New V.I. - 1929

The Opening of the New V.I.

March 26, 1929




An amalgamation of the reports from The Victorian of August 1929 and The Malayan Daily Express of Wednesday March 27, 1929

NEW VICTORIA INSTITUTION.
MAGNIFICENT BUILDING OPENED.

HIGH COMMISSIONER'S REMINISCENCES.

BIG GATHERING AT YESTERDAY'S FUNCTION.

ll Kuala Lumpur turned up yesterday to witness the opening of the new building of the Victoria Institution by H.E. the High Commissioner, Sir Hugh Clifford, MCS, GCMG, GBE. His Excellency arrived a few minutes after His Highness the Sultan of Selangor, both of whom were received by Mr. G. C. Davies, the Headmaster. His Excellency arrrived at 5 p.m. accompanied by Sir William Peel, Chief Secretary, and attended by Capt. Blair, A.D.C. He then inspected the Guard of Honour composed of school cadets and scouts, 100 strong, under Capt. F. C. Barraclough. The remainder of the school was also drawn up in front of the pavilion. The King was played by the Selangor State Band during the inspection.

The formal opening of the doors took place immediately after, His Excellency receiving the golden key with which to perform the task from the hands of Mr. Aitken-Berry who represented the architects, Swan and Maclaren.

The new buildings are ideally situated. They are far removed from the dust of the town and command a very pleasing prospect all round. The classrooms are large, well ventilated and inviting. The building is more or less in the shape of an E, the Assembly Hall in which the large gathering listened to the speeches yesterday being in the centre. From the outside it is imposing, and from inside it is pleasing. The general lines of the building are harmonious and the whole building reflects very great credit on the architects. The building which stands on the most conspicuous eminence of the hill extremely well set off by well-laid out playing fields which are bound to improve in appearance as the turf grows. Kuala Lumpur ought to be proud to possess what is undoubtedly the finest school building in the F.M.S.

The attendance at yesterday's function was very large. Among those invited, most of whom were present, were:-

