Masoba mourns loss


Chua presenting Tunku, his 85th birthday gift in Penang on behalf of Masoba. - Filepic

METHODIST Afternoon School Old Boys Association (Masoba) secretary and founding member Peter Chua passed away on Sept 15 at Tung Shin Hospital, Kuala Lumpur after a short illness.

Chua, 76, leaves his wife and three children.

His youngest brother Paul Chua, 65, said Peter was admitted to the hospital for a period of time.

Chua, often referred to as Mr Masoba, spent half his life with the association that served to bring old boys of the school together for networking, social and sporting activities.

Masoba president Wong Hai Chun said, “Masoba was Peter’s baby until he fell ill in mid-2013. He was the lifewire of Masoba and because of his good public relations skills, he knew a lot of people and organised many fundraising events.”

Peter started his career as an English teacher at the Methodist Afternoon School in Jalan Davidson, Kuala Lumpur.

“He then went on to become an Information Officer for the United States Information Service (USIS).”

He also worked as a manager at Hotel Royale in Alor Setar, a job offered to him by Malaysia’s founding father and first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman.

His schoolmate Chow Wai Choong remembers Chua very well from their school days.

“Even in school he was a good leader and organiser. He formed the school’s art club and told us that he would arrange a meeting with the Prime Minister. We didn’t take him seriously. But he did it and we had a meeting with the Tunku.

“That was the start of his friendship with the Tunku, a man he admired immensely.

“Even in Masoba, he organised a visit to Hong Kong and told us that he would arrange a meeting with the Governor. We did not take him seriously but he made it happen. That was Chua, he never took no for an answer,” he said.

Chua was a caring and warm person who did a lot for charity as well.

He was the prime initiator and organiser of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Memorial Golf Tournament.

Chow said that Chua also initiated the annual Masoba-ACS Union Games that was to celebrate its 50th anniversary, next year.

“We were planning the last games next year. Many of us are getting on in age so it is difficult to continue. It’s sad Chua won’t be there,” he said.

MCA Public Services and Complaints Bureau chairman Datuk Seri Michael Chong said he was honoured to be Chua’s student at the Methodist Boys’ Afternoon School in Jalan Davidson in 1965.

“People teased us by saying we were from the monkey boys’ afternoon school.

“When informed, Peter, who was the disciplinary teacher, told us not to worry about it and said that we were Malaysia’s Best Afternoon School.

“Although many of us did not like him then because he was very strict, we realise now that all he wanted was for us to be successful in life,” said the 66-year-old Chong.

Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur rooms division manager Nancy Huang remembers Peter for his jovial character.

“Peter was the hotel’s public relations manager in the early 1990s when I was attached with the Front Desk department.

He was a soft-spoken person and knew how to make people laugh,” said Huang, who has been with the hotel for 47

years.

He was also the Masoba Post chief editor/producer since 1980.

“Masoba has 90 members at present and we will all miss him dearly,” said Wong.

His wake will be at the Holy Rosary Church Funeral Parlour in Brickfields today.

The funeral mass will be held at the church tomorrow at 10am, thereafter the cortege will proceed to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall crematorium in Jalan Kuari, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.

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