Honouring contributions of SMK St Michael’s late principal


Saraswathy watering the newly planted tree during the ceremony at St Michael, Ipoh, With her are (from right, front row) Dr Monesh and Sit.

ROTARY Club of Greentown in Ipoh, Perak, planted a tree at SMK St Michael in recognition of the contributions of the school’s late principal, K. Balasubramaniam.

A plaque was installed as well during the ceremony, to commemorate the educator who was also one of the founders of the club.

Event organising chairman V. Francis, who is also club past president, said it felt right to plant a tree to remember the contributions of Balasubramaniam.

“We feel that it is befitting to plant a tree to commemorate him as he was passionate about the environment,” said Francis, a former student of the school.

“He was also a great humanitarian and an active club member till the day he passed on.

“One of the seven areas of focus of Rotary International is the environment,” he added.

Balasubramaniam, who was school principal from 1992 to 1994, passed away in February this year. He was 81.

Among those present at the tree-planting event were Balasubramaniam’s wife V. Saraswathy and his family, club president Dr P. Monesh, school principal Sit Wai Yin as well as school board of directors and Old Michaelians Association members.

Francis said he had always wanted to do a project at St Michael and felt that the school was the perfect place to honour Balasubramaniam.

“Bala, as he was fondly called, was an exemplary Rotarian.

“Those who had the opportunity to know him will testify that he was a man of wisdom and had a good sense of humour.

“He had tutored and mentored so many over the years, been a member of several non-governmental organisations and helped many over the years,” Francis added.

The club also sponsored 100 Covid-19 self-test kits for the school, courtesy of one of its members, T. Kirthi, who handed them over to Sit.

In thanking the club for honouring Balasubramaniam, Sit also expressed his gratitude for the Covid-19 test kits.

“The kits will help us immensely as we have to conduct weekly tests on teachers and students.

“Covid-19 is still in the community and we have taken all the steps possible to create a safe teaching and learning environment here,” he added.

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