KUALA LUMPUR: Its most famous Old Boy was not at the celebration but for the 1,000 former students of St John’s Institution at its 110th anniversary dinner, the school spirit was evident.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who was on his way to Abu Dhabi, recorded a special message expressing his gratitude and appreciation to the school for the years he had spent there as a student.
In his message, Najib said he remembered well the togetherness, strong ethos and spirit of St John’s, noting the school’s prominent role in Malaysian education.
During the dinner, the former students – or Johannians as they called themselves – were entertained with a video presentation of the school’s history as well as a performance from its brass band, led by former band master Dennis Doss.
Among the famous faces spotted in the crowd were comedian Harith Iskander, newsreader Ras Adiba Radzi and Freddie Fernandez of Karyawan.
The guest of honour was Education director-general Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof.
St John’s Alumni Association KL secretary Mohd Isham Ishak said in a meeting, Najib had expressed his sadness at not being able to attend the dinner.
“He has a lot fond memories of the school. He spoke of values and camaraderie – these things he remembers the most – and his friends, especially those from other classes.
“He told us that his relationship with the people he met, including his teachers, were so meaningful that they impacted him until today. He still carries the values learnt there,” said Mohd Isham.
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