For­mer stu­dents re­call time with her

New Straits Times - - News - INTAN BAHA IPOH intan.zalila@nst.com.my

IT was an emo­tional af­fair as fam­ily mem­bers, friends and for­mer stu­dents bade farewell to an ex­tra­or­di­nary English teacher, Lee Siew San, de­picted as Mrs Hew in Lat’s Kam­pung Boy se­ries.

They paid their last re­spects to their teacher at the Our Mother of Per­pet­ual Help Church in Ta­man Can­ning.

A teacher in Na­tional Type Pri­mary School (English) Jalan Pasir Pu­tih, Lee was in charge of 40 Malay stu­dents from ru­ral ar­eas in the state, in­clud­ing Datuk Lat, whose real name is Mohd Nor Khalid.

Lee taught all the sub­jects in the spe­cial Malay class, known as a Re­move class for ru­ral stu­dents, in English.

For­mer stu­dent Ba­harud­din Hashim, 65, said he best re­mem­bered Lee for ask­ing him what he wanted as a present at the end of school term in 1962 and 1963.

“She gave me a replica of a steam ship and an aero­plane. But, I also got a few strokes of the rotan and feather duster as pun­ish­ment for talk­ing in class and fight­ing with other stu­dents.

“She wanted to teach me a les­son, to be­come a bet­ter per­son.”

For­mer Bernama chair­man Datuk Seri Mohd An­nuar Zaini, 66, said he had lim­ited English vo­cab­u­lary when he was trans­ferred from SK Jalan Pasir Pu­tih.

“The first time I met her was on Jan 2, 1962. Lee was a strict, but lov­ing teacher. She taught me and my friends un­til we could mas­ter the lan­guage.”

He said Lee al­ways en­cour­aged her stu­dents to read a book weekly to im­prove their vo­cab­u­lary, and it was then that An­nuar was in­tro­duced to the Enid Bly­ton se­ries.

Lee’s re­mains were brought to the Kek Look Seah Cre­ma­to­rium in Ber­cham for cre­ma­tion yesterday.


Datuk Seri Mohd An­nuar Zaini (right) pay­ing his last re­spects to Mrs Hew at the church in Ta­man Can­ning, Ipoh.

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