THE V.I. SCOUTING CENTENARY DINNER

As recalled by Dennis Loh Kok Kin



Dennis Loh Kok Kin, former Troop Leader of Second KL, recalls his whirlwind adventure flying from London to KL for a two-night trip in order to attend a once-in-a-lifetime event: the V.I. Scouting Centenary Dinner.




29 JULY: PRE-DINNER

Little time was lost, as I was shuttled directly (and kindly, by ex-scout Andrew) from the airport to the Park Royal Hotel on Saturday afternoon. The first sight that greeted me was that of Wilson, George, John and several parents diligently pasting historic photos, unfurling scarves, dressing mannequins, arranging log books and spreading souvenirs across the grand ballroom lobby. Hearty greetings ensued with these dearest old friends and introductions were exchanged with the parents whose names I had heard of much but never met. Heading past the exhibition area, into the ballroom, my smile widened as I saw the choir in action, and the sketch being fired up with some last minute salvo from my inspiring former Senior Scout Leader, Danny.

And it was thus that I joined my fellow emcee, Chris, in the rehearsal mid-way. Owing to the lack of time, our focus was on logistics rather than emcee verbiage – How to signal the audio-visual guys? Where were the VIPs and guest performers going to deliver their speeches or songs, and how to minimise the obstructions? Which parts of the itinerary would probably require stalling, and how do we do it? Were the connections for our Skype session set-up properly?

It quickly turned five thirty. Scouts and parents scuttled off to freshen up and change into uniforms, and this was followed by buffet dinner in a side room. They then took their positions manning the exhibition and guest arrivals desk, or started preparing for the march-in. Some were still hastily stuffing guest packs with souvenir booklets, as well as Centenary scarves and woggles. And all these packs and souvenirs had the requisite blue and white theme to them!

I saw the first familiar guests at around 6.30. Hoong Cheng was armed with his SLR ready for some marvelous dinner shots. Many other juniors of mine, I spotted hunched over the guest book and signing in. And as usual, my batch would never be the earliest (though not the latest either). No matter, as I recognised the visages of many whom I already called ‘Ex’ while I was a V.I. scout, those predecessors of mine who occasionally returned to school to impart their wisdom to us. And in recent years theses ‘Exs’ of the 1980s, sight unseen, cheerfully scanned photos for the scout history collection, wrote up memories, and plugged me into their extensive network. For the first time, in many cases for over a decade, I could put a face to the name – the author of the legendary test standards, the man behind the troop emblem, and many others.

And then they came – the veterans. On his walking stick, and sporting immaculate silver hair, Ooi Boon Leong mingled freely with the many scouts young enough to be his children and grandchildren. So too did his contemporaries (of the 1940s or 1950s); though they were invited as VIPs, they floated around the lobby with no ceremony, sharing thoughts and jokes with the district commissioner (Kenneth Soh), or eagerly listening to stories of more recent alumni and current scouts. I got to meet, too, the younger veterans of the 1960s, introduced to me by Koh Tong Bak (First KL stalwart of the 1960s). And these Pengakap Rajas gladly agreed to lead in the singing of the troop songs. What a privilege, to hear these scouts who had been state scouting champions, performers on RTM, river-rafters of the Klang River, among various achievements. Even the scouts of the 1950s were ferociously enthusiastic – T Mahendran had printed a set of scout songs (including the old Second KL Group Song) for distribution!

I don’t know what happened next, in the lobby, as I was beckoned into the VIP room. I’m sure the fraternising went unabated. Meanwhile, in the VIP room, I met the former Troop Leader of the short-lived Fourth KL Scout Group, the energetic Satish Chand Bhandari. We embraced like old friends, even though it was our first meeting. It was he who enabled me to invite other stalwarts like Malaysia’s senior judge Mahadev Shankar and his old scout master Dato Baharuddin Marji. An impressive host of V.I. scouting alumni luminaries filled that VIP room –

· a world-renowned professor of Artificial Intelligence,
· some of Malaysia’s earliest medicos including a former Director-General of Health of Malaysia,
· the nation’s most senior lawyers,
· ex-Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Police Force,
· retired Chief Inspector of Malaysian Schools.

