My Alma Mater – Anglo Chinese Secondary School Part 2

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My Alma Mater – Anglo Chinese Secondary School Part 2

The annual sports meet of our school, was always one that could not be surpassed by any school in Klang, except may be High School, Klang, our rival school. The sports meet was a grand affair, not to be seen today. It was like a fun fare, with loud speakers and music being played loudly. Races during those days were started by guns. I clearly remember one well known “starter”, a Mr. Koh Teck Chong, dressed in “white”, starting most of the races.

Many secondary schools, especially in Klang, even from as far as Kuala Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, and even at times far as Ipoh, coming for our 4 X 400m relay race. Believe me, this event was a major attraction of our annual sports meet.

One other major attraction of our annual sports meet I remember, was the “tug of war” contest between “present pupils” and “past pupils” or old boy’s team. This was usually the last event of the day.

Pupils, I remember would encroach round the main guest tent to witness this interesting event. Old boys, being adults, were mostly big sized and pot bellied. Their combined weight alone was good enough to ensure their success.

The school team, which was made up of current students were nowhere compared to the old boys’ team. Without a doubt, the old boys’ team would usually land up as the eventual “winners” of the day.

Besides the many events available during the sports day, were events such as 100m, 200m, relay races for 4 X 100, 4 X 400 open school relay events, high jump, long jump, officials race, shot putt and javelin.

The A.C.S. annual sports, which is normally held from May to July, must surely be a grand event, never to be seen again by the folks of Klang town. As an ex A.C.S. pupil, I really miss it a lot. With the tents of the participating houses beautifully decorated for the “Decorations Cup”, and with all sorts of drinks, cakes and ice cream stocked in them, the atmosphere of our annual sports meet wax one that should not be missed by the pupils of the school.

Besides the annual sports meet, A.C.S. Klang is a venue for important football games. I once remember the Selangor Malays team in which “football king” Abdul Ghani plays for, once met another famous and well known team, Selangor Rangers represented by famous stars as Lourdes and Govindaraju.

This exciting game was held at our school padang. Tickets were sold. Black cloth was installed all around our school perimeter fence as high up as 6 or 7 feet high, to prevent spectators from looking into the padang or field. The entire bamboo fence which enclosed our school, was completed patched up to prevent our boys from trying to enter the school premise without playing.

Being an ardent fan of football, but unfortunately, unable to purchase the tickets to the Selangor Malays vs Selangor Rangers match, I finally had to climb up a nearby tree to witness the game. I just could not let the chance of seeing famous football stars such as Abdul Ghani Mirhat, Govindaraju, Lourdes and Arthur Koh, playing at our own A.C.S. field.

And finally, when talking about my secondary school days, which were from 1958 to 1962, as an A.C.S. boy, I feel I should talk about our school fun fare which is called the A.C.S. Carnival.

Most schools raise funds for school projects such as buildings and libraries, our school, A.C.S. Klang, is no exception. Under the principalship of Mr. D.R. Daniel, A.C.S. once every few years will hold a carnival or fun fare called the “A.C.S. Carnival”.

The A.C.S. Carnival is a big fun fare, unlike other fun fare, games and competitions are abundance. Every class was responsible to put up a stall, be it a stall for games, or a food stall. There were lots of fun and food around.

Months before the carnival arrived, art teachers such as Mr. James Pandian and Mr. Koh Yan Hoe, were busy getting students to draw up “posters”, which were to be put up all around arches that were built to surround our entire school. Beautiful “neon” lights decorated our school premise. A.C.S. was like a fairy land, believe me.

Tickets will be printed. And pupils obviously will be responsible to sell as many tickets as possible. Many competitions to sell tickets were organized.

All types of games and competitions were set up. Food stalls of every type, catering for food and drinks were also set up. Popiah stalls, stalls selling bubur chacha, rojak, drinks such as red beans and so on will be set up when the “Carnival” Day arrives. Tickets, normally be made up of 20 cents, 50 cents, and one dollar, will be printed to allow as many students as possible to partake in this interesting carnival.

Sometimes, the committee that organizes the A.C.S. Carnival will even launch a competition to select a “carnival queen” for our carnival. Handsome prizes were sometimes given to the lucky winner.

It is hoped that this article on my Alma Mater, A.C.S. (secondary) will bring back fond memories of your younger days when you were studying in it many years ago.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about A.C.S. secondary school, as much as I have enjoyed writing it for you! “Sapientia Potentsia Est” or “Knowledge is Power”. Long live A.C.S. Klang! I’m extremely proud to be a student of this school.