The Hon. Mr. C.W.H. Cochrane, the Hon. Mr. and Mrs. A.S. Bailey, Lt-Col. J.F. Swettenham O.B.E., and Mrs Swettenham, Col. And Mrs. W.R. Meredith, the Hon. Dr. R.O. Winstedt, C.M.G., the Hon. Mr. Wong Yick Tong, the Hon. Mr. S. Veerasamy, the Hon. Mr. M.D. Daly, the Hon. Mr. and Mrs. J. Strachan, the Hon. Mr. and Mrs. H.G.R. Leonard and Miss Leonard, the Hon. Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Gilman, the Hon. Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Gibson, the Hon. Mr. Justice and Mrs. Farrer-Manby, the Hon. Mr. Justice W.H. Thorne, the Hon. Mr. and Mrs. D.F. Topham, the Hon. Dr. and Mrs. C.S. Wilson, the Dr. and Mrs. Tempany, the Hon. Mr. E.N.T. Cummins, Mr. and Mrs. F.W. South, Dr. and Mrs. H.W. Jack, Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Bryant, Mr. and Mrs. G.P. Bradney, Major and Mrs. Stamford Raffles, Dr. A. Cosgrave, Dr. and Mrs. H.R. Dive, Capt. And Mrs. J.W. Hoflin, Mr. and Mrs. Choo Kia Peng, Dr. and Mrs. R.T.B. Green, the Rev. O.B. and Mrs. Parsons, Mr. and Mrs. T.W. Hinch, Rev. Brother Louis, Capt. And Mrs. R.W. Blair, Dr. (Miss) Robertson, Mr. and Mrs. San Ah Wing, Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Greig, Mr. and Mrs. Yap Tai Chi, Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Cuscaden, Mr. and Mrs. L.A.G. Morris, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Caldecott, Mr. and Mrs. T.A. Melville, Mr. and Mrs. Teh Seow Teng, Mr. and Mrs. N. Grenier and Miss Grenier, Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Talalla, Mr. and Mrs. L.Y. Swee, Mr. Wee Hap Lang, Mr. and Mrs. W.A.C. Haines, Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Parker, Mr. and Mrs. P.H. Forbes, Mr. and Mrs. L.A. McGowan, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Mussett, Dr. and Mrs. M.A. Gabriel, Major W.H. Elkins, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. P.H. Fish, Mr. C.C. Reade, Capt. and Mrs. Faulkner, Mr. and Mrs. A. Cavendish, Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Gammans, Mr. and Mrs. N.A. Worley, Mr. T.D. Hughes, Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Richards, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. German, Mr. and Mrs. G.E. London, Mr. and Mrs. L.F. Bridge, Rev. and Mrs. F. Ferguson, Rev. and Mrs. W.H. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. P.W. Gleeson, Mr. and Mrs. H. Davies, Mr. and Mrs. F.F. Cooray, Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Richards, Mr. and Mrs. Liew Weng Chee, Mr. and Mrs. I.R. Vethavanam, Mr. and Mrs. Yap Pow Ching, Mr. and Mrs. D. Benson, Mr. and Mrs. P.T. Allen, Mr. Chan Kam Ming, Mr. and Mrs. Hovil, Mr. and Mrs. Tan Chin Wah, Mr. and Mrs. E.D. Butler, Mr. and Mrs. W.J.P. Grenier, Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. K. Browne, Mr. and Mrs. L. Vaughan, Mr. A.J. Bostock-Hill, Mr. and Mrs. J.C.M. Bell, Mr. and Mrs. F.B. Ivens, Mr. and Mrs. W.G.W. Hastings, Mr. and Mrs. B.J.P. Joaquim, Mr. and Mrs. S.M. Sharma, Mr. and Mrs. D. Storch, Mr. and Mrs. W. Lowson, Mr. and Mrs. Yong Shook Lin, Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Douglas, Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Burnett, Mr. T. Rajendra, Mr. and Mrs. G. Shelton-Agar, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Hollway, Mr. R. Fernando, Mr. and Mrs. W. Leggat, Mr. and Mrs. W. Reeve-Tucker, Mr. and Mrs. D.A. Bishop, Mr. R.D. Ramasamy, Mr. Yap Fatt Yew, Mr. and Mrs. A.C.J. Towers, Mr. and Mrs. K. T. Ganapathy Pillay, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Man Pun, Madame Loke Yew, Dr. and Mrs. Teh Yok Chee, Mr. and Mrs. Alan Loke, Raja Omar, Mr. and Mrs. Chua Cheng Chee, Mr. C.A. Vellupilli, Raja and Mrs. Musa, Mr. and Mrs. V.G. Reeve-Tucker, Mr. H.R. Joynt, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Cuthbert, Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Aitken, Mr. and Mrs. C.G. Coleman, Messrs. M. N. Cumarasami, Yap Tai Yam, S.C. Young, Loke Yaik Foo, Low Leong Gan, Chew Kam Chuan, Yap Tai Nyen, Yong Sze Lin, Ong Thye Ghee, Chia Kee Chah, Yap Loong Hin, Loh Kong Imm, Loo Yew Hoi, Raja Mohamed, C.R. Martin, Chua Boon San, Dr. Abdul Latiff, Chan Sze Onn, A.G. David, Ng Bow Huah, Chia Hood Lye, K.M. Kumarasami, P.E. Navarednam, Yap Tai Wah, Tay Lian Tin, Khoo Teik Ee, Yap Fook Chin, Chong Khoon Lin, Wee Cheng Kong, Dr. L.S. Perera, Chua Boon Guan, J.S. Ayathurai, Yeo Keng Wee, L.W. Arnold, J.B. Carr, J.G. Wharton, M.H. Foenander, S. Renganathan, V. Suppiah, Yong Kung Lin and many others.

VI Opening Invitation
Invitation to the Opening
Courtesy: Mrs Susheila McCoy

The guests and the whole school proceeded to the Assembly Hall for the actual declaration of the opening where the Headmaster took the chair. After the gathering had been seated, Mr. Davies, the Headmaster, said: Your Excellency, Your Highness, Ladies and Gentlemen. Eighteen months ago we witnessed the laying of the foundation stone of this building by H.H. the Sultan. On that occasion H.H. remarked that the weather that evening augured well for our future. So far, at any rate, we have every reason to be satisfied. In a comparatively short time this handsome building has arisen and today the hopes and aspirations of all connected with this school have seen their fulfilment.