It would have been even more illustrious but for the absence (with regretful apologies) of the former Chief of Malaysian Defence Forces, Malaysian Court of Appeals Judge and Vice-President of Intel (South-East Asia), whom I had communicated with. Even the guest of honour, Kamarul Ariffin, was a former Senator, chairman of a bank and numerous corporations, and governor of Dewan Bahasa and Balai Seni Lukis. I was simply out of place in this pantheon but, luckily, the genuine friendliness and humility of these personages kept the awkwardness at bay. It was a heartwarming privilege for me to see the hugs exchanged by the old friends, race and standing immaterial.



The Present Batch of Scouts sharing some Campfire Songs with the Audience


29 JULY: THE DINNER

A fanfare of bagpipes and drums rolled the VIPs into the grand ballroom. This was an apt reminder of the V.I. scouts’ close connections with the V.I. cadet infantry and band – the first VI King Scout, Choong Wan Chan, was himself a cadet leader, while VI scouts were also bandsmen once upon a time as a 1913 photo shows. Following the national anthem, Zakaria took the assembly through the doa with a difference:

Bismillahir rahmanir rahim
Praise to Allah for making this gathering a reality. We seek your blessings to make this gathering a success.
We also seek your guidance and kindness to make our scout den a reality and ensure all our activities follow the straight path and not the path of those astray.
Oh Allah the Lord of the Universe make the youth of today be people of honour that benefit the society of tomorrow and lead them to tread your path,
We seek your Graciousness and Benevolence for the Scout movement to celebrate many more Centennials.
Rabbana Ati Na Salawat

Then came the speeches, briefly by the Headmaster (who congratulated the scout movement on its Centenary), and then the patron. Kamarul, befitting his background as former Governor of Malaysia’s language authority and a lawyer trained in London in the pre-Merdeka era, delivered his tributes in impeccable Malay and English. (The speech is attached at the end of this write-up). What struck me was the unexpected call to a minute’s silence, to remember the comrades who have exited the battlefield of life. I immediately recalled those moments at the end of campfires when, staring into dying embers, we would mouth the words of Taps: “Day is done, Gone the sun… Safety rest, God is nigh”. This was all the more poignant as Kamarul had lost his sister just a week prior to the Centenary Dinner.

The campfire theme continued, as four flaring torches marched into the centre of the ballroom, borne by present scouts emerging from the main compass points. As each torch came forward, there echoed across the ballroom the traditional chant of VI campfires:
(i>From the North, this torch brings warmth,
From the South, this torch brings friendship,
From the East, this brings peace,
And from the West, may this Centenary Dinner be the very best.

Credit the parents and scouts who turned crepe paper, luminous sheets, light bulbs and cellophane tape into the fake blazes that lit up the darkened ballroom with impressive realism. What is a scout gathering without bonfire-related traditions after all? And what is a birthday without a cake? The VIPs – Kamarul, Majid, the Headmaster, District Commissioner, VIOBA President, and Zaha – took to the stage for the cake-cutting ceremony and papparazi-esque photographs, followed by a presentation of a souvenir (the World Scouting Centenary banner) to the patron, topped up with three Easekah! yells. At this point, I suspected the audio-visual coordinators were sci-fi and fantasy movie buffs, as the theme song of Jurassic Park blared out of the speakers. My hunch was proven right later as the soundtracks to The Lord of The Rings and even The Da Vinci Code thundered in the background of other events of the night.

As these necessary formalities were turning a few stomachs impatient, and with dinner not yet served, I decided to deploy cheeky distraction. Bring on the inter-troop rivalry, I thought, and what better for that than the singing of the Group songs. I welcomed Loe Tuck Yen and company on stage, to lead the First KL Group Song. After all, if anyone knew how to sing it properly, it would be them, as they were close to the composers – Wong Peng Kong and Geoffrey Geldard. And boy, did these chaps muster a gusty rendition that would have made the two late composers proud. The assembly could not but follow such an inspiring lead with gusto. Or maybe it was the 200 push-ups threatened by Henry Ng, to be meted out by the ‘Ah Koongs’ on those who did not give their ‘oomph’ and sing ‘kau-kau’. Not to be outdone, Second KL was subsequently represented on stage by Ernest Yong, who himself wrote the lyrics of the current Group song in 1966. To the tune of British Grenadiers, the assembly (or at least the Second KL part of it) belted out all it had; twice. Ok fine, First KL sang their Group song twice, too.

