Prefects Board 1975
Yeo Sin Soon just posted a comment on the Sulaimanian blog today. I have not met him since he left school in 1975. That was a long time ago.
I flipped through my old photo album and came across the prefects board photo of 1975, when Sin Soon was the headboy then. He was the fastest boy in the school and held the school 100m dash record at 11.00 sec – if I am not mistaken – he also held the MSST 100m record too then.
Well, obviously after 33 years, I cannot recall all the names of my fellow prefects in the photo. But I still remember the names of the teachers.
Cikgu Yusof Ngah (with the coat) was the headmaster, I believe that was his first full year, coming from Tengku Mahmud Secondary School (Besut) the year before. He was promoted to Pejabat Pelajaran Daerah (PPD) and later to the Ministry and finally was the Deputy Director of Curriculum Development Centre before retiring.
Cikgu Mohamed @ Omar Abdul Rahman was the Senior Assistant (seated between Sin Soon and Cikgu Yusof). After several other postings (including one in Penang), he came back to be SS headmaster. I wonder if his house is still in Losong/Chabang Tiga area. Cikgu Mat Omar were among those people who I would hitch a ride to school those days (read about meeting with Cikgu Mat Omar here)
Three others were the discipline teachers (from right) Cikgu Wan Hassan, Mr. Horley Issacs and Cikgu Fuad Yon. Cikgu Wan Hassan was also my scout teacher and thus I was also close with him, plus he was my BM teacher too (read about meeting Cikgu Wan hassan here). One thing I remember about Mr. Horley was his old BMW. It was rare to see someone driving BMW those days.
Cikgu Fuad (with the glasses), whom many would remember him as Mr. Fuad or their commerce teacher, is now a corporate man. 17 years ago I met him when he was the General Manager of a local IT company. Now, a datuk, I heard that he is one of the director in Maju Holdings Berhad.
But some of those in the photo are no longer with us. Ramli (front row – most right) passed away in the same year the photo was taken. A very smart boy but have to meet The Creator much sooner than most of us. Al Fatihah.
Zainuri Zainuddin (back row – 3rd from right), passed away just a few days after coming back from Hajj. He was with the Police Field Force, attached at Jalan Gurney KL and was traveling alone back to Trengganu when he met with the accident along the dangerous Karak highway. I was motionless for a while when the TV broke the news of the accident mentioning his name. We use to meet if I do my solat Jumaat at Pulapol’s masjid. Al Fatihah.
I (back row – far left) had lost contacts with many of the fellow prefects in the photo. But Syed Zaid (next to me) constantly email me all kind of jokes when he has his plane on auto-pilot. He is now a captain with the Malaysian Airlines. Husein (same row – most right) was my classmate – but we have not met for years, despite traveling together a lot those days.
Md Ali Endut (between Husein and Zainuri), was the headboy in 1977 (after me – 1976). He is now with a bank in Trengganu. Sivashanker (next to Zainuri) – I heard was with University Malaya.
Azlan Murad (back row – 6th from right) was a good hockey player. We would meet only during the Hari Raya or solat Tarawih – if we pray at the surau near our parents house (Jalan Pusara a.k.a. Taman Jaya).
Normah (in front of Azlan – middle row), was the headgirl in 1976. In front of her was the 1975 headgirl (Faridzoh Othman – did I spell it right?) – I wonder where both of them are now.
I have to apologise for not mentioning all the names in the photo. InshaAllah – hopefully I will be able to write more in future postings. As I had mentioned before, I welcome others to contribute too.
P.S. – fellow readers. After almost 4 years of posting this article – I just realised that the photo inserted above was that of 1976 Prefects Board, not 1975. My apology. Please find below the correct photo referred above (Prefects Board – 1975)
Karim (8 June 2012)