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Official Launch Of Merdeka Celebration Month

 

Since Merdeka Day is just around the corner, Penang Free School has decided to make August the Merdeka Celebration Month.

In conjunction with this, Frees have been playing an active role in ensuring its success. Classes have been spruced up; there was an art competition recently and just yesterday, Frees packed the hall and basketball court to finish up 40 banners within a 3 hour limit for the Merdeka Banner Painting Campaign.

data_speechHowever, the Merdeka Celebration Month was only officiated this morning in a special assembly, graced by Dato’ Syed Mohamad Aidid bin Syed Murtaza, an Old Free who studied in Free School circa 1960s. He is a prominent leader who is very well known in Malaysia, particularly in Penang, for his social work.

rama7.40 am – Dato’ Syed entered the hall accompanied by the principal, En. Arabi Sulaiman and took his seat upstage.

7.45 am – En. Rahamatullah Sulaiman read out the Ucapan Seri Baginda, which is a speech by the King for the students of Malaysia. In his speech, the King expressed his love for the scholars of Malaysia and told us about the hopes he has put upon us, young Malaysians, to study dilligently, act wisely and follow the footsteps of our forefathers, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak, Tun Hussein Onn and Dato’ Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The mere mention of these names sparked an entire hall of cheers.

7.50 am – En. Muhamad Hanif Abdul Majid proceeded by reading out the speech by the Chief Director of Education of Malaysia. This speech touched on the need for students to be thankful and appreciative towards the Government for providing us with an effective and comprehensive education.

7.55 am – Dato’ Syed Aidid delivered his speech and reminisced on the times when he was still studying, remarking on how he had only 20 sen of pocket money, on how he studied in PFS for 8 years instead of the conventional 7 (he had to stay in Form 3 for failing his exams),which gained many laughs and about the foreign principals we had before Merdeka. He reminded us that we ought to treasure independence because it was hard-earned, and that we, as the benefactors of independence, should appreciate the fact that we never really endured hardship. Dato’ Syed Aidid ended his speech by telling us about his aspirations for us to become better Malaysians of the future to steer the country towards excellence. The Frees responded to this call by giving him a deafening (and I really mean deafening) applause.

hm (1)8.19 am – Then, the principal stepped out to present his speech about social ills and mental ‘colonisation’. However, after noticing that everyone was starting to get restless, he changed his approach. First, he asked to to breathe in deeply (the obedient Frees followed suit), said that it had to do with Merdeka, and told us to think about he meant at home (I have no idea what it meant!). That was our first ‘homework’. Later,he asked us to repeat after him, "We cannot buy peace and harmony" and said that would be our second ‘homework’. I reckon that many understood what he was talking about, which explains the applause that followed. Shortly after that, he went back to his seat.

After the principal’s speech, prizes were presented to the winners of the Citra Merdeka art competition. It was a shame though, that their artworks were not displayed.

Next up was the reciting of A. Samad Said’s poem "Angin Ogos" by En. Mohd Firdaus. Kudos to En. Firdaus for his emotional performance. After that came another poem — this time it was "Negeri Itu Anak" by a group of boys clad in military uniform. The phrase ‘save the best for last’ was very much proven when Oh Jia Sheng (who is everybody’s friend) came upstage to commence the last part of the ceremony. Everyone screamed to the top of their voices when he, in the most highly-spirited manner, led them in shouting "Merdeka!" thrice.

The ceremony ended shortly after. Strangely, for the first time of my life, I could see people NOT dreading assembly. Somehow or rather, the school rally sounded louder and better than usual. Looks like Merdeka-fever has started…

Report by Loke Cheok Quen

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