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Fulfilling a Pledge


Perak Malayalee AssociationIt was a moment of realisation for the Perak Malayalee Association when Datuk Aminuddin Hanafiah, Political Secretary to Dato’ Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, Minister of Finance II, came by their association headquarters at Medan Istana, Ipoh, to hand over a cheque for RM150,000. The money was pledged by Husni at the PMA-organised Onam celebration (harvest festival) held at Ipoh City Hall last year.

Association President, R. Narayanan said the contribution will go towards the purchase of an adjacent double-storey shop house as the present premise is too small to accommodate all members and the association’s numerous indoor activities. Membership currently stands at 800 and growing.

A hi-tea, where 15 super-senior members of the association were feted, was held in conjunction with the momentous occasion.


Y’s Men’s Yee Sang


Y’s Men’s Club IpohY’s Men’s Club of Ipoh celeberated Chinese New Year with a sumptuous dinner at a leading Chinese restaurant in Ipoh Garden East recently. The mandatory “yee sang” toss was done with the eager participation of all members present. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of cash awards to two members’ children who scored 6As in their 2011 UPSR examination. The following day members, led by their president, visited the three surviving cerebral palsy afflicted Francis brothers in Lim Gardens, Ipoh. The club has been donating in kind to the Francis siblings since their plight was made known to the public several years ago. A fund-raising programme, an initiative by senior members of the club, is in the pipeline to help the poor and the destitute in the state. It will begin with a jumble sale to be held in conjunction with the Sultan’s birthday in April. Details on the club’s year-round programme and activities can be obtained from K. Letchimanan at 012-530 1939.


Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) builds Houses For Destitute

Houses For Destitute


Yong Kam Sang, 56, of Buntong was so elated when told that a brand new house would be built on the site of his present abode. The person who delivered the good news was none other than Chief Minister, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Zambry Abd Kadir who dropped by Yong’s shack at Jalan Kuang, Buntong on Chinese New Year night. Zambry was so moved by what he saw that he immediately got Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) to build Yong a new house to accommodate his family of five, which includes his aging mother, Kam Long Yong, 76.

Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) builds Houses For DestituteThe 3-bedrooom house will come with a kitchen, toilet and a living room. “It will definitely be more presentable than what I have now,” he told Ipoh Echo when met. Yong’s run-down wooden house belongs to his grandmother and was passed on to him upon her demise many years ago. “I can’t afford to repair the house, as whatever I earn goes to feeding my family,” he said with tears welling in his eyes. Yong makes about RM700 a month doing odd jobs in the city. “The Year of the Dragon has brought me luck,” he said. “I am truly indebted to the state government for coming to my aid in my hour of need.”

Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) builds Houses For DestituteThe Chief Minister made another stop on the same night. He visited Chai Wah Leong, 55, a bachelor who lives alone in a dilapidated hut in Ampang Baru, Ipoh. Chai is another pitiful case. He was abandoned by his family and left to fend for himself over a decade ago. “I’ve resigned myself to my fate,” he told Ipoh Echo. Plucky Chai is determined to face adversity the best he can and considers his hardships a challenge.

Zambry ordered that a similar house be built for Chai by YBU. The one-bedroom house will be spacious enough to accommodate him and his friends should they drop by. It will have running water and electricity, amenities which are absent in Chai’s wooden hut.

The houses, according to Hairul Anwar, YBU’s Director of Corporate Services, will cost between RM30,000 to RM35,000, depending on specifications. They will be completed in March. Construction works are underway.


Selvamany – More than a Teacher


Book review - Selvamany - More than a teacherThis is a biography of a teacher with a great heart. His mission in life was to teach as best as he could and to be always there for his students. As a teacher, he was able to inspire, discipline and motivate his students towards success. He cared for his students, their studies, their welfare, their health and their families. He also fortified them with universal good values.

Many students whom he taught in Anderson School Ipoh, as well as Sekolah Menengah Idris Shah and Sekolah Menengah Seri Teja, Gopeng, and others who had the chance of being associated with him, feel so grateful for having been given the opportunity of knowing him and learning from him.

This biography was produced with the intention of recording for posterity and sharing with others the goodness of humanity in Dato’ Seri N.S. Selvamany.

The biography starts by tracing his “roots and routes” and describing how Selvamany’s great grandparents left Pondicherry, India, to seek their fortune in Malaya in the late 19th Century. It then relates how and why Selvamany became a teacher after his tertiary education at Raffles College, Singapore. His teaching career started in Anderson School Ipoh from 1952 to 1972 and then on to Sekolah Menengah Idris Shah, as its Principal from 1972 to 1979 and as Principal of Sekolah Menengah Seri Teja, from January 1980 to January 1981 when he retired. The book documented how Selvamany was being bestowed with honorific awards such as the Tokoh Guru Negeri and Kebangsaan in 1996 and 1997 respectively and several state awards in 1995, 1997, 2008 and 2009. However, his “most treasured asset” and reward has always been his family, extended family, former students and friends whom he considers as his “sons and daughters”.