We feel deeply honoured by the presence of H.E. the High Commissioner and are grateful to him for coming here to open this building. It is a matter for congratulation to us that it should have been opened by probably the most distinguished High Commissioner this country has ever had (applause) and one who is certainly the most closely connected with the peoples of this country.

The Victoria Institution - of which this fine building is the new home - was founded as Selangor's permanent memorial of Queen Victoria's Jubilee. This project received the hearty support of the Selangor Government, which contributed generously money and land. Four names stand out prominently among those who did most for the founding of the school - Sir William Treacher, Dr. Loke Yew, Towkay Yap Kwan Seng, Capitan China, and Mr. Tamboosamy Pillai, father of the President of the Old Boys' Association - all honoured names in the early history of the State. A body of twelve Trustees was elected with the Resident as President and they brought the school into being. The foundation stone of the buildings in High Street was laid by Mrs. Treacher on August 14, 1893 and the school was opened on July 28, 1894 with Mr. Bennet Eyre Shaw as first Headmaster (applause). It is a matter for rejoicing to all connected with the school to have Mr. Shaw here on the platform today (applause). Mr. Shaw opened the Victoria Institution in 1894 with a staff of four assistant masters and an enrolment of 100 boys and in a one-roomed building.

The history of the school for the next 28 years was one of steady advancement so that when Mr. Shaw left on retirement in 1922 he had raised the Victoria Institution to the position of one of the leading schools in the country with an enrolment of 1,000 boys (applause). By his successful administration and devotion to the welfare of the boys who passed through his hands, Mr. Shaw earned what must be a unique expression of love and gratitude from his old pupils, for when the opening of these buildings drew near they invited him to come back to Malaya as their guest so that he might see accomplished an event the necessity for which was in a great measure due to his successful headmastership (applause).

Ever since its foundation, the school had depended very largely on Government's financial support; so much so as time went on, that the question of Government taking over the school was raised by the Trustees. An arrangement was arrived at and on September 1st, 1925, the Victoria Institution - the last of those non-denominational Malaya schools founded mainly through public enterprise - became a Government institution.

Many who had known and loved the school, in its days under the Trustees deplored the necessity for this step but it was inevitable if the school was to keep abreast of the other schools under Government and I can assure friends of the school that under Dr. Winstedt's administration, there is no fear of the school losing its individuality - it is free now as it ever was to grow in its own way and to maintain its individuality provided, of course, it maintains its efficiency. This is a matter of great importance - for a school to be successful must be free so that those connected with it and those who have passed through it can feel that it is something peculiarly their own - something they are proud to belong to - a state of affairs which could not exist if it was felt that the school was one of many stereotyped Government institutions. It is interesting to note that the majority of the local staff are old boys of the school (hear, hear) who have its welfare very close at heart and that most of the present pupils are sons of old boys.

It is very pleasant to be able to report that the old boys take a deep and practical interest in the school. They have founded scholarships and been ready to help whenever called upon. Among recent gifts received, I would like to mention the complete Large Oxford English Dictionary from Mr. Chia Kee Chak and the Encyclopedia Britannica from Mr. Ganapathipillay - both for the library (applause).

In the school in High Street the classes ranged from first year primary to the School Certificate Class that is of boys from 6 to 19 years of age. In this building, however, we shall only have Standard VI and above, that is, boys 14 to 19 years old. In thus dividing up the school, the authorities are following the present practice in England, so that this school will correspond to a Secondary School at home. It will be boys who are aiming to occupy positions other than those of manual workers. For the manual workers, workers on the land and subordinate technical employees, Government is establishing Trade and Technical schools. Nor will we be open to criticism of our friends, the Press, that we are merely turning out clerks, for one of the features of this school will be the Science Department with its well equipped Physics and Chemistry Laboratories. We also have an Art Room and a Geography Room - or laboratory - for Geography is very much a science these days.

