Who’s in the Club Today? – Supervisor Sam (Episode 16)

Every area of the mine has a supervisor, notable by his white suit and Topi. In the Monitor area of this open-cast mine, the supervisor is called Sam. Nobody knows whether that is his real name but that is what he us universally known as. He has been in the mine since he was a teenager, pushing trolleys full of ore along railway tracks. After 10 years of that slavery, he was made Supervisor.

Sam can be really hard on his coolies if he thinks that they are slacking, and many of them have borne the brunt of a beating with his long stick. On the other side of the coin, if the coolies work hard, he will treat them like a father, give them sound advice and protect the ‘piglets’ (new arrivals) from the bullies.

He has lived in the mining Kongsi for so long he barely remembers his home in Meizhou.


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Ian Anderson

A retired Royal Naval Commander and Permanent Resident of Malaysia, has lived in-country since 1989. A heritage enthusiast, born in 1939, he is the man behind ipohWorld, (http://www.ipohworld.org) Ipoh’s not-for-profit heritage company sponsored by Kinta Properties. A world-wide traveller who has visited more than 70 countries and who owned his own museum for more than 20 years, has a wealth of experience in heritage and history. An accomplished author and speaker, he edited, compiled and sponsored the popular book, ‘Ipoh, My Home Town’.

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