Old Andersonians are not in favour of the North Kinta District Education Department’s takeover of one of the three hostels at Anderson School.
President of Old Andersonians’ Club (OAC) Datuk Dr. Anwar Hasssan said that the school has received a directive from the department of its intention to take over the building to be used as an office.
Dr. Anwar said in 1993 the department was allowed to use three blocks of the school building as its temporary office before moving to its own building. Instead of moving out, the department wants the hostel to be converted as their office. In fact it has taken part of the rugby field for a car park.
OAC is submitting a memorandum to the State Education Department requesting that its district education department comply with the original request and move out. About 90 students from the third hostel cannot be accommodated in the other two hostels which are already crammed.
The Leo Clubs in Malaysia recently celebrated their 40 years of Community Service in Malaysia by hosting Eco-based projects such as tree planting or collecting recyclable items throughout the country (from Johore to Perlis) describing their effort as the M.A.D (Making A Difference) Celebration.
In Ipoh, District 308B2, the Leo Club of SMK Anderson, formed 40 years ago in 1970, invited its own Andersonian Old Boy, Y. Bhg Dato’ Abdul Rahim Md Ariff, MBI’s Secretary to grace the tree-planting ceremony at the school grounds.
Rahim, in his address, praised the Club’s members for selecting Eco-based projects for the their theme celebration as it helped create “awareness for the environment around us”. Their efforts complement similar MBI’s initiatives such as Ipoh Clean and Green City and Greening Greentown adding that to date MBI had planted over 15,000 trees around town.
Joining Rahim to plant a red palm tree at the school’s compound was the Malaysian Celebrities Go Green team of Baki Zainal, Azizi Zakaria and Soo Winci (Miss Malaysia World 2009 fame) amongst others.
According to Lion member and District 308B2 Chairperson (Selangor to Perlis) Alan Thoo the celebration had been endorsed by the Ministry of Education. A total of 15 Leo Clubs in Perak participated in the M.A.D celebrations.
The Leo club is the youth wing of the Lions Club International which creates opportunities for youth between the ages of 13-30 to create and develop their leadership and management skills.