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School honours its rich past - King Edward VII in Taiping

14 May, 2008
School honours its rich past

SMK King Edward VII in Taiping, which has produced many illustrious Malaysians, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year with a string of activities which include a gala dinner, two rugby tournaments and the launch of a coffee table book.

Former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, who studied in the school between 1950 and 1957, launched the anniversary celebration at the school on Monday.

“We must contribute to the schools that moulded us. Apart from parents, teachers help guide us during our growing-up years,” he said.
Dr Ling (in light blue shirt) returns to his alma mater to launch the celebrations.

Old Edwardian Association Kuala Lumpur president Datuk Seri Dr Abdul Shukor Abdullah, a former education director-general, said the association aimed to raise RM1mil from the gala dinner and sale of coffee table books to support the school’s sports activities.
Renowned school: SMK King Edward VII in Taiping as it stands today.

He said the money would be put in a trust fund to be set up to fund sports activities and other events in the school.

“We need the money to buy new equipment, jerseys for the football team and to participate in tournaments abroad,” he said, adding that the school excelled in sports.
Illustrious old boy: Prefect Chnag Kin Hing showing a young Dr Ling posing with other Edwardians in a group photograph.

Dr Abdul Shukor recalled with pride the school’s victory over Kuala Kangsar Malay College in an important football final when he was in Form Six and the school’s football team captain.

“The school principal told me we should win in the final. We won the match 2-0 and I scored both our goals,” he said.

On the gala dinner which is sche-duled to be held in October as the culmination of the anniversary celebrations, he said the association was making arrangements to invite royalty to attend the event.
Rugby tradition: Dr Ling and principal Yahaya Liman placing a rugby ball beside a trophy.

Dr Abdul Shukor said among the notable figures who studied at the school was Sultan Iskandar Shah who was the Raja Bendahara of Perak.

Edwardian Datuk Abdul Mutalib Razak said the coffee table book was 75% completed.

“We are publishing a limited edition of 3,000 copies. The book offers a pictorial history of the school.
One big family: Old Edwardians attending the launch of the 125th anniversary celebrations of SMK King Edward VII.

“Part of the proceeds from the sale will be channelled towards the school’s proposed trust fund,” he said, adding that the launch date and price have yet to be fixed.

The two rugby tournaments to be held are named after the school’s former rugby masters - the Yeoh Teng Khoo Rugby Tournament on June 27 and Lim Swee Chin Trophy Rugby Tournament on July 26 and July 27.

Other events planned are the school’s Sports Day on June 28, a procession on July 31 and a golf tournament on Aug 2.

For more information on the anniversary celebration, call Mohaideen Ishack at (019-5784786) or V. Sivananthan Vello at (012-5001115).


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