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Saving Yesterday For Tomorrow

SK drew our attention to this book a few days ago and I have managed to obtain one and thought you might like to get an idea of what it looks like.

Hardbound with 280 pages it is a very nicely produced volume by Rokiah Talib and her team. I am sure many Old Andersonians will love it.

  1. sk says:

    Yes, I am sure Old Andersonians who has gone through
    Datuk Seri N.S. Selvamany mentorship will love the biography.
    Thumbs up for Ipohworld for making it louder.

  2. S.Sundralingam says:

    I was at MPH Mid-Valley, hunting for this book, they are yet to get this book. Today morning, I drop by Mubaraks, it’s not available at the moment. Maybe the President of the Old Andersonians could enlighten us on the sales of this book?

  3. ika says:

    As far as I know the book has not reached the shops yet. My copy came as a gift from Dato Seri himself signed personally to me. The Star newspaper gave 012-2019 739 (Yeong Sek Yee) as the contact. He lives in KL.

  4. sk says:

    Hi Ipohworld Readers,
    Sorry for the disappointment.
    Just spoken to Yeong Sek Yee at 012-20190739
    and he informed us that the book will not be sold
    in MPH or Bookstores.
    I then informed Yeong Sek Yee to keep Ipohworld readers posted on the next publication.

  5. ika says:

    SK has continued to beaver away on our readers’ behalf and has received the following email:

    “Dear SK,
    Thank you for your interest in the above biography about YBhg Dato’ Seri NS Selvamany which was launched by DYMM Sultan of Perak on 15 Jan 2012 in Kuala Lumpur. The biography, at the request of YBhg Dato’ Seri himself, is not for sale. However, it can be made available privately at a nominal donation of RM 50 per copy. This donation will help to defray some printing costs (about RM 57/book) and postage (estimated at RM 10/book). The Organising Committee for this biography project will certainly appreciate receiving any extra contribution that you wish to make. When all copies of the biography are finally distributed, any surplus funds will be channelled to charitable organisations dear to YBhg Dato’ Seri Selvamany’s heart.
    To contribute, you can either:

    1. send a cheque, under the name of Datuk Merlyn Kasimir or Tan Sri Nuraizah Hamid, to 1, Jalan SS 2/42, Damansara Jaya, 47400 PJ; or
    2. bank into RHB Bank a/c no 214-035001-34590 under Tan Sri Nuraizah Abdul Hamid or Datuk Merlyn Kasimir.

    Please note that this is a special account set up for this biography project. An acknowledgement/receipt will be issued in due course.

    We thank you for your interest and support for this biography project.

    Yeong Sek Yee

  6. sk says:

    Hi Ika,
    Thank you for publishing Yeong Sek Yee’s

    In addition and a subsequent letter by Yeong Sek Yee,
    he wrote :-
    Hi SK,
    All books will be presigned by Dato’ Seri Selvamany.
    Rgds Yeong

    Yes, all purchasers will get Datuk Seri’s autograph.

    Thank you, Ipohreaders for your kind interest.

  7. SF Chen says:

    More than a teacher. How aptly these words describe Datuk Seri Selvamany. I grew up in Gopeng and completed my Fifth Form in 1970 in Sekolah Idris Shah (SIS). I met Datuk Seri as a student in Anderson Ipoh in 1971 where I did my Sixth Form Science. Though he did not teach me I remembered him as one of the greatest teachers in Anderson Ipoh. I continued my studies at Universiti Malaya. While waiting for my posting to SIRIM after my graduation in 1976 Datuk Seri took me in as a temporary Physics teacher in SIS where this great man was then the principal. Although my attachment at SIS was only for a few months Datuk Seri advised and guided me well as a boss. He was compassionate and had never for once used his booming voice on me. The transformation and changes that he has brought to SIS, the alma mater which I associate most with, were indeed impressive and to be proud of. Datuk Seri, may you continue to enjoy good health and happiness, and peace be with you.

  8. Farook Adam says:

    Dear ika

    Do we have to put Datuk or Tan Sri on the check before the name? Just making sure the check does not bounce due to technicalities.

  9. sk says:

    Thanks to our ex- Geography teacher, Mr Paul Chong who contributed this article on
    Datuk Seri Dr. Selvamany


    Andersonians ’66/’67
    “To Strive, To Seek, To Find and Not To Yield” – Anderson School Ipoh, Malaysia

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012
    BREAKING NEWS – “Uncle” Conferred Honorary Doctorate in Education by the University of Malaya on October 01, 2012
    Congratulations & Celebrations!

    Another article from his ex-student & author of More Than A Teacher


    Wednesday May 16, 2012

    Thanks, Anneh

    He walked the extra mile for his students and gave them hope to struggle on. A group of them pays tribute to ‘Sir’, with love, and a biography.

    IN recalling what they remember best about retired teacher Datuk Seri N.S. Selvamany, most of his ex-students concur on one thing: they did not have to ask for his help as he automatically reached out to those in need.

