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* Legacy of MCKK


From:”Imadudeen..” <x@yahoo.com>

To:MCOBA-MALAYSIA@yahoogroups.com

Izinkan saya beri satu cadangan

Difahamkan duit sudah ada. Jadi bolehlah MCOBA dengan kerjasama HM olboi jugakan, menjemput tokoh2 PhD yang tua atau yang muda, bayarlah seberapa yang patut. Mereka boleh beri berbagai kuliah atau syarahan yang bermakna kepada murid2 di kolej. Ini hendaklah dibuat berterusan. Jika dapat, tokoh memastikan bahasa dan pendekatan sesuai dengan generasi murid2 sekarang. tak perlu majlis atau fanfare. tetapi kelas atau kuliah yang regular. samada yang membina siasah, akademik, sukan, agama, dan kerjaya seterusnya pembinaan insan. hanya membantu atau seiring jalan dengan guru2 yang ada. tentunya jika guru2 itu faham akan maksud pendidikan, mereka tidak hanya menyokong, bahkan dapat tunjuk ajar daripada tokoh2 jemputan itu bagai. Amin.
wasslaam.

Hj MAHj I
Batch 6672 FV 70
MCOBA 0408 Ahmad


From: “Imadudeen..” <x@yahoo.com>

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Sent: Sunday, 11 July 2010 15:28:40
Subject: Re: [MCOBA-MALAYSIA] Old Versus New (Promised) Malaysia- by dr bakrimusa, June 28, 2007

Wa’alaikumussalaaam wmbt.

Camni hmm. agak pening kepalo nak jawab. lagipun professor pulak yang bagi. tapi bro Chornote pandai menulih tentu boleh bagi penjelasan dengan lebih panjang kan.  Tuk Nuar Kuale pun lebihlah lagi boleh menulis dengan panjang dan bernas.. bukan pun bagi maksud nak memanjangkan pergesiran patah perkataan tapi untuk mendapat maklumat lebih bermakna demi kebaikan kolej. meskipun ramai juga yang kata ini sebenarnya isu yang dah lama. dah puluh tahun. ramai lagi yang memahukan sesuatu yang lebih mantap berlaku selepas watikah dan segala perakuan perayaan 100 tahun. dalam rahsia2 strategi yang tidak lagi rahsia ada satu batch dulu … oleh sebab payahnya nak ‘melawan arus’ kerajaan, maka mereka sendiri mendirikan beberapa institusi mckk itu sendiri. maka hasillah kyuem dan kys dll.  rasa saya ramai murid2 tua kolej yang terlibat dalam membina kolej2 itu semua.  syabas..  yang penting anak bangsa bukan kolej itu.

FSV

Hj MAHj I
Batch 6672 FV 70
MCOBA 0408 Ahmad

From: AAlias <az@yahoo. com>
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Cc: jublintan65@ yahoogroups. com
Sent: Saturday, 10 July 2010 23:53:28
Subject: Re: [MCOBA-MALAYSIA] Old Versus New (Promised) Malaysia- by dr bakrimusa, June 28, 2007

