Happy Chinese New Year and Happy Holidays to all members and Victorians! May the Year of the Goat bring all of us great joy, wealth and health all year round. VIOBA has hit the ground running in 2015 with the launch of the Victorious Newsletter (available for download at the VIOBA Facebook page) and the Board of Governors’ Luncheon held on January 17, 2015 at the newly opened Victorious Café at the Clubhouse.
We will have a number of activities planned for 2015, which includes the annual Mokhtar Dahari Challenge on March 21, 2015 followed by the Annual Dinner and Tattoo performance to be held at the Quadrangle in VI on May 30, 2015. VIOBA is also planning for our Annual General Meeting on June 14.
More details will be available shortly on the dinner and Tattoo performance. On behalf of the Management Committee, I wish all of you a very happy Chinese New Year and Happy Holidays! Safe travels everyone.
KC Kwek – President
This year, the Luncheon coincides with the opening of Victorious Cafe; a new cafe operating at the VIOBA Clubhouse. Victorious has taken the arduous task of refurbishing the Clubhouse, adding a new layer of paint, cleaning the Clubhouse and bringing a fresh and modern feel to the historical building. The results are in the pictures below and speaks volumes of the effort put in by Victorious team. The food, as the pictures will also show you, will satisfy many a Victorian looking for a quick bite to eat whether dinner or lunch.
The BOG Luncheon was held on Saturday, 17.01.2015 and was attended by luminaries such as Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, Tan Sri M Jegathesan, Dato’ Ronald McCoy, Datin Nawal of JPWP; to name only but a few.
After the opening remarks by the President, Mr KC Kwek, lunch was served. Lunch consisted of Briyani, Ayam Masak Merah, Beef Rendang, Vegetables, various snacks and bites, coffee, tea, and juices. During the Opening Remarks, the President listed out the events for the remaining term; event of which were scribbled on the side-white-boards of which pictures are below. Do take note of the dates and the events there!
The Victorious Cafe was officiated by Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz who had graciously penned her name in the officiating block. Tan Sri Rafidah gave a rousing speech imploring and urging all stakeholders to ensure high levels of education, English language and further shared various anecdotes of her time in the School and in the Ministry. Her words were motivational, inspirational, humourous and had hints of a challenge which the crowd responded with a rousing cheer.
To finish off the day, the stage was open for Karaoke; to which Tan Sri Rafidah, in an amazing show of showmanship, sang to the Victorians after confessing that she is tone deaf. Nevertheless, to this writer at least (who cannot hold a tune to save his life), Tan Sri’s courage in standing on a stage to sing was nothing short of amazing making this writer wish he had the same courage to do so!
The Luncheon ended, in typical Victorian fashion, after many many long goodbyes and handshakes and with the exchange of contact details, pictures and name cards.
The BOG, and especially VIOBA in particular wishes to thank Victorious Cafe for preparing the delicious spread of food, the team who organised the event, the School, Victorians and the guests of honour for taking the time off to attend the Luncheon and to make merry at the new, and improved VIOBA Clubhouse.
We all have the tendency to review events, achievements and perhaps to think of lost opportunities and what the New Year would bring. At VIOBA we look back to a reasonably good year and look forward to new challenges in 2015. We are issuing a newsletter called Victorious available now in electronic format, feel free to share it with other Victorians. Our relationship with the school is improving. We are now able to use certain school facilities and we are next planning for members to use the swimming pool on weekends. In return we will have to help with the revival of the Swimming and Life Savers Club. Please get in touch if you have ideas on this.
We had a very good Annual Dinner where we honoured our Victorian Scholars and Educators graced by our VIP, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz. For the coming year, there will be the traditional events such as the Mokhtar Dahari Challenge (March 21, 2015) and for a change, an annual dinner cum Tattoo in VI itself (May 23, 2015) and our AGM (June 14, 2015). The dinner cum Tattoo is expected to be a hot seller and we will begin to sell tables and seats from February onwards once we finalise the packages. We shall also be honouring our Victorian Sports Personalities during this dinner.
The AGM will also be an election year for office bearers and we will table a proposal for a name change for VIOBA to reflect a gender friendly association, for example the Victorian Alumni. We welcome suggestions for other names to be considered. I wish to thank everyone at the Management Committee and all who have supported us and continue to spur us on to lead VIOBA. Your support and encouragement help us do a better job. I also encourage more members to answer the call to serve VIOBA, your participation will ensure a stronger association.
As always towards the year end, many of us will be traveling for our holidays and I wish everyone a very good and safe holidays, have a most excellent Christmas and on behalf of the Management Committee, best wishes for the year ahead, may all your dreams be achieved! Happy New Year!
KC Kwek – President
Raja has 34 years of indirect taxation experience having previously served as a senior officer with the Customs Department.
He was part of the MOF/Customs Sales and Services Tax (SST) team responsible for drafting the SST law in early 90s.
He was also part of the delegation which visited the UK, Netherlands and Singapore to study issues on the implementation of GST/VAT in those countries.
Raja has extensive knowledge on customs administration, import/export procedures, classifications, valuation, licensing, compliance and is well versed with the Customs Act, Excise Act, Service Tax Act, Sales Tax Act, the Countervailing and Anti Dumping Act, the ASEAN Preferential Trading Arrangements (PTA) and the Common Effective Preferential Tariff (CEPT) Scheme.