    “He was serious (in teaching) but caring,” says retired Universiti Malaya (UM) professor Dr Rokiah Talib, who has written a biography on Selvamany, now 86, one of her teachers in Form Six.

    Rokiah, 69, was previously with UM’s Department of Anthropology and Sociology. She and seven other ex-students (class of 1962/63) of the prestigious SM Anderson Ipoh were at one of their regular lunches when the idea for the biography was mooted.

    Dr Rokiah Talib with the biography on Selvamany.
    “When we get old, we get sentimental. We reminisced about old times, our Form Six days, and realised that all our teachers were gone. Only Anneh (Tamil for ‘elder brother’ – the nickname for Selvamany) was left.

    “Someone suggested a book about him and that I should do it,” recalls Rokiah, who has written Selvamany: More Than A Teacher, some 30 years after his retirement. Selvamany received the 1997 Tokoh Guru Kebangsaan and, a year earlier, the state-level (Perak) Tokoh Guru award.

    Some 1,200 copies of the hardcover book (not for sale) were printed with generous funding from ex-students, for distribution amongst those who know him.

    At its launch early this year by Sultan Azlan Shah of Perak, many who had been taught by the beloved teacher showed up. “They came and lingered on, despite having other functions to attend,” says Rokiah. “Also, a generous soul footed the huge lunch bill!”

    Research for the book took a year and includes interviews with Selvamany’s ex-students. Many of them commented that they had never seen him get angry. One of them recalls: “Selvamany slapped his forehead when talking to a student (who slacked). He was showing his frustration and concern; he was not angry.”

    Later, when he was headmaster of a school in Gopeng, which had younger schoolchildren, he carried a cane.

    “Well, he did use the cane, but on naughty children. But not at Anderson,” adds Dr Rokiah, who includes poignant accounts of how Selvamany stepped in whenever he saw a need and quietly lent a hand. “Until today, the students are forever grateful to him.”

    N.S. Selvamany with his parents and sister after receiving his scroll.
    Dr Rokiah remembers Selvamany as someone with “a fantastic memory and a good heart. He would not say anything bad about anybody.”

    Perhaps, the secret of his good memory is that “he has no negative vibes. He lives close to Anderson school and has an open door policy. He welcomed students to his home.”

    When Selvamany lost his only son, a doctor in his 30s, in an accident, various people suggested that he sue the errant driver responsible for the tragedy. But he did not. And the reason he gave?

    “Our children are not ours but loaned to us by God. Who are we to say anything?”

    And when he received the insurance payout for his son’s death, he put the money in a fixed deposit and used it to make yearly donations. “He is a saint!” Dr Rokiah insists.

    She regards Selvamany, often described as “colour blind”, as the “epitome of 1Malaysia”. The book has incidents of the simple teacher helping his charges in different ways.

    When Selvamany found out that student Salleh Yeop had to cycle two hours to and from school daily and was too exhausted to do any revision, he asked the hostel master to create an extra bed for him.

    “Salleh passed his exams with flying colours and was one of a few who obtained a Bank Negara scholarship and studied Economics in Universiti Malaya. He has never forgotten this man,” says Rokiah.

    Now 65 and a businesessman, Datuk Salleh served as an assistant economist in Bank Negara from1970-72 and was the first branch manager of Bank Bumiputra in New York in 1978.

    Selvamany also helped a poor female student who was malnourished. He appointed a shy student the hostel and house captain; the responsibility boosted the student’s confidence and honed his leadership qualities.

    He obtained aid for those facing financial difficulties, and kept an eye on those from less advantaged homes. One student who got his exam time-table mixed up was awakened by Selvamany, who had turned up to drive him to school!

    He also did “strange things” too, Dr Rokiah recalls. “He tried to stop the students from smoking in the hostel by creating a smoking zone, in the 1960s. Now, any teacher who does that today would be hauled up. Actually, he was trying to ‘smoke them out’ and wean them of their unhealthy habit.”

    The clever plan succeeded and many students stopped smoking because they did not want to be ridiculed by their schoolmates, she adds.

    “Writing a biography is a humbling experience. You learn so much about people – the essence of your subject – and marvel at what they have done,” says Dr Rokiah of Selvamany’s book, her ninth biography.

    Her daughter Lily Rozita is translating Selvamany’s book into Bahasa Malaysia. Her husband, Tajuddin Jali, a former Andersonian, will edit this edition.

    After her retirement, Dr Rokiah started writing a series of biographies on women to acknowledge their achievements. Amongst those she has featured are Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali and Tan Sri Fatimah Hashim.

    Asked how ex-students can show gratitude to their teachers, she says: “Chat with them and celebrate with them. Stay in touch and let them know that you remember them, especially in their golden years.”

    > Old is gold, and bold. So, let us hear what you have to say, about whatever excites you, makes you happy, sad or concerned. E-mail star2@thestar.com.my.