Assalam mualaikum to all mcobs,

Assalam mualaikum to all mcobs,

  1. Yeop Nuar Kwaler – I really appreciate your comment, true to the heart, I can sense. Teman juga orang Perak, orang Parit, merantau mencari rezeki ke Kelantan, mencintainya kerana banyak ilmu yg teman dapat disini, terutama ilmu akhirat dan memahami keterbukaan Islam itu sendiri yg tidak jumud. Teman tak balik Parit dah, mungkin mati disini aje.
  2. Kita tidak perlu taksub dan syok sendiri dengan apa-apa sekali pun. Definasi taksub –  taksub menutup pintu kepada kebenaran dan keterbukaan. Ia menyebabkan pemikiran tertutup , terkonkong , keras kepala dan tidak mahu berfikiran jauh untuk menyelesaikan masalah. Kebiasaanya mereka tidak akan mendengar pandangan orang lain.
  3. Masih dlm denial state, ‘nothing can be done, hands are tied’. Jangan ditutup pintu minda tajdid, bawa perubahan, must say there is a way, then there will be a will to find a way. A small exmple, in the year  1993, other schools  tak pakai sudah seluar pendik, budak kolet tingkatan 1 masih pakai  lagi, akhirnya budak celaru. Few parent have to highlight (fight) it with HM and PIBG meet. Glamour tak tentu pasal, on wrong values and wrong concept. Ini yg dinamakan taksub.
  4. Niat kena betul, sebab membuat sesuatu perkara kena betul dan jelas. Cuba kerana Lillah, kerana Allah swt, maka akan dibuka oleh Allah segala jalan yg jelas, demi untuk kebaikan agama dan bangsa.
  5. Kita tidak mempersalahkan sesiapa, sebab apa hendak terasa dan melenting. Many good works have been done before, nobody is trying to deny that. Congrats, but more good work can be done since many mcobs are interested and have the sense of belonging. But have the right niat.
  6. Just look at the other extra curricular activities – there might be ways to improve the student character building, akhlak, motivation, critical thinking, right attitude, analytical mind, holistic teaching, spiritual upliftment, etc. What you need- people, teachers, methods, assessment, modules, … always on the move system.
  7. You don’t  have to REVOLUTIONISE the whole country’s education system. You don’t need to change the ministry curriculum (since your hands are tied) but just add few hours here and there by having activities on whatever that you want. Yes! Do whatever you can, but just don’t block and sweep the problems under the carpet. Ahli akademik tentu ada kaedah dan caranya. Beri mereka peluang, facilitate not closing avenue and putting words in their mouth.
  8. Kalau academic achievement pun ada masalah, (sekolah agama Labu pun hebat lagi); ini satu masalah yg besar, yg terawal kena diselesaikan. Kalau ini belum selesai, tak usah cakap pasal lain!
  9. Lihat dgn detail fakta yg dikutuk satu persatu. Kaji dahulu, kalau tak betulpun, is there room for improvement for kolet student, in what area, how. Tetapi kalau nak kata, ‘sudahlah! tau nak kutuk je, mana cadangannya?’. Sampai 50 tahun tak kemanalah kita. Somebody mentioned about chinese schools – their society are doing everythings and taking every opportunities to improve their lots, not only infrastruture but the mind set of their student.
  10. Kalau salah perbandinganpun, ‘apple and orange’ tak apa, kita buat perbandingan dengan sek.agama Labu seperti kata kawan kita sebelum ini, MRSM, other selected schools, chinese school, SM agama !– how fare we are comparing with them?
  11. Are teachers motivated enough (sensitive issues always) in MCKK? I can make my own judgement for lecturers in university? Publish or perished – so student and teaching come to no two, or up to you.  I am not saying everybody is like that. I was HOD before and responsible for the curriculum design and assessment, different from UM and UKM. How tense and difficult to produce doctors and specialist for the country; will they be competent enough?
  12. Fikirkan apa yg Razak patikan60 said & might learned: seperti mentafsir ayat-ayat yg tersirat, underneath, not on the surface value. Takut ada yg amat terasa.
  13. Shortcomings are every where, and I would have thought that MCOBA and Mcobs are powerful people closed to the ruling govt party; they can used their  influence to get somewhere. But did the right topics come up?
  14. Somebody mentioned, it is not just just about the HM, faculty, students & Mcoba, it’s about the system, the policies and decision-making, I could not agree more. But I could not agree that the power to effect changes lies with the government only, the society have a role to play just like in any other things in politics that effect the society.
  15. Just don’t shoot the bird right away, there might be others along the way. Don’t try to understand people and make judgement about what  it seem to be, go underneath. Dia jambu, ada bad experience le and such alike. It doesn’t help. Have anybody look and search about me, do I have motives and frustration about mckk. Haaa! just arrived form 4-5 je, etc. Look JI65 homepage.
  16. There you are, so if somebody who just wanted to make suggestion, Ok shot him, smart elite, buatlah sendiri, kalau pandai sangat, write to minister. Buatlah kerja dengan berjemaah, baru boleh berjaya, ini dianjurkan oleh Islam.
  17. We got top people everywhere, who rub shoulders with the power that be, utilise them lah. The other principle to follow – work with a group le, baru ada kick. Seorang-seorang mana ada power. See, people used apco, think-tank to get the leverage.
  18. Nampaknya setelah membaca semua, putus semua harapan, no way out, no more discussion.
  19. “it is great to have a pessimist in forum; otherwise all will be yesmen!”  – or otherwise . . .
  20. I dont “kowtow” to any body accept GOD ALMIGHTLY Allah SWT! For All Being are “created and weak by nature”! Only Allah SWT The SUPREME!  – Anuar Kwaler said; I said the same thing also.

