Posted by: viosworldwide | June 14, 2013

Founders’ Day 14th August

The Victoria Institution was established in 1893.

It should not come as a surprise that there is so little to report. With each passing year, the doyens of this august school are themselves faded by nature.  The Victoria Institution was a fine legacy bequeathed to the nation and it is indeed sad to witness its decline through ruinous mismanagement.

Let’s remember then, as the School Song so poignantly reminds us of the mission and the vision of its founders, our time at the school, the station in life it has placed us, the values it had inculcated in us and the fellowship of all Victorians we continue to enjoy.

Those who were privileged to have been there will hold dear forever the halcyon days of the Victoria Institution.

Posted by: viosworldwide | December 25, 2012

Wishing all VIOS a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Have a wonderful time with your family and friends!

Have a wonderful time with your family and friends!

Posted by: viosworldwide | December 16, 2012

Lament

Another year is about to pass

As our dear mother school Victoria Institution slips deeper into coma

And yet we ask in fading voices with anger amass

What is the political dogma

That destroys superb national edifices

And drives its finest patriots away as diaspora?

Posted by: viosworldwide | January 16, 2011

News Item 11: Chung Chee Min, Victorian of the Year

Congratulations to Chung Chee Min, peerless Victorian of the Year !

Chee Min receiving 'Victorian of the Year' award from Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, a fellow alumnus. 14th May 2011

Mr Chung Chee Min needs no introduction; he is an exemplary Victorian.

The Victoria Institution was founded on 14th August 1893. Not since then has its history been so painstakingly recorded in an authoritative account by Chee Min with his book, “The V.I. Anthology – Voices from the Golden Age”. There is no finer devotion to keeping alive the passion and hopes of Victorian alumni for their beloved school.

Paraphrased here are the evocative words by Leong Yoke Keen (U6, 1974) in his tribute to Chee Min – “when there are no more roof nor walls and the green field of our sun-drenched youth is torn up, when we look up there is no more white tower of the VI set against the blue Malaysian sky looking down onto the pebbled quadrangle that we know so well, when there are no more shouts echoing in the swimming pool or in the school hall, and no more white pillared corridors stretching into the distance, no more in light blue shirts and dark blue skirts – there will always be a Victoria Institution in the hearts and minds of all Victorians.”

“Then, in time when we are no more too, the future generations will know there will always be a Victoria Institution because there is the history, the Anthology, immortalising voices from the Golden Age.”

(See also Chung Chee Min’s letter in “Views – The Epitome of the Victorian Spirit“”)

The obligatory pre-meeting lunch!

Few things in life are really priceless. Our bond of friendship and the pride we share that is borne out of the privilege of being pupils of that august school, the Victoria Institution, is one such example.
 
Then, there are moments that will last our entire lifetime and nothing can take them away from us. The afternoon which a few VIOS, their wives and a daughter enjoyed in Cambridge recently in the company of a fellow schoolmate, who is also a don of the university, is such an occasion.
 
Of course, we all have our private moments of exhilaration and joy but those that stem from our school days are also special in their own way. That is why we are all looking forward excitedly to the Grand Celebration of the VI in 2012. And believe us – those who were there on 23rd October 2010 to reconnoitre the venue – when we say that there is no place finer and more fitting for that event than the University of Cambridge. That university has inspired so much of the ethos of our beloved old school and the spiritual link is so palpable.
 
Khaw Kay-Tee, our VI luminary who is the Professor of Gerontology, a Fellow of the Gonville and Caius College and who has been bestowed a CBE for her contribution to medicine on the Queen’s Birthday in 2003, was our host that afternoon. We were treated to such rare sights and delights that money cannot buy. Like being in a classical academic dining room filled with portraits of intellectual giants who are themselves part of that establishment or even having coffee and cakes in the private study of Professor Khaw! A selection of the pictures you see here sums up our breathtakingly awesome afternoon.
 
Alan Tan Woo Tee, who heads the Organising Committee, will furnish you with the master plan for the Grand Celebration of 2012 as soon as Kay-Tee has completed her booking enquiries for half-board accommodation at one of the colleges and Lee Kor Voon has checked out the facilities of a functions room at a nearby hotel. Complementing the main event will be attractive programme options for both the VIOS and their partners.

All that remains at this stage is a reminder of the pleasures you have had when you and other fellow Victorians were on those memorable trips and outings away from our school.
 
Well, the 2012 Grand Celebration is about all that and more; it’s an event of a lifetime. Your lifetime, our lifetime, so be sure to be there!
 
And please spread this good news to all Victorians of all ages. As the saying goes, the more the merrier!
 
