Hati.  My wife and I together with another Kirkbyite Cheong Koon Hoe visited Mahmud Hassan and his wife Maimunah Salleh on 15th March.  Their two-acre home is in Kuang, a small village about 20 km from KL.  Let me just go back a bit and explain our connection.  Mahmud was our junior in college (1955-57).  His wife Maimunah was his junior (1956-58).  After Kirkby I was posted to Brunei.  Mahmud  and his wife were also posted to Brunei when they completed their two years at Kirkby.  Subsequently I returned to Malaysia and was posted to Penang. Mahmud too was posted to Penang after Brunei (although he is from Kedah). We were teaching in the same secondary school.   Cheong Koon Hoe was posted to Malacca.  In 1964 I was appointed Headmaster of a secondary school (first named SMK Jalan Residency and then the school moved to its new premises at Jalan Caunter Hall and was named SMK Abdullah Munshi).  I specially requested from the CEO that I be given the privilege of choosing my own Senior Assistant.  He agreed and I chose Mahmud.   We worked together very well for almost three years. 

Mahmud left, first to join the Examinations Syndicate, then the Parliamnet and I believe his last appointment was with Public Bank. I left teaching and joined RTM (TV Malaysia). We kept in touch and used to meet from time to time.  One day Mahmud told me that another Kirkbyite had also joined the Exam. Syndicate.  It was none other than our Malacca Baba Cheong Koon Hoe. Through Mahmud  I met Cheong again(we had not seen each other since Kirkby) and he invited me to join a group of over 35s to play badminton at the Assunta School hall in PJ.  He was the Captain of the team.  We have kept in touch since then except for the period when I was posted to London after joining Tourism Malaysia. Even then I used to meet them whenever I came back for a meeting. Cheong went back to Kirkby in 1962 for the teacher-trainers’ course and on his return was posted first to Kampar and then to Chemor as headmaster.  After his stint with the Examination Syndicate he was posted to the Pensions Department of PSD.    Mahmud who was then living in the Damansara area moved to Kuang.  Both Cheong and I lost touch with Mahmud momentarily.  We met up again at the Kirkby reunion of 2001.  We then kept in touch by phone and e-mail.   

Mahmud had invited us to visit him and Maimunah at their retreat (which eventually became their permanent abode) at Kuang.  We had planned to visit him in January 2006 but unfortunately it didn’t materialize until March.  We eventually found a date when everyone was free of health complaints.  That was the 15th of March. 

Armed with very detailed instructions from Mahmud as to the directions to get to Lubuk Hati (sent via e-mail) my wife and I together with Cheong Koon Hoe drove in search of Liverpool in Kuang, Malaysia.  Cheong's wife Gaik Kim, unfortunately, was nursing a bad cough and couldn't join us. Boy, weren’t we surprised.  Just at the entrance was a sign Lubuk Hati.  At the main gate there were two Kirkby crests bordering the name Lubuk Hati.  His home is spread over two acres of land dotted with many types of fruit trees…mangosteen, durian, mango, avocado, guava, and a few others.  Towards the far end is a large pond where he rears “Ikan Haruan”..a fish noted for its medicinal properties.  According to the two Indonesian workers he employed, about a thousand fry had been released into the pond several months earlier.  In six months they would be about 1 kg in weight.  The fish are for sale and many customers make appointments to come and buy them.

What a lucrative hobby for Mahmud. He has a sprawling 5 bedroom house and an annex for special guests. Although Mahmud and Maimunah have some minor health problems (who hasn’t at our age!) you can see that  he and Maimunah are enjoying their retirement in full contentment.  They have five grandchildren whom they adore.  When we visited it was during the school holidays.  We got to meet four of his lovely grandchildren (3 boys and a girl).  The eldest went for tuition.

Mahmud and Mainunah prepared “mee rebus” and “mee goreng” for us.  We enjoyed ourselves.  He invited us to come again.  We promised to visit him during the fruit season.  We hope to enjoy some of the fruit from his orchard provided the gang of monkeys don’t get to them first.  The next time I visit “Lubuk Hati”  I shall take a series of pictures and post them in an album so that Kirkbyites (especially those from Mahmud’s and Maimunah’s year can view them).  For the newsletter I hope one photograph showing the three “generations” of Kirkbyites can be included.

Thank you Mahmud and Maimunah for your warm hospitality.

 

 

Zainal Arshad (1955-56)

The three "generations" of Kirkbyites from left:  Cheong Koon Hoe &

Zainal Arshad (1954), Mahmud (1955), Maimunah (1956)

 

Photographs of En Mahmud & Maimunah during their Kirkby days and the gate of their home:

 

 

Mahmud

1955-1957

Their Main Gate

notice the Kirkby Crests on both sides ‘Lubuk Hati’

Maimunah

1956-1958

 

 

 

From: P Ramakrishnan - rama1938@yahoo.com

 

FAREWELL TARA

 

Dear Kirkbyites,

It is with deep sorrow that I’m writing this letter to inform you all that Tara Singh (1959-1960) had passed away. Shan from PD rang me up this morning (Thursday, 13 April 2006) to draw my attention to the Obituary in The Star. Later I found out that the same Obituary appeared in the NST as well.