Akhir kata, sorry for everything dan terkasar bahasa yg tidak boleh dielakkan, merupakan kelemahan diri. Ambillah apa yg baik, tolak mana-mana yg buruk. Segala kebaikan itu semuanya dari Allah swt, dan yg buruk itu dari saya sendiri. Maaf.
Doc Azman KB
V69 – Sulaiman Hse
From: “anuar ” <anuar@ yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [MCOBA-MALAYSIA] Old Versus New (Promised) Malaysia- by dr bakrimusa, June 28, 2007
To: MCOBA-MALAYSIA@ yahoogroups. com, “mckk comnet @yahoogroups” <mckk-comnet@ yahoogroups. com>, classof72@yahoogrou ps.com
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2010, 1:04 AM

Sallam Tuan Tuan MCOBs:-

By “endorsing” or sokong or go along with Presidents Ideas/Mcoba Central “doings’ does not mean that personally I am not for advancements in Education or educational Policy as proposed or being a proponent By Doc Bakri Musa,et al.
I am all for it and any right moves toward achieving that goal are welcomed and lauded too.

Maybe as our President mentioned, one sort of contribution are monetory in form – to srtart with , once you move a feet money is necessary (money talks?). For the last four years or so – I was quite involved “in mundane activities” regarding College(Kolet/ Koleq-whatever). Being in Health Office kuala kangsar from 2002-end of 2006, I was either representing My Depertment or Mcoba /Centar for Perak.

If so it needs be – now its time to call/pool the great minds who can give all inputs taking cognaisance of the fact that Malay Collegians came from varied backgrounds – beneficial for mooting ideas multi facetted in nature from participants of multi disciplined backgrounds.  Calling people from nostalgic out moded/outdated times are uncalled for and its in bad taste! More educated people should come out with constructive, beneficial, Collegian friendly – atmostphere.

If Dr. Bakri Musa is an outspoken proponent of latest, sophisticated, the in thing in Education at present, so do I – in my own ways and means. I have a few volumes of Dr. Bakri’s Litrature – properly bound and I even bought his book- Towards Competitive Malaysia. If I am in any way living in the past – I think its untrue!

To elucidate my stand, through my limited means – my eldest daughter is a full -fledged Lawyer in Ipoh now, thanks to the tuttledge of A Mcod-Daniel Yang Razali. She joined the ranks of MCOB Barrister in Ipoh-Daniel, Akhiruddin, Noralli and Saiful Adli-that I know of! My second daughter -finished Degree  UITM in Food Service N Management now doing Teaching In Ave Marian convent in Ipoh. My third son – after his Maahad Tahfidz Al Quraan in Tualang Sekolah Malim Nawar – finished STAM privately -just finished 1st Year Syariah in Tonta, Al Azhar,Egypt. 4 th finished STP-to further her educations; 5th -boy: civil Engineering in Poly Sultan Azlan Shah despite his Maahad Al Mizan Manong background! 6th-primary 6.

