Mr Shaw's Last Visit
March - May, 1929
VIOBA Report by Chan Hung Chin
The Victorian, 1929
t was a great pleasure to the Old Victorians
to be given the opportunity of showing in a practical manner their
affection for their past Headmaster, Mr. B. E. Shaw, M.A. (Oxon.),
and their great appreciation of the valuable services he rendered
to the school during his long period of headmastership (1894-1922).
While absence certainly "makes the heart grow
fonder" great must be the welcome that a long-absent one receives
on returning home. After an absence of seven years during which
period he was always remembered with great affection by his old boys,
the venerable. schoolmaster returned to this country – where he had
laboured unselfishly and untiringly for well-nigh thirty years for
the good of the young, and was warmly welcomed wherever he went.
During the three, months that Mr. Shaw was here,
not only was he lavishly entertained by his old pupils at Kuala
Lumpur, Ipoh, Malacca, Seremban, and Klang, but he also attended
several functions at Government House and Carcosa, and spoke at
the Official Opening of the new Victoria Institution on the Petaling
This indicated that not only his old pupils
value highly all that he did for them, but that the Government
also recognized the great work he has done for Education in Selangor
in particular and in Malaya in general.
By courtesy of The Malayan Daily Express,
we give the following full accounts of the various functions
which were given by the Old Boys in honour of Mr. Shaw.
We hope that these extracts will not only be of
interest to Old Victorians, but that this inauguration number of
The Victorian will also be treasured by them as a souvenir
of the memorable visit of their beloved Headmaster.
Old Boys Entertain Mr. Shaw
A large and distinguished gathering was present
at the new Victoria Institution Hall on Saturday evening, April 13th,
when a banquet was given by the Old Boys in honour of Mr. Bennett
Eyre Shaw, M.A. (Oxon.), headmaster of the Institution from 1894
to 1922. This took the form of a farewell to Mr. Shaw, who is
returning to England early in May.
The Selangor State Band was in attendance.
Mr. K. T. Ganapathy Pillai, the President of
the Old Boys' Association, took the chair and he had Mr. Shaw on his
right and the Chief Secretary, F.M.S., the Hon. Sir William Peel,
K.B.E., C.M.G., on his left. The others present were:—The Hon. Mr.
H. G. R. Leonard, the Hon. Mr. A. S. Bailey, the Hon. Mr. Wong Yick
Tong, the Hon. Mr. S. Veerasamy, Dr. A. K. Cosgrave, Mr. Loke Chow
Thye, Mr. G. C. Davies (the present Headmaster), Messrs. M. Cumarasami,
G. E. S. Cubitt, Choo Kia Peng, J. A. Hunter, A. Kier, M.C. ff.
Sheppard, W. G. W. Hastings, C. C. Reade, A. J. Bostock-Hill, B. F.
Bridge, G. K. Narayan, Liew Weng Chee, San Ah Wing, R. H. A. Jeff, R.