            Tara was from my Block 8. For some reason Block 8 had the majority of Singhs. There were from among my Seniors Daljit Singh, Gurucharan Singh, Harcharand Singh and Surjit Singh and from my batch Ajeet Singh, Balwant Singh, Manjit Singh and Tara Singh.

            Tara was a quiet kind of a person: thin, dark with a sparse beard and donning a turban that I seem to recall as maroon. He was quite friendly.

            In 1960, together with some of our Juniors they toured Europe in a rented car. Guch was also in that car, if I can remember. Unfortunately they were involved in an accident in Austria in which Navasawthy passed away. Navasawthy was buried in Innsbruick. When this accident took place, I was leading a group on a tour of Europe. We visited Navasawthy’s grave to pay our last respects. I remember saying a few words at the grave and I still recall those words: “Here lies part of Malaysia in a foreign land…” It was a very moving and emotional moment for me and for the rest of us that day. 

Tara suffered a broken jaw and was wired up for many weeks. He was terribly shaken by this experience and remained very quiet for some time.

            I never met him after college, though I had tried my best to contact him. Some years ago I learnt that he was the Secretary of the Sikh temple in Malacca. I managed to get the address of the temple and wrote to Tara. This was sometime in 2001, soon after the grand reunion in KL. But there was no reply. I don’t know if he received that letter.

            Last year he visited Cheng Swee and Lean Aing and complained that he had been left out in our gatherings. I got his handphone number from Lean Aing and unsuccessfully called him several times. I sent him a sms but he did not respond. I called his home and was told by his wife that he had gone to Malacca to play golf. I left a message with his wife – again there was no response.

            The Obituary did not say when he passed away. It merely stated that he passed away suddenly and that his funeral was 0n the morning of 13 April 2006. We can presume that he must have passed away the previous day.

            He leaves behind his wife, two sons and a daughter. May his soul rest in peace.

 For those who may want to contact the family, the address is: 5 Jalan Putra Bistari 2/1R, Putra Heights, 47650 Subang, Selangor

            Take care and keep well.

 With very warm regards,

 Rama

 

I  received a letter from Madam Chee Siew Lian (1956-1958) and I would like to share this letter with you.

 

Chee Siew Lian (1956-1958)

55V Jalan Telok Wanjah,

05200 Alor Setar, Kedah.

 

Dear Hj Zainal,

I was introduced to your wonderful, interesting and nostalgic ‘Newsletters’ by Ong Siok Hong. She took the trouble to reproduce a few copies for me. After reading them I passed them on to Yeow Siew May. She then wrote to you to send the publication right to her. Now I would like to so the same if it is all right with you.

            I thank you for your noble effort in producing such a newsletter to remind us, the Kirkbyites the happy and wonderful stay in Kampong Kirkby.

            With best wishes and kind regards to you and family.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Siew Lian

( 8 Mac, 2006 )

 

I then posted to her a few copies of our Newsletters and here is the reply:

 

Dear Haji Zainal,

Many heartfelt thanks for replying my request so promptly. You are really very kind.

                                                                                                                                         ( Siew Lian in Kirkby)

 

I am a widow. My husband was a teacher and then headmaster. He passed away in 1993 because of leukemia. We had four beautiful children – two boys and two girls. Unfortunately my two loving daughters succumbed to breast cancer. One died in 2002 and the other in 2003.My whole world collapsed. They were only in their thirties. I am still grieving over the great loss. Malang tidak berbau. In early 2004, I had to have a colon operation.

            In Kirkby I took up P.E. Option. I was very active in athletics, net ball and badminton. You can see my long jump photo in the “Golden Panduan” . I enjoyed playing netball and badminton with other colleges and clubs. I remember it was always a Saturday when we played such games. We always had lunch with our hosts after the game. The two and a quarter years in Kirkby was a very happy period of my life. I learnt how to play tennis in there. When I came home, got married and had children, I started playing tennis in Kedah Club. As a result I collected a few titles including singles. (Kedah closed only). Because of my tennis I was given a PJK. As I grew older I switched to golf. This year I have started golf again.

            My phone numbers are 012-2258036 and 03-60924029.

 

Yours sincerely,

Siew Lian  

 

Dear Siew Lian,

Received your letter dated 20th March. My wife and I do not know what to say….. Having children ourselves we can imagine how much sufferings you get for losing your loved ones especially when they are still in their prime years. We have to live in this world and have to carry on with our lives. I am sure that is what your late husband and daughters would like you to do.

 

I received a letter from Mr & Mrs Santa Singh dated 28th December 2005. I would like to share with you  extracts of the letter:

 

Dear Zainal,

We were delighted to receive your card and greetings. In a way 2005 has been a year of landmarks for us. Santa retired 20 years ago; Kieron joined the Air Force the same year, and this house has been our home since 1985.

