Star Rekindles Tradition


ipoh echo issue 139, Sekolah Tunku Abdul Rahman (STAR)Sekolah Tunku Abdul Rahman (STAR), Ipoh has a long sporting tradition which dates back to its humble beginning in January 1957. The school, like similar institutions in Ipoh, has produced many sporting legends, especially rugby players who went on to don state and national colours. In fact, sports have been synonymous with the development of STAR per se.

In keeping with this proud tradition, the school organised the STAR Gold Rush Athletics Circuit 2012 on Saturday, March 3 at the school field. The athletics meet was an occasion to honour past greats who were invited to grace the day-long field event. A line-up of who’s who was on hand to provide the finesse to an otherwise mundane occasion. The presence of these one-time sporting greats was a true reflection of the appeal the school has on its past students. The current batch of students could only watch in awe at their famous seniors.

The athletic meet did produce some noteworthy results but were nowhere near that of the former athletes. A case in point was the renowned Golden Quartet ‘72 comprising of Yusof Ali, Hassan Ahmad, Zaharan Mat Piah and Mohd Redza Rahman. The foursome, who were present at the meet, were a force onto itself in the 1970s. Between them they had won several accolades for the school. Their forte was in the short sprints and the relays.

The seniors could only reflect on their past recalling a time when giving their best for their alma mater was all that mattered.


2 thoughts on “Star Rekindles Tradition

  1. Thank you Muhamad Asri for the timely reminder. My sincere apology. The mistake was never intentional.

    Being a former athlete myself I can still recall the many moments I was on the STAR field in the 1960s representing my school at the Perak Combined Schools Sports. I find it difficult to beat the best from your school in my pet events, javelin, shot putt and high jump.

    Tairobi, your school captain and a great footballer, was with me at the Royal Military College. He retired as Chief Engineer of the Army. So was another keen rugby player, Marzuki Taharim. He became a successful real estate agent and now resides in Brisbane. Both were my squad mates at the military college.


    fathol zaman

  2. Dear Sir/Madam,

    I was delighted to read about my school. Unfortunately, I was outstation and could not be there that day.

    As has been mistaken many times before by many parties, the name STAR actually means

    SEKOLAH TUANKU ABDUL RAHMAN (The first Agong of Malaysia).

    Many parties got mistaken between TUANKU (the first Agong) and Tunku (the first prime minister).

    To make it more confusing, the school was officially opened by the first prime minister, TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN … HA HA

    Anyway, thanks to Ipoh Echo for highlighting the event!

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