D. Ramasamy, B. J. Eaton, E. A. S. Wagner, G. A. Hereford, R. W. Blair,
F. W. South, J. Bain, Wee Hap Lang, R. F. Gunn, Yong Shook Lin, F. F.
Cooray, M. N. Cumarasami, Ng Bow Poo, S. Muthu, M. A. Akbar, Chan Ping
Kee, D. M. Pillay, Yap Futt Yew, A. Navaratnam, Tan Joo Yee, C. Champion,
R. Sabapathy, Chan Ping Shu, A. L. Foenander, Yap Tai Chi, Hoh Chup
Mee, Wong Tin Leong, Liew Woo Chin, H. C. Chan, T. Magasu, M. Vallipuram,
A. Rajah, R. Thampipillay, Ong Thye Ghee, T. Mylevaganam, P. E. Navaretnam,
D. A. Pillay, S. Velupillai, Lim Kon Yew, Ngoh Kong Thiam, Yee Chi Seng,
Wong Wai San, Wong Ewe Beng, S. K. Pillay, K. S. Pillay, H. V. Ponniah,
Kam Kee Soon, Ahmad bin Mohamed, Ong Teng Ngah, S. Murugesu, Chin Yoon
Thye, Chong Khoon Lin, Loo Yew Hoi, Loo Yu Son, Tan Heng Yam, Oon Peng
Swee, James Robson, Mohamed Tasa, W. H. T. Abraham, Mohd. Jaffa, Tan
Seng Poh, Yoong Ah Hung, Moey Liam Thoon, Leong Ah Tee, Chan
Yue Pui, Tan Seng Teck. A. H. Moosdeen, Lee Kok Yew, Chiew Teik Hock,
L. F. Koch, Raja Mahmud, A. G. Daud, T. Rajendra, A. R. Mahmud, Ahmad
bin Haji Ibrahim, Stanley Jansz, Chia Lian Seng, Sarma, Chan Hong Chong,
Yap Swee Fatt, Hoh Kim Meng, K. Sinnadurai, M. Jalaluddin, Choong Ying
Pui, Leong Ah Kan, Lee Kok Choon, Chia Kee Chak, Lim Mook Long, T.
Christian, Lee Mun Hoe, Loke Yaik Quai, V. Rozario, Choy Tong Woon,
M. Maidin, Goh Siang Kow, A. Halim, Liew Nam Kit, Chan Kim Chong, S.
Suppiah, M. V. Kandiah, Ng Hock Phooi, R. Sinnappan, Chan Kam Ming,
Tang Huat. A. Majid, Teh Yok Kye, Teh Yok Teong, Ng Bow Poo, Yap Kon
Fah, Yap Tai Yam, Chiew Sze Kon, E. Sibert, V. Suppiah, Chua Boon San,
Teh Yok See, L. T. Karasu, C. Sinnathuray, Chew Sze Foong, H. E. Talalla,
Mohd. Yusope, Samsudin bin Mat Sam, S. Renganathan. S. Muttiah, A.
Venasitamby, V. Nallathamby, Chong Soo Kiow, Chong Sin Yew, Drs. Teh
Yok Chee, M. A. Gabriel, L. S. Perera, Ng Bow Huah, R. Vytilingam, K.
Thillyampalam, A. Latiff, W. Thuraippa, and H. M. Soo, and representatives
of The Malayan Daily Express and The Malay Mail.
The Chairman proposed two toasts, that of "H.M. the
King-Emperor" and "H.H. the Sultan of Selangor"; both were loyally pledged.
The health of the principal guest was proposed by
Mr. R. Thampipillay, the oldest member of the teaching staff. In
doing so, Mr. Thampipillay said:—
Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen,—It is with the greatest
pleasure that I rise to give you a toast which I am sure yon will
welcome most enthusiastically that of the principal guest of this evening.
A great deal having already been said during the past two or three
months, both in the press and on the platform of the sterling virtues
of Mr. Shaw and of his devoted and unselfish work in the Victoria
Institution, it is difficult, even for one who has known him long,
perhaps for a longer period than any one else in this country, to
add anything new to what you already know of him. In the opinion of
his Old Boys the secret of Mr Shaw’s success as headmaster of the
V.I. lay in his true conception of the purpose of education — to
understand life, to appreciate life and to make the most of life —
or the complete development of the individual and his unceasing
efforts to realise this ideal. He realised that if the purpose
of education was to develop the best forms of individuality the
body must not be ignored and that play was as much a part of a
well-balanced life as food, or sleep or sunshine. With this end
in view, the physical as well as the mental side of the curriculum
of the school was so organised that the V.I. came to be recognised
as one of the leading educational institutions of British Malaya.
I need not say that Mr Shaw always had the hearty
co-operation and loyal support of his assistants who, having
imbibed the zeal and enthusiasm of their chief, did their work
to the best of their ability. The fact that the V.I. was largely
responsible for the formation of the Malayan Infantry is not
known to many. It was Mr. Shaw who suggested the idea to the
speaker, presided over the meeting of the Tamils who offered
their services as volunteers, exercised influence to get their
offer accepted by the Government of Selangor and lent the school
ground and school carbines for the use of the first platoon that
was formed—No. 1 Platoon of the M. V. I. Selangor. Soon after
this, the Chinese Platoon, the Malay Platoon and the Y.M C.A.
