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Not that I mind but for the record, this photo is from me through SK.
Nevertheless, it sure would be interesting to hear from someone in this picture.
Just as I was about to post to comment, Mano beat me to it, like the obstacle race here in NTPS.
Sorry for getting you confused, Ed.
Yes, contribution came from Mano & not Tony.
If I am not mistaken, Mano is in the picture.
Thanks to Mano’s dad, he had caught some good memories
Yes, I remember getting into this obstacle race & winning some good coloured pencils as prizes where I could not afford.
I treasured the Luna Brand & whenever I got them, I smelt it.
The background bungalow with coconut trees surrounding it, could be the headmaster residence.
Mano, please us send more pictures of the school or New Pasir Puteh. I like to see your album.
No apologies necessary, sk. We’re all doing our best, especially the good people at Ipohworld. So what’s a slip up now and then,eh?:)
Back to the photo, yes, I am in it but it was not taken by my dad. It was by ‘Shui Kat’ in 1964 when I was in Std.II.
I am doing my best to get more photos across but, for more variety, I am trying to get especially of other subjects as well.
CORRECTION: As stated in the comments page, this photograph is from Mano not Tony. Nevertheless, we’d love to hear from the NTPS alumni. The more info, the better for our database
HH Chan from Sydney remembers there were 3 gates in NTPS.
Front from Jalan Pasir Puteh, Middle from the Malay School & Back toward Sam Choi Chinese Primary School.
Wow, such good memory.
Coming to think about it, in my time, the one in the middle was always locked. That one led to the lobby where
Mano’s description of bottled Snakes were kept.
Was there any other gates where the Trade Class, Hostel
or Teacher’s Training Class were ?
I dont remember there were a Teachers Training Institue & a hostel here in NTPS ( JPP )
This would be in the direction where the boys were facing
in this picture.
Chan wonders if the Sports Day were combined with the Afternoon Classes.
I dont even remember if there was afternoon classes but
known about it later from Ipohworld.
What a wealth of information Ipohworld has.
Yes Chan, we do have a lot, but it is mainly from people like you, our readers, who provide it for us to share. You should all give yourselves a pat on the back. Thanks to you all for your support.
Thank you for the compliments, ika.
I’m not sure if there has been mention of this before but NTPS JlnPP was the only school then to have a special class for the Hearing and Speech Impaired. Of course back then before the political correctness, it was simply known as the Deaf and Dumb Class. Perhaps it was the age of innocence but I don’t recall anything derogatory. I guess those were the times when a kettle was called a kettle. However, I do distinctly recall the Headmaster, Mr Bhagwan Sing, going class to class explaining and telling us to treat them no different.
Yes Mano, I did bring this up a long time ago but no one followed up. When I was in Std 3 back in’63, my class was just next door to theirs.Never knew how to relate to them.Imagine in their silent world, they never heard what a Beatles or Chicago song sounded like.
I must have missed it when rosebud raised it earlier, but it is good to hear that all those years ago there was a caring school. Pity your teachers did not arrange sign language lessons for you that would have broken the ice with the unfortunate kids.
NTPS JPP is one of a kind. They have this class for these special kids yet it was not highly publicised. What is more intriguing is they placed them among us ‘normal’ kids. In the past,these special kids were neglected & unschooled. Most will end up as beggars & oddities.Because of this school, I think they had better fates.I hope one of them will contact this site & tell their stories.
I wish to add that the special kids were of different ages & I think there was only one class. Some were older & bigger than us normal primary kids. They wore the same uniform as us & physically looked no different.
Hi Rosebud & Mano,
Now you jolted my memory on the deaf & dumb.
Yes, there was a class for them.
HH Chan could not recall as he left NTPS ( JPP ) in 1962.
So, Rosebud, you were right in zeroing in 1963.
Fantastic memory & where did you post this on the Deaf & Dumb. I dont recollect reading it.
If I am not mistaken, Mrs Loh or Mrs Loke was in charge.
Mrs Caleb headed that unit.
I remember passing by the class & they were all using sign languages.
I wonder where are all the pupils & teachers now.
Rosebud & Mano in reading, do you remember the school drill we have to perform in the school field, supervised by Mrs Caleb?
Mrs Caleb played the music in her big tape recorder & I can still remember the tune.
I dont know what the performance was for.
Maybe another school curriculum . Cant be a Merdeka day,
sports day or school day performance.
Another school excursion we had was a tour to the Blind Centre in Gunung Rapat.
I was thrilled and amazed to see the blinds manufacturing the fence grills in super speed.
One of them misplaced the tools & he was crying out loud
feeling for it.
I remember picking it up & placed it on his palm. He was so thankful smiling at me with his blind eyes.
hi SK. your story is heart-warming – especially when you helped the blind man locate his tool.
i remember once at Pudu i gave up my seat to a blind man. he was greatful, but the others seated there stared at me with disgust….sigh…..so much for “nilai murni”
You have a very compassionate heart for the unfortunate.
If you go to Brickfields, you would find a lot of blind men & women walking with their white cane.
At times, if I am around there, I would lead them cross the road or help them to cross over the traffic light when the pulsating signal from the traffic light fail or helping them to board the bus. Generally, I observe the people around are helpful to the blind, like your case, giving up your seat for them.Very honorable of you. The Bus conductor & Driver are very helpful to inform them when to disembark when they have reached his or her destination. Malaysians are still very compassionate to the unfortunates.
Nowadays, you often find the deaf & the dumb in shopping complexes communicating with each other compared to many many years ago, where they were once frowned.
Through better understanding & education through mass media,
people get to understand them better for the less fortunates
including the physically & mentally challenged.
Sk, yes, I too recall the tune to that fitness exercise by Mrs Caleb. I think it was for a joint display by several schools at the Ipoh Padang for the Merdeka Celebrations. Mrs Caleb had to whittle down her participants to just the number to fit the bus taking them there!
I too recall the trip to the Blind Centre at Gunung Rapat and going to the then known as Coronation Park but I’m not sure if it was on the same trip.
Yes. Thanks for recalling.
Yes, we went to Ipoh Padang.
OMG, completely forgotten about that as we we so thrilled, like little boys going for an outstation trip as venturing outside the school seems very very far.
Something else I remember about the sports day is the local brewery used to treat the teachers to drinks at the staff room.