And with that, dinner was served.

Entertainment was provided by the current boy scouts, who had choreographed a modern dance to the pulses of Benny Benassi’s Satisfaction, and other latest dance songs. Some alumni found it amusingly odd, but acknowledged that dancing was now an ‘in’ thing, and enjoyed the performance. This brought back memories of hours and days of practice in the VI quadrangle, when as first and then second formers, my batch practised and then performed the opening dances at our Annual Parents’ Campfires to the songs of top Malaysian artists. A little later was the sketch that revolved around the plot of camping and abduction by wild tribes.

All this live entertainment was punctuated by several slideshows. The first was a 10-minute summary of the 100 years of scouting in the VI. Black and white photos intrigued as they brought to life the scouting facts we memorised all those years ago, in order to pass our Tenderfoot: the Beamish Cup, parades for the Sultan of Selangor, King Scouts and more. When the coloured photos flashed up, bemused chuckles broke out from various corners of the ballroom, as guests pointed to pictures of their more youthful selves and friends. Girlfriends or wives were overheard remarking ‘You were fit once upon a time?’

Midway through the dinner, following a brief introduction by Chris, a black and white documentary flickered upon the screen, starting with a picture of a tiger and the words Malayan Film Unit, to the flourish of trumpets. Even under the dim lights, I spied a wide grin on Kamarul and open-mouthed astonishment from his contemporaries. Chin Peng Lam’s gaze rested upon me, as he grinned cheekily while shaking his index finger in a tut-tutting manner. In 1953, he, Kamarul and their motley VI crew were enlisted by the Malayan Film Unit to act in a 12-minute documentary to promote scouting in Malaya. Chik’s Great Adventure, as it was called, was then aired as a trailer for all cinema shows across the nation. Many of those ‘film stars’ at the dinner later told me ‘I haven’t seen this for over 50 years!’

The mood took a turn for the sombre when after a break, the third slide show was aired, featuring memories of the various abodes of the VI scouts. To the saxophone strains of You Raised Me Up, the slideshow went through pictures of the various scout rooms, and culminated with the last scout den that burned down on 28 July 2007. I was stunned that someone had had foresight to video the state of the den on the morning after it was gutted, and this footage in its entirety was weaved into the slideshow. A solemn silence overtook the ballroom during and immediately after the show. Bernard Teo then gave a few words about the pledge initiative to raise funds for the new den.

Interspersed between all these were renditions of timeless campfire songs including Campfire’s Kindled, We Are Boy Scouts/ Senior, Jamaican Farewell, Silvery Moon and World of Our Own by the boy scout choir. To further liven the night, I hopped on stage to egg the audience on in Ging Gang Gooli. A rather humdrum start crescendoed as the boys of the noughties (2000s) sprang out of their seats, and arms across shoulders, belted out the verses. Frenzy ensued as other cohorts joined in the competitive singing of the song. Exactly like campfires. Invigorated, the batch of the 80s later leapt on stage to lead the assembly in the action filled Father Abraham.

There was also time to share memories. Updating the Jamboree-On-The-Air (JOTA) concept of using ham radios to connect with scouts from all over the world, we planned a Skype session with alumni in London (UK), Melbourne (Australia) and Wisconsin (USA). Technical difficulties meant we only successfully had a session with London and were forced to cancel the other two. But no matter, as I later walked the microphone around the guests and had various contributors of memories. Tan Sri Majid relived his memories of serving tea during Empire Day at the Residency (now Carcosa) in the 1930s, during which he stole a few gulps of whisky and brandy and became drunk! We had representatives from the teachers and the parents as well, to share their thoughts on VI scouting.

