Victoria Institution Old Boys’ Association or known as VIOBA was first established in 1922 and at that time, they had to rent a building near the school at Rodger Street and is now located near the school grounds since 1954. The VIOBA clubhouse is occasionally used to hold gatherings and meetings among the old boys. vioba.com.my is the VIOBA official web page. This web page serves VIOBA in achieving its objectives – to promote sports, cultural and social activities amongst it members and render assistance to promote the education of its students.
Malay Mail AUGUST 14 — What was first mooted as an idea came into fruition 125 years ago on this day, August 14th. A group of 3 prominent businessmen in the day, together with the support of the then British Resident of Selangor as well as Sultan Abdul Samad, came up with the idea of forming an English school in Kuala Lumpur. It was their “foresight and devotion” that led to the founding of the Victoria Institution.
Over the years, there has been many a young man “who passed through this our School”. Regardless of your stature in life, a lot of us, if not all, credit the Victoria Institution for instilling in us a deep sense of value and of being the seed that built our character.
Students that joined the school identified themselves as Victorians. That moniker never left you because as all Victorians know – Once a Victorian, always a Victorian. It is almost like a badge that you wear with honour. But it is so much more than a badge. It is a feeling of pride, of dignity and of gratitude to belong to the ranks of a Victorian.
Undoubtedly there is something special about the School and indeed it must be so when men in their 40s and 50s and even some in their 80s, continue to identify themselves as Victorians today. Most of them still remember the words to the School Song and proudly sing it with gusto, much like the days when they were in school. For some of us, it even brings a tear to the eye.
While the VI is definitely not the oldest school in Malaysia, it carries the distinction of being home to the oldest Cadet Corps in the country, the Victoria Institution Cadet Corps; , the oldest Cadet Corps Band in the country, the Victoria Institution Cadet Corps Band; and the oldest Scout Group in the country, the First Kuala Lumpur Scout Troop, originally known as the First Selangor Scout Troop. It was also one of the first few schools to have a Prefects Board and a School Magazine. Pretty amazing really when you consider that there are a few schools in existence that are quite a number of years older than the VI.
The school is full of history and tradition and many of these traditions have lasted over a great number of years. This is only to be expected though of a school that is 125 years old.
It must be said and acknowledged that other premier schools can probably lay claim to these same statements. Schools like Penang Free School, Malacca High School, St. Xavier’s Institution, King Edward VII, Anderson Ipoh, St Michaels Ipoh, (dare I say) St Johns, and MCKK, to name but a few. These are some of the oldest schools in the country. They too are rich in history and tradition. Their students and former students also have great pride in their school and would think that their school is indeed the best around.
Indeed there is a sense of community, of camaraderie and of brotherhood that seems to traverse across time. There seems to be an immediate bond formed when one realises that someone is from the same school, regardless of the age gap.
Today however, intake into these premier schools is decreasing. This is in no small part due to the mushrooming of National Schools in almost every neighbourhood as well as the burgeoning of Private and International schools all over the place. Funding has also decreased and this has led to School buildings that have lost their lustre. Classrooms are in disrepair. Financing for niche and cluster activities have trickled. Lots of parents seem not to want to send their children to these schools anymore, opting instead to go to a local neighbourhood school. Some just don’t see the value in these premier schools anymore, preferring to go to International or Private schools.
A school can only thrive if there is a student population. If the student population dwindles, the school will cease to exist. This has led many to feel that there is a dastardly plot to reduce student intake and then convert schools into commercial or other usage. Most premier schools are after all on prime land and we all know of the fate of a premier girls school that was demolished and replaced with what is now, sadly, a shopping complex.
Hence, there must be a concerted effort to preserve these premier schools. There must be a collaborative effort to raise the intake of students to these schools and return these schools to their former glory. While most of these schools may have Heritage status, I believe it only relates to the preservation of the buildings and not the function of the building. It would be such a shame to lose these premier schools simply because of a decline in student population.
Perhaps the solution to fixing the perennial problem of complaints about our education system is to really see what makes these schools tick and how they have continued to thrive for over a hundred years. Pay more attention on the upkeep of these schools and focus on making these schools a model for other schools to follow. Make these schools the school of choice by emphasising the needs of a holistic education rather than one just focused on grades. Focus on instilling pride and honour. The other schools will soon follow suit.
