An Interview with Chua Cheng Chye in 1977

-Reprinted from The Macsian 1977.

77 Interview with CCC 3
Macsian: Mr. Chua, were you educated in Anglo Chinese School, Melaka?
ChuaCC: No. First I went to the old Victorian Institution, the Batu Road School, Kuala Lumpur, Klang High School and finally the Methodist Boys’ School, Kuala Lumpur.

Macsian: Did you enjoy your school life?
ChuaCC: Yes, certainly especially my life in the Methodist Boys’ School, Kuala Lumpur.

Macsian: Why of all the schools, you enjoyed best at Methodist Boys’ School, Kuala Lumpur?
ChuaCC: There were quite a number of things I found lacking in the other schools. But I would stress only the important one – that was, the Christian teachings in the school where I learned so much that these influence my life up to this day.

Macsian: How came that you were a teacher in Anglo Chinese School Melaka?
ChuaCC: I passed my Senior Cambridge in 1941. When the Japanese War broke out in the Far East in late 1941, my parents and the family evacuated to Melaka. We stayed in Melaka during the war years. After the war, my parents returned to Kuala Lumpur. I had to stay back for a while because of some family business. During this short while, Dr. Ho Seng Ong (founder of the present Anglo Chinese School, Tengkera) who knew me, invited me to join the staff of his school in 1946.

Macsian: Was that the primary or secondary school?
ChuaCC: At that time the school was known as a Comprehensive School, meaning it had Primary as well as Secondary.

Macsian: Could you elaborate your presence in Anglo Chinese School, Melaka up to this time?
ChuaCC: After being invited to join the staff of the school, Dr. Ho Seng Ong encouraged me to stay on to complete my Normal Class training as a teacher. As 1 had no opportunity to go for further studies, l had no choice but to remain in this school. 2 years after completion of my Normal Class training, the Methodist Church, Malaya sent me to the United States of America for further studies in one of the Colleges for teachers in Nashville, Tennessee. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education. When I returned, I continued to serve the school.

Macsian: To our knowledge, we discovered that you were involved in a good number of activities in the school. What activity or activities kept you on your feet most of the time?
ChuaCC: First scouting, followed by what have you in the school.

Macsian: We understand that you composed the ACS Song. What prompted you to compose it?
ChuaCC: After my return from the United States of America with the training that I had benefited in music, 1 felt that I could do something in this field for the school. Actually, it is my love for the school that inspired me to compose it. You can find in the words of my song, love, loyalty and the wonderful virtues the school has. l pray that you boys would be proud to sing it.

Macsian: In view of the trying times the youths of today are facing, what “philosophy” would recommend for the present youths?
ChuaCC: The word “philosophy” has depth, height and width – depending on each individual. But, I would like to recommend this: Always believe there is an Almighty God – Creator and Giver of all good things. Accept this. Then, take the best in life which will benefit you and your fellowmen. Always do and give your best, and be of service to the needy, keep busy doing good.

Macsian: We know you have many achievements in the course of your life experiences. Which one would you like to share with us?
ChuaCC: One of the significant ones 1 would like to share with you is this: I praise God and thank Him for the many blessings He has bestowed upon me – one of these is:- To be given the talent and the knowledge to get along with people of all ages and to remain their good friend.

Macsian: Thank you very much, Mr. Chua.

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