I am current Secretary for Mcoba PC – known by Mcobs in MCOBA E Groups -Yeop Nuar kwaler. Also treasurer to Persatuan Penulis Perak-karyawan Pk. I am AJK to Persatuan Ulamak Perak too. My first Novel – was published in Mac 20th 2010 -Pekan Ilmu publications( although it caters for younger generations – Memori Cinta). That how much I love “ILMU” – I have even almost 4 dairies full of Ustaz Zahazan Mohamed – Tafsir ul Quraan : Surah Al Akraf, Al Anbiyaa, Al Fatehah and Lukman – for my own refference: I jot almost every day tuan tuan!

What im trying to say – if its NECESSARY SO TO SET UP THIS PANEL OF EXPERTS TO RADICALLY change Current Studies /Current Affairs – so be it. I all for it sincerely – THOUGH NONE OF MY OWN CHILDREN  WALK DOWN our alma mater CORRIDORS! So My good friend Doc Azman – I am in Concord! (Ana Muaffiq – akur/Setuju teramat sekali)!

One pertinent fact- is  that “Our Sekolah Menengah MALAY COLLEGE” has not A Level students or  the  Form Students – SO ACCORDINGLY THEY HAVE TO GO FOR MATRICULATIONS AND NO DIRECT ADMISSION TO U – Jangan lah compare BMW with “Persona Malaysia”! Tak kan tuan tuan bijak pandai TAK NAMPAK!

To me personally, its not the school only- its depends much on the students themselves, wherever they are – if they are hard working, have “some brains’, have willingness, they can succeed – my children : eldest -lower Secondary -Tun Saban Pengkalan Hulu, 6th form-a few months :Clifford School-Girl, 2nd-SM Teknik Padang Rengas,Maahad Tahfidz -Malim Nawar/Manong Perak….!- A far cry from well equipped Malay College -Dubbed”Eton Of The East”-still true???

My self -an ordinary Government Servant earning not more (now) 55 Grand a year- when I was at Sekolah kebangsaan kuala Dipang Perak – I can speak english ; yes,no ,alright ! – SIRS My learned MCOBS/COLLEGUES – I dont “kowtow” to any body accept GOD ALMIGHTLY_Allah SWT! For All Being are “created and weak by nature”! Only Allah SWT The SUPREME!

Wassallam …if There Is any worth at All! I rest my case 1

From The bottom of my………. .Yeop Nuar Kwaler @ Anuar C O 1972 Idris @ 013 0x !

P/S Ras xshah -received your encouraging message . Shukran!

From: AAlias <azm@yahoo. com>
To: MCOBA-MALAYSIA@ yahoogroups. com
Cc: jublintan65@ yahoogroups. com
Sent: Sat, July 10, 2010 1:35:55 AM
Subject: Re: [MCOBA-MALAYSIA] Old Versus New (Promised) Malaysia- by dr bakrimusa, June 28, 2007

Salam everybody;

In fact we have helped Kolet so much, that it is hard to quantify how much in monetary terms!

Exactly, talk about monetary terms only.
Malu le, budak product MRSM pun hebat lagi. I was in education business before, I see many students from varies background and lots of high achievers colleague. We device methods how to get student to be critical, have analytical minds and problem solvers, bukan passive receivers of knowledge. Berapa orang je budak kolet yg passed through our Universiti, yg lain tak tahu pergi mana. Ada sesiapa buat rekod study what happened to budak kolet jadi apa; compare yg dahulu dan sekarang, old times and new time?
Cubalah advance sikit pemikiran tu, dan buka minda tu, terima teguran dgn hati yg terbuka, banyak lagi ruang dari segi achievement budak Kolej boleh buat. We failed to provide them with right education  for the general masses. Yang successful tu because of their individual effort and resoursefullness. Mengapa tidak dibuat kajian dari segi kurikulum etc supaya bodak kolet juga boleh terus ke cambridge & oxford dan sebagainya. Saya rasa tidak ada yg pernah melakukannya.
I try to accept the facts with open mind and challenge u to do something, bukan nostalgic about olden times. The world have changed, old  mind set should also changed. Sama le, pemikiran semasa merdeka perlu diubah kepada yg setaraf untk challange the new world order. Kalau tidak jumud sama seperti jumudnya pemimpin yg ada sekarang.
They cannot change!

