Sunday, October 17

JSC pioneer batch holds Electrifying 70’s reunion dinner

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The ex-students pose for photograph with Datu Putit Matzen (standing sixth right showing the V sign), the pioneer principal of Junior Science College.

KUCHING: The ‘1978 to 1981’ pioneer batch of Junior Science College (JSC) (now known as Kolej Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Abdillah) had an unforgettable reunion dinner which saw 110 guests comprising ex-students and ex-teachers.

Many of the ex-students came from afar to attend the event themed ‘Electrifying ’70s’.

The guest-of-honour was former state education director Datu Putit Matzen, the pioneer principal of the school.

According to spokesman for the group, Dr Clarence Jerry, the idea of the grand reunion was mooted four years ago by his classmates Mary John, Laceylona Thomas, Thomas Santang and Andrew Tan.

It finally came to fruition through social media especially a Whatsapp group started to reconnect with other former students.

“We were much inspired by our beloved ex-teacher and ‘matriarch’ Chiew Leh Choon to stalk the rest of our batch and make the reconnection viable.

“We thank our very committed working committee and generous sponsors for making this amazing event a reality and extend our special gratitude to Mary John, the main person who initiated it, and Aminah Savari, our diligent treasurer,” said Clarence.

He went on to say that planning the class reunion was nerve-racking but were glad that it ended up exhilarating – as friendships were renewed, memories of the young and innocent days shared.

“This reunion will be etched in our memories forever,” he said.

A solemn tribute was recited by Bartholomew Jukui, along with slide presentation of pictures of dearly departed friends, prior to the welcoming speech by the organising chairman, Abang Iskandar Abang Muas.

This was followed by a video presentation down the memory lane created by Laila Abang Ahmad.

The highlight of the evening saw almost everyone on the dance floor moving as a group in unison and letting it all “loose”.