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Historic Day for School (The Star 09) PDF Print E-mail

 

 

It has been nearly 2 years since the Yong Chee Seng wing was officiated. The demolition of a building occupying the space of Yong Chee Seng Wing started back in 2006. During that time, the entire school was congested with scaffolding taking up a lot of space. It took almost 2 years for the Wing to be completed and at the cost of over a million ringgit, thanks to donations flooding in from the public and with the help of MBSalumni. Yong Chee Seng wing still retains MBSKL's iconic flower motif. The flower motif has been associated with the school since 1927 with the opening of Hinch Annexe, MBSKL's oldest building to date.

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Featured MBSian: Dr. Evelyn Ho PDF Print E-mail

Dr. Evelyn Ho Lai Ming
MBBS (Mal), M MED Radiology (UKM), FAMM, FAMS(Hon)

MBSKL: 1980-1981 (Form 6 Science 1)
Principal : Mr. Yong Chee Seng

 

Evelyn hails from the class that graduated from Upper Six in 1981. She was part of the organising committee for a class reunion in 2006 which was held in the school hall. She was involved in the core group that canvassed for donations amongst her classmates and extended family (those leaving MBSKL in 1979 Form 5) and raised enough for naming rights to the “girl’s room” and a classroom in the Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong and Yong Chee Seng Blocks respectively.

 

 

When asked about her school experience, there are only positive responses and accolades for the dedicated teachers she was privileged to have been taught by.

 

Evelyn is a Consultant Clinical Radiologist by profession. She was the initiator and as Editor, responsible for the continued success of the Official Homepage of the College of Radiology (CoR), www.radiologymalaysia.org. For many years, she organized a variety of online contests to encourage visits to the website and it is currently a popular local and relevant breast health information resource which is available in Bahasa Malaysia as well.

 

Her energies as President of her professional body from 2006-2010 was directed towards raising the awareness for higher standards in imaging in general, galvanising the biomedical imaging and intervention community towards ensuring safe and judicious use of the various modalities, building bridges with those from other fields of medicine in preparation for the convergence in technologies and management of patients; nurturing nuclear medicine development and preparing members for emerging fusion technologies such as Positron Emission Tomography /Computed Tomography (PET/CT). She also helped catalyse the formation of a committee for a joint statement in Cardiac CT/Imaging between the National Heart Association of Malaysia and the CoR. As Immediate Past President, she continues to serve on the CoR Council, bringing her a total number of years in the executive council of the CoR to one decade. She is currently a council member of the Asian-Oceanian Society of Radiology, a regional body and a council member of the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia, the specialist organisation embracing all specialities in medicine.

 

Dr Ho’s special interest is in breast imaging and the development of the service in Malaysia. She has been involved in continuing professional development programmes in breast imaging as well as other fields in biomedical imaging and intervention. Her community and healthcare contributions includes multiple talks, lectures, workshops, authoring a book (The Art of Being Breast Aware, now in its 2nd edition), organising the CoR’s value added mammogram programme since 2001 and organising a variety of public awareness programmes. She has at one time been active on radio and television talk shows as part of the nationwide campaigns she organised under her umbrella of her professional body.

 

Evelyn emphasises, “Breast Health is not just a woman’s issue. It involves everyone and men are not exempt from this disease, directly or indirectly. Therefore, I believe that breast health education should be for all. It is also best to start creating healthy habits from young.” Imagination and creativity led to the OutRageously Pink Nite breast health awareness events (2004 and 2009), which lent a fun and celebratory approach to awareness. She also believes in collaboration because together, various organisations can achieve more with existing resources.

 

She received the inaugural Novartis-Malaysian Breast Cancer Council Award 2005 for leadership in breast cancer advocacy. She is a founding member of the Malaysian Breast Cancer Council. She was nominated for the NST-PWC Humanitarian Award in July 2007. In November 2010, she received The Malaysian Women’s Weekly Great Women of Our Time Award Certificate in recognition of Outstanding Career Achievements & Contributions to Society in the fields of HEALTH, SPORTS & WELLNESS and voted “Most Inspiring Woman” by readers of The Malaysian Women’s Weekly in the Great Women of Our Time Awards 2010.

 

 

Evelyn strongly believes in putting the patient’s interest foremost as the principal approach to healthcare. The holistic approach includes taking into consideration early diagnosis, effective and not futile treatment, psychosocial and physical rehabilitation and ensuring quality of dying (or living) when cure is no longer possible.

 

She has asked that we include the following quotation to this write up:
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” Henry Adams

 

 

Dr. Evelyn during the opening ceremony of MBSKL's Yong Chee Seng wing in 2009.

 

 

 
Are you in the Loop? PDF Print E-mail

In early December 2006, the real MBSOBA convened an Emergency General Meeting (EGM) to, among many changes to the constitution, proposed to do away with the acronym MBSOBA and rename the association MBSKL Alumni Association or something like that.

 An unprecedented number of members, more than 40, turned up for the meeting apparently to oppose the name change. Many past AGMs and EGMs could barely garner the requisite number of 20 (or some number like that) for a quorum.

 The meeting was aborted when a lawyer member rejected the secretary's explanation of a "typographical error" in the notice of meeting calling for an "Emergency General Meeting." Apparently the constitution provides for an Extraordinary General Meeting and has no mention of an Emergency General Meeting. The meeting is to be called again.

 Fearful that a properly constituted meeting would change the name, this cyber community of old people is set up for those of us who resist change to live in the past.

 So, there you have it, a community with sikit-sikit requirements to comply with but otherwise, no rules, no entrance fees/subscription, no proposer/seconder required.

 

The above announcement was broadcast to about 750 email addresses by four MBSKL alumni on 31 December 2006, creating what is now known as the MBSLoop. Google groups, on which the MBSLoop is hosted, is essentially a mailing list service where one email sent to the group will reach all subscribers via email almost instantly.

