Dato’ Brother Vincent


Brother Vincent J. Corkery, Director of La Salle Centre in Ipoh, described the datukship conferred on him in conjunction with the Sultan of Perak’s 82nd birthday as “a signal” of recognition for St Michael’s Institution as a long established beacon of excellence, where young people without distinction are prepared to take their place in society and serve with honesty and dedication.

He is happy to receive the award, Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Perak (DPMP), on behalf of the La Salle Brothers and St Michael’s Institution. “It will be greeted with joy amongst the thousands of our ever faithful alumni”, he said.

Brother Vincent, who was dressed in the ceremonial costume of Perak’s dato, received the award at an investiture ceremony in the throne room of Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar on April 19. A total of 912 people, including the Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, were conferred with awards and medals in the birthday’s honour list.

Brother Vincent was born in Ireland in 1928 and came to Malaysia in 1948. He served in St Michael’s Institution as vice-principal from 1957 and retired as principal in 1988. He had also served as supervisor for Oral English for Perak, secretary for the Conference of Heads of Secondary Schools, secretary for the La Salle Brothers in Asia-Pacific Region and a founding member of the Perak Historical Society.

Ipoh Echo congratulates Brother Vincent on being conferred the Datukship. We sincerely hope it is indeed “a signal” of recognition to those like Brother Vincent, who had given years of dedicated service to the nation.


5 thoughts on “Dato’ Brother Vincent

  1. Congratulations Bro. Vincent!!!
    You inspire all of us who have had the good fortune to be under your tutorage,to listen to your inspirational stories of Ireland, the fighting spirit & passion of being a true patriot…that one day, we too can ‘conquer’ our own worlds to make it a better home & place. Your Student Class of 1964 Doris Ong Nee Ho Phoenix, Arizona 2010

  2. The award was not conferred as a ‘signal of recognition’ of St Michael’s Institution or of Bro Vincent’s life-long dedication to education in Malaysia.

    Too many people have mistaken the award to be the government’s response to Mr Koon Yew Yin’s article. It was not.

    It was St Michael’s old boys who had recommended Bro Vincent for Datukship in appreciation of him. This was done before the article came out.

    Bro Vincent is happy not being a Malaysian citizen. La Sallian Brothers are citizens of the world. They go wherever they are needed.

    There is no real need for citizenship as Bro Vincent can stay in Malaysia as long he wants to. He can come and go as he pleases.

    The La Sallian fraternity in Malaysia is not without influence and connections in the government.

  3. Sad but true. Agree 100% with Ipohite and Mariam.

    Bro Vincent (as well as Bro Paul) has done sooooo much for education, yet they are still treated like pendatangs who just landed on our shores. Where is the acceptance as espoused in the so-called 1Malaysia?

  4. Unfortunately, Brother Vincent is none of the above, Mariam. No wonder he’s being sidelined and made to beg for his citizenship. The authorities find it proper to ignore his application and keep it at the bottom of the pile in the KIV tray. Vincent’s contributions mean little to them.

    Illegals coming from across the sea settle here in numbers, some married locals and become citizens overnight. One became a Mentri Besar and now lives in a palatial palace worth RM24 million. How he amassed such wealth is best kept for a suspense Malay movie where the villain is the hero and the hero is the crook.

    This is the sad truth of Bolehland where everything and anything is “boleh” provided your cable is long enough to link you to the high and mighty in Putrajaya.

  5. Congratulations to Brother Vincent on being conferred the award for his services to education and to Perak in general.

    However, it does not detract from his current plight – his failure to obtain citizenship. Is this award a sweetener for him to drop the issue?

    Several people like Brother Vincent, who legitimately call Malaysia home and who have contributed in one way or another have been denied citizenship. Others who have married foreigners (naturally not those marriages of convenience)face the same problem and so many highly skilled people are forced to go abroad. The loser is Perak and/or Malaysia.

    It was alleged that my neighbour, who is from North America, had to deposit RM 1.5 million with the state and open a computer components factory before he was granted permament residence.

    But not everyone is in my neighbour’s league. People like Brother Vincent have produced thousands of people who are now successful leaders, artistes, industrialists, teachers and engineers, possibly even politicians, in Malaysia.

    And yet illegals who are lowly skilled or no-skilled, apparently obtain citizenship with ease.

    Why are there skewed selection procedures and a misguided mentality when granting citizenship? Is Brother Vincent’s problem his religion, or that he is a westerner or that he is not a jet-setting entrepreneur?

    Could someone please explain?

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