When I first decided to write about “My Alma Mater – Anglo Chinese Primary School, Klang A.C.S“, little did I realize that it might one day be read by readers who, once a upon a time, like me studied at the above school.
Even classmates of mine, whom I have since lost touch with years ago, have written into this blog, to relate about their childhood experiences they had while they were there in the 1950’s and 60’s. Their comments on this blog, has once again led me to decide to write a follow up article on my alma mater, that is the school I love so immensely.
It is hoped that, with this 2nd article on A.C.S Klang (Secondary), ex-students of this well known secondary school in Klang will go on to enjoy more memories of our old school.
A.C.S. primary school and A.C.S secondary school are infact situated in one and the same location. Both share a common ground. And also a common “tuckshop” or “canteen” in the early days of 1950’s and 60’s.
However, the A.C.S. primary school has its own toilet facilities though. So does the A.C.S secondary school. Today however, things regarding the two schools are a little bit different. The A.C.S. primary school of today has its own entrance at the back of the school in Jalan Melawis while the A.C.S. secondary school has its entrance and exit gates in front.
Although many years have since gone by, both my “Alma Maters”, have not undergone much alteration. The buildings and classes still remain the same. Only maybe the students are different.
I attended the A.C.S. secondary school in my younger days, from 1958 to 1962. The A.C.S. secondary school was located at Jalan Raya Barat, Klang. In those days, this road was also known as “Jalan Raya West”.
Coming out from the entrance of the school, one faces the well known “Fort Hill”. On top of this hill, is the famous private school called the Convent Girls School of Klang.
Some three to four hundred yards away from our alma mater, lies the Methodist Girls Secondary School (M.G.S), Klang. As a young secondary school boy, I still recall very vividly, M.G.S. being called the “Monkey Girls School” and what did the girls of M.G.S. nick name our school? They call us “American Cock Suckers”. Another famous and well known school in Klang, the famous High School, Klang its pupils were labeled as “Hungry Soldiers”.
To those ex A.C.S. students, like myself, who may have forgotten how our alma mater school looked like in the 1950’s and early 60’s, a huge field lies strategically in front of it. It was in this field, that interesting football games and our Annual Sports were held.
If I remember clearly, there were a few huge “raintrees” surrounding our school padang then I remember playing marbles underneath those big, shady raintrees. Sad to note that today, such massive beautiful raintrees are no more to be found in Klang.
However, I read with immense joy when reading about the Ipoh Municipal Council’s decision to insure “raintrees” in Ipoh for a few million dollars. I think it’s a wise decision after all. Syabas, to the Ipoh Municipal Council.
Talking about the time I was in A.C.S. secondary school, I think I should make mention of our school caretaker, I’m certain any A.C.S. boy will surely remember a small sized Indian man called Vijandran. Naughty students like myself, used to nickname him “Kapar Road”. Nothing makes Vijandran angrier than being called such name.
You see, Kapar Road, in those days was famous for its many “brothels” and the presence of “prostitutes” along that road. This would make anyone associated with it “flare” up, like poor Vijandran did.
In a twinkling of an eye, 50 years have since gone by. Is Vijandran still around today? I really don’t know!
To talk about my alma mater, A.C.S. (secondary), mention I think should be made of its headmasters. Earlier on, when I was 13 while I was in form 1, we had a G.S. Arumugam as our headmaster. Then came a Chinese man, from Kuala Lumpur, a Mr. Tan Teik Beng, I think.
Mr. Tan as I reiterated earlier in my article on A.C.S. primary school, was a bespectacled and likeable old man, not strict all. He is very much loved by us students.
Naughty students, when found “fighting” along the school corridors will be asked by Mr. Tan not to fight. Mr. Tan would normally give students a dollar each to go to the school canteen for meals and assorted drinks.
In 1958, came Mr. D.R. Daniel, from Ipoh, I think. Mr. Daniel’s wife, Doris Daniel was also a teacher in the A.C.S. primary school, which is incidentally located directly behind our secondary school. The A.C.S primary school was then, if I’m not mistaken, under the head ship of Mr. Ng Moh Say, a bespectacled Chinese man.