Platoon were formed in Kuala Lumpur and the movement soon spread
to the other States of the Federation. Mr. Shaw has been, for
the past two or three months, the guest of his Old Boys who thought
the best practical way of showing their high appreciation of his
work in the V.I. was to invite him to revisit this country in
order to renew his old friendships and to be present on the
occasion of the opening of the new V.I. which he had hoped to
see erected before he retired in 1922.
Gentlemen, I give you the toast of Mr. Shaw: (Applause)
The toast was heartily pledged.
Mr Shaw's Reply.
On rising to respond, Mr. Bennett Shaw received
a great ovation. He said he was pleased to see Mr. Ganapathy Pillai
there as he formed a pleasing link between the Victoria Institution and
the past. His father, Mr Thamboosamy Pillai, was his old friend and
he was not only the first Asiatic he met on arrival in this country
in 1894, but was one of the original trustees of the V. I. and one
of the original subscribers to the Fund from which the Institution
was built. (Applause). He saw also another link with the past and
that was his friend and very highly valued assistant — Mr Thampipillay.
(Applause). Mr. Thampipillay had been a student in the Institution
and was now a master since 30 years ago. He believed that Mr.
Thampipillay was one of those who held the record of long service to
the public. (Applause).
He thanked them all from the bottom of his heart
for their presence that evening and for the great compliment accorded
to him. He would always remember that evening with the keenest pleasure
when he returned to that obscurity which was euphemistically described
as their well-earned rest—no rest he meant. (Laughter). His visit
to this country, where he had spent the greater part of his working
life, had been so delightful that he was full of regrets to
leave it again soon. This was a country where the sun always shone
and unlike England where they had to pay for their sunshine. (Laughter).
It had a perfect climate and had an up-to-date town
where a paternal Government provided them with houses at a nominal
rent and they could raise a cricket team capable of beating Singapore,
to say nothing of Australia. (Laughter and applause). He read the
other day a speech by the Mayor of Sydney, in which he said, he
regarded it "as sure as the sunrise" that the capital of the British
Empire, would soon be transferred to Australia. "Is it," the speaker
asked, "that the Mayor has not yet heard of Kuala Lumpur"? (Laughter).
He would assure them that from the office peon to
the "big noise" in business, all in Kuala Lumpur were on
velvet and if as the racing tipsters remarked "listen to
the words of wisdom from one who is in the know," none of them would
think of retiring and living in England until Mr. Churchill
had reduced the Income Tax to six pence in the pound.
(Loud laughter). He hoped that the Old Boys were there with a
double intention. They were there not only to bid the old V.I.
and himself farewell but to wish Mr. Davies and the new V.I. and
staff god speed and success in the future. (Applause).
He was sure that Mr. Davies would greatly value
their support and continued interest in their Alma Mater. He hoped
that the public of Kuala Lumpur would give Mr. Davies and staff the
same generous support and show the same keen interest in the new
school as they had accorded to all of them in the old school. To
him, it was a matter of considerable regret that the governing body
of the old V.I. had now been dissolved. The school owed much to
the Trustees in the past, of whom there were from time to time more
than one hundred, and he would take the opportunity of publicly
thanking those gentlemen, who had voluntarily given up much of
their valuable time to the cause of education. (Applause).
They could accomplish only very little if the
trustees had not given them their ever-ready help in schemes for
the improvement of the school and their kindly and sympathetic assistance
in overcoming their difficulties. During his 28 years in the V.I.,
he had been the servant of more than one hundred masters and "in
spite of this," Mr. Shaw said, "I managed to keep my job." (Laughter).
He could not tell them how he did it but when he looked back on
those years he would not cease to be surprised. He had been told
that there were some men in Government service who had had as many
as five different jobs in four years. (Laughter). It had taken him
28 years to really know his job but he felt, that there was yet much
left to learn. He would bid farewell to the loyal staff, his old pupils
and the many friends in this country with not a light heart.