    Published contributions will be paid, so please include your full name, IC number, address and telephone number.

    Related Story:
    One who loves his fellow men

  10. Dinesh Kumar Muniandy says:

    hy i would like to know Mr selvamany contact number or email or any information to reach Mr Selvamany.plz need a positive feedback soon


    What a great man and great teacher. An inspiration to us all and a great role model. As a student from 1961 – 1967 I remember him with great fondness. When I left Malaysia to come to the UK, he gave me a very supportive reference which, after all those years I still have and treasure. Would be very interested in getting a copy of Selvamany – More Than Just A Teacher. If anyone can help, please send me contact details. I will be in Malaysia later this year so can collect it in person. Best wishes to all old Andersonians.

  12. sk says:

    Another feather in Dato Seri’ Dr. NS Selvamany cap…


    Published: Monday September 22, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
    Updated: Monday September 22, 2014 MYT 7:39:46 AM
    Moderation close to his heart

    PETALING JAYA: For Tokoh Guru Nasional (1997) Datuk Seri Dr N.S. Selvamany (pic), moderation is something he has held close to his heart since the 1950s.

    At that time, he said peace and harmony among all races prevailed with everyone respecting each other’s culture and religion.

    “When I was in school in the 1930s to 1940s, words like race and religious diversity were unknown among our friends,” he said, adding that he was sad to see how much the younger generation of various races had grown apart nowadays.

    “We are indeed rich in diversity, but what do we see? Like birds of the same feather, the different races gather together and talk in their own languages.

    “If we understand ourselves and the fragility of our lives, only love, harmony, peace, trust and religious faith will prevail,” said the 88-year-old, who is known to have treated his multi-racial students equally.

    The grateful ex-students of various races still visit their “master” occasionally and even made an effort to publish a book on him titled Selvamany: More Than A Teacher in 2012.

    Selvamany was then a teacher at SM Anderson Ipoh. He later became the headmaster of two schools in Gopeng – Sekolah Idris Shah and Sekolah Sri Teja.

    When he was headmaster, Selvamany said he would encouraged his students to pray according to their respective faiths during the weekly school assembly.

    Commending The Star for coming up with the campaign on moderation, he asked all Malaysians to pray that good sense would prevail and unite everyone the way it was during his younger years.

  13. sk says:

    Sharing with you Dato”seri Dr NS Selvamany in Ipoh Echo Issue 297 Feb 1-15, 2019.
    Happy Birthday Dato’ Seri Selvamany
    Former students of Dato’ Seri Selvamany (Tokoh Guru Kebangsaan 1996) from Anderson School Arts 66/67 gathered on Sunday, January 20 to celebrate their Economics teacher’s 93rd birthday at the Old Andersonian Club and Cafeteria. While some came in a chartered bus from Kuala Lumpur others drove down from other states to join in the lunch hosted by the birthday boy himself. Present was his wife, Poovayee, a former teacher from Ipoh Convent School who is 92 years old. A few of her former students were among those present that day. The event was graced by some very senior Andersonians, Selvamany’s former students themselves, such as Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Tan Sri Nuraizah Hamid, Dr Selvaratnam and prominent Ipoh lawyer, Ng Yook Woon. In his speech, Tengku Razaleigh mentioned how the couple had endeared themselves to their former students. They are welcome to drop in on them whenever they are in Ipoh. He reiterated that Selvamany is more than a teacher, which was the title of a book “Selvamany, More Than A Teacher” written by one of his students a few years ago. In his emotional reply, Selvamany expressed how blessed he was to have attained 93 years of age. It has enabled him to see his students’ progress long after they had left school. The ex-teacher always expounded the beauty of a multiracial and a multicultural Malaysia during his teaching days as is evidenced during the gathering. As he had insisted on a “no-present and no-flowers policy” for his birthday, his students presented him with an “angpow” which he could donate to his chosen charities. He duly responded by naming four charities where the money could be distributed – a mosque, a church, a Buddhist temple and a children’s home. The ceremony ended with a photo session followed by a tearful send-off for a revered teacher. His 70-something students looked on with some trepidation, as their 93-year-old teacher drove his family home in his 38-year-old Volvo. “The car, if it could speak, would tell many tales,” Selvamany enjoined. The sentiment of the crowd is best summed by this excerpt from a birthday card sent to him. It reads, “You’re my Econs teacher, my hockey coach and advisor to the Students’ Benefit Society in ASI (1966/67). I’ll always remember you as a very caring mentor with great wisdom and tireless effort, who always inspired his wards to strive for their utmost best. Most of all I’ll always cherish memories of your undying compassion for the poor and the needy”.
    Khadijah Shaari

  14. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Dear sk

    Thanks for the link to Ipoh Echo issue 297.

    The article on Mr. Selvamany was rather inspiring!

    I also enjoyed the articles written by ika — highly recommended!

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