Thursday, June 10, 2010

BB Nite 2010@FoongYew School, Kulai

About a dozen of old boys and “girls” from the alumni managed to attend the BB Nite celebration at FoongYew School in Kulai yesterday evening. Despite being a week day, a few were able to find time to flock back to Kulai to catch up the old memory. Our first “local” captain Andrew Hiew (1965) also hailed back from Melbourne and found his old buddy Richard Teo (60’s). Can’t write much about the stage performance put up by the boys and girls other than I recalled a few politicians had pledged some money (10K?). Most of us were busy yaking about the good old days. Here are some of the updates about the alumni:

Lost and Found since 70’s

Corporate Ngan KaiMeng (promoted to “grandfather” now) - one of the ring leaders who thought us how to steal (now he said pluck) Mr Goon’s coconuts during the wee hours while camping at the English primary school in the 70’s.

Ke BaoLin(Jimmy) and Cham TowChoon(Eric) - both were drummers in 1977 who later transferred to JB’s Saint Joseph School. Look for Eric if you want “alumni” discount for TanChong’s cars.

Lost forever

Tai CheongLim (Bernard) R.I.P., according to our Captain Lee LetLong he “forgot” to wake up one morning a few months ago. A.k.a “Ah Soa” will always be remembered as one of our best buglers during the 70’s. A special “The Last Post” video was made to tribute him at

Please pass the message to those not in the email listing and hope to find time to meet again in the future……

Private T.S. Han(1975)

Special Tribute to Bernard Tai ChongLim aka Ah Soa

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Lunch with Mr. Tee and Mr. Chai

It’s a blessing to finally meet my high school physic teacher after almost 30 years. Chai Min Heng is now teaching physic at Naval Base secondary school and is also one of the pioneer BB boys in the late 50’s.

With me at the lunch are Wong Kim Siong (BB 80) and Mr. Tee (BB officer in late 70’s & 80’s) and Mrs. Tee. Both are former Math and Biology teacher at SSI and now residing in Singapore.

@ Crystal Jade Restaurant Causeway Point, Singapore

Monday, April 2, 2007

Greeting From Chai Min Heng (59's BB)

From: Chai Min Heng

I have strike a pot of gold that I have found you and it's great you are staying so close to where I locate myself for the last 25 years- Yishun.
Esp to view my photo when I was I think 11 yrs in BB uniform.
Just to add to your info, I think me and the gang-my brother, Kok Fong, Lai Shing and I think another, Kok Ngee, left BB because the Captain James Swanston Kulai for England for good and no one took over. Or, maybe we all left for sec school in Johor Bahru- those days there was no sec school in Kulai.

I am also staying nearby to you, at Transit Rd. My mobile is 96168994 and land phone 64009321.
I also go to Yishun chr church 800 am service weekly. I think you were also a prefect and had dark complexion. Keep in touch.

Greeting from 70's Officer Mr. Kam Kok Fong

Dear Han,

It was equally a great pleasure for me to meet up with you and the others during the recent
lunch "re-union" in Kulai last Saturday. I believe that people of the same age group can recognize each other much better, than the younger age group, as they grow and change so much !!! ( not an excuse for poor memory! wish I could add a few gigs to my hard disk! ).

The names you mentioned all sound very familiar, and even as we mentioned them during our
chats, I tried hard to figure how they will look like , now as adults with children etc.. Maybe in my next trip back to Kulai ( Chua Kok Wah...always wears a "crew-cut" right ? )

Greetings to all those reading in copy of this email.

After my retirement ( UMW Toyota extended my service for 3 years after the official retirement age ), I was invited to work in the Gulf Countires. The Head office is in Beirut, Lebanon. As the company has quite an international operations, I travelled quite bit between Algiers, Algeria;
Casabalanca, Morocco and of course Beirut. So if there is any delay in replying your email,
please be patient, Internet connections may be poor in some places. Best Regards to you and family,

Yours Sincerely,

Kom Kok Fong ( official document, birth Certificate dictates I used Kom instead of Kam,
either one is acceptable! )

Saturday, March 31, 2007

50's & 60's Boys and Girls Get Together

Today is the weekend before Qing Ming and some of the out-of-town folks like me were flocking back to Kulai to make our annual ritual cemetery visit to pay our respects to our loved ones who had left us.

Andrew Hiew, the 1st Kulai 2nd Captain or some said 1st truly local Captain after the “Ang Moh” also hailed back to town from Melbourne. With the help of the current officer Wee Ling, we managed to get hold of some of the late 50’s and early 60’s boys and girl(only Miss Tay) for a simple lunch get together at New Cathay Restaurant, Kulai.

