My Early Life
Memoirs are not only a personal record of a man’s life but also a rich source of the culture and history of a people and a nation. They contribute retrospective insights into the life and times of the people of a past era that provide connectivity with the present. Dr Mohamed Said’s accounts of his early years in Linggi, Negeri Sembilan, offer us a glimpse into the traditional Malay life in a typical Kampung at the turn of the twentieth century when Malaya was an undeveloped British colony. The myriad customs and traditions he chronicles and the socio-cultural and religious milieu of the times help us understand better the shaping of the psyche of a small community of Malays.
The seeds of Dr Mohamed Said’s character, principles and values were sown early life through exposure to the role models not only in his family but also his school environment. His good fortune in receiving an education in the best of British traditions at The Malay College Kuala Kangsar where the rural boys like him were taught by dedicated schoolmasters, opened his mind to the culture of academic excellence. Dr. Mohamed Said’s dedication to duty, like that of many of his peers who later became outstanding public servants and professionals, was also inspired by the teachers and headmasters who nurtured his talents. This book will appeal to readers interested in a slice of Malaysian history.
THE PREP SCHOOL – The Malay College Kuala Kangsar
THE PREP SCHOOL – The Malay College Kuala Kangsar is a coffee table book that will enthral readers with a nostalgic trip down memory lane, reminding alumni of their days at the Prep School in commemorating the Prep School Centenary Celebration.
This book only lifts a corner of the drape. This labour of passion momento has been assembled from the various pages of MCOBA Archives, recollections of Old Boys and even writings about the illustrious Prep School, be in the School Magazines or the Preppies Magazines. Photographic images were placed to depict a particular era. If someone is looking for the ’full monty’ then he must either be prepared to write one himself or get another scholar to do a definitive history of the Prep School. This book has adequately captured the Prep School in the last one hundred years; a place in which all the passion that initially fuelled Collegians and their shared experience are portrayed on a smaller scale.
“The preparatory year in Prep School is when and where new fears are faced, new and different emotions are being felt, new friends made, personal perceptions change and new habits developed. Where they learn to commit and to participate, to give and to take, to feel hurt and cause hurt and learn to bear the consequences from it. And from it all to make friends and to become brothers. Then on to the next phase to face the daunting challenge of mixing with older, bigger boys and telling and showing them that you matter too” – Dzulkifly Mohd Zain, Class of 1966.