SOME 400 old boys and ex-teachers of SMK King Edward VII in Taiping had a grand get-together to reminisce the good old days during the school’s 46th annual reunion dinner.
The dinner, organised by the Old Edwardians Association Malaysia (Taiping), commenced upon the arrival of the guest-of-honour Datuk Ahmad Shalimin Ahmad Shaffie, who is the political secretary to the Perak mentri besar.
“The gathering gave us an opportunity to meet, renew and strengthen the special bond that exists among the former students,” said Ahmad Shalimin in his opening address at the event held at the SSL Traders in Kamunting recently.
He also pledged to donate RM15,000 for furbishing the Old Edwardian building, and to give RM50,000 per year to the school for the next three years to upgrade its educational facilities.
Association president Mohaideen Mohd Ishack, in his welcome address, said the presence of the former students at the annual event was a testament to their feelings towards their alma mater as well as a symbol of the close fraternity and comradeship that existed among them.
He also called on the school leavers to join the association to make it more active.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of the annual “Tiger of The Year” award to Goh Boon Teik who left school in 1967 after completing his Sixth Form and was involved in student welfare activities.
SMK King Edward VII in Taiping, which has produced many illustrious Malaysians, is one of the oldest schools in the country.