The spacious playing fields will enable us to carry on the physical training and recreation which, in the past, has done so much to build up the reputation of the Victoria Institution as a nursery of sportsmen. The harmony and good feeling which exist between the many races in this peninsula has often been remarked and it has often been attributed to the benefits of games played in common. I cannot here help mentioning what is not generally recognised and that is that this good feeling is to a great extent a result of the training the local sportsman has received in schools such as this. In this school our aim will be to give boys such a training as will fit them for life, such training as will "make them happiest in themselves and also most serviceable to others."

Finally I would once again thank His Excellency, His Highness the Sultan and other distinguished guests for their presence and all the visitors for coming here this afternoon. It is the earnest hope of the staff and myself that we shall carry on a work here that will be worthy of our new home and continue to progress along the lines which in the past have earned for the Victoria Institution the honourable place it occupies in the life of this State.

His Excellency's Speech

His Excellency said: Mr. Davies, Your Highness, Sir William, Ladies and Gentlemen, I find myself in a position of considerable difficulty because, according to the statement of the order of events handed to me, I understand that the history of the Institution was to be left entirely in my hands. But it has already been dealt with so fully by Mr. High Commissioner Davies that he has cut away the ground from under my feet in a manner which embarrasses me.

Being one of the oldest inhabitants of Selangor, at any rate, I think, perhaps one of the oldest civil servants of Selangor and also the oldest actual servant of the State now present in Malaya, because I was allowed to take up the post of District Officer at Kajang to which I was appointed as early as 1886 - as one of the oldest inhabitants of the State, I think, I may speak a little about the old Victoria Institution.

The year 1887 which is the most impressed in my memory was famous throughout the Empire as the Jubilee year of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, although it was only after she had reigned another ten years that the first Jubilee was completely forgotten and the second Jubilee was celebrated. Now it was on the occasion of the first Jubilee that certain leading members of the public in the town of Kuala Lumpur set on foot a subscription which was to be got together in order to institute something which would be a lasting momento of Her Majesty Queen Victoria having closed a reign of fifty years for the British Empire. And the leading gentlemen of the unofficial community who undertook this work were the Capitan China Yap Kwan Seng, Towkay Loke Yew and a Tamil gentleman, Mr. Thamboosamy Pillay, who was the leading Tamil Indian in Kuala Lumpur at that time. These three gentlemen started a public subscription which met with such a good response that a very handsome sum of money was presently accumulated. They then went to the Resident-General Sir Frank Swettenham who encouraged their project but said that the sum that was already subscribed would have to be very considerably enlarged before they could hope to make with it a permanent memorial. Subsequently for the next five or six years nothing happened.

Then in 1893 they were able to secure subscriptions which were generous and which enabled them to start something even if the Government of Selangor did not contribute. The Government of Selangor gave a handsome contribution towards the fund and also, for the first time in the history of the F.M.S., imposed an education rate of 1 per cent on the annual value of property in Selangor which was made a source of income for the Institution which was to be established by this Fund. They also gave $3,000 as an annual subscription towards the fund. A public meeting was held and it was determined that the best monument that could be erected to the memory of Queen Victoria's long reign would be a school in Kuala Lumpur - a boys' school, where there would be no boarders, and which should be open to all races and all denominations and creeds. Thus the Victoria Institution came into existence in the small school which Mr. Davies has told you and it was placed in the charge of Mr. Bennett Eyre Shaw.

From the very first day the institution grew in strength. The foundation stone of the school was laid in 1893 by Lady Treacher and in 1894 the school was opened. In 1899 they were able to build a second block, in 1902 a third block was added and in 1904 a fourth block was built and opened. In 1921 and again in 1927 additional blocks were brought into use. The Institution expanded until it became what it is today, a school with a large number of boys presided over by Mr. Shaw and a considerable teaching staff. The gentleman beyond all others, responsible for the extension of that Institution from the preparatory small building to almost its ultimate conclusion was Mr. Bennett Eyre Shaw, the first Headmaster who is with us this afternoon (applause).