There was a point that night where I felt more nervous than the rest of the night. To bring together all the scouting memories jogged by the slideshows, sharing of stories, singing and dancing, five minutes were set aside for the debut of the VI Scouting Centenary Song. I had to sing it because I had composed it. The song went as follows:

THE LEGACY
Stand proud, steadfast and unbowed,
This be our jubilee,
Come light the torch of memory.

Hold fast to the ties that last,
Ten laws guide our every cause,
Our promise kept and never lost.

Years go by, bade goodbye,
But the tunes we sing will stay the same.


CHORUS:
Scouting Victorians, champion Shaw’s legacy;
Decades roll onwards, may they blessed be;
Keep the faith; Leave this world better than it was;
Go with BP’s spirit be prepared!

Share out kindness of a scout,
Good deeds part of our kit,
This is the duty we must heed.

Sacrifice, ‘tis the price
Of this brotherhood that we believe.


CHORUS:
Scouting Victorians, sanjungi sejarahmu;
Decades roll onwards, pohonan restu;
Keep the faith; Leave this world better than it was;
Go with BP’s spirit be prepared!


The last two items for the evening were a lucky draw (drawn by a teacher, a parent, an alumnus and a present scout), followed by an eagerly anticipated closing speech by Zaha, the Centenary Committee Chairman. In addition to thanking the attendees and the committee, he revealed the funds raised and pledged. In his words: ‘From the efforts of the VISCC and super strong alumni backing plus all those present here, we managed to raise the following :-
Proceeds from Souvenir Book Ads 27,950
Proceeds from Table Sales 72,650
Donations 5,650
Dinner Expenses 40,000
Net proceeds from Dinner 65,000
Pledge fund (Bernard/ Kwek) at 29/7/10 105,000
Pledge (Matching pledge – Dato Mark Yeoh) 50,000
220,000

The dream of a new den was not so distant any more.

Infused with newfound optimism and rejuvenated by the scouting spirit of the night, the attendees burst into a hearty rendition of three verses of the school song. And then it was Scouting Friendship – with hands joined around tables, and bodies swaying gently to the rhythm – and finally, Taps. And then it was over, as Auld Lang Syne serenaded the dispersal of the guests from that once in a lifetime event that we will all evermore cherish. New friends made, old ties renewed, memories relived and promises for the future pledged; what better way to start the next 100 years for V.I. scouting?

POSTSCRIPT

It is difficult to know how the V.I. Scouting Centenary Dinner came about. Of course, it could not have happened without the foundation in 1910 of the V.I. scouts as the first scouting movement in Malaya. But the first scouts like Muhd Ameen Akbar or Yong Shook Lin must have been more concerned about gaining their Tenderfoot, inaugurating camps and enlisting new recruits, than to entertain triumphal dreams of centenary self-congratulations. Fast forward 90 years, when in December 2000, the V.I. webmaster – Chung Chee Min – conceived of a monstrous project: to chronicle the history of VI scouting. Failing to convince able writers and accomplished scouts, he cajoled me to accept this daunting task. But what has this to do with the Centenary Dinner? Simple: Thousands of old scouts, spanning seven decades, stretched across the globe, bonded and re-bonded in this labour of love. Therein lay the seed of the Centenary Celebrations.

Growing enthusiasm for the Centenary culminated in a seminal gathering at the V.I. Lecture Theatre on 24 April 2010. That propitious day saw a coven of present scouts and teachers joined by alumni and parents, and together, a committee was constituted to steer the Centenary Celebrations. The Headmaster had issued, in the preceding week, an invitation to this brainstorming session and Miss Shanti (Second KL Teacher Advisor) roped me into pushing it out across the superhighways of the alumni network.

This was not without obstacles. For years, generations of scouts had been fed the tale that the VI scouts were founded in 1909, and many were emotionally wedded to that year as year zero. But recent discoveries thrown up by historical research revealed 2010 as the proper year for celebrating the centenary. However, this posed problems, too. Windows of opportunity were scarce after April for a vibrant Centenary Celebrations programme. There had been talk and grand ideas of hosting a mini jamboree, state-wide competition camp, a gala exhibition and other activities. But mid-year exams, school holidays, Speech Day, trial exams and public exams had all been pencilled into the school calendar since 2009. There were opportunities for an event to be held in July, but could such short notice cope with the challenges of publicity, fund-raising and other logistics?

