Fond memories of school in book


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  • Thursday, 31 May 2012

MALACCA: Ex-students of Anglo Chinese School (ACS) here came up with an intriguing way of reminiscing the cherishing moments at their alma mater through a coffee table book.

Some of the precious memories and experiences of the old boys were artistically captured in the form of writings, blurbs, poems and photos in the 300-page book.

Themed “MACS Centenary 1910-2010: Dear ACS, We’re Proud of Thee”, the book was compiled and edited by 57-year-old Tedin Ng Abdullah, a former student of the school.

Now a semi-retired businessman, Tedin said the idea of putting the book together came about when several old boys expressed the intention of having a book containing the fondest memories they shared in the school during the golden years.

“The process of compiling the book took some time as the old boys were also working on digitising the school’s annual magazine from 1948 to 2009 in a bid to collect more materials.

“I also collected contributions such as articles, old photos, memorabilia, anecdotes and recent photos taken during our MACS 100 Dinner earlier from other old boys before completing it in March,’’ he said when met at the launch of the book by Governor Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob at the school here recently.

The book was, said Tedin, was published at a cost of RM55,000 and was funded by the generosity of many old boys, who also made it a point to attend the launching ceremony.

Some of the highlights of the book included reminiscences of several old boys on attending schools during the Japanese Occupation.

“On the eighth of every month, we all had to march down to the former Malacca Club field to attend the “Imperial Rescript Day”.

“The emperor’s message was read and we had to sing the “Kimigayo” (national anthem) and bow east in homage towards the Imperial Palace, while raising the flag,” read an excerpt written by Dr Wong Kong Meng from the class of 1949.

Nevertheless, one of the most significant events was the day when the school, founded in 1910, relocated from the rented shophouses at Jalan Kubu to its own building on Nov 13, 1941 was also featured in the book.

Others included the stories and photos featuring Malacca as a food and sightseeing heaven, as well as the school’s own dental clinic nurse Vikky Chong who was crowned Miss Malacca and the third runner-up for the Miss Malaysia-Universe Pageant in 1970.

Tedin noted that 1,500 copies of the book were published at present and were on sale at the ACS in Kuala Lumpur for RM120 per copy.

“We are also distributing 100 copies to public libraries in rural and urban areas across Malacca,” he said, adding that the National Library was also on the distribution list.

Those interested to get a copy of the book could also contact Tedin by emailing him to tedinng@gmail.com

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