He has worked with local and multinational clients from various industries including gaming, automotive, telecommunications, manufacturing, trading, property development, oil and gas and information technology.
In addition, he is a key GST adviser to a financial services regulatory authority.
Raja is currently the Convener of the Trade Facilitation Sub-Committee for the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI).
The event was held on Saturday 18 October starting at 9.30am. As always the senior Victorians once again marched into the school with the objective to met the present boys and do their best to win the matches.This year the following games were played and the results are as follows:
|Game||Old Boys||Present Boys|
|Rugby (10 a side)||21||27|
Former national footballer and Victorian Batch ‘86, Shahrin Majid was in attendance and he said in his speech that Victorians must always do their utmost in their endeavours, never give up and must learn from the seniors. The Daniel Shield Games’ objective is to allow the schoolboys to share a common bond with their seniors and to have some interaction with them playing sports. He later gave away prizes to all participants and the Daniel Shield the VI Old Boys who retained the trophy once again.
VIOBA thanks the organizing committee, the school and all participants for their efforts.
KC Kwek – President
VIOBA Speaker Series
Title : GST is coming: What you doing?
Time & Date : 10.30 -11.30 am Saturday 22 November 2014
Location : VIOBA Clubhouse
Speaker : PricewaterhouseCoopers GST expert
Focus : The talk will leans towards SMEs and then discuss how all Victorians can beat the taxman and maximise their Ringgit on a company and individual level.
Please register your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org now as seats are limited. Members get priority!
KC Kwek – President
On behalf of the Management Committee, I wish all our Hindu friends and Victorians a very Happy Deepavali and a very good holiday.
Enjoy, have fun and take care!
KC Kwek – President
On behalf of the Management Committee, I take this opportunity to wish all Muslims members and Victorians,Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri. It is a time to be thankful for what we have, and spend some time with family and friends.
For those traveling during the holidays, take extra precautions and travel safe. VIOBA will be back in full-swing preparing for our Annual Dinner to be held on the 23rd August after the holidays.
KC Kwek – President
Report of the Annual General Meetings of
Victoria Institution Old Boys’ Association (VIOBA) and VIOBA Foundation
8th June 2014
The meeting started at 10am when the quorum was reached. 40 members attended the meeting, a number that was lower than normal as there was no elections for the committee this year as the term for the committee is now 2 years.
The meeting started with a minute’s silence to commemorate Victorians and members who have passed away since the last AGM, notable members include the late Dato’ Jaffar Indot and also Dr. Laporte Khoo.
Minutes of the previous meeting were read out and followed by the President’s Report on the activities held during the year. Events include the Annual Golf Tournament, Daniel Shield Games, Board of Governors’ Luncheon and the Mokhtar Dahari Challenge. The President also reported on outstanding matters such as the land lease and fund-raising.
The Annual Dinner with the theme to “Honour our Victorian Educators and Scholars” will be held on the 23rd August 2014 at the Royale Chulan Mutiara Damansara. Tables are still available for sale.
The Treasurer reported then on the income and expenses for the year. VIOBA is grateful to Tan Sri Francis Yeah for his continuing support of RM100,000 towards the operation needs of VIOBA. Without this donation, VIOBA will not be able to fund its activities.
Finally in the Open Forum, remarks were made by senior members that it is time to consider a VIOBA name change to be less gender specific. It was noted that it shall be a resolution to be tabled and voted on in the next AGM. The land lease issue was also raised and members asked the committee to resolve it expeditiously with the minimum lease renewal payment.
There being no other matters, the meeting was adjourned at 11.15am.
The AGM of the VIOBA Foundation then started at 11.30am. The quorum required to carry out the businesses of the day was 40 as changes to the Constitution were to be tabled. The Secretary confirmed that the quorum was met. The Chairman of the VIOBA Foundation welcome everyone to the meeting and requested the confirmation of the minutes. Subject to the changes requested by Mr. Patrick Chiam, the minutes were approved.
Amendments to the Constitution were then tabled, amongst which was the change of Board members’ tenure from a year to 2 years. The amendments were approved and adopted by the meeting.
Farizuddin then gave his report for the year including how funds were disbursed towards the students and the school. In the Treasurer’s report a number of items were raised by the members including how the funds utilisation should be towards the students and school rather than operations of the Foundation. Another item noted was the need to redistribute the interest proceeds towards each of the funds set up. The meeting proposed that the next Foundation Board shall ensure that the accounting treatment of the balance sheet items be discussed to ensure appropriate capture of information.
There was a need to increase the size of the fund and to promote the Foundation to members and Victorians in general, as such dissemination of information is crucial to the success of the Foundation.
The election of the VIOBA Foundation 2014-2015 was then held and the following are the new Board members:
Farizuddin Bin Aman
Ahmad Termidi Bin Ali
Akram Bin Mohamad
Nik Mohd Sidek Bin Nik Jaffar
Abdul Razif Bin Abdul Aziz
Ainol Akbar Bin Mohd Yasin
Ahmad Nazri Bin Mohd Noor
Raja A/L A. Siva Perumal
Mohd Irwan Rizal Bin Mohd Ali Napiah
Joo Yong Chin
Kwek Keng Chye (VIOBA President)
Vince Chong Khin Young (VIOBA Honorary Secretary)
The meeting congratulated the newly elected office bearers and with a motion of thanks to all members, the meeting was adjourned at 12.30pm.