He loved and had a pride in the old V.I. and its
surroundings. He had raised all the trees round the grounds from
seed in his own garden and he had done his best to make the grounds
attractive and beautiful. He had found it a very pleasant spot in
the centre of the town. They had many festive days then and held
entertainments in the hall, which, they would all agree, could not
be, compared with the one they were in. They had also not a few
sporting incidents, among which were killing a crocodile, catching
pythons in the stables, and monitor lizards, which came to devour
his chickens, under the verandah, and the shooting of a mad buffalo
which ran into the grounds during a morning interval.
He was happy to see that the Old Boys, by inviting
various guests, had shown, in a public way, their intention to keep
the old in touch with the new (Hear! Hear!), to assist Mr. Davies
and his staff in carrying on the old traditions of good fellowship
and good sportsmanship in the new surroundings and to help the new
generations of students to keep up the reputation of the school for
service to the public. (Loud applause). He was pleased to say that
many of the Old Boys had in recent years met with great material success,
owing to the wonderful progress and the great increase of business
in the town.
One of the Old Boys, Mr. Yap Futt Yew, had been
extremely generous in providing a club house for the Association.
(Applause). He hoped that other Old Boys would come forward and
help their less fortunate school fellows to place the Association
on a sound financial basis and, if possible, to obtain for the members,
a playing field of their own in which to carry on their club games.
He would suggest that an annual Re-Union Dinner should be held —
with Mr. Davies' permission — in the Hall, at which the guests of
honour should be those Old Boys who had distinguished themselves by
long and useful service to the public. (Applause). It would be gratifying
to him to hear that the scheme had materialized, and he was sure that
there was someone in that gathering who would undertake to see it
As they were probably aware, he had spent most
of his life, in the work of education1 and he believed that they
had expected him to speak some wise words on the subject or to give
some useful advice for the future. He would tell them that a clever
young man in the town remarked the other day: We are suffering from
an excess of imports and experts. (Laughter). He would not inflict
upon them a discourse of that description. He thought they had all
heard the story of a man who suffered from lumbago, and who went to
consult a doctor. "Doctor," he asked, "do you know anything about
lumbago?" "Do I know anything about lumbago?" asked the doctor. "I
should think I did and I have suffered from it for the last 30 years."
"Good-bye, Doctor" and the man disappeared. (Laughter).
"Well, gentlemen," said Mr. Shaw, "I have suffered
from education experts for close on 50 years and I am sorry I cannot
tell you of any cure for them." (Laughter). It was unfortunate, he
thought, that they differed from each other as much as the doctors,
and school masters might well feel puzzled by all the contradictory
suggestions that were being made to them for the improvement of the
curriculum. In a former report on education in the country, school-masters
were described as being the "most conservative," the "most obstinate"
and the "most self-opinionated of men." (Laughter). If that was so,
he was inclined to think that it was somewhat fortunate, for they
were thus not likely to be swayed like a reed by every passing wind.
No reference to you, Mr Reade. (Laughter). School-masters knew that
there were two types of men, those who only learned what they were
taught and those who were incessantly learning for themselves. They
also knew that whatever fancy subjects they were called upon to teach,
the first and the greatest commandment the teacher had was to teach
his students how to learn for themselves. (Applause).
Mr. Shaw said he keenly appreciated the honour
they had done him. He had enjoyed the visit thoroughly and would
return with pleasant memories. He wished Mr. Davies and his staff
as happy a time in the new V.I. as they had in the old one. Concluding,
Mr. Shaw said, "May this school meet with a full measure of success
and prove a lasting benefit to this community." (Loud and prolonged
Mr. Loke Yaik Quai then sang When Irish eyes
are smiling in the chorus of which the whole gathering joined
The Victoria Institution.
In proposing the toast of "The Victoria Institution,"
Dr. Teh Yok Chee, M.B.B.S., said:—
In accepting the honour of making the toast of the
Victoria Institution this evening, I am putting myself into a grave
responsibility. The task before me is a stupendous one, and should
have been entrusted to others endowed with the power of oratory. With
such a distinguished gathering around me consisting of men of letters,
capable barristers and experienced teachers who have spent more than
half their life towards the uplifting of education, I feel I am treading
on dangerous territory. It has been said that alcohol taken discriminately
and in appropriate quantity stimulates the mental faculty, and facilitates
the delivery of after dinner speeches. Some of you perhaps have heard
that Horatio Bottomley, the ex-Parliamentarian and prolific speaker,
invariably consumed a full-sized quart of champagne prior to his making
a dramatic climax in elocution. (Laughter).