I have finally met up with the two mystery boys (see previous 1959 picture), Kom Kok Wong and Chai Min Futt. Mr. Kom(not sure why is not Kam was my officer during the 70’s who cannot remember me of course! is now residing in KL but spends most of his time doing consulting work for Japanese Auto dealerships in the middle eastern countries.

K Nallusamy was busied writing his impromptu son’s wedding invitation to us at the lunch. For those who would like to gate crash, it will be held next Saturday, 7th April at 7PM @ Dewan Serbaguna, Jalan Dedap 22, Taman Johor Jaya.

The rest of the “senior” citizens are busy catching up but not sure what they had discussed! For those who want to reach them personally you may contact them directly, their contact details are below.

Till then, the court and the alumni forum is yours fellow boys and girls or whatever you would like to call yourselves now. I have accomplished some of the 50’s and 60’s mystery and shall move on to look for who is the 3rd Captain, was it Mr. Pang Sin Siew? Mr. Kom, K. Nallu or Lui, please help fill me the missing link.

Pictures are Tay Soon Moy(+607 6632429), K. Nallusamy(+6017 7841981,, Me, Lui Hai Wah ( ), Benny Chong( +60197771323, ), Chai Min Futt ( +6012 7229128, ), Chin Pok Chong(+6016 7879784), Kom Kok Fong (, +6012 6151086), Koon Lai Shing (+6012 8273456)

Sitting Ang Yiu Fei, Andrew Hiew ( , Tan Wee Ling, Jemima Lau


Thursday, March 22, 2007

Snail Mail from Jim Swanston

Mr. Jim Swanston wrote in with classic pictures from the 60's. The person in the solo picture, is young and handsome Jim 50 years ago. The rest are probably somebody's grandfathers and grandmothers by now. Any guess?
Mr. James Swanston is currently retired and living with his wife Catherine, in Bedford, United Kingdom They have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. His address is
Old Mill House,
Newton, Blossomville,
Turvey, Bedford, U.K.
Tel: +44 01234881441

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Greeting from the 1960's Captain - Andrew Hiew

from Andrew Hiew


date Mar 10, 2007 5:39 PM

subject 1 St Kulai BB

Hi Mr. Han,
My brother forwarded me your email and I was unaware that the 1st Kulai BB has now attained its 48th anniversary.
My congratulation to all current and existing members in achieving this exciting milestone. Great job to all those who have given their time and troubles in setting up a website to revive those happy old memories.
I may be able to help regarding your early photos of 1959, I believe that the group members are of the two Chai brothers whose Dad(Church memnber) owned a furniture shop opposite the Bright Cinema. Meng Heng( younger one) is on the extreme left and Meng Huat on the extreme right. The two gentlemen in the middle appear to be my former BB officers ie Ong Kok Ngee and Kam Kok Fong. All these gentlemen were former neighbours.
I have a couple of group photos in my possession taken in front of the Kulai Church(around 1964/5) when the 1st Kulai BB was revived from hibernation. In the group we had the Girls Brigade lead by the Late Ms. Agnes Richards and Joyce Lovewell. There is another taken on our comibined food fair with the then Johore Tengku Makota's wife in attendence. Could be your current Sultanah of Johore. You are welcome to have these if I find them. I shall catch up with you when I am next in Malaysia.
My best wishes to you and your members in the coming years.

Andrew Hiew
Mt. Waverley, Victoria 3149,

Sunday, March 4, 2007

50th Anniversary Celebration

After 30+ years I am glad to see all of you guys are still intact and pretty much recognizable with exception to a few individuals like Bernard Tai Chong Lim a.k.a. Ah Soa who has really shrank significantly; “Dog Bone” in Chinese not sure you guys remember and recognize him?; Tony "Frog" after 30 years still couldn't get his last name right, etc.
Mr. Pang “dyed” his hair white, is semi retired and running his motel business in Tangkak (am sure he gives good discount if you visit the Gunung Ledang area next time). Coincidently Kwok Wah also running the “Country Inn” in Kulai and has promised to have a presidential suite done up with the auctioned piece done by Wee Ling. For those did not attend the event, Wee Ling had discovered her artistic talent lately and has spent the last 2 years done up 10 pieces of mostly oil paintings auctioned off to raise fund for the Brigade. Well done Wee Ling and of course not to forget about Lee Let Long business savvy selling tactic on the auction floor.
Mr. Nallusamy and Mr. Lui are retired now and both looking fit. Mr. Tee is as youthful looking as before except he is no longer a math teacher but working for the National Park of Singapore.
Tu Kwan Yam a.k.a Ayam has blossomed over the years and so has his pocket. I was surprised that he still can’t get over with me being the culprit who caused him and a few seniors to get punished by Boon Hong. We were asked to soak in the water for couple of hours in the middle of the nite at Air Panas waterfall (1977) for wondered off to hunt “frogs” for supper!
Boon Hong now “dyed” his hair grey was the highest bidder ($3,200) of the nite and I would like to thank his continuous generosity to the brigade movement. I heard from his little sister Wee Ling that he got so emotional after meeting the old boys that he has difficulty getting to sleep the whole nite.
Ho Ha Yin came with his smart looking BB officer uniform accompanied by his Batu Pahat BB gang. In fact he wrote me a very touching note after the event. “The homecoming during the dinner was not only nolstagic but very heartwarming!!! Seeing Kok Wah, Poh Lim, Kwang Yam, Chong Lim, Boon Hong, Mr. Pang, Mr. Nallu and others was an electrifying experience also”.
Wong Yew Ming show up but left early with his wife but gotten a proxy to auction a piece of painting on his behalf. I am sure some of the boys like Poh Lim were a little disappointed with Yew Ming for not bringing his all time beauty cousin Wong Poh Choo along??
For those who felt a little left out like Richard Onn(BB 80's) & Khek Pin. I promise the next event will be more exciting as we build up the alumni participation.