In 1962, I sat for my Overseas Cambridge Examination and obtained a 2nd grade certificate. With a heart as “heavy as lead”, I finally had to bid farewell to my school teachers like Mr. S.P Subramaniam, Mr. Rathi Chandran, Mr. A.R Muthiah, Mr. K.O Chandy, Mr. and Mrs. T.O George, Mr. Sonny Tan, Mr. Kao Yan Hoe, Mr. James Pandian, Mr. Muthulingam, (the 6.6 feet tall) teacher from Kuala Lumpur and finally to Mr. D.R. Daniel who was my principal for many, many years.

God bless you all. Take care!

By | 2011-04-11T17:27:00+00:00 April 9th, 2011|My Memories|8 Comments

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  1. Driving Lessons April 11, 2011 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Indeed, I definitely enjoyed reading about A.C.S. school. Yes, fun fare were really good in the olden days, now-a-days we only see them in summer, that too at very few places.

  2. Gobinathan Nair September 21, 2011 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the wonderful recollection of bygone days at our Alma Mater. I do remember those days with much nostalgia and when I narrate my experiences to my nephews and grand nephews, they are of the opinion that my schooldays were much more interesting and vibrant than what they are experiencing.
    I was the secretary of the Goh Hock Huat House (D House- I have forgotten what colour it was) and it was my duty to get our “HOUSE TENT” decorated for the best decorated tent competition. The school gave us $10?= (dollars then) but we went to our house teachers for additional donations which were used to buy a variety of crepe paper, buntings and other decorations from the stationery shops in Klang- the chief of which was Chin Trading in Rembau St.

    • Cikgu Yap September 25, 2011 at 11:16 pm - Reply

      Glad to hear from you. Hope that tales about our alma mater has brough back fond memories. “D” house I think is purple.

  3. Gobinathan Nair September 26, 2011 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Continuing reminiscences of our bygone sports days.
    Those of us who were not good on the sports field got involved in decorating the house tent as there was a trophy for the “Best Decorated House”. We divided ourselves into groups according to our experiences, abilities and talents as we were made up of scouts, boy’s brigade members, artists and those who knew the local terrain.
    One group was assigned to explore the “belukar” at the back of the school (it is now a heavily populated residential area) close to the riverside to collect nipah palm fronds and fruits. Another was off to the Banting Road where a few miles after the cemetery the estate began and on the hillocks thrived a huge undergrowth of evergreen fern. All we needed to collect these items were a “parang”, bicycles and a lot of bravery and brawn for one never knew what denizens lurked beneath the foliage.
    The last group went off to the stationers to get the paper decorations.
    Sports Day was always a Saturday. Friday was a sort of laisser-faire day as not much teaching went on. The house tent put up by the school groundsmen was a uniform skeleton structure with a tarpaulin stretched across the top for protection against the elements- mainly rain. Work went on at a busy pace. In the middle of the frenzied activity, there was time for a few of the members to spy on what the other houses were up to. There was no great planning but everything sort of fell into place as everyone institively knew what to do or what to create from a general verbal plan and by evening the tent was well embellished. Only the finer bits of decorations were left for the next day as rain can cause havoc to crepe paper.
    A few of us slept in the tent overnight as there was a chance of sabotage by members of the other houses. The next morning was fine tuning time- for the crepe paper and tinsel decorations to be placed in well thought out vantage points. Tables were arranged for the house athletes and the refreshments for the members of the house were also collected from the Sports Secretary and prepared for distribution during the sports meet.
    Some years we won the trophy for the Best Decorated House. Whether we won the trophy or not we all had a wonderful time team spirit, sportsmanship and cooperative learning, working and playing. There was no textbook written then for this sort of human relationship, team building and harmony. I think it was because we did not have politicians and racial politics then. We counted ourselves as ONE –a natural emotion not something drummed into us by textbooks and slogans.
    In case you are wondering- some of the classmates I remember are: Pamidi, Md. Chudi, Md. Daud- he drew the mural), Nordin, Suppiah, Krishnan, Thinakaran, Sunder Singh, Jeswant Singh, Teoh Beng Kiong, Khoo Oon Tian,
    Fakaruddin, Ramu, Md. Sarib, Koshy, Abraham- a truly multicultural bunch- who sat, ate and played together- each understanding and respecting the others beliefs and traditions even though we did not understand them.
    I think we are trying to reinvent the wheel- I hope we can.

    • Cikgu Yap September 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      Your reminiscences regarding our alma mater’s sports day has indeed brought much sweet memories of our 105-‘s and 60s days. I still remember the activities our friends went about collecting ferns and decorating our tents with buntings and flags. Pupils of all races worked closely together in those days. It was, I believe, “1 Malaysia” at its very best.