It is fortunate for me to be able to resort
to the aid of Bacchus to-night, thanks to the generosity of the managing
committee; I seek this artificial assistance not to augment and beautify
my speech but rather to numb that sense of feeling which I fear may be
unbalanced by my present vocation. During the last few weeks so much
has been said and written about the Victoria Institution that it seems
superfluous for me to enumerate in detail the lengthy history of the
school. The romance of this edifice of learning is wonderful in its
evolution. (Applause.) That crude sampan located near the shallows
of High Street and capably captained by our pioneer Mr. Shaw has now
evolved into a stately Majestic moored in the prominent harbour of
Petaling Hill. (Laughter).
The present pilot, Mr. Davies, who has already shown
great keenness will, we have no doubt, maintain the craft up to date.
(Hear! Hear!) During that long voyage of more than 35 years, the good
ship had landed no less than five thousand passengers safely and distributed
them into useful spheres of activities. The construction of the early
craft was carried out with great difficulty. It was originally propelled
with the aid of a few paddles and fitted with flimsy attap sails provided
by a few energetic, leading personalities — Sir William Treacher, the late
Capitan Yap Kwan Seng, Mr. Thamboosamy Pillai, Dr. Loke Yew and Inche
Thamby Abdullah who all were then most ambitious to help humanity. That
insignificant stage formed the nucleus of the present gigantic achievement.
The vessel, metamorphosed on passage through good and bad times, is now
financially sound and is fortunate enough to be supplied with first class
petrol by the Government and the general public.
We are proud of the Victoria Institution, in that it
is now the most substantial building in Malaya. I myself cannot help
feeling a pang of envy to note such grand opportunities of study are
now given to the younger generation. Perhaps if the doctrine of
reincarnation be true, we may yet one day step in this portal of learning
happy and contentedly. We are further happy to note that the Victoria
Institution is entirely a public school, and as such is thrown open to
all nationalities irrespective of casts, creed, colour and religion.
By owning a school exclusively you curb its possibilities and strangle
its expansion, for you cannot expect the public to contribute generously
to any institution which is the limited property of one body.
With a reputation fostered by genuine traditions
and guided by sound principles, I feel sure, this seat of learning will
remain to posterity as the lighthouse of Malaya. (Applause).
Buoyant with this assurance, gentlemen, I now
respectfully ask of you to rise and drink to the prosperity and longevity
of the Victoria Institution. (Loud applause).
The toast was enthusiastically pledged.
Mr. Davies Replies.
The Headmaster, Mr. G. C. Davies, M.A., in reply,
thanked all for the way in which they had responded to the toast. It
was most gratifying to him to feel that the relationship between the
Old Boys and the school was so cordial. He could not help thinking
that one of the chief reasons for this was their guest of the evening —
Mr. Shaw. (Applause). He was the bond of union, as it were, between
all those who were, or had been connected in any way with the V.I. nor
should he forget that very loyal staff that the V.I. possessed most
of whom were Old Boys. He did not mention names but there was one name
which he wanted to mention and that was Mr. Thampipillay's. He did
not know whether they realised that Mr. Thampipillay held the fine
record of 31 years on the staff of the school and today he was the
keenest master of the staff. He was proud to pay that tribute to him
before such a large assembly of Old Boys of the V.I. That was the first
time, since the opening of the new V.I, that he had the pleasure of
addressing them. He would ask all of them there who were in the old
school lo look upon that building as their alma mater. (Loud cheers.)
After all it was only the building that was new, the school was the
same. If they walked round the school they would find there most of
the things which they had been able to remove from the old school.