Unfazed, the committee, in its second meeting, decided on Saturday 29th of June as the date for a Centenary Dinner. Just a week before that would be the Centenary Campfire. Zaharuddin Zabri (Zaha), Assistant Scout Master of Second KL in 1979, agreed to helm the committee. There were other permanent volunteers, but initially roles were fluid, as coveting titles and offices were far from people’s minds. Meanwhile, any whim I had about abdicating involvement after I had completed the scout history and joined up the various alumni, perished when I was roped into the committee as well. Affordable phone cards, broadband internet, and as we shall see later, budget airlines, made all this possible for me. But it was chiefly the stalwarts in KL who made all those seemingly insurmountable plans possible.

Valiant effort notwithstanding, we needed a catalyst for all these efforts. A patron of sound reputation had to be found. No more an ideal candidate was there than the post-war yeoman of Second KL, and eventually Chairman of the World Organisation of Scouting Movements, Tan Sri Kamarul Ariffin Mohd Yassin, who kindly consented. And why stop there, I thought? I fed Zaha a long list of VI scouting luminaries, including Tan Sri Dato Dr Majid Ismail (‘Coco’ Majid), who was the oldest living VI scout, having been a Second Selangor scout from 1936 to 1939.

The other catalyst was to tie the celebrations with another great cause. In July 2007, the Scout Den had been devastated by fire, and the scouts were looking askance for another abode. So the Dinner was packaged as a charity fund-raiser for the Den. And several alumni, such as Bernard Teo Eu Jen and Bob Lew Shiong Loon, built on this initiative with a separate but linked campaign soliciting pledges for funds for the Den. This flurry of activity assailed my inbox with dozens of emails each day, arriving faster than I could act on them. Across the ranks, Centenary excitement grew; the V.I. scouting machine was oiled up.

However, it was never to be easy reconciling differing agendas and interests of such an extensive network of alumni, parents, teachers and current boys. Indeed, there were difficult times, as critics, detractors, and even naysayers and empty chatter were not lacking. Why were tickets exorbitantly priced at RM 150? Isn’t it distracting to link the Scout Den rebuilding to the Centenary? Should the current boys hold more posts in the committee? Why can’t the committee organise more events like a jamboree or gathering of scout, girl guides and rangers? I admire the core group of volunteers, who, though a motley crew, were relentlessly action-driven in the face of great challenges. Even those outside the committee helped, such as Sam Cheong Pak Meng (the chap who climbed Gunung Tahan ‘two and a half times’), who enabled several feature articles on the VI scouts to appear in The Star.

I found it all enjoyable, and even heartwarming. Here are a few examples. The now 80-year old Mr Chan Bing Fai, the long-serving Scout Master, was reluctant towards many entreaties to attend the dinner, citing frailty. As a last ditch attempt, I decided to call him from London, and to all our delight, he agreed to attend. Then there was the septuagenarian Dr Thomas Varughese, who recalled the old Group Song of Second KL, and sang it pitch-perfect to me on the phone, guiding me through it note by note, word by word, thus rejuvenating a nearly forgotten symbol of the troop. Also, many a night was spent with the enterprising How Han Ming, reviewing and re-reviewing the slide shows and the publications.

Then crunch time came – should I attend the Dinner? Ever the economist, I calculated ratios (flight price against time in KL, work accumulated per recovery time etc), mulled over my bank accounts, and pondered whether it would be better donating to the den fund than to Air Asia. But no one else saw the dilemma as V.I. alumni, housemates, friends, and even my parents, persuaded me that it was a no brainer to agonise – and that I simply had to attend.