      It’s surprisingly that even though more than 50 years since gone by, that you are still capable of remembering most of our class mates. You must also still remember Nasrijial, Kamaruddin, Teoh Beng Kuan, Lee Chye Huat (the goalkeeper), Khalid and Victor Yesuratnam, the Ceylonese boy. Not forgetting also Gurdip Sing, better known as Ignatius Dev Anand. Gurdip was unfortunately crippled in one leg.

      All in all, it has been wonderful hearing from you after all these years.

      Do you still remember Mah Chee Hak, the 100m runner? And our P.E. master Sonny Tan, who was in the Malayan Thomas Cup Team? Mr. Sonny Tan once played against Indonesia’s 1st singles player, Ferry Sonneville and stretched Sonneville to 3 rubber sets at Stadium Negara. Mr. Sonny Tan, did all A.C.S. pupils proud with his fantastic performance!

      Take care and God Bless!

  4. Roselan johar mohamed September 20, 2012 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    I joined ACS from MBS Port Swettenham in 1965. The subject of discussion was definitely before my arrival. Nevertheless, ACS has truly exposed me to an age of maturity and discovery to the meaning of friends and friendship.

    Yes i remember teacher Sonny Tan, bcos he walks as if he wants to spring to catch something. Tonight only I knew he plays badminton. I also remember teacher Koh yan hoe, K O chandy S P SUbramaniam, Mr and Mrs T O George.
    I wonder what happen to teacher Markandu bcos I distinctly remember there was some feeling of infatuation with teacher Verghese. I wonder what happen to them. Did they get married? If anybody knew, pls let me know bcos i sure like to write them a letter.

    Of course my favourite teacher was Mrs Nesa Bhupalan who lives across the railway line into Jalan Tepi Sungai. May I wish them well.

    For tonight, i think the above will just do for the moment. I wud luv to write more but there are things that cannot wait, like watching golf on ch 815.

    Long live ACS and everybody connected with it.
    May u live as long as u want, but do not be wanting as long as u live!

    Wassalam/roselan
    I am now in kota kinabalu.
    They say, he who never writes, never receives.

    • Cikgu Yap September 21, 2012 at 3:45 pm - Reply

      I am surprised and delighted hearing from an ex-ACS boy from Sabah. Hearing of MBS stirs up pleasant memories of football games ACS (Pr), played with your school in the 1958 – 60s. I clearly remember MBS being located behind the Balai Bomba. Mr. Lum Kin Tuck was then your headmaster for many, many years.

      Permit me to update you your former teachers of our alma mater. I have no news of Mr. Verghese. Mr. Markandu, I understand, left teaching to take up law. Glad you know Koh Yan Hoe, KO Chandy, TO George and SP Subramaniam too. Your favourite teacher, Mrs. N Bhupalan must be retired by now. Bhupalan however rose up to be ACS principal for a short while.

      I’m surprised that only now do you know that Mr. Sonny Tan was Malayan 3rd singles player of our Thomas Cup team. As I said, he nearly overcame Ferry Sonnenville of Indonesia in those years. All ACS boys including myself was sure mighty proud of him.

      Mr. Lim Kin Tuck, your headmaster, is now in his 90s. He is currently the President of the Senior Citizen’s Club in Jalan Telok Pulai, Klang.

      Finally, I am glad ACS, our school, has provided you a lot in terms of friends and friendship. If not busy watching golf, do write to us again.

      Take care and good health.

  5. Roselan johar mohamed September 22, 2012 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    What do you think?
    I joined ACS from MBS Port Swettenham in 1965. The subject of discussion was definitely before my arrival. Nevertheless, ACS has truly exposed me to an age of maturity and discovery to the meaning of friends and friendship.

    Yes i remember teacher Sonny Tan, bcos he walks as if he wants to spring to catch something. Tonight only I knew he plays badminton. I also remember teacher Koh yan hoe, K O chandy S P SUbramaniam, Mr and Mrs T O George.
    I wonder what happen to teacher Markandu bcos I distinctly remember there was some feeling of infatuation with teacher Verghese. I wonder what happen to them. Did they get married? If anybody knew, pls let me know bcos i sure like to write them a letter.

    Of course my favourite teacher was Mrs Nesa Bhupalan who lives across the railway line into Jalan Tepi Sungai. May I wish them well.

    For tonight, i think the above will just do for the moment. I wud luv to write more but there are things that cannot wait, like watching golf on ch 815.

    Long live ACS and everybody connected with it.
    May u live as long as u want, but do not be wanting as long as u live!

    Wassalam/roselan
    I am now in kota kinabalu.
    They say, he who never writes, never receives.

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