Wednesday, May 13, 2009

History - Sarikei High School (Sekolah Tinggi)

Sarikei Sekolah Tinggi 1968
Source: cooknengr


Some of you have requested for a blog post on Sekolah Tinggi. It took so long because I'm not familiar with this school and it's key to do justice to a school of such historic significance to Sarikei. Now I have a little bit of the history from the school's website and rare 1968 pictures which I grabbed as screen shots from a home made video (probably the only video camera in Sarikei then).


Sarikei Sekolah Tinggi 1968
Source: cooknengr


What was the history of SMK Tinggi Sarikei? It was established in 1939 as 华侨 Hwa Chiew High School. 华侨 means overseas Chinese. The founders were Chinese migrants who came to Sarikei in the early 1900s. The school was set up at 5km Repok Road to target the rural (then) folks with Chinese medium education. This complemented the English medium based St. Anthony's School set up by the Mill Hill missionaries in 1932 near downtown.


Sarikei Sekolah Tinggi 1968
Source: cooknengr


The school began with a wooden building that consisted of 3 classes and an administrative office. During the Japanese occupation in World War II, the school was closed. (Source: 1)


Sarikei Sekolah Tinggi 1968
Source: cooknengr


Mr Hii Ing-King, a veteran teacher, revealed that when he came to Sarikei in 1943, Sarikei had about 40 shops. During the Japanese occupation, there was 12 Japanese soldiers in Sarikei. Two of them went to St Anthony's School brandishing swords & ordered all teachers to stand in a line. They ordered the teachers to start teaching Japanese the next day! The Japanese arranged Japanese language training. Mr Hii returned as a "qualified" teacher & was made principal of Hwa Chiew School. (Source: 2)


Sarikei Sekolah Tinggi 1968
Source: cooknengr


In 1956, this school became a government aided school. This means it had government subsidy in terms of some funding but it still had to cough up a lot of its own funding. In 1962, the school started to use English as the medium. In 1971, the school changed its name to SMB Tinggi Sarikei (Sarikei High School). In 1983, Bahasa Malaysia replaced English as the medium, starting with Form 1.


Sarikei Sekolah Tinggi 1968
Source: cooknengr


There must be more history hidden in the dust covered school magazines. Some Sekolah Tinggi teachers are readers of this blog. I hope you can dig out more old pictures and history and I will be glad to feature it here. For example, there's this old magazine by Ling Hew-Kiang, "The Growth of Sarikei", Hua Chiew Warrior (printed by Hwa Chiew High School, Sarikei ) 1966, which some historian had quoted. Does anyone have a copy?


Sarikei Sekolah Tinggi 1968
Source: cooknengr


Once any content get digitised in cyberspace, the chance of permanent storage is exponentially higher than a paper based magazine.



Sources:
1) SMK Tinggi Sarikei school portal
2) Anthonian 1979 interview with Mr Hii Ing-King
3) Pictures from 1968 home video. cooknengr

9 comments:

nelson said...

used to hear that my uncles and aunties or other relatives cycled to the school everyday. nowadays cycling for 11KM everyday is like a feat!

Anonymous said...

Mr Wong Kwong Soon taught there too.

Anonymous said...

class of 1982.

Kenny Ngu said...

Very historic photos. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

very good sharing...thank you very much..hua kiew is doing a big double storey building which include cafeteria and a big big hall...sponsor some? still lack money..around 300k

Anonymous said...

I was there.
1980 Transition Class C.
1985 Form Five.

Mdm Ngieng, Mr. Wong Nyiangi, Wong Fong Ming, Guru Besar Samuel Tan,
Miss Sim, Lau Ngee Ling (Chinese teacher) and Kungfu Cantonese AMU at old hostel canteen. Lam Mai Li's Mother.
Hock Siong? still there?
Ah Ore Laksa? Nice to eat.

Anonymous said...

hock siong is still there. hock siong's canteen menu-- laksa (every wed), fried chicken (rm0.50 each), kampua, nasi lemak, pau, keorpok and drinks. can hv a breakfast if u pass by there. :)

Anonymous said...

I was a student there from 1962 to 1967. pioner class with english as medium of instruction

jacky said...

Dam it...i miss my school.....
(1995-1996)
the bad boy in the school...always make thing down.....thanx my principal...
Mdm Ngieng last year meet him pencen already...thanx...
cikgu awang.... cikgu madeline..hahaha
n my geng geng.... oooo amau.sing king kouk hou...ahkung.... sultan berunai..... u all know this SOB... play boxing....

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