I am sure that all of us are very glad to welcome here and congratulate him upon the feeling of triumph that must be his this afternoon when he remembers the small nucleus which has grown, mainly under his supervision, to the institution which is now being held in this admirable building. Mr. Shaw held the post of Headmaster from the inception of the school in 1894 until his retirement in 1922- 28 years of extraordinary valuable services rendered to the people of Selangor, especially of Kuala Lumpur. I feel sure that his name will remain a treasured memory among those who were his pupils for the long period of more than a quarter of a century, and their children. As you will have the pleasure of hearing Mr. Shaw speak to you I do not propose to occupy any more of your time than is inevitable.

I find that as early as 1918 the Government of Selangor decided that it would be a good thing to move the old Victoria Institution from its original site and house it elsewhere and a site was chosen in Batu Road where an area of about 25 acres was purchased. Plans were drawn up and contracts for the erection of the building were actually let, when 'that tyrannical individual' technically known as the Town Planner - Mr. Reade - prohibited the erection of the building on the site under any circumstances whatsoever (laughter). Consequently the Government had immediately to halt in its too precipitous advance and look about for another site and here, I believe, the Town Planner, again with the unearthly instinct which characterises Town Planners, selected the site on which this building stands. I have no doubt that this site is much better than the original site selected by a purblind Federal Government (laughter).

Now had it not been this collision of opinions the Institute would really have been a miserable building in Batu Road but it would have been in existence much earlier. Partly owing to the necessity of cancelling the contracts and calling a halt and to the unfortunate further delay caused when the rubber slump occurred in 1921 and threatened all who were concerned in the Malay States with imminent ruin, the good intentions of the Government had to wait for a more fitting time and it was not until September, 1927, that His Highness the Sultan of Selangor was able to lay the foundation stone of this building. It was peculiarly fitting that His Highness should have performed that function because as the Raja Muda of Selangor he has been one of the twelve Trustees who had charge of the management of the old Victoria Institution.

And it is now my duty some eighteen months later to declare this new building open and to wish it, in the name of all present, every prosperity. In doing so I should like to congratulate Mr. Davies and his staff and all those who have been connected with the management of the Institute from the beginning on the very notable success that has attended their efforts, and I congratulate the town of Kuala Lumpur on having possessed during these years an institution such as the Victoria Institution, which has been of real value to the population of the State (loud applause).

Mr S. J. Chan's Remarks

The Hon. Mr. S. J. Chan, who spoke after the High Commissioner as a representative of the old boys of the school, thanked Mr. Davies for inviting him to speak on that occasion and the old boys for conferring on him the honour of speaking on their behalf. When he first Chan Sze Jin saw that magnificent building, his first feelings were mixed feelings of envy and regret. He compared that building with the buildings of the old school and he felt that the present boys of the school were really very fortunate. The school had been second to none in the peninsula and it was but fitting that its buildings should be suitable to the position which it occupied. They all knew how much of the progress of the school was due to its first principal, Mr. Shaw, but he was not going to speak of the great work he had done for the school. He contented himself by endorsing the remarks which had been made that afternoon. He was quite sure that under the able guidance of Mr. Davies, the present boys would maintain and advance the position which the school had won. The old boys expected the present boys to play their part. With their permission he wished to speak a few words about the Queen's scholarships.

According to a report which he read in the newspapers not long ago he understood the F.M.S. Government to have said that it was not intended to renew the scholarships because there was no assurance that the scholars would remain in this country. So far as the F.M.S. was concerned, only two Queen's scholarships had been awarded and it was quite true that neither of the scholars had settled down in this country. He did not know whether the Government had him in mind when they made that reply. But he certainly did not think that his settling down in Singapore should be an argument against the renewal of the scholarships in the F.M.S. He had always been under the impression that these scholarships were granted to assist the successful competitors to pursue their studies elsewhere, and generally to advance the standard of education in the country.

He found it difficult to believe that the country was sufficiently optimistic to think that these scholars when they returned could do as much good by settling in it or that the scholars themselves were so optimistic as to think that they could do any good to the country by settling in it (laughter). He passed those remarks because he did not wish the present boys to attach any blame to him for the loss of the scholarships. He again thanked Mr. Davies and the old boys for enabling him to take part in the proceedings that afternoon and behalf of the old boys he wished the school every success.

