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NST: Old boy returns after forty years


FAMOUS ALUMNUS: Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam returns to Penang Free School for food carnival and to attend reunion with ex-schoolmates

GEORGE TOWN: IT was a nostalgic homecoming for Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam who returned to Penang Free School (PFS) recently after leaving the alma mater four decades ago.
The Old Frees, who attended the school between 1966 and 1972, rekindled their fond memories of the good old days.
Dr Subramaniam set foot on the PFS ground to officiate its food carnival while at the same time attended a reunion gathering with his former classmates.
During the event, Dr Subramaniam shared his pride of growing up in the PFS and being part of the distinguished institution in Penang.
Dr Subramaniam said he left school after Form 6 to pursue his study in medicine in Singapore and had no opportunity to visit the school until now due to work commitments.
“Today, after 40 years I finally managed to be in this prestigious institution again and I am proud to be here,” he said.
During the reunion, PFS Bicentenary committee chairman Datuk Abdul Rafique Abdul Karim presented a book with pictures of Dr Subramaniam during his schooling days.
Also present were state Health Department director Datuk Dr Lailanor Ibrahim and the state Education Department director Ahmad Tarmizi Kamaruddin


Datuk Abdul Rafique Abdul Karim (right) presenting a souvenir to Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam who visited the booths of the food carnival. Pix by Danial Saad


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Rafique (fourth from left) pointing out to Dr Subramaniam (third from left) the latter’s name in the school’s student register.


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