Doc Azman KB
V69 – Sulaiman Hse

—– Original Message —–

From: megx@. com

To: MCOBA

Sent: Friday, July 09, 2010 2:19 AM

Subject: Re: [MCOBA-MALAYSIA] Old Versus New (Promised) Malaysia- by dr bakrimusa, June 28, 2007

Bros,
Bakri must learn to get his facts right about our(MCOBs) contribution to Kolet. Just because HE himself have NOT contributed anything, it doesn’t mean we collectively and individually have not. The IB building and the new Hall are being built with funds raised thru the efforts of old boys! Over the years, we have contributed so much! Whose money built the swimming pool? Whose money was used to buy MCWO instruments? In almost all sports, rugby, hockey, cricket,soccer, basketball, MCOBs have contributed in cash and kind! We have given aid to so many needy students! We have done costly repairs to the Big school, New school(even the clock!) and the Pavilion! In fact we have helped Kolet so much, that it is hard to quantify how much in monetary terms!
Sudah lah! How can you compare a SECONDARY school with nearly 700 students to a pre U school of maybe 200+ students? Giler!
Salam,
Megat,’62,S


From: Az Alias <azman@yahoo. com>

Sender: MCOBA-MALAYSIA@ yahoogroups. com

Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2010 10:31:15 -0700 (PDT)

To: <MCOBA-MALAYSIA@ yahoogroups. com>

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Cc: MCKK69<jublintan65@ yahoogroups. com>

Subject: Re: [MCOBA-MALAYSIA] Old Versus New (Promised) Malaysia- by dr bakrimusa, June 28, 2007

Yes, we have been dreaming all along. Shook sendiri. Please do something, people in great power.

Despite its roster of luminaries as old boys, their contributions to the school are miniscule to nonexistent. The only time they visit their alma mater is to harass the headmaster for decisions they do not like.

KYUEM is a private institution, …The school is not interested how many sultans, ministers and other luminaries it counts among its alumni rather which universities will accept its students next year. Malay College is fixated with its past, Kolej UEM is confidently poised for the future.

Doc Azman KB
V69 – Sulaiman Hse


From: dr_wanmohamed@ @>
Subject: Re: [MCOBA-MALAYSIA] Old Versus New (Promised) Malaysia- by dr bakrimusa, June 28, 2007
To: “Mcoba” <mcoba-malaysia@ yahoogroups. com>
Date: Thursday, July 8, 2010, 10:12 AM

The truth hurts!!!

DWM
C68

Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device via Vodafone-Celcom Mobile.


From: Imadudeen Emry <hans@ yahoo.co>

Sender: MCOBA-MALAYSIA@ yahoogroups. com

Date: Thu, 08 Jul 2010 21:11:11 +0800 (SGT)

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Subject: Re: [MCOBA-MALAYSIA] Old Versus New (Promised) Malaysia- by dr bakri musa, June 28, 2007

when facts are concerned, as we have always known him, Dr Bakri will not mince and does not mind giving his views. Bung Wak!
his style should go a long way for the present generation.. .

Hj Mohd Anuar Hj Ibrahim
Batch 6672 FV 70
MCOBA 0408 Ahmad

From: eaaziz@senet.
To: MCOBA-MALAYSIA@ yahoogroups. com
Sent: Thursday, 8 July 2010 20:20:16
Subject: Re: [MCOBA-MALAYSIA] Old Versus New (Promised) Malaysia- by dr bakri musa, June 28, 2007

Bakri Musa was my classmate but only joined kolet in
61(Lower Six) and finished in 62 (Upper Six Science).
Old boy of TMS Kuala Pilah. Very quiet, humble but
brilliant. Colombo Plan scholar to U of Alberta.

