ABOUT 40 of us enrolled in Sultan Sulaiman Primary School 2, the only English-medium school in Kuala Terengganu. The numeric 2 signified that it was the afternoon session. That was in 1962.
At the end of 1964, we completed our primary school education in Standard Six. I can recall Class 6 Malay 1 (6M1) better as the then class teacher was Mr Tay Soo Hock.
After more than 53 years, I gather my courage and emotion to compose a poem to remember our good old primary school days.
The time was fifty three years ago
Slightly more than a half century though
Unheard of the word proud or ego
With school friends we can always borrow
Robert Tay Soo Hock, sir
We were your obedient pupils for sure
It is really a small world
Sweet memories come lingering there and here
You’re an excellent Class Teacher by any standard
Now all your pupils either had passed away or retired
We are still healthy and young at heart
Perhaps last time we did things right
Now technology brings us closer together
There’s no reason to be a poser
Along the way we may be sombre
They were things of the past and are no longer applicable
Mr Robert Tay, dear Class Teacher
We love you over and over
Compared to money, health is richer
We remain as 6M1-1964 Alma Mater
Shah Alam, Selangor