Archive for March, 2009


Chua’s name



This was how Chua spent most of his time, when he was alive, watching out and showing the boys and girls, at the youth centre in Malacca Wesley Church. This picture was taken in 2007 when I visited him in the nursing home and then drove him to the centre and sat him at  his favourate chair and spot. He wanted to see how the BB was doing. In a way he was also looking out for  all the boys and girls who have walk pass him at that place  over the many years of his youth work days.

The number of former students and friends who have pledged to the Chua’s bursary so far: 1 Wong Yunn Chii (RM2000), 2 Victor Chin (RM500), 3 Eng Kim Leng (RM500), 4 CL Heng (RM500), 5 Lim Kim Tay (RM2000)


Bursary in Chua’s name


Wong Yunn Chii, photo by VC


I got this email from Yunn Chii two days ago and it is something he has been planning for a while and I hope we can all join him in putting a bursary together in Chua’s name.

Contact him here :

My dear classmates

In the midst of the celebration…. can I also seize the opportunity to do a small fund-raising campaign?  Towards a Chua Cheng Chye Student Welfare Fund that we can lodge with ACS Primary?

This could go towards annual book prizes for the young students, to be given out at the end of year or the start of the academic year.   Our older but wiser senior, Victor Chin set up a web-site in November last year.

There is no pledge or amount that is too small & there is no obligation.  It would be a good legacy to leave, albeit for a short period, to remember a caring teacher.

At a grant of $500/- per year, we should collect enough for 11 years – to commemorate our 55th Anniversary.  So I am shooting for MYR$5500.  Not terribly ambitious, some of you may say, but a good start just the same. If we are able to get more, brilliant; knowing that these are hard times (for us, perhaps) and even harder for many others.

Yunn Chii


Gathering in Chua’s name

It was not easy to gather the a small group of friends to my house in Chua’s name. We were lucky that we were able to have a few of them to come to our house in February this year. This idea of have meetings at our house was a way of getting to know each other and our families, as many of us are new friends.


From left, Kim Leng and his wife Shirley, Jimmy Chiam, Paulin ( Richard Lee’s wife) and Bien, who had the most stories to tell.

We have only got to know each other after Chua’s death and we are all interested to listen to all the stories about our knowing Chua in the old days. But we are  glad that in some ways we have continue a tradition which Chua was well known for- his hospitality and generosity about serving delicious food to all those who come to his house.


Seated from left, Low Chee Wah, Shirley, Paulin, Jimmy, standing behind, Kim Leng, Richard, Bien, Peter and me.  This photo was taken by my house guest and old friend, Hari Ho.

The evening’s delicious food was a join collection from everyone who came to the party. There was as usual more food for a few more people who was not able to turn up.

One of the things we all discussed was how we could all keep Chua’s name alive and one of the ideas was setting up a bursary for the students. This idea was first brought up by Wong Yunn Chii, many months ago.


Meeting in Chua’s name

There are a number of former Chua’s students/boys scouts/boys brigade who work and live with their family in the Kuala Lumpur/Petaling Jaya/Subang Jaya area. The first meeting had been posted earlier.

The second gathering was at Cherry Cake House, 58 Jalan 1/19, 46000 Petaling Jaya, tel. 03 77836157. Peter Yap, former BB, is the owner of this well known bakery and restaurant. Bien Hock Nien, former scout, use to be neighbours living on the same floor at Bukit Gasing Towers. For many years they didn’t know that they both had a mutual friend, Chua, until Chua’s death. Bert Tan was the one who made to connection with Bien and later with Peter.


Bien from the left, Annie and Peter, I took this photo when we met for lunch in December 2008. This was a surprise meeting for Peter and his wife Annie as they didn’t know who was coming for lunch that day. We had a lot of stories from Bien about his early memories of Chua, in the 50s.


The next big meeting was hosted by Eng Kim Leng and his wife at their house. Shirley, first from the left, cooked up a big fest for about fifteen people. Kim Leng is third from the right. As you can see we had good food and lots of interesting stories from the old days which has some relation with Chua’s legacy.

Please join in this fund raising project.
Donors to date:
1. Wong Yunn Chii - '71 (RM2000)
2. Lim Kim Tay - '71 (RM2000)
3. MACSIAN74 (RM2000)
4. Vic's Art Prints Sale (RM2500)
5. Tedin Ng - '71 (RM1620)
6. Class of 1971 (RM1038)
7. Woon Tai Hai - '74 (RM1000)
8. Paul Cheok - '76 (RM1000)
9. Chua Beng Own - '70 (RM1000)
10. Class of 1985 - (RM1000)
11. MACS '74 '09 Dinner (RM850)
12. Bien Hock Nien - '55 (RM500)
13. Victor Chin - '67 (RM500)
14. Jimmy Chiam - '80 (RM500)
15. Peter Yap - MES '71 (RM500)
16. Eng Kim Leng - '76 (RM500)
17. Heng Chin Lai - '78 (RM500)
18. Loy Kwee Keow - '76 (RM500)
19. Chin Kai Wah - '55 (RM500)
20. Albert Chan HL - '55 (RM500)
21. Dennis Ee - '76 (RM200)
22. Oh Kim Leng - '77 (RM200)
23. Wong Swee Lim - '56 (RM200)
24. Wee Hock Guan - '76 (RM200)
25. Raymond Ong - '73 (RM100)
26. Anonymous - (RM100)
27. Tommy Chen - '85 (RM490)

Total: RM21,998.00

Tedin Ng -'71 (RM5000)
Donation in kind to ACS primary

In Memoriam

Chua Cheng Chye 1922-2008
March 2009

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