Mr Mehrotra was Physics and Maths master with MSc
Lucknow, known to us all as Russian Scientist.

There’s another essay by Bakri on MCKK in which he
says that the school is no Eton. I think he means well.

Hamid, apa hang? Tak kan hang tak kenai Bakri tu?
Atan          S Patikan’60

On Thu Jul 8 18:02 , abdulhamid marzuki sent:

Salam brothers all,

I wonder who this Dr. Bakri Musa is ? I don’t seem to be able to recall his face. Mr. Malhotra and  Mr. Norton were also our Physics and Chemistry teachers  in 5 Science and in Lower and Upper 6 Science. Can anyone please elucidate. Incidentally, his writing is fairly objective. Kolej Yayasan Saad Melaka is another college of similar mould but catering for both male and female students. Wonder how its performance is?

A.Hamid ’61 A


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To: serpents@yahoogroup s.com; mcoba-malaysia@ yahoogroups. com
Sent: Thu, July 8, 2010 3:26:33 PM
Subject: [MCOBA-MALAYSIA] Old Versus New (Promised) Malaysia- by dr bakri musa, June 28, 2007

salams
ras’78, idris

Old Versus New (Promised) Malaysia
SEEING IT MY WAY

Malaysiakini. com June 28, 2007

Two school events, both widely reported, took place last week. One was the Speech Day at Malay College Kuala Kangsar, and the other, the graduation exercise at Kolej Yayasan UEM. The difference in the two events serves as a good metaphor distinguishing the old Malaysia from what I hope is the promise of a new one.

The ceremony at Kuala Kangsar was graced by no less than the King, the Raja Muda of Perak (the school Governing Board Chair), and the Minister of Education. You could not get a more distinguished company of visitors than that. Meanwhile KYUEM had such nondescript corporate figures as UEM Chairman Ahmad Tajuddin Ali and its Foundation Trustee, Sheriff Kassim, in attendance.

At Malay College Speech Day, there was no mention of the achievements of the graduating students, specifically which great universities they would be attending. There was a reason for this noticeable absence. None of the students qualified for university admission directly. They would first have to go to a finishing school elsewhere.

The headmaster at KYUEM proudly announced that 11 of his 183 graduates would be heading for either Oxford or Cambridge. In the preceding year, a fourth of his students secured admissions to Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, and London School of Economics, an achievement any British grammar school would be very proud of. In the area where it counts, in fact the only valid currency for a school the quality of its graduates KYUEM easily trumps the venerable MCKK.

It is revealing that the item that received the biggest applause (according to a news report) was the King’s announcement that the minister had approved a new hall for MCKK! In his speech, the King suggested that other schools emulate MCKK. I respectfully suggest to His Majesty that Malay College should instead emulate KYUEM.
The Old Malay of MCKK

MCKK, established over 100 years ago, had pretensions of being the Eton of the East. It is formal, resistant to change, and slavishly hanging on to traditions. Even the school motto is in affected Latin, Fiat Sapienta Virtus. Query the school’s alumni, students and teachers; few would know what it means. In short, Malay College epitomizes the old Malay ethos, obsessed with symbols and pretensions but devoid of substance.

KYUEM on the other hand is less than a decade old. Its mission statement, or motto if you will, is elegant in its simplicity and clarity, To Educate, Not Simply Teach. No pompous Latin phrases. And they trustees, teachers, and students have done an excellent job at it. They embody the good and the promise of a new Malaysia. Specifically, those Malays at KYUEM are my model of Melayu Baru (New Malay).

Before elucidating further the differences between MCKK and KYUEM, it is important to note that despite their college labels, both institutions are basically residential secondary schools. In case of Malay College, it is not even that. Since its graduates cannot enter university directly, MCKK is essentially a glorified middle school.

