The magic of Kampung Kirkby


The college alumni returned to place the plaque in Granborne Chase, Kirkby.

A former teacher gives his take on a recent trip with his mostly octogenarian peers to their alma mater in an English town, to commemorate the Tunku’s momentous visit to the college over 60 years ago, where the soon-to-become premier made the Merdeka announcement that surprised everyone.

THERE they were in the last few days of August 2017 gathered in Liverpool from Malaysia (then Malaya), Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Mostly in their eighties and some in their late seventies, they were the men and women who had been specially picked in groups of 150 each year from 1952 through 1962, to be trained for two years as English school teachers at the newly established Federation of Malaya Teachers Training College in the small village of Kirkby just outside the city of Liverpool, in the United Kingdom.

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