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Penang Free School to mark 188th anniversary



by Star Publication

KUALA LUMPUR: A nostalgic reunion awaits old boys of the Penang Free School when it celebrates its 188th anniversary with a series of activities including a dinner graced by the King on Oct 13.

Old Frees Association of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor organising chairman Meer Sadik Habib said the dinner, themed The Colours of the Frees, was aimed at bringing together the old boys who had benefited from the Old Frees experience on this special occasion.

“The institution has produced some notable names including our first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tengku Tan Sri Ahmad Rithauddeen, Tan Seri Datuk Elyas Omar and a host of Malaysian corporate leaders,” said the Habib Corporation Bhd managing director.

Remembering fondly the house colour he belonged to, which was brown, Meer said the institution’s house colours – green (Wu Lien Teh), yellow (Hamilton), red (Cheeseman), brown (Hargreaves), orange (Tunku, Putra) and blue (Pinhorn) – always brought back memorable moments.

“The old boys will dress in their own respective house colours which they belonged to when they were in school,” he said.

Meer said he believed it was fun and would truly capture the moods of the Old Frees, welcoming all to join the dinner.

He added that it would not only be a get-together for the old boys but also a night of entertainment and laughter.

Old Frees Datuk Zainul Azman, who was spotted at Meer’s jewellery store, said he was there to purchase a table.

“I belonged to green, the Wu Lien Teh house,” said the former school soccer team captain and Dimensi Eksklusif managing director who is looking forward to meeting all his old friends.

Penang Free School is South East Asia’s first and oldest English school.

Other activities to celebrate the anniversary include raising funds for Yayasan Penang Free School which provides scholarships to subsidise qualified students’ expenses.

For more information, call 03-42565610.

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