Pride of Pahang

SMK Sultan Abu Bakar in Kuantan is celebrating its 50th anniversary in August. 

SMK Sultan Abu Bakar or SABS in Kuantan, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Aug 16, has produced several famous alumni. 

Among its former students are Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis, former ministers Datuk Seri Dr Siti Zaharah Sulaiman and Tan Sri Lim Ah Lek, Pos Malaysia chairman and senior politician Tan Sri Adam Kadir, former Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakar and Pahang exco member Datuk Maznah Mazlan. 

Others include celebrities and sporting figures such as the late Sudirman Arshad, former Miss Malaysia Yasmin Yusuff, sprinter Azmi Ibrahim, Mohd Zuzaili Sameon, who now plays for a French football club, and former national footballer and Beserah assemblyman Datuk Jamal Abdul Nasir. 

The arch at the entrance of SMK Sultan Abu Bakar.

In the field of education there are Chew Weng Cho, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's department of electrical and computer engineering and director of its Centre for Computational Electromagnetics and electromagnetics Laboratory, and Lim Pak Leong, a professor with Hong Kong University. 

Teacher Yong Sau Peng, who has been with the school for more than 20 years, recalls the days when Jamaluddin was a student. 

“He was a school hockey player and the team was the best in the East Coast at that time,” he said. 

Today, SABS continues to have equally outstanding students. 

NARIMAH: The students are a very motivated,competitive and independent lot.

Among them are sixth former Loke Wai Bin, who took part in the Taekwondo Championship in Italy in 2005 and came back with two gold medals in the sparring and team pattern events and a silver in team breaking. 

Iman Nordin, 14, made headlines in July 2005 when she scored a hole-in-one in the Asean School Junior Championship Royal Brunei Airline Golf Competition. 

SABS was also the best school in Pahang in last year’s Penilaian Menengah Rendah and Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia. 

Its recipe for success lies with the school staff, some of whom are former students who came back to teach. 

Two of its 18 former principals who were considered excellent were Hamedah Wok Awang (1994-1995) and Abdul Rahim Mansor (1999-2003). 

The school’s principal, Narimah Daud, said at SABS everyone is committed and focused in their work. 

“I'm not talking about the teachers and staff only but the students as well. 

“They are a very motivated, competitive and independent lot,” she said. 

She added that when the students had projects to handle, they performed most of the tasks themselves with the school providing only advice. 

A picture from an old school magazine featuring the SABS hockey teamthat included a young Dr Jamaluddin (back row, second from right).

One of them is the annual blood donation campaign organised by the school’s Red Crescent Society. 

As a government school, SABS was the first in Kuantan to provide secondary education in the 1930s. 

In 1955, when Kuantan was made the state capital, a new site was chosen for the school in Jalan Beserah. The school was officially opened on Aug 16, 1957 by the then Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Sir Abu Bakar. 

As such, Narimah said it was only fitting for this year’s golden jubilee to be graced by the current ruler, Sultan Ahmad Shah, who is the son of Sultan Abu Bakar. 

A school picture of a young Yasmin (seated centre) takenyears before she was crowned Miss Malaysia in 1976.

She also said various activities had been planned from Aug 13 to 17 with the highlight being the official opening of a gallery about the school’s history and achievements by the Sultan on Aug 16. 

Narimah said an informal dinner would be held later in the evening at the school field. 

“It will be a casual dinner with hawker stalls set up around the field. 

“We want to do away with formality so that everyone can mingle and catch up on old times. 

“Other activities include exhibitions, games, open day and launching of the school’s golden jubilee logo,” she said. 

The school, she added, would send a delegation to take part in this year’s National Day parade. 

“It is a very special year for us as we are celebrating our golden jubilee, and the country is celebrating its 50th year of nationhood,” Narimah said, 

For more information on the event, call the school at 09-560 1272, Hazlina Buang (013-922 1940), Mohd Noor Yusof (013-930 3740), Rosnahni Muhammad (019-981 2998) or Hou Lee Heng (012-951 7891) or e-mail 

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