SPEECH BY THE PATRON

Bismillahirahmannirahim
Yang Berusaha lagi dihormati Tuan Haji Maslan bin Buniran, Pengetua Victoria Institution
Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Majid Ismail, doyen 2nd Selangor Troop
Yang Berusaha Encik Tajuddin Mohd Nor, Jabatan Pelajaran Wilayah Persekutuan
Yang dihormati Encik Farhan Menon Abdullah, Pengerusi Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru V.I.
Yang dihormati Encik Amrul Zeflin Anim, Pengerusi VIOBA
Yang Berusaha Encik Kenneth Soh, Pesuruhjaya Pengakap Daerah Wilayah Persekutuan
Ibu-ibu, Bapa-bapa serta guru-guru yang saya muliakan
Yang Berusaha Encik Zaharuddin Zabir dan Encik Zakaria Ariff, Pengerusi dan Naib Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Perayaan Seabad Pengakap V.I. berserta semua ahli Jawatankuasanya
Para Pengakap V.I. dahulu dan kini yang dikagumi
Seterusnya Yang Berbahagia Dato’-Dato, Datin-Datin, Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan yang saya muliakan

Assalamualaikum w.b.t., Salam Sejahtera dan Salam Pengakap
Terlebih dahulu marilah kita memanjatkan puji sambil bersyukur ke hadrat Allah Subhanahuwataala kerana dengan limpah kurnia dan inayat-Nya maka kita dapat berhimpun di majlis yang permai ini bagi menyambut Seratus Tahun Penubuhan Pergerakan Pengakap di V.I.
Saya mengalu-alukan kehadiran semua Pengakap V.I. serta tetamu sekalian yang merangkumi lima generasi dan ada yang datang khas dari luar Negara untuk turut merayakan malam yang bersejarah ini. Selamat Datang ! Mudah-mudahan pertemuan ini mengembalikan nostalgia zaman silam dan remaja kita di V.I.
Tiga puluh enam ribu lima ratus dua puluh lima hari
Satu jangka waktu yang membawa aneka erti
Kepada Pengakap V.I. yang merangkumi lima generasi
Ratusan ribu yang menjadi saudara setia kekal abadi
Pengakap V.I. dari berbagai keturunan diasuh murni
Menjadi insan kamil yang berwibawa lagi berhemah tinggi
Mencurah bakti terhadap manusia serta ibu pertiwi
Berpedomankan Sumpah dan Undang-undang Pengakap yang lestari

Brother and Sister Scouts, Ladies and Gentlemen,
There is no doubt that our alma mater Victoria Institution has nurtured thousands upon thousands of students who have subsequently excelled in their chosen profession, trade or vocation, particularly those who were also Scouts. The playing field, the science lab, the stage, the pool, the library, the parade ground, the den, indeed the whole gamut of extra-curricular facility and activity which Victoria Institution provides, has moulded every alumni to become a wholesome and respected individual worthy of society. Those who were and are privileged enough to join the world brotherhood of Scouts will vouch that the V.I. Scout den contributed much to the scout training and camaraderie. Sadly the den was gutted by fire and needs rebuilding. I am sure there are those among us present here who would want to ensure that the scout den be rehabilitated as soon as practicable. Your sincere and generous contribution for a very worthy cause is eagerly awaited. I have also stressed that whatever fund collected should be administered honestly and professionally. The fund would also be used for better scout training and to assist V.I. Scouts to represent the country at World Jamborees.
Brother and Sister Scouts, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am aware that a wonderful programme has been prepared for you by the Organising Committee, and I believe there are some surprises. Hence I do not wish to prolong my remarks. However, let us acknowledge our gratitude to the Committee, the Principal, the Parent-Teachers Association, the Old Boys’ Association, the generous and kind donors, the parents, the scouts and all those who have contributed in making this evening a great success. Please express your appreciation in the customary manner.
Before I resume my seat, may I kindly request you all to stand in silence for a few minutes to pay homage to our departed brothers and sisters who have been called to Higher Service. Al-Fatiha.
Thank you.
Wabillah hi taufik wal hidayah, Wassalamualaikum w.b.t.