 

The four moderators were apprehensive that the MBSLoop could well turn out to be a flash in the pan when initial reaction from MBSKL alumni was enthusiastic. The fad would probably fade into oblivion within a few short months. They were wrong, the MBSLoop just celebrated four years of existence.

 

 

(MBSLoop Contents)

 

The MBSLoop is not without controversy, itself having been born out of differences with the then MBSOBA management committee. When the MBSLoop evolved on a different level, it has become complementary to the MBSKL Alumni Association.

 

The hundreds of email addresses were collected over a few years by many MBS alumni. Moderator 4 tasked with the technical aspects of the e-group, applied software to storage of many computers to extract email addresses, whittle out duplicates and consolidated the sources.

 

One of the reasons that the MBSLoop became successful was because this initial large pool of MBSians were dragged—some reluctantly—into this group.

 

The first message to the MBSLoop came from Toronto, Canada, a sort of “Hello, I’m here” kind of message. Within days, MBSLoopers—as they now call themselves—were exchanging messages like “I know you, where have you been for the past decades.”

 

It can’t be so simple as “I know you,” since many spent years together in MBSKL and were either bosom buddies or came from the neighbourhood around the school, where fond childhood and young adulthood

memories were recalled from the recesses of the brain, long unaccessed.

 

The discussions has been diverse and no subject is taboo, though some simple guidelines exist for “off topic” subjects; off topic meaning discussions with nothing to do with matters MBSKL.

 

Some MBSLoopers with the gift of memory could recall the competitors score of sports events and even the colour of the jerseys worn in the contest. Amusing discussions include recollections of Mr. T. Mori, a former headmaster, caning the whole class.

 

The MBSLoop is a source of information and advice for the younger ones as well. Some young MBSians still in school or who just left school sometimes ask for guidance on their careers from the myriad of MBSLoopers’ occupations.

 

The MBSLoop Google group allows participation by subscribers only and has some other limitations. To overcome these limitations, the moderators have also created a companion blog.

 

Search engines have facilitated the discovery of the MBSKL online presence. Thus, many alumni have reached and joined the MBSLoop and rekindled friendship among themselves. Indeed, many have continued their liaison “off loop” and happily reported their proceedings to the Loop.

 

Of the original 700-over subscriptions on creation, there are now just over 500 MBSLoopers. Many have been removed by the moderators when made aware that they are not linked to MBSKL. Many have also left, unable to cope with the deluge of messages—sometimes reaching more than 50 per day.

 

It surprises the moderators that those who choose to remain have been steadfast in staying. It is evident that email is being delivered to their mailboxes. Whether such email is being read is just a wild guess. Nevertheless, once in a while these “lurkers” will respond when incensed by a discussion.

 

The main success of the MBSLoop has been the many gatherings of MBSians, very often of diverse age groups, not only in Kuala Lumpur or within Malaysia. These gatherings happen elsewhere in the world wherever sizeable MBSLoopers are found. Aside from “flash” or impromptu meetings for meals, the main event at the beginning of each year is the MBSLoop dinner. The last one held on 12 February 2011 was co-organised with the MBSKL Alumni Association.

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Wan Heng Yuen (above) is both a founder and moderator of the MBSLoop Google Group. He left school after finishing upper six form in 1968. He is currently active in the MBSKL 10th KL Air Scouts Group. To join the group please email the moderators at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or visit the MBSLoop Google Group webpage. You can also visit the MBSLoop Blog.

 
Qigong Master from MBSKL PDF Print E-mail

 

Low Kwai Chee first learned Shaolin Qigong in 2002, and mastered it within three months. He began to teach qigong in 2003. After teaching qigong for several years, he attended a workshop on Wellness Medical Qigong and learned qigong treatment techniques. He is certified by the Malaysian Society for Complementary Medicine as a qi healer.

Master Low, an MBS old boy, has been conducting private qigong classes for MBSalumni members since November 2009. The senior students have already learned the three types of qigong taught by him.

What makes his approach different? Master Low says that the three types of qigong that he teaches can be considered high level qigong as they are easy to learn, quick to accumulate qi and safe. Moreover, he prefers small classes so that he can give individual attention to his students, whom he teaches according to their own individual pace.

 

 

Master Low and some MBSalumni members during a Sunday morning class.

 

After having practised qigong for more than a year, albeit not in a very disciplined manner, Charlie Ng says that he can feel the difference. Indeed, he managed to even loose some inches off his waistline (which he unfortunately regained during the Chinese New Year festivities).

That is why Master Low says, “to really benefit from qigong, it has to be approached holistically. It must be adopted as a lifestyle and practised everyday. If we only practise on Sundays, and start eating unhealthy foods as soon as class is over, then we will not really benefit from qigong.”

Ho Chee Wah, another student, agrees. He shared an anecdote about his friend who suffered from glaucoma. Apparently, after practising qigong diligently for a period of time, his eyesight actually improved. Apart from learning the qigong exercises, consistent and disciplined practice is very important. Thus, it is very helpful to have a few supportive friends and/or family members to practise qigong together with.

According to Master Low, there are more than 7,000 types of qigong in China.

 

Master Low demonstrating a new Medical Qigong movement.

 

 

(This article is an excerpt from the MBSalumni newsletter The Bridge No. 3. To read the full article, please download it HERE)

 

 
Shadow over MBSKL? PDF Print E-mail


The Menara Warisan Merdeka development in the heart of Kuala Lumpur has been a hot potato issue since it was unveiled by the Prime Minister during his Budget 2011 speech in October last year. The issue seemed to tap into a wellspring of resistance with tremendous numbers of people raising criticisms, particularly via social media networks.

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