We feel coming to Buntong was a very wise move: we have advantages of living in a small town and almost in the country. At the same time only an hour by car from KL and all its modern shopping malls. Some of you will be relieved that Buntong still has only one fast food outlet – Kentucky Fried Chicken.

It has been a year of new and unpleasant experience – not what any of us would like to see repeated. Yes we can joke that Jasbir thought she was having a giddy spell when she felt a tremor at the school of the earth quake off Acheh. But the horror of tsunami was more than frightening or sobering. Even Malaysia, partly protected by various islands, had a death toll of 68. And the earth quake pushed the north of Malaysian peninsula 18cm west.

Three months later when another earthquake hit S.W. Sumatra and Nias Island, even a few Buntong residents saw some strange happenings. So we are all aware what Mother Nature can deliver. We do hope that none of yours were affected by the terrible disasters of 2005.

Santa had to give up playing golf this year. And increasingly, the steroids that he depends on are producing side effects. However he still able to drive long distances but just has to wait for the opportune moment. And, of course, nothing can stop him playing Scrabble.

Thank you very much for keeping in touch. Hopefully some of you will visit us in 2006. You know you are most welcome. We are delighted to receive your cards and Newsletters. Please remember us to all at home.

 

Much love,

Mr & Mrs Santa Singh   

 

As you all are aware that Mr Maurice Chye Shuck San passed away on 1st March 2006. I managed to contact his daughter, Rita Chye, to convey our condolences to the  wife and family. At the same time I posted the photograph ( on the right) of the late Maurice Chye,( the one holding the camera), when we were touring the continent during the Kirkby days. Of course her daughter straight away recognized her Dad, and this what she said:

 

From: rita.chye@gm.com

To: zainal abidin <haji02@pd.jaring.my>

 

Hello Zainal

Thank you for the photo.  Yes, I can recognize him.

We are going through all Mum and Dad's Kirkby photos and I thought it would be nice to have these on the website.  I will try to scan some of these to Sau San and yourself sometime this week.  It is a lot of work but it will be worth the effort!

We learn something new about Dad everyday and it warms our heart to know that he was well loved by many.  He was a father of few words so other than what we grew up with, we learn about him from others.  I hope I get to meet you some day soon.

In the meantime, please take care & thank you for your offer of help.  I shall bear that in mind and send your best to the rest of my family.

 

With warmest regards!

 

RitaChye

 

 

MAULIDUR RASUL 2006/1427H

Twelve people, including three non-Muslims, were honoured for their contribution to society at this year’s national-level Maulidur Rasul celebration held at Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur on 11 April 2006. His Majesty Yang DiPertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin in his speech for the occasion said the spirit of commemorating the prophet’s birthday had been internalized in the lives of Muslims in the country.

            The national-level Maulidur Rasul award recipients, also known as Tokoh-Tokoh Ma’al Hijrah, are made up of those who have made significant contribution in areas such as dakwah Islamiah, education, administration, economy etc. Created in 1987/1408H, the award for that year was conferred on Tuan Syeikh Muhammad Idris bin Abdul Rauf, a prominent Islamic scholar.

            The twelve recipients of the award this year include Tuan Haji Baharuddin bin Marji. His contribution is not only in the field of education, especially in the area of teacher education, but also in being on the Committee responsible for organizing the national as well as the international-level Musabaqah Tilawah Al-Quran. Tuan Haji Baharuddin has the distinction of having served on the Committee since the inception of the Musabaqah during the time when Tengku Abdul Rahman was Prime Minister.

            Tuan Haji Baharuddin was in the first batch at Kirkby, and returned thereto in December 1955 to serve as a lecturer cum Head of The Malay Department of the College for five years from 1956-1960. He certainly would be well remembered by Kirkbyites who were at the College during that period.

 

Congratulations Tuan Haji Baharuddin. You have done us proud.

 

 

KIRKBY REUNION 2006 REUNION

 

From: Cheah Eng <eng_cheah@yahoo.co.uk>

 

Dear Haji Zainal Abidin,

 

Here's my short message regarding our coming 2006 Reunion.

It's from 12 July to 14 July 2006. The first night i.e. July 12 will be at Equatorial Hotel, Cameron Highlands. The second night, i.e July 13 will be at Coral Bay Resort, Pangkor. There are 110 participants comprising mainly the last two batches in Kirkby, 28 from Australia, N Zealand & UK, 8 from S'pore and the rest 74 from Malaysia. Three coaches will be taking us to Camerons / Pangkor.

Please allow me to mention and thank well-wishers for their very generous contributions towards our 06 Fund, thus funding the cost of the 3 coaches, making the whole package very affordable, especially most are pensioners. Special thanks to those who will be coming from overseas at great costs.

To ALL, RIBUAN TERIMA KASIH for your support and enthusiasm in keeping the Kirkby spirit alive.

 

CHEERS!!!!  

 

Cheah Phee Eng