SPEECH BY THE CENTENARY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN

Assalammualaikum and a Very Good Evening to all
Tan Sri, Puan Sri, Datuk, Datin, ladies, gentlemen and brother scouts
I hope you have enjoyed the evening. This is a good opportunity to rekindle old friendships and start new ones.
VISCC, was formed on 1 May 2010 a week after the first briefing by Ms. Shanti on 24 April 2010. It was a challenge to all present as the target date for the dinner was 31 July 2010. It was the latest possible date to hold the event before the students examination schedules begin. Three months to organize the dinner and attempt to raise funds for the rebuilding of the scout den.
A group consisting of teacher advisors to the scout groups, alumni scouts, the current scouts and their parents rose to the occasion. They wanted a scout alumni to lead the team so I was co-opted…being the oldest alumni present. There was no voting and volunteers gave their names accepting whatever assignment I was to give them.
With my own list of contacts and also from the Kok Kin's list, we formed a team. Due to our inability to contact the 1st KL alumni, the VISCC is heavily loaded with 2nd KL alumni. Instead of the cavalry, the Red Indians came to the rescue. We consciously worked hard to ensure there was no bias.
From the efforts of the VISCC and super strong alumni backing plus all those present here, we managed to raise the following :-

Proceeds from Souvenir Book Ads: 27,950
Proceeds from Table Sales: 72,650
Donations: 5,650
Dinner Expenses: 40,000
Net Proceeds from Dinner: 65,000
Pledge fund (Bernard/ Kwek:) at 29/7/10 105,000
Pledge (Matching pledge – Dato Mark Yeoh): 50,000
Grand Total: 220,000

I would like the VISCC to come up and join me on the stage. I am proud to be a member of this team and I believe that some of them would have made very good scouts especially the SUPERMUMs. They have the true VI Scouting spirit into them. Can you join me in acknowledging their contribution by giving them three Really Loud EASAKAHs. A-one-a A-two-a A-three-a.
Our job is still not done as the scout den has to be rebuilt. We still need your continued support. Visit our blog for updates. Thank You.

VI SCOUTING CENTENARY COMMITTEE

Mr Zaharuddin Zabri (Second KL 1979)
Mr Mohamed Zakaria Mohamed Ariff (Second KL 1978)
Ms Shanti Purushothman (Second KL Teacher Advisor)
Puan Maheran Hemenuddin (First KL Teacher Advisor)
Madam Verlaine Young (First KL Parent)
Sarvesh Balasundram (First KL 2010)
Daniel Hafiz Kamaruddin (Second KL 2010)
Mr Muhammad Sayoti Zulkifli (Second KL Teacher Advisor)
Mr Dhanesh Balakrishnan (Second KL Parent)
Mr Lennon Tee Jin Xiong (Second KL 2001)
Madam Yen Hee (Second KL Parent)
Chiang Ren Pei (Second KL 2010)
How Han Ming (Second KL 2010)
Mr Idzqandar Abu Bakar (Second KL Parent)
Mr Kwek Keng Chye (Second KL 1986)
Mr Farhan Menon (VI Parent Teachers Association (PIBG) Chairman)
Madam Trina Chuah (Second KL Parent)
Madam Jackie Song (Second KL Parent)
Puan Hamidah Sharif (Second KL Parent)
Mr Wong Foot Kee (Second KL Parent)
Mr K Sandhrasager (First KL Teacher Advisor)
Mr George Oommen (Second KL 1999)
Dr Wilson Wong Jun Jie (Second KL 1999)
Mr Muthu Kannu Veerapen (Second KL 1999)
Tay Kit Hoo (Second KL 2010)
Mr John Samuel Oommen (Second KL 2001)
Mr Danny Chen Heng Siong (Second KL 1992)
Mr Dennis Loh Kok Kin (Second KL 1995)




PHOTO ALBUM


Celebration Logo


1Committee, 1Malaysia, with M. C., Dennis Loh Kok Kin, in foreground centre


Tan Sri Dr Majid Ismail (1930s Scout)


Prof Dato T. Mahendran, Mrs Varughese, Prof Gnanamsothie, Prof Norman Foo Yeow Khean


1950s Scouts Tan Sri Kamarul Ariffin, Mr Satish Chand Bhandari and Mr Khoo Choong Kheow


Younger generation: Muhd Iqbal, Ng Khai Hsuen, Chiang Ren Pei, Dennis Loh Kok Kin, How Han Ming


One in Spirit


Luminaries of 2nd KL: 1 Tan Sri, 2 Senior Lawyers, 1 Prof, 1 Doctor, 1 Diplomat, 1 Police Commissioner


Schoolboys again....



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