Mr. Shaw's Address

Mr. Bennett E. Shaw who was received with great enthusiasm said that it was a very great pleasure for him to be present that evening. He was indeed grateful to his own students for their kindly thought in asking him to revisit this country where he had spent so many B E Shaw happy years. He was also grateful to the Selangor Government for allowing him to be present at the opening of that building which was a worthy memorial of the Jubilee of their greatest Queen. It was his great wish to see those buildings erected before he left on retirement in 1922 and the reasons why the scheme could not be carried out at that time had been explained to them. "I am here, sir, as a relic of the past," exclaimed Mr. Shaw. And being so, he thought there would be a ready made speech for him, giving the past history of the school. Mr. Davies and His Excellency had done that. Thus perhaps he might mention one or two personal matters.

When he arrived in 1894 to take charge of the school, there were 96 boys housed in an attap shed in High Street next to the Capitan China's house. The main building was not opened until late in the year. Since that time four or five thousand boys had been educated in the school (applause). Many of these boys held permanent and responsible positions in the service of the Government and in the service of the general community. After making enquiries, he was indeed surprised to learn that there were many old boys in various parts of the country who had served Government for nearly twenty or thirty years. One of the earliest of their pupils who was in that attap shed with his brothers was now a member of the Legislative Council of the Colony (applause).

Kuala Lumpur had now become a great centre of education for these States. There were now, he was glad to see, in Kuala Lumpur, several flourishing and successful schools both for boys and for girls. They all remembered Sir William Hood Treacher for his great foresight and vision. He hoped that the name of Sir William and the names of the others mentioned - Yap Kwan Seng, Dr. Loke Yew who was later honoured by Hong Kong University, and Thamboosamy Pillay, whose son is now the president of the Old Boys' Association - and the names of Tamby Abdullah and Dr. E.A.O. Travers would be permanently commemorated in the Roll of Honour of the School. They had greatly served the cause of education. He hoped that he had said enough to show to the present students that they had a great inheritance and a worthy tradition to follow.

The Victoria Institution had now become a secondary school. He hoped that the students would be taught there what was most suitable for the requirement of the country and also what was suitable for their opportunities in this country. He hoped that it would not be a place where students came to merely in order to pass examinations (applause). He hoped that it would be a place where students come to be initiated into a life of service. In fact he would like to see their motto to be:

Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.

"Allow me to say, sir," Mr. Shaw remarked facing His Excellency, "that in you we have a notable and living example of a life given up to service." (applause) Continuing, Mr. Shaw heartily congratulated Mr. Davies, the present headmaster, on the successful removal of the school to that fine building on that present site. It was said that a city set on a hill could not be hid, nor could a school. For his own part, he could not wish Mr. Davies any better than that his days in the new V.I. would be as happy as his were in the old and that he would have the same loyal and devoted service on the part of his staff and colleagues as it was his (speaker's) great good fortune to have. He would conclude, with Dr. Winstedt's permission, with the words which Dr. Winstedt used at the laying of the foundation stome of that building, "When the youngest of us here have passed away, may this new school stand as a sign of our generation's concern for posterity and be educating loyal and useful men for the service of the State." (Loud applause)

His Excellency the High Commissioner, His Highness the Sultan, Sir William Peel and other visitors were then shown around the building by the Headmaster and members of the staff. The very pleasant function terminated at about 6 p.m.



The School Staff at the Opening

HEADMASTER
Mr G. C. Davies, M.A. (Oxon).

EUROPEAN STAFF
F. C. Barraclough         C. Forster, M.Sc. (Dunelm)
A. C. Strahan, B.A. (Dublin)

LOCAL STAFF
R. Thampipillay
Ong Teng Ngah, School Secretary
S. Candyah
Ganga Singh
H. V. Ponniah
Goh Keng Kwee
L. F. Koch
S. Thambiah
M. Vallipuram
V. Chandrasekaram
Ng Seo Buck, L.C.P.
K. Thambiraja
V. K. Chinniah
Lian Futt Seong
Tay Lian Hee
Jangir Singh
Chan Hung Chin
E. L. Magness
N. Sundarajalu
T. Thuraisamy, Clerk
S. Murugasu

