ABOUT 1,000 former students of Malaysia’s premier school, Victoria Institution, are expected to congregate at the school compound this Sunday to participate in the school’s 122nd anniversary dinner organised by the Victoria Institution Old Boys Association (VIOBA).
The event will be one of VIOBA’s efforts to generate funds to assist in the maintenance and repair of the school’s 90-year-old building, which was awarded heritage status by the Malaysian government in 2009.
Victoria Institution was founded in 1893. It was moved to its current premises in Bukit Petaling in 1929.
Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh is expected to officiate at the event, which will also be attended by renowned VI alumni from both the government and private sectors.
VIOBA president Kwek Keng Chye said the dinner would be held in the school compound to enable old boys to see for themselves the state of the school.
“The building has seen many great Malaysians passing through its corridors and is historic not just because it has produced great students, leaders and businessmen.
“History was made here during World War II when the school hall and porch became the venue for the two official surrenders of the Japanese Imperial Army to the Allied Forces.
“Our school also served as the headquarters for both the Japanese and British forces and it is a pity if the building is not restored to last at least another 90 years,” Kwek said.
Apart from having dinner at a venue that will bring back fond memories, the alumni will also get to see the current VI marching band and military cadets in action in the Military Tattoo performance.
VI is the only school in Malay-sia that has its own Edinburgh-styled Military Tattoo.
“The VI Tattoo is something all Victorians are proud of and will always be a much-awaited event every year. The VI marching band, especially, is the pride of the school and has won many national and international accolades.
“In fact, part of the funds raised during the event will also be used to help the band represent Malaysia at the World Marching Band Competition in Copenhagen, Denmark, this July. The band will be representing Malaysia,” said Kwek.
During the dinner, VIOBA will be honouring Victorians who have made their mark in the sports arena.
“Among them are Tan Sri Dr M. Jegathesan, Mokhtar Dahari, the Sidek brothers, Foo Kok Keong, Shahrin Majid, Yap Wai Loon and S. Balachandran. We will be honouring some of them during the dinner.
“VI must move with the times and we must be proactive in ensuring the longevity of the school. Let us together do whatever we can to ensure the continuing success of VI,” said Kwek.
To donate or buy tickets for the dinner and tattoo, contact Irwan Rizal of VIOBA in 012-239 0079 or firstname.lastname@example.org