I'm sitting and wondering whether I can still remember my teachers' names. I know I have been fortunate to meet some after so many years and it's always a wonderful pleasure meeting them, especially when they still remember my name! Hurrah!!
Let's see, I went to Raihan kindergarten and there was Cikgu Lina, Cikgu Raja, Cikgu Rozi, Puan Nora, and the founder herself, the late Ibu. Then, in primary school there were Puan Maimun, Puan Nathan, Puan Krishnan, Puan Anne, Mr Chan, Puan Kharidah, and of course, many more (remember some faces, but not the names!). In secondary school I still remember Cikgu Ismail, Puan Zuraidah, Miss Koh, Puan Florence, Ustaz Zubir, Cikgu Kamil, Cikgu Fauziah, Cikgu Aina, Puan Rohaya, Mr Wong, Puan Aishah, to name a few. Oh dear, I am getting old. If only I had my collection of old photos here with me, I'd surely be able to remember a few more. In access course, there were Sylvia Dimes and Bryce Crawford. Though this is more recent than the others, I can't seem to get their names out! My university days were made brighter by Iain, Patricia, Mike, the late Andy Hocking (who taught us Geography with all his heart), David, Gillies (who's now on treatment for leukemia) and Eileen(a lady who was 50 years old but could wow us during our PE lessons).
My teachers are now all over the world - mainly in Malaysia, a number in the UK, a few in Australia, and some already back to meet the Creator. My sincerest gratitude to you all. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
On a different note, here's a piece my dear friend has written the night before Teacher's Day in Malaysia.
A Teacher's Wish - by Bluewonder
On teacher's day I have one wish,
For sudents to try their best and resist,
Temptations to scratch their teacher's car,
The one that's near, or one that's far,
Be it with stone or twig or pen,
Your actions are hard to comprehend,
Splashes of Milo across the screen,
It stains our hearts, makes us wanna scream,
Oh! Why? Oh! Why? Do you do this?
Why is it you're hard to please?
What does it take to leave our cars alone?
Perhaps a parking bay in a safe "Green Zone",
Till that day comes, we'll just have to pray,
That you'll turn your backs and walk away,
Heed our advice, be at your best,
End this vandalism, give it a rest!