School Officers at the Opening

SCHOOL CAPTAIN AND PREFECTS

  1. W. F. C. Grenier (School Captain)

  2. Sulaiman bin H. M. Yassin (School Vice-Captain)

  3. Ow-Yang Hong Chiew (Secretary)

  4. Mahluddin bin A. Rahman

  5. Hussin bin Ibrahim

  6. Yoong Khee Hong

  7. Lee Kwan Yew

  8. Mohd. Din

  9. Bahaudin bin Yaacob

  10. Hoh Ah Lang

  11. Yunus

HOUSE MASTERS AND SECRETARIES

  1. Treacher House (Nos. 1 & 2) - Mr. S. Candyah, E. A. G. Yzelman (Secretary).

  2. Yap Kwan Seng (Nos. 3 & 4) - Mr. H. V. Ponniah. Kok Swee Hong (Secretary).

  3. Thamboosamy House (Nos. 5 & 6) - Mr. M. Vallipuram. Sudagar Singh (Secretary).

  4. Hepponstall House (Nos. 7 & 8) - Mr. L. F. Koch. Soon Hon Kong (Secretary).

  5. Shaw House (Nos. 9 & 10) - Mr. Ng Seo Buck. Law Chin Tang (Secretary).

SPORTS

Supervisor - Mr. F. C. Barraclough
Athletics - Mr. Ng Seo Buck
Football - Mr. Goh Keng Kwee
Cricket - Mr. L. H. Tay

SCHOOL MAGAZINE - THE VICTORIAN

Chairman - The Headmaster
Managing Editor - Mr. C. Forster
Editor - Sulaiman b. H. M. Yassin
Hon. Treasurer - Mr. H. V. Ponniah
Hon. Secretary - Mr. H. C. Chan

DEBATING SOCIETY

President - Mr. C. Forster
Chairman - Sulaiman bin H. M. Yassin
Vice-Chairman - Law Chin Tang
Secretary - Sudagar Singh
Committee:
1. Ross Arulanandam
2. Eric de Jong
3. P. Amarasingam

CADET CORPS

Officer Commanding - Capt. F. C. Barraclough
Second in Command - Lt. A. C. Strahan
Adjutant - Lt. R. Thampipillay
Platoon Commanders - Lt. Ng Seo Buck       Lt. V. K. Chinniah
Musketry - 2/Lt. Sunderajalu
Bugle band - Mr. Chan Hung Chin
Fife band - Mr. L. H. Tay

SCOUTS

District Scoutmaster - Mr. Ganga Singh
Scoutmaster - Mr. Goh Keng Kwee
Troop Leader - Yunus bin Tabib
Tiger Patrol, Leader - Loke Wan Tho
Fox Patrol, Leader - Haidzir
Wolf Patrol, Leader - Hussein
Eagle Patrol, Leader - Alagasundram

SCHOOL LIBRARY

Librarian - H. C. Chan
Assistant - Mr. S. Thambiah


V. I. Old Boys' Association


President - K. T. Ganapathy Pillay, Esq.
Vice-President - Ong Thye Ghee, Esq.
Hon. Treasurer - Chin Yoon Thye, Esq.
Hon Secretary - Chan Hung Chin, Esq.
Hon. Auditors - Chew Teck Hock, Esq., Teh Nyok Chin, Esq.

Members of the Managing Committee:
Lee Mun Pun, Esq.
M.H. Foenander, Esq.
L. H. Tay, Esq.
Inche Ahmad bin Mohammed
Chong Sin Yew, Esq.
A. H. Mosdeen, Esq.
Chia Kee Chak, Esq.
T. Magasu, Esq.
R. Thampipillay, Esq.
Ganga Singh, Esq.

Literary and Social Committee:
N. S. Buck, Esq. (Hon. Secretary)
M. A. Akhbar, Esq.
Chan Hung Chong, Esq. (Music Supt.)
Teh Yok See, Esq.
Moey Liam Thoon, Esq.

Sports Committee
Chia Chong Chiat, Esq.
Teh Yok See, Esq.
Lai Ah Moon, Esq.
Leong Ah Tee, Esq. (Hon. Secretary)
Lee Mun Ho, Esq.



See also:   Mr Shaw's Last Visit   (1929)



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