Celebrating 160 years of La Salle

EVERYTHING is set for a grand dinner to mark the 160th anniversary of the arrival of La Salle Brothers in Malaysia.

Fifty-five tables priced from RM1,500 to RM20,000 have been taken up for the event on Sept 8, with only five tables available for reservations.

Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah will be gracing the event at the Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel as the guest of honour.

Announcing the good news, De La Salle Brothers Malaysia director Rev Bro Anthony Rogers said La Sallians — teachers, students and alumni — should take up the remaining seats to be part of the momentous occasion.

“We want to gather La Sallians under one roof to honour their past, celebrate their present and move forward together for the future.

“And not forget the La Salle Brothers for their untiring efforts in providing education throughout the country,” he said during a press conference at the La Salle Provincialate in Petaling Jaya recently.

Also present were Malaysian Federation of La Sallian Associations (MFOLSA) president Tan Sri Emeritus Prof Augustine Ong and Xaverian Club of Kuala Lumpur ex-president Jason Ong.

Other prominent La Sallians who will be attending the dinner are Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Asli Centre for Public Policy Studies chairman Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam and National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

Bro Rogers said an invitation had also been sent to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is an old boy of St John’s Institution in Kuala Lumpur.

“I am very pleased that many great individuals, who have become leaders of the country, are willing to put aside their affiliations to celebrate this momentous occasion together,” he added.

Bro Rogers said the La Salle Foundation was holding discussions to launch programmes for students focusing on vocational and hands-on skills training.

“It is the vision of the La Salle Brothers to have a holistic approach to education. We are willing to work with the Government to make this a reality,” he said.

There are 44 La Salle schools in Malaysia. The La Salle Brothers have also established schools in 16 countries in Asia and the Pacific, with over 200,000 students in more than 150 educational institutions and learning centres.

For details on the dinner, call 03-7118 2062 (Mary Low) and 012-210 1281 (Tan Chin Shu) or email tansriong@yahoo.com

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