With fraternal best wishes,
 
Teck Keong

You can be proud of Prof Kay-Tee, a kind and an accomplished VIOS!

Professor Kay-Tee's study at Caius College

The undergraduate dining hall, Caius College

Is he the real Albus Dumbledore?

See you all here in 2012!

Raja Petra Kamarudin at BPP Law School, London on 22nd May 2010

“Forty years is a huge time span for reacquaintance with a fellow schoolmate, but it was an emotional occasion to meet and hear Raja Petra Kamarudin (latterly and popularly known by his initials as ‘RPK’) deliver a public lecture at BPP Law School in London today,” writes Khong Teck Keong. “Raja Petra was warmly welcomed with a standing ovation by the audience in a packed lecture hall and rapturously applauded not only for the lecture but at the end of every question, all answered with simplicity, clarity, incisiveness and deep passion.”

After the lecture, Teck Keong had a private conversation with Raja Petra, his wife Marina and daughter Sara. “Raja Petra clearly has fond memories of his days at the VI and he recalled in fine jocular fashion various classmates, prefects and school captains.”

Teck Keong greeting Raja Petra

Posted by: viosworldwide | May 17, 2010

News Item 8: A Victorian Renaissance?

There is a resurgence of interest in the Victoria Institution amongst its former pupils, many of whom have become very successful in their chosen careers and are to be found all over the world.

The vast majority of VI Old Students (VIOS) pay tribute to their alma mater for affording them the education that formed the foundation for their achievements in their adult lives. There is now much discussion about the possibility of a revival of such a unique premier school, aptly named an institution, which spawned generations of distinguished men and women.

The survey in the link* aims to collate views and opinions about the prospects of such a desire and your responses are therefore very important.

Thank you very much for taking the time to answer the *short questionnaire (click the link). And please don’t forget to add your name and email!

An early photograph of the VI Cadet Corps (courtesy of the Victorian)

An early photograph of the VI Cadet Corps (Courtesy of the Victorian)

Norzam Zaman (1977-1983) has a very important message for us – the Victoria institution Cadet Corp (VICC) Band is celebrating its centennial anniversary with a grand Tattoo on the School Field.

All Victorians are invited to attend this auspicious occasion which will feature a Roll of Honour march past and those interested in being part of the march are urged to contact ex-VICC Bandsman Norzam [norzamzaman@yahoo.com].

The search is still on for senior bandsmen and indeed the oldest ‘surviving’ bandsman to join in the occasion!

Jimmy Wong and a rehearsal by the VICC Band in the quadrangle (Courtesy of The Star)

Bandmaster and VIOS Jimmy Wong proudly leading a rehearsal of our internationally renowned and prize-winning VICC Band in the quadrangle, 2003 (Courtesy of The Star)

Posted by: viosworldwide | April 24, 2009

News Item 6: ‘Victorian’ experiences, Malaysian perspectives

There is a ‘sister’ features page to this website which hosts contributions from VIOS. Norman Foo, who completed his HSC at the Victoria Institution (U6B1) in 1961 and who is Emeritus Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales, Australia, has written two insightful and interesting  articles.  His latest is about a traditional Chinese funeral.

Isn’t it wonderful to read about the lives and times of VIOSs with that unique Malaysian perspective? If you wish to contribute your article and add to the rich tapestry of ‘Victorian’ viewpoints, please write me!

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A picture by Emeritus Professor Norman Foo, a VIOS, during his visit a couple of years ago.

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A view of another classroom, as seen by Norman Foo and Chung Chee Min.

This picture was taken by a VIOS of a classroom in the Sixth Form block where the lecture is also located.

This picture was taken by a VIOS of a classroom in the Sixth Form block where the lecture is also located.

Last year, I visited the Victoria Institution with my children to show them what a fine school their father had the privilege of being a pupil. Puan Azizah bte Othman, the Headmistress, very graciously showed me around the main corridors. The school cadet band was practising in the Quadrangle for the national school marching bands competition due to be held in the Merdeka Stadium; the sight and the sounds were very evocative and tear-jerking!

I then went to the Science Block in the main building. It was a forlorn sight. The lab assistant’s room was dilapidated, the main laboratory had a rotting ceiling and leaking rain water was collected by several strategically located buckets. Yes, I too witnessed the grubby classrooms you see above.

The Library was no longer there. A new pavilion has been built alongside the original one. At the far end of the field was a mosque. The main gate was locked and adjacent to it was a large public mosque.

It was too sad to contemplate. Why was such a fine school left to ruin? It should have been properly maintained and continued to flourish for the benefit of the nation, as it had done in the past.

I left with a heavy heart. You too would have cried if you were there.

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