Although Selvamany has long retired from active service, he continues helping the underprivileged, especially children; living up to his motto “Serve man, serve God”. He keeps in touch with his former students, occupants at the various charitable societies and homes as well as friends and acquaintances at all levels of society. His reminder would be, “This is my life” and that is the way he likes to live it.

The lead writer, Dr Rokiah Talib, was from the Form 6 class of 1962/63, ASI and a former Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Malaya. The biography project was undertaken by an Organising Committee under the chairmanship of Tan Sri Nuraizah Hamid. The bio-graphy was launched by DYMM Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah on January 15, 2012 at the Royal Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

Almost every feature of the launch programme was provided by former students of Selvamany – the funds needed, the reception and editorial team, the “Andersonians Forever” choir and the accompanying music, the emcee and even the Ustaz who recited the doa selamat. It was the former students’ way of saying “To Sir, with Love”.

The biography is not for sale. However, it is available privately at a nominal donation of RM50 per copy. This donation will help to defray printing costs and postage. The Organising Committee certainly appreciates any extra contributions that readers wish to make. When all copies of the biography are finally distributed, any surplus funds will be channelled to charitable organisations dear to Selvamany’s heart. Those interested in securing a copy, please contact Yeong Sek Yee at 012-2019739 or email him at ysyoricom@yahoo.com.


For more information on the biography launch, visit www.andersonians-arts.blogspot.com.


Alumni Launched


UniKL RCMP (Royal College of Medicine Perak) - MBBS 2012 AlumniThe first batch of UniKL RCMP’s (Royal College of Medicine, Perak) medical students are about to graduate. To commemorate this auspicious occasion, the undergraduates pooled their resources and, with the help of the college authorities, launched the MBBS 2012 Alumni. The function, held at Heritage Hotel, Ipoh, recently, was dubbed “Malam Himpunan Permata”. The objective of the alumni is to assist past and future students in establishing a base for their activities, in and outside the campus.

The event, wholly organised by the students, was focused on appreciating the efforts of the student council and the educating force of the institution. UniKL RCMP took pride in awarding their students for various achievements. Overall outstanding student award went to Mohd Shafiq Wahab. Community-based programme in support of the Dayak Bidayuh National Association/UNESCO Multilingual Pilot Project in Kuching was honoured with the best programme award.

In conjunction with the event, the medical institution launched a fund-raising project for the destitute in Perak. Three wheelchairs were given to the representative of Rumah Seri Kenangan, Tanjung Rambutan, as part of the institution’s corporate responsibility towards the community. The evening ended on a high note with music and songs performed by students.


Knowledge Sharing Session


Petroglyph Games - Kian Chai NgAt the invitation of Spacetoon Media Hub Sdn Bhd and K-Perak, Klang-born, Kian Chai Ng was the guest speaker at the knowledge-cum-experience sharing session held at Perak Techno Trade Centre, Ipoh recently. Kian is currently the lead concept artist with Las Vegas-based Petroglyph Games. He has more than three years’ experience in graphic design and has been in the computer-games industry for over nine years.

Kian talked about his experiences in the game development processes in the US, including ups and downs working on his current project, “End of Nations”, a massive multiplayer online real time strategy (MMO-RTS) game. It is a free-to-play game that will be released sometime this year.

The objective of Spacetoon Media Hub in organising such a session was to upgrade the knowledge and skills of local animators, particularly animation students. The company plans to hold a huge carnival in Perak at the end of the year, bringing in well-known animators from around the world. This will create an opportunity for students to enhance their skills, and at the same time further develop the infantile animation market in the country. Demand for local animators will invariably increase.


Sharing CNY Joys


Perak Community Specialist Hospital PCSHAs part of its CSR (corporate social responsibility) initiative, Perak Community Specialist Hospital celebrated Chinese New Year with inmates of Rumah Seri Bahagia, a senior citizens’ home, and kids from Salvation Army Children’s Home. The occasion had the tacit support of BAIDURI, the Perak Association of State Assemblymen’s Wives.

The guests of honour were Datin Seri DiRaja Saripah Zulkifli, wife of Perak Menteri Besar, Datin Lim Soo Lee, wife of Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon, and Datin Hew Chew Yoon, wife of Perak Gerakan chief, Dato’ Chang Ko Youn.