50th Anniversary Celebration

Standing Clockwise: Hiew Kok Nam, Wong Ai Lee, Tu Kwan Yam, Bernard Tai Chong Lim, Tan Boon Hong, Ong Tee Chai, Mr Pang Sin Siew, Mr. K. Nallusamy, Han Tiew Siew, Ho Ha Yin, Chua Kok Wah, Ho Joo Guan(friend of BB), Tan Poh Lim, Lui Hai Hwa.

Friday, March 2, 2007

Back In Time: 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s

Back In Time: 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Stage Rehearsal

The organizing chairperson Wee Ling directing the stage from the audio and video control room with her 2 beautiful daughters.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

1976 Staff Sergeant Ho Ha Yin – Found!

-----Original Message-----
From: HY HO - FCM HR [] Sent: Monday, January 15, 2007 8:47 AMTo: ts@xentinum.comSubject: Re: Hello - BB

Tiew Siew,

Thank you for keeping in touch after more than 30 years.

Yes, you are right, Ho Ha Yin was the BB boy you knew maany years ago.

I want to be honest with myself, while your name is familiar, I must admit I cannot remember your face. Please forgive me.

I believe you can remember me as round faced, botak head and fat.

After I left Kulai for England to study, I lost contact with BB until about 7 years ago when a group of interested people started the 1st. Batu Pahat Company.

Life in Batu Pahat is very good for me and my family. We live a very simple life. My wife is a school teacher, Sarah is eight yrs old and Samuel is 3 years old.

I work as a Human Resource manager in Fujitsu Component for the last 20 years.

My address is 5, Jalan Perdana 2/20A, Taman Bukit Perdana, 83000, Batu Pahat. My house phone is 07-4314514. My handphone is 012-7135310.

March 3rd. is 1st. Kulai's 50th. anniversary. Will you join us?

Warmest regards,
Ha Yin

Thursday, January 24, 1980

BB in 1979/80?

Pictures taken with the juniors in 1979/80?

Thursday, September 13, 1979

Saturday, December 9, 1978

Sunday, July 9, 1978

Gunung Tahan Expedition July 1978

Gunung Tahan Expedition July 1978
Team members:
1. Tan Boon Hong
2. Tu Kwan Yam
3. Yow Tong
4. Soo Boon Kuang
5. See Kuan Sang

Monday, December 12, 1977

Air Panas, Tangkak - 11th Dec 1977

At Random: Tu Kwan Yam, Tan Poh Lim, Chua Kok Wah, Tai Chong Lim, Ng Cheng Soon, Han Tiew Siew, Yow Tong, Soo Boon Kuang, Wong Yong Chong, Cheong Ah Beng, See Kwang Sang, Han Long Choo, Chai Wee Wing, Kong Yea Wah, Kong Woon Wah, Low Kwek Heng, Low Chaw Kin, Anathurai, Cheng Kang, Chey Kaw, Wong Nam Fatt, Chang Seng Look, Hiew Kok Nam, Tan Boon Hong, Hiew Woon Thien

Wednesday, July 14, 1976

Boys and Girls Brigade - 1976

Boys Brigade - 1976

This picture was probably taken sometime in 1976. As far as I can recall, Ho Ha Yin was the staff sergeant that year.
Front Row(LtoR)
Tbi1, tbi2(Senai), Chua Kok Wah, Tan Poh Lim, Tai Chong Lim, Lee Let Long, Lui Hai Wah, K. Nallusamy, Mr. Kam, Tan Boon Hong, Ho Ha Yin, Ong Tee Chai, tbi3, Tu Kwan Yam, tbi4
Standing(LtoR) tbi5, Kenny See, tbi6, Yow Tong, tbi7, ME! Han Tiew Siew(ts), tbi8, Ng Cheng Soon(bicycle shop son), tbi10, Vincent Wong, tbi11, tbi12, Hiew Kok Nam

