Gift to stay on their feet

Walk down memory lane: Wong (left) presenting a pair of the shoes to Lim at MBS in Jalan Air Itam, Penang. Also present are Wong’s schoolmates from the Class of 1974.

AN old boy of Methodist Boys School (MBS) here gave his former schoolmates and teachers a gift which they could literally stand on.

Raymond Wong Lee Woon, 57, brought along 150 specially-made pair of shoes for his class reunion recently to be given away to old friends from the MBS Class of 1974 and teachers as a souvenir and tribute to them.

China-based Wong, who owns Megatrends International Corp shoe factory in Guangzhou, said he designed the shoes himself and took more than a month to make them.

“It is in celebration of our reunion after 40 years and it is good to be connected again,” he said.

A metal logo of the school is attached to the top of the footwear while MBSP 1974 is imprinted on its sole. The shoes were in two colours - khaki for the men and blue for the women.

Wong said the shoes served as a reminder of the footprints imprinted on their friendship and comradeship.

“The shoes represent our journey through life and our footprints are what we leave behind,” he said at the MBS Heritage Centre at the school, where he handed a pair of the footwear to MBS Board of Governors’ chairman Datuk Lim Cheng Chuan.

The pair of shoes will be displayed in a glass case at the centre which showcases the heritage and tradition of the school.

Also present were more than 20 old boys from the Class of 1974. Their reunion dinner was held at a hotel later.

Zainal Arifin Khalid said he was glad to be part of the Class of 1974 and that Wong made an effort to do something different for their reunion.

“I appreciate the shoes that he gave us which were well designed.

“It is a big moment for me and I will keep them in a glass case,” said Zainal who travelled from Kuala Lumpur to attend the reunion.

Lim said the students from Class of 1974 were generous and had always donated lots of money to the school.

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