After an energetic lion dance, the 55 inmates of Rumah Seri Bahagia in Jalan Gopeng were handed goodie bags courtesy of BAIDURI, in addition to the Chinese New Year goodies and ang pow from the hospital. They were then treated to tea.

Later, at the Salvation Army Children’s Home in Jalan Kampar, 34 children were similarly entertained. Representatives from the hospital distributed gifts together with ang pow from BAIDURI.

It was a delightful afternoon that will remain in the memory of all who were present.


Thompson Residences -. Taiko-Straits Developments

Exclusive Freehold Bungalows


Accessible exclusivity, a stately home to call your own

Thompson Residences -. Taiko-Straits DevelopmentsThe Thompson Residences development in Ipoh is exclusive yet easily accessible. The 13.32-acre freehold project plays host to 47 exclusive and luxurious double-storey bungalows with built-ups ranging from 4,800 to 8,600 sq.ft., and prices starting from RM2.78 million. It is tucked between Jalan Tun Dr Ismail and Jalan Kelab Golf, off Tiger Lane, while the North-South Expressway is a mere 1.5km away.

This low-density project – 3 units per acre – is characterised by its lush tropical environment where residents live a resort-type lifestyle in homes which include numerous timber features within.

Large and spacious, the homes are stately, with classical timeless facades, and fitted with security features, such as, alarm systems, keypad intercoms, motion sensors and smoke detectors.

Thompson Residences -. Taiko-Straits DevelopmentsThe 30 units in the first launch are ready for vacant possession. Taiko-Straits Developments Sdn. Bhd. launched the second phase – The Thompson Collection 2 during Chinese New Year.

While the first phase sported facades with warmer earth tones, the 17 units in the second phase leans more towards the modern look with classic greys and whites dominating the exterior.

Thompson Residences -. Taiko-Straits DevelopmentsThe Thompson Collection 2 is defined by its signature unit, The Manor, which sits on the largest lot. This 7+1 study room bungalow is sumptuous, sleek, elegant, spacious and graceful. A floating terrace provides the ideal finishing touch for this one and only exclusive home.

Other 7- and 8-bedroom designs in this second collection are the Panorama, Alstonia, Bridelia and Dillenia, each with its own unique and distinctive features.

The Thompson Residences are truly exclusive in all ways – location, environment and design. And if exclusivity tickles your fancy, do check out these homes, especially the second collection.

For details you can head down to the sales gallery at No. 61 Jalan Tun Dr Ismail, Ipoh. Tel: 05-545 2888.

A Day with Village Heads in Perak


Centre for Rural Transformation RTCThe Centre for Rural Transformation (RTC), Gopeng, organised a programme A Day with the Village Heads in Perak at TEMAN (Terminal Makanan Negara) in Simpang Pulai. In his short opening address, Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry bin Abdul Kadir said that RTC provides a network for marketing products made in the village.

Minister of Rural and Regional Development Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie, said that RTC was specifically created for the convenience of all residents, where it will consolidate the economic activity that can generate income for rural communities. It acts as an important platform for enhancing the income, employment opportunities, as well as increase knowledge of entrepreneurship among young people.

RTC’s programme is the first pilot project implemented as an integrated service covering the collection, processing and distribution of agricultural products, banking and insurance, business advisory, training and skills, health care and retailing.


A RM5.1-Million Boost


Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU)The New Year holds a special meaning for Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU). The foundation, tasked to cater to the needs of the poor and the marginalised in the state, is into its second year of operation. The progress of time does not diminish its desire to be in the forefront of the state government’s welfare-driven programme aimed at eradicating poverty among Perakeans.

To mark the momentous occasion a dinner was held at the Royal Perak Golf Club. Aptly dubbed as “Malam Jutaan Harapan” (Night of a Million Hopes) the event was to honour donors, recipients and staff for their contributions and dedication. Four corporate donors, one of which was Kinta Properties, were on hand to do their part for the foundation. The Ipoh-based property developer donated RM100,000 towards YBU’s kitty. A mock cheque for the said amount was handed over by Dato’ Lim Si Boon’s representative to Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir who received the money on behalf of the foundation. A total sum of RM5.1 million was collected from well-wishers, big and small. The sum will help fund the foundation’s on-going aid programmes.

The evening also witnessed the handing over of mock keys to five lucky house owners under YBU’s Infra Housing Aid Scheme. Three received micro credits to facilitate their business ventures while four were awarded certificates of appreciation for the prompt repayment of their micro credits. Zambry formally launched the foundation’s bulletin and its work squad.

Among the dignitaries present to grace the occasion were Dato’ Saarani Mohamad, Chairman of YBU and the foundation’s CEO, Dato’ Hj Zainal Abidin Omar.