Malaya was no exception to the general rule which
related to the encouragement of education. They had got that fine
building, and the highest rung in the education ladder had been placed
in Raffles College. Raffles College had been made possible mainly
through the generosity of the Government and to a great extent its success
would depend on the support it received. Many who were present there
were parents of boys either in the V.I. or in other schools and he
wished to appeal to them to send their boys to Raffles College in
order to crown their school careers. It would be of very great use to
the country and there would be no need for them to go out of the country
because they could receive all the education they needed at Raffles
College or the College of Medicine. He only mentioned this because he
hoped, as Raffles College progressed and became a University, that the
V.I. would be always represented there and would always do well there.
(Applause). He thanked them all for their good wishes.
Dr. L. S. Perera proposed "Our Guests." He had not
intended to make a long speech and in rising on the occasion, he would
particularly mention the name of Mr. Shaw, coupled with that of the Hon.
Sir William Peel. (Applnuse). The Old Boys were a living memory and
the V.I., a standing monument to Mr. Shaw as an inspired teacher.
(Applause). They felt highly honoured by the presence of so many other
distinguished guests and would look upon the occasion as an unique
one which they would long remember with pride. He would ask them to
join with him to drink to the health of the guests. (Applause).
The toast was warmly pledged.
The Chief Secretary's Reply.
The Hon. the Chief Secretary, in reply, said he
felt disappointed that he had to make a speech, though he had made
up his mind not to say anything that evening. He found that he could
not escape from it as he saw Demande et response stated after his
name on the toast list. He keenly appreciated the honour they had done
him and his fellow guests in inviting them to what was in the nature of
a domestic gathering. At the same time they felt, with the exception of
the principal guest, rather like interlopers at the board and while
there might be some reason why they should be seen there was very little
excuse for their being heard. On behalf of himself and his fellow guests
he thanked the President and Committee of the V.I. Old Boys' Association
for the honour they had done the guests that night and for their kind
He also wished to congratulate the Old Boys and
Mr. Bennett E. Shaw on that very happy reunion. It must have been a
source of immense satisfaction for Mr. Shaw to return to his old love
and to realise the affection in which he was held by the boys whom he
had helped to bring up and train. His heart must have swelled with
pride to learn that great success had been achieved by some of these
Old Boys. He (the speaker) thought that great schoolmasters were born
and not made. It was necessary that they should have great tact, pride
in the profession which they practised. They were all agreed that Mr.
Shaw possessed all those qualities. That was the secret of his success.
Mr. Shaw had had one advantage which he had referred to and that was
considerable amount of continuity. Mr. Shaw had referred to some officer
who was transferred five times in four years. He (the speaker) could
say that 20 years ago he held five billets in 14 months. (Laughter).
They were also agreed that Mr. Davies also possessed
those qualities, which made a great schoolmaster and a worthy successor
to the mantle or perhaps the gown of Mr. Shaw. He congratulated them
on the great success which they had achieved through the medium, of the
Victoria Institution. These reunions were only a great opportunity
for what might euphemistically called swopping reminiscences. School
memories lasted a long time. He was sure that they would be much happier
swopping those memories than in listening to him.
The V.I.O.B.A. was proposed by Mr. Loke Chow Thye
in a happy speech, Mr. Chow Thye said the toast was the last on the
list but it was the most important of all. It was for the Old Boys,
who were the hosts of the evening. (Hear! Hear!) It was a worthy toast
because the V.I.O.B.A. had invited them to share with them the task
of honouring their beloved old master. (Applause). The fact that Mr.
Shaw had come out at the personal invitation of the Old Boys bore
eloquent testimony to the love they had for Mr. Shaw. (Applause). He
had noticed several faces, who had been to England to be educated
under Mr. Shaw's care. He understood that during his visit, Mr. Shaw
had been round to Government and private offices to find out whether
the Old Boys there were under-paid or over-paid. (Laughter). That
showed the cordial relationship and affection existing between Mr.
Shaw and the Old Boys. (Applause).
The Old Boys' Association was, in his opinion,
very important. It enabled Old Boys to meet and discuss together
anything they intended doing. He hoped that the Association would
continue to prosper. He was sure that the Old Boys would always
remember Mr. Shaw, and in this connection he had something in view.
