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by elween loke
Paying respects: Yin’s grandchildren from China paying respects to their grandfather during the memorial service at SJK(C) Hing Wa in Salak Utara new village in Sungai Siput.
SUNGAI SIPUT: Ever since SJK(C) Hing Wa headmaster Yin Chun Chu was executed by soldiers during the Japanese Occupation, his family members in Zhejiang province, China, had been clueless on his whereabouts.
It was not until three years ago that his grandchildren came across an historical article, which recorded their grandfather’s sacrifice in the then Malaya on the Internet.
Yesterday, 16 of Yin’s grandchildren from China gathered at the school in Salak Utara new village here to pay their respects to the man whom they had never met before.
One of Yin’s grandsons, Jian Zhong, 51, said he was glad to have had the chance to visit the village where his grandfather served as an educator.
“We learned about his contributions to the school and Chinese education from his pupils and local historians. We are proud of him,” he said, adding that the descendants were dispersed to different parts of China, many settling down in Shanghai and Xiamen.
Today, Jian Zhong and his cousins will visit Taiping Lake, where his grandfather was executed.
Yin came to Salak Selatan in 1936, leaving his wife, two daughters and son back in China.
A simple memorial service to commemorate Yin’s service was also held by both SJK(C) Hing Wa and the villagers during his grandchildren’s visit to the school.
Ong Kah Khoon, one of Yin’s pupils who attended the ceremony, recalled the man as a patient headmaster who cared greatly for his pupils.
“He would conduct tuition classes for Standard Five and Standard Six pupils at the teachers’ hostel every night. That was why many upper primary pupils excelled in their examinations,” he said.
Ong, 82, said they believed that Yin, who was an influential figure in Chinese education, was executed because he refused to become a pawn for the Japanese soldiers.
“In doing so, he upheld his beliefs,” he said.
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