Really, it’s not that complicated.
For after all, these schools must have done something right for students to feel such pride and a sense of belonging and kinship even after having left school for so many years.
We cannot afford to lose these schools. This will be akin to losing part of our history. This is my fear for the Victoria Institution. This is my fear for all the other Premier Schools in the country.
For me personally, the Victoria Institution has a deep family tradition and history. My grandfather was one of the early students of the school. My father followed as a student in the 1950s and then my two brothers joined the school in the late 70s. I myself was a student in the VI from 1980 to 1984. Exactly 30 years after I left the VI, my own son became a Victorian in 2014. He is now in Form 5.
So 4 generations of my family studied at the same school and latest checks show that this is the first time this has happened to date. 4 generations of Victorians! Quite remarkable and something to be exceedingly grateful for.
So thank you to Yap Kwan Seng, Loke Yew, Thamboosamy Pillai, Sultan Abdul Samad and Sir William Treacher for being the founding fathers of the Victoria Institution on 14th August 1893.
Thank you Victoria Institution for 125 years of excellence and I can only hope that there will be at least another 125 more.
* Dharm Navaratnam is an Old Boy of the Victoria Institution, Kuala Lumpur.
** This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of Malay Mail.
TO ALL VICTORIANS, PAST AND PRESENT,
VICTORIA INSTITUTION 125TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION BADGE DESIGN COMPETITION
Victoria Institution will be celebrating Her 125th Anniversary on 14th August 2018.
To celebrate this grand occasion, the school together with the Victoria Institution Old Boys’ Association (VIOBA) is organising a competition to design a new badge to be used exclusively for the 125th Anniversary Celebrations.
This badge will be used by the present students for the whole of 2018 and also for all promotional activities (banners, buntings, T-shirts etc.).
The prizes are as follows:
- 1 x dinner table for the VIOBA Annual Dinner (10 pax) in August 2018 worth RM 3,000.00
- 10 x 125th Anniversary Special Edition T-Shirts
- 1 x dinner table for the VIOBA Annual Dinner (10 pax) in August 2018 worth RM 3,000.00
Second Runner Up
- 5 seats at a dinner table for the VIOBA Annual Dinner (5 pax) in August 2018 worth RM 1,500.00
The Rules & Regulations of the contest are as follows:
- This competition is open to ALL Present and Past students of Victoria Institution.
- Participants can be either individual or as a group (max of 5 persons/group).
- The design MUST incorporate the current school badge.
- The colours used MUST only be Oxford and Cambridge Blue, White, Black, Silver and Gold.
- Any of the following words MUST be incorporated into the design:
• 125th Anniversary;
• 125 Years;
• 125 Years Celebration; or
• 1893 -2018.
- All artworks must be submitted on an A4 size paper together with a soft copy in a CD in a sealed envelope.
- Envelopes must be marked “125th ANNIVERSARY BADGE DESIGN COMPETITION”.
- Artworks must not be folded.
- The following details MUST be clearly written / printed on the reverse side of the art work:
• Name/ Names of participants;
• Team name (if any); and
• Contact details (Telephone Number & email address).
- Each participant / group can submit multiple entries but each entry must be submitted separately.
- Competition date is from 11th September 2017 – 29th September 2017.
- All artworks can be submitted to the school office during the following hours:
• 9.00 am – 12.00 pm , Monday to Fridays.
- Closing date for submission is 29th September 2017, 12.00 pm.
- Late entries will not be entertained.
- Incomplete entries will not be entertained.
- The top 10 best entries will be selected by a team comprising of members from the school and VIOBA.
- The top 10 entries will then be displayed on a dedicated Facebook page and the top 3 designs with the most LIKES will be selected for the final judging.
- The winning design will be announced on 23rd October 2017 at a special ceremony to launch the new design and also the 125th year celebrations to be held in the school hall.
- Ownership and copyright of all submitted designs will be the property of Victoria Institution Old Boys’ Association which may utilise any submitted designs for any purpose whatsoever.
- Judges’ decision is final.