The foremost difference is that MCKK is a public institution, totally dependent on the allocations from the ministry. Despite its roster of luminaries as old boys, their contributions to the school are miniscule to nonexistent. The only time they visit their alma mater is to harass the headmaster for decisions they do not like.

KYUEM is a private institution, dependent on tuition and donations for its survival. As such, it has to produce to satisfy its customers students and their parents. The school is not interested how many sultans, ministers and other luminaries it counts among its alumni rather which universities will accept its students next year. Malay College is fixated with its past, Kolej UEM is confidently poised for the future.

Malay College is an all-Malay institution; KYUEM’s student body reflects the rich diversity of Malaysian society. Malay College students would carry their cultural insularity into their adult life. KYUEM’s students on the other hand have a much richer and more meaningful learning and living environment because of the diversified enrollment. They would definitely be better prepared for this globalized world.

Examine the Leadership
While everyone in an organization contributes to its success, the crucial differentiating point is leadership. KYUEM trustees are from the business world, individuals attuned to recognizing a need in society and then fulfilling it. In contrast, the Minister of Education appoints MCKK’s governing board. They are thus men with the mindset that there is no problem that a government cannot solve. The sinister corollary to this is that the government must control everything; it knows what is best for you and me, and our children.

Consequently, MCKK’s curriculum follows that the ministry’s rigid prescription, right down to the textbooks. KYUEM opted for global standards and chose the best traditions of British grammar schools. When there are no locals with sufficient experience with such a system, the trustees do not hesitate in hiring an expatriate. They do not have any negative lingering anti-colonial hang ups, or fear that the hiring of a foreigner would be viewed as a slight on the abilities of the natives. Those trustees are interested only in what is best for their students.

KYUEM’s outgoing headmaster, Richard Small, is an Oxford graduate; his successor, John Horsfall, is a product of Cambridge and a PhD-holder to boot. I gleaned these facts from the news reports of the graduation exercise. In contrast, at Malay College’s Speech Day there was no mention of who was the headmaster. That was the degree of respect the headmaster commanded, or was accorded. The King and the other distinguished visitors hogged the limelight. They were obviously more important than the headmaster, teachers, or students.

I am certain that the MCKK’s headmaster must glow in having the King, Raja Muda and the Minister grace his school’s function. Richard Small on the hand could hardly contain his pride in his students achievements. How revealing of the different priorities at the two institutions!

Leadership alone is not enough. The students do not see the trustees and headmaster every day in the classrooms. It is the teachers who are there for the students. The most important learner in the classroom, noted Headmaster Small, is the teacher, because if the teacher is not constantly learning and changing, how can he be a competent role model for student learners.

The caliber of the faculty at KYUEM is impressive, many with graduate degrees including PhDs. Its biology teacher, Norhayati Zainudin, is a graduate in Veterinary Medicine from a local university.

Impressive degrees mean nothing if the teacher cannot teach. My biology teacher at Malay College had a PhD from a Punjabi university. He was next to useless. Fortunately, my physics and chemistry teachers in the persons of Mr. Malhotra and Mr. Norton more than took up the slack in teaching and guiding us.

Readers might be puzzled to know where I garner these facts about KYUEM. Easy, from its website (www.kyuem.edu. my). It has a wealth of information useful not only for potential students but also for web visitors like me.

I tried to surf Malay College’s website. The operative word there is tried. There are many such sites claiming to be the official website, many hosted by freebie servers and consequently cluttered with advertising banners. On one site, its Students Achievements page was last updated in 1999!

Malay College is embarking on its Sayong Project, billed to take it into the new century. MCKK is also eagerly seeking ties with residential schools in other countries. I humbly suggest that MCKK looked closer to home, just a few miles south at Lembah Beringin.

Malay College epitomizes the feudal Malay system still very much alive under the veneer of modernity. Meanwhile those folks at Lembah Beringin represent the new Malaysia, confident of their heritage and at ease with the modern world.

July 21, 2010 - Posted by | Ilmu, MCKK

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