Note: tbi(to be identified)

Friday, July 9, 1976

Thursday, October 2, 1975

1975 Teachers day @ SSIK

Sunday, June 8, 1975

Sunday, March 9, 1975

Saturday, March 9, 1974

Friday, August 14, 1970

Kulai Life Boys - 1966

Officers for the Life Boys from the left in white uniform - Lucy Hung, Joo Meng(?), Mano(Rev Muthiah's second son) and Bok Chong(?).

Question mark behind the names indicates confirmation needed.

BB officers on the left side - Staff Sergeant, Lai Shing, Kok Ngee, Rajan and myself. Ms Richards and Lovell on the right side.
Contributed by Andrew Hiew - 14/03/2007

Saturday, March 14, 1970

1st Kulai Coy - Founding Years(late 50's & early 60's)

Jimmy Swanston was the founder and 1st Captain of the 1st Kulai BB.
1st Kulai iniitially started as as a Church Youth group prior to the formation of Life Boys(Rev Muthiah) and the BB under Mr. Swanston, I was in the BB with Rajan, Lai Shin, and Kok Ngee who later helped to revive the 1st Kulai as my fellow officers.
He left after completion of his term as Headmaster of the Kulai English School in the early 60s, we had a temporary officer from JB assisting after Jimmy left. His father was a rubber merchant near "Sin Mui Mui" coffee shop.
We had a combined camp at the Welfare Centre near the Lido beach in JB . After this there was no one to take up the leadership and subsequently the Company was disbanded. Not sure of the dates.
Ms Richards approached me to revive the BB back in 1965 while I was teaching temporarily at the school. Certainly it was a big difference after having been in my school army cadet at the time of the "Indonesian Confrontation" to running a BB Coy.
We were camping at Changi area when news of Singapore leaving the Federation of Malaysia came through just as we were about to pack up camp. We did made a quick exit to the Causeway back to Johor.
We had a combined Food fair with the GB for the church back in early 1966 before I left for NZ. Referring to attached photo, from the left Officer Kong Lai Shing not in uniform), Ms Richards, mysel;f and Rajan(Rev. Muthiah's eldest son). Guest of Honour - wife of Johore Tengku. I believe the gentleman beside Ms Richards may had been Kulai D.O. Dr. Abe Rajan may be in KL.
Photo taken on the driveway into the school office next to the old badminton court.
I was involved with the NZ's BB in the early 70s for two years while I was stationed in Petone just outside Wellington. That's another story.
Hope this will give you additional background material on the history of 1st Kulai.
Andrew 14/03/2007

Thursday, March 12, 1970

1st Kulai in 1965 - 66

from Andrew Hiew

date Mar 11, 2007 9:49 PM
subject Re: 1 St Kulai BB
That is me, on the right side of Ms Richards. the other two officers next to us were from Singapore(BB office bearers - President?) since I did my Officer Training course in Singapore before my commissioning.
Back row from the left, my first Chaplain, the next person(can't recall his name - became a Life Boys officer, my staff Sergeant, Officers Ong Kok Ngee and Kong Lai Shin. Far right - a GB officer. Can't remember her name. My sister - Mrs KC Tay may be able to fill you in.
Next to the left post, the youngest of the Chai brothers. Chandran, Rev Muthiah's son on the far right. Tay Soon Mooi's brother Howard(?) leaning on the RH post, the other brother - second left from the post. Williams(parents were Chinese school teachers - standing behind Howard. i believe he is now residing in Sydney. Mr Kam Kok Fong may still be in Subang. Caught up with him in the late 90 on one of my business trips to Malaysia.
Note: Andrew Hiew is the 1st Captain of 1st Kulai BB and currently residing in Australia. You can reach him at

Sunday, March 8, 1970

You Know Them??

If you know them, please forward me their names and contacts. They are the pioneers of 1st Kulai. Picture taken on 25th July 1959.
Update from Andrew Hiew
"I may be able to help regarding your early photos of 1959, I believe that the group members are of the two Chai brothers whose Dad(Church memnber) owned a furniture shop opposite the Bright Cinema. Meng Heng( younger one) is on the extreme left and Meng Huat on the extreme right. The two gentlemen in the middle appear to be my former BB officers ie Ong Kok Ngee and Kam Kok Fong. All these gentlemen were former neighbours. " 11/03/2007