He would suggest that they should petition the Government to ask that
the names of either Birch Road or Davidson Road should be changed
to Shaw Road not as a substitute for Gaol Road. (Loud laughter).
It would be a pride to the school and he was sure that Mr. Shaw
himself would appreciate it if it was agreed to. He would ask them
to join with him in drinking to the prosperity of the V.I.O.B.A.
coupled with the name of Mr. Ong Thye Ghee. (Applause).
Replying to the Toast, Mr. Ong Thye Ghee
said:— Mr. President and Gentlemen, I rise to respond to the
toast which is at the bottom of the list. Man is a social being.
No matter in what environment you place him, the spirit of Unity
and Brotherhood is sure to reassert itself, and it is for this reason,
if for nothing else, that the V.I. Old Boys' Association, like all
other Old Boys' Associations, came into existence. The membership
of the Association, for whom I speak, extends over a period of
thirty years. Youth and Age mingling together believe in one
Fraternity which is carved out from the glorious V.I., in whose
apartments we have the pleasure of dining tonight. Our union
this evening may be likened unto the four sides of a mighty square.
At the top, North, we have the Founders, with
whom may be associated the name of our Gurudeva, Mr. Bennett Eyre
Shaw. Secondly, there is the late Sir William Treacher, whose able
administration will forever be identified with the history of the
State of Selangor. Then, we have the late Dr. Loke Yew whose
descendants are still big landowners in this country, the late Mr
Thamboosamy Pillai, whose beloved son is no other than our
enthusiastic President, and, finally, there is the late Capitan
Yap Kwan Sang who has left behind a big clan of Yaps, including
Messrs. Yap Tai Chi and Yap Pow Ching who are leaders of the Chinese
On the South may be categorised the Victoria
Institution itself, which among so many other things is
to be remembered by a body of very altruistic trustees,
and a line of brilliant headmasters. As I stand in this abode of
learning I cannot help being reminded of the Malay saying, "Selamat
Skola yang Dulu." Now in that message of three words we have,
coincidentally, the initials of the names of three headmasters who
have presided over this centre of learning. The word Selamat
begins with the letter S, so does Shaw, Skola begins with S,
so does Sidney, and the word Dulu with D, so does Davies.
Thus you have "Selamat Skola Dulu" — "Shaw, Sidney, and Davies".
I did not invent these words, the discovery came to me all of a sudden.
Westward, we may place the V.I.O.B. Association,
which believes in upholding the traditions of the past as it looks
forward to co-operate with the school in all her future activities.
Our motto is borrowed from the Shaw House of the V.I. bearing the
watchword "Carry On." Yes, we will carry on the torch of Learning,
we will carry on the torch of physical prowess, nay, we will carry
on unceasingly the torch of a brave, clean and strong morality.
Towards the East, it will be in order to name
the supporters and well-wishers of the Association. The Government,
the Press and the general public may be specially mentioned. We have
so many things in common. We hope they will be patient with us and
show us a sympathetic attitude whenever we approach them for assistance
from time to time. Gentlemen, I do not propose to keep you any longer.
I thank you all for your kind presence. To Mr. Davies I would express
our gratitude for his kindness in allowing us the use of this Hall
for an occasion which is bound to become historical, and finally to
the guests, I would on behalf of the President, the Committee and
Members of the Old Boys' Association, extend our heartfelt appreciation
for the very warmth with which the toast has just been drunk. (Applause).
The function was a great success and the gathering
dispersed shortly before midnight.
May 2nd was a sad day for the Victorians. Many boys
— Past and Present — would have been glad to avail themselves of the
opportunity to bid farewell to Mr. Shaw at the Kuala Lumpur Railway
Station on that day, but circumstances made it impossible for them
to do so. Nevertheless, several Old Boys from Kuala Lumpur, Sentul,
Klang, and Port Swettenham gave Mr. Shaw a rousing Send-off as the
S.S. Ipoh steamed away from Port Swettenham for Penang where
the T.S.S. Anchises was waiting to take him away from Malaya
to his beloved homeland.