Mr. D.R. Daniel arrived to become the headmaster of our A.C.S. secondary school, as I said around the years 1958 or 1959. Daniel was to hold on to the principalship of A.C.S Klang for many, many long years.
I remember Mr. Daniel arriving at our school with a great “impact”. He was around 35 years of age then. A dark, huge man with spectacles,
Mr. Daniel doesn’t laugh, he infact “guffaws”, like Englishman usually do. Mr. Daniel is a man with very strict discipline. He is very strict where discipline is concerned. I still remember how he used to cane undisciplined students in his principal’s office.
The echoes of his canings still rings in my ears even today, 50 years later. As an A.C.S. boy, I can safely say, that Mr. Daniel can be labeled as a leader by example person. For your information, Mr. Daniel in those days drove a black 180 Mercedes Benz.
The first thing Mr. Daniel did on his coming to A.C.S. secondary, Klang, was to be involved in a friendly cricket match between the school team and the staff. I remember him hitting a “sixes” from the centre of the pitch.
His “hit” or “strike”, as one calls it in cricket, went well over the 2 storey block building in front of our school and landed in the vicinity of the school canteen, a distance of at least 300 – 400 yards. It was indeed a fantastic performance by our new principal, Mr. D.R. Daniel. He had proven he was indeed a good sportsman.
Besides being a good cricketer, Mr. Daniel, was also rather good footballer as well. Although, he was a huge man, he was adept in playing football as well. At that time, I was representing the school football XI. I remember playing against the staff team many times, with Mr. Daniel playing as “goalkeeper”.
Frankly speaking, Mr. Daniel plays well at the goal. It was not easy at all to beat him, let me tell you. Trying to get a goal past Mr. Daniel, was not easy.
When I left the A.C.S secondary school, after taking my Overseas School Exams in 1962, Mr. D.R. Daniel still remained as A.C.S.’s principal for a few more years, until he finally retired later. A.C.S. Klang then came into the hands of another great principal, Mr. A.R. Peters, whom I understand, hails from nearby Taman Ardales, Klang. I personally know Mr. Peter, quite well.
Talking a little bit more about Mr. D.R. Daniel, I had the opportunity to work with his younger brother, a Mr. Vincent Daniel, in Methodist English School (M.E.S.) in Telok Datoh, Banting, way back in 1963, when I was roughly 17 years old then. I was a “double” partner of Mr. Daniel, in badminton in those days.
If you are an A.C.S. boy, you will surely know that the A.C.S. had a scout movement called the 5th Klang group at that time; it was one of Klang’s top scout movements. The 5th Klang group scout movement produced many “King” scouts in those days. Many of my uncles and cousins, were also old boys of A.C.S. my uncles, Boo Choo, and his brothers Boo Hock as well as Boo Huat, were excellent king scouts in those days. They were able to cook very well.
Even my cousin brothers, Henry Lim and Tony Lim were once “king” scouts who belonged to the 5th Klang group. All A.C.S. old boys should be proud of them. They had all brought “fame” to our Alma Mater!
The 5th Klang group, used to carry many scouting activities. They were extremely active, especially during our Annual Sports Day, which was a grand and special occasion for all A.C.S. students.
Sports houses, to which students were divided into, were all beautifully decorated with leaves, ferns and bunting papers and balloons during our sports day. How much I enjoyed our sports day then.
The “scouts” did yeoman services decorating the houses. Around 1959, our scouts organized a big “camp fire” around the school premises. For that event, the 5th Klang group of scouts invited a real Red Indian from America to perform at our school’s annual camp fire then. I still recall the Red Indian as “Tom Two Arrows”.
Tom Two Arrows’ apache rain dance and the “wigwams” that he built in the middle of our school field or padang, will always remain in our memories, even after many, many long years have come and gone.
After the visit of Tom Two Arrows, the interest in scouting activities in our school increased tremendously. Many pupils, including myself felt as students, we should join scouting activities. Without a doubt, Tom Two Arrows apache “calls” and the smoke signals he conducted at the camp fire that night, went a long way to creating a great interest amongst many A.C.S. pupils.