This is my first message to you as the new President of VIOBA since the AGM held on 20 May 2017. KC Kwek decided not to run for re-election as President, however the majority of the MC were re-elected unopposed to carry out the long then plans that were formulated earlier on. Thank you KC for two terms of hard work and efforts for the OBA and our fellow brothers in VI.
What are the plans of the MC?
Our immediate plans are as follows:
1. Continuity of policies of previous MC in supporting sporting events:
- Emphasis on rugby and football;
- Athletics like cross-country;
- Daniel Shield and Mokhtar Dahari
2. Continuity of the VIOBA series of dinners
2017 – Honouring the Corporate Victorian to be held on 12 August 2017 at TPC Golf & Country Club (formerly known as KLGCC) – Tickets are on sale now!!
2018 – Honouring the Victorian – Scholar, Sportsman & Gentleman
Assisting VI in celebrating its 125th Anniversary (this is a VI event)
3. Mentoring students of VI with the active cooperation of former students and school administration. This will be done in conjunction with VIOBA Foundation and the PIBG.
4. Strengthening the relationship with VI diaspora overseas many of whom are willing to give back to the school.
5. Any other activities that are suggested by members that will benefit the students and school as a whole.
I am contactable at firstname.lastname@example.org for any feedback, suggestions etc. from anyone who is interested in the wellbeing of our Association, our younger brothers and the school.
Last but not least, on behalf of the MC, I would like to wish all our Muslim brothers “Selamat Berpuasa dan Menjalankan Ibadah di Bulan Ramadan”.
Zaman – President
YBhg. Dato’ Yusli Mohamed Yusoff
Khairuzzaman Bin Muhammad
Azizul Khair Bin Mohd Ibrahim
Asst Honorary Secretary
Muthu Kannu Veerapen
Nik Mohd Sidek Bin Nik Jaffar
Asst Honorary Treasurer
Abdul Razak Bin Jahury
Jagdish Singh Dhaliwal
Farizuddin Bin Aman
Ahmad Najib Salleh
Balraj S Pannu
Vince Chong Khin Young
Kishan Narendra Jasani
Syed Naufal Shahbudin Bin Syed Abu Jabbar
Kwek Keng Chye
Amrul Zeflin Anim
Abdul Razif Bin Abdul Aziz
Dear Respected Member,
We refer to the above matter.
Please find attached herewith the following documents for your attention and reference:-
- VIOBA’s Letter to Members dated 01.05.2017;
- VIOBA’s Notice of AGM 2017;
- VIOBA’s Audited Accounts for the financial year ending 31.12.2016;
- VIOBA Foundation’s Notice of AGM 2016; and
- VIOBA Foundation’s Audited Financial Statement for the financial year ending 31.12.2016.
Vince Chong – Hon. Secretary
Our VIOBA program this year begins with the Mokhtar Dahari Challenge on March 11, 2017 at the VI green. As always we expect a large turnout for the challenge and we hope you will support the event by turning out to support your batch and catching up. Please contact the organizers for further info.
VIOBA has our special 2017 calendars for sale at RM10, if you buy 10, we will give you an extra 2! Please contact the secretary by mail at email@example.com for further details. Supply is limited so hurry!
On behalf of the Management Committee, I take this opportunity to wish all VIOBA members, teachers and staff and Victorians all over, a very happy, healthy and prosperous Chinese New Year. Travel safe and enjoy your holidays. GONG XI FA CAI, XING LIEN KWAI LE!
KC Kwek – President
Another year end is fast approaching and we will start our celebrations with Deepavali first. As always, we take occasions like this to meet our friends and relatives to catch up and renew ties. It is a chance to foster relationships; they always say that on the death bed, the major regret is not spending more time with family and friends.
On behalf of the Management Committee, I take this opportunity to wish all our members and Victorians a very Happy Deepavali and may the light always shine for you and your loved ones! Take care everyone and go easy on the sweet delicacies!
KC Kwek – President
VIOBA team led by manager Sahrul Salim (Stok) is the National champion after a hard fought victory of 27-21 over the High School Klang Old Boys Association at the UPM Rugby field on October 1, 2016. This is a great achievement for a team that is 3 years old. Thank you to all the old boys and sponsors for their support!
KC Kwek – President