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Sekolahku...Part 2 - More about the kids

I went through the previous entry and it helps me to remember more about my premier school time. So I decided to write more about it.

Premier School
I am not the 'scorer' type and I never was in 'Top 3'. I never had my homework done. And for the same reason Miss Suzana Teoh brought me, Kishok Kumar, Shashi Kumar, Pak Ali, Hassan ( who have a twin brother(Hussin)in kelas Kuning) to the Headmaster's Office. We waited there for about half an hour before we went back into the class without seeing him. Lucky Mr Ahmad Khairuddin was not around at that time. That was during standard 3. I remember getting 4th place in the class during S4 and was given 'Hadiah Galakan'. The present was to encourage student like me to get into top 3 but it never happen.

Jothi and Sui Li seems to be so perfect. They always competed each other and both managed to get 100% in Mathematics almost in every test and exam(Which I found to be very impossible to achieve). Sui Li came from a family which played very important role to the school an the town. Her late father was the councillors of the MPSP. The hall of the school was named after her grandfather(corrected) Ooi Kar Seng. Mdm Ooi (her aunt was our class teacher) were one of the best teacher in school. There were no sense of competing for other students in the class except for Sui Li and Jothi. Seems to be so impossible to be in par with both of them. Both were the best of all and both were beautiful and smart..A combination that you wish to have it for yourself. In my case not the beautiful. Handsome will be enough...hehehehe

The boys were very naughty. Pak Ali was the worst of all. But I can't remember why he didn't join us to fight with Hanizah and her mom. Hanizah joined us during S4. She came from SK Ninja Turtle and at that time..the gender war had already begun. We used to call her carrot (I don't know where we get that) and her mother(which always came by during recess) joined the war and called us lipas. The war between us (me, Ahmad Nazri, Amirul Akhbar, Ahmad Faizal and Swizaidi Vs Hanizah, Hazirah, Fazlina and others) was so long and it lasted till we were in S6. I fought with Jothi one day..That was during S6. But I can't recall the issue clearly. She threatened to tell my mom(she was teaching in SM Methodist..SRK and SM was in the same compound and share the hall and canteen) about me. I told her "If you want to I can call her now," and she just stood there..looked at me and left. I was like..."Huih, lucky me, kalau dia bagitau mak aku mati laa aku malam nih".

My mom was over protective. I can understand why. She just don't want me to be influenced with other naughty kid. She won't even allow me to talk to my friends via phone. They'll kill the line if they hear my mom's voice. I was in the house one day and David came by all the way from Sg. Bakap to meet me. My mom opened the door and said "Safwan tak dak," and then slammed the door. Poor that kid. David joined us starting S4. He was from KL and have the KL accent. He don't even know how to speak Tamil and couldn't get along with other Indian boys in the school. It took him quite a while before the boys can be friend with him. We were mean(judging from my nickname) at that time and called him names like "Tosai" and "David Arumugam" but he never get angry with us.

Shashi was the quite Indian Boy in class. Always get along with Kishok and Tinesh Kumar. Tinesh always proud of his name because it sounded like Teenage + Mutant Ninja Turtle. We even call him by singing the opening song of TMNT. There was a boy named Azran who always skip schools. One day he came and Pak Ali found 3 copies of Playboy magazines in his bag. He told him that that was his brother's and he wrongly took his bag to school. The boys take turns to look at the mags and probihit me from joining them because they were afraid that I might told the teacher about it. I only know about that the next day when Md Zin told me all about it.

Me, Amirul, Nazri and Faizal tried to teach Eswari, Suganthi and Rathika(I think there were others but I couldn't remember clearly) to read Jawi. We even teach them to recite the Kalimah Syahadah (muslim's declaration of faith) to them..Amirul was the guru besar and others were teachers to them. There were no intention of influencing them to be a muslimah. It all started when Eswari was curious about the arabic letters. We teach her and in return she teach us how to write some tamil letters. The 'school' was never achieved the goal..hahahaha.

There were 'racial war'. We fought in a rubber band 'lastik' during S3 and the war was between Malay and Indian Boys. Tan Meng Ghee joined the Malay side and Tan Chee Boon joined the Indian side. Both parties suffered bruises and Tinesh got a hit right to one of his eyes. Meng Ghee's elder brother is Meng Hui. Both were like taiko in school. Meng Ghee seems to have all the money he needed. He always have at least 10 ringgit in his pocket every day and always be very generous to us. I remember one day that I forgot to ask my mom for my money (RM1 per day...It started with RM 0.50 during S1) so I asked him to lend me his money first. He gave me a ringgit and the next day, he just tell me.."Takpa la..takpa..tapaiyah bayar,".

Chee Boon was from Sg. Bakap. He came to school every day with his 'serabai' face as if he was not taken his morning bath. His Chinese accent was so thick that he uses the word 'aku' instead of 'saya' to the teachers.

Amirul Akhbar Bin Amir was considered as the boys leader. His name really show who he was (Amirul means Leader, Akhbar means Big..he was the biggest of all). One day Kishok pull his chair off when he want to sit down. His head hit the chair's edge and we all were froze. Kishok then realise that he made a mistake and try to apologize. Amirul just hold his head and started to shed tears. I know that it hurts like hell but to see that Amirul shed tears was like IMPOSSIBLE.

There were other kids in kelas Kuning and kelas Biru that I remember very much. Deepashini, Brandon, Khairul Fareez, Kartigaayan, Clayton, Nur Baiti and Jamiah were in the blue class. Badrul Zaman, Zulkarnain, Uma were in the yellow class. Brandon was the top extrovert person in the school. He can made friends with all the students and never get involved in any 'war'. The Malays respected him because he was circumcised when most of us were not 'yet'. It happened one day when he wanted to join us chatting about explicit thing and the boys asked him to back off because he 'belum sunat'. He then said.." Eih..aku sunat laa,". They said he is a liar and ask him to prove it. So he did it. I was not there..I mean I don't looked at ' his'. I stayed outside the toilet and the malay boys inside there were like "Betulah dia dah sunat," I wasn't circumcised yet at that time. He and Karthik (Karthigaayan) were like brothers in the 'previous life'. Both were 'gila2' and love to crack jokes and play pranks. I remember seeing both of them playing infront of the class when Cikgu Syeikh was sleeping during the moral class.

More to come
P/s: Schoolmates from SRK Methodist Nibong Tebal, class of 1995 who read this post are encouraged to write more about it or to correct anything. Let the door to the past opened so that we can look back and laugh to this priceless pieces of memories.

5 people wrote something:

Wow your memory is amazing! There are even stuffs which I didnt know of :) Great job Hafiz!


Sui Li- My memories not very good. I think yours is better. You were right about David(I guess..wait till David read this)..he speak 'bahasa baku' and sounded like someone outside of Penang but he came from the island. You mentioned about Farlim and I started to remember that he used to told me about that..

Do you have anything to share?....hehehe


is it 'premier' school or 'primary' school?



What a piece... I love how you describe them... You make me laugh... Hehe


that was so sweet of you guys...
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