15
Apr
15

“Our lives with Chua Cheng Chye” by (the late) Wong Swee Lim.

(Reprinted from the MACS Centenary Coffee Table Book “Dear ACS, We’re proud of Thee”)

Mr Chua Cheng Chye lived an exemplary life – I was his pupil in the Malacca Anglo-Chinese School, his teacher and Headmaster of his school, the ACS Primary, Melaka.

I was his pupil way back in 1954. He was teaching us history when he made a simple statement to us – “If I want to smoke, I may have to spend about $9.00 a month but I could instead pay your school fees of $2.50.  I was a poor school boy from Paya Rumput, Alor Gajah, who always never paid his school fees.  I used to smoke coconut husks made from a home-made pipe then but stopped smoking immediately after Chua’s statement.

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I became a teacher when he was the Senior Assistant and later the Headmaster of MACS Primary. Chua Cheng Chye was a Crusade Scholar and studied for his BSc degree in Tennessee, USA.  He was a choir master, Church Lay-Leader and MYF Counsellor.

When he became Headmaster in 1968, I was transferred to Masjid Tanah for two years.  I returned to MACS as Senior Assistant. He retired in 1977. Chua later helped to get me promoted to Headmaster.

Chua was a  Scout Commissioner and many students remembered him as a teacher who cared a lot.  However, his love for the 1st Melaka Company Boys’ Brigade is noted.  He brought in a lot of boys to the Christian family through the Boys’ Brigade of which he was Honorary Captain.  He even convinced a Singaporean to donate a sum of money to renovate the Youth Centre during Easter and there is a plaque dedicated to Chua Cheng Chye with these words “Thank you uncle Chua for bringing us back to GOD”

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Chua also composed the ACS school song ”Dear ACS” with lyrics from his fellow Malacca ACS teacher, the late Mr Chye Khooi Khean.

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We wish to thank especially Tony Khoo Heng Peng, Eng Kim Leng and Victor Chin for their unwavering  support when Chua was alive and to the many ex-students and friends who donated whole-heartedly  towards the Chua CC Fund. Also a mention to Wesley Methodist Church Malacca and Mr and Mrs Charlie Lee for the monthly donations to help support Chua Cheng Chye. Thanks to Ms Lim Ai Leng who used to send food to Mr Chua at the nursing home and Sri, Chua’s Indonesian maid, who looked after him diligently. Also we would  like  to  thank  Dr Lim  Boon  Aik,  our  church  doctors Dr Ng Seng Man and Dr Choy Khai Chew and others at Mahkota Hospital for their understanding and support for Mr Chua. There are so many other people who had helped and they are not in the least forgotten for their support and help for Mr Chua.

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I also would like to thank Helen for her understanding and help with Mr Chua even though she herself was ill – one consolation is Mr Chua during his last days still recognised Helen even though he could not remember me and the others who visited him.

-Wong Swee Lim, MACSian Class  of 1955.

Wong Swee Lim was Headmaster of ACS Primary,  from  1983-1992. He was the Hostel Master (1957-67) and Superintendent (1968-85) of the Methodist Boys’ Hostel.


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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

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