The PICC Dinner

It was just 2 nights ago when this once in a lifetime event took place at the prestigious Putrajaya International Convention Centre. Nearly 2,000 guests were present at the event.

The main guest of honor was our Deputy Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak.

This auspicious event was held to celebrate the 50 years establishment of 3 premier residential schools in Malaysia :

  1. Sekolah Dato’ Abdul Razak (SDAR) – SDARA
  2. Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman (STAR) – STAROBA
  3. Sekolah Tun Fatimah (STF) – SriKandi

On a personal note, I don’t think it was so much of the food or the live band that brought the crowd but more of the golden opportunity to meet long lost friends. This was because the former students of all three schools at some point in history had crossed paths in some way or another.

For example, there was a time when SDAR did not have form 6 classes so, after form 5, some of these SDARians went to continue form 6 in STAR. Thus, they got to be both SDARians and STARians which to me is indeed a bonus because they have a wider spectrum of friends.

If these students did not meet in school, then there was always life in university where STF was not excluded. This resulted in SDARians or STARians marrying SriKandi’s from STF. I can confidently say this as not only do I have clients who originated from these schools and became soulmates but both my parents were also from SDAR and STF previously! Its no wonder why all my 4 brothers and I ended up as SDARians since 1991 until last year. Sheeeesh….

Anyway, for what it was worth, I had a ball of a time meeting people from all 3 schools who I have come to know over the past 15 years or so. Some were juniors, many more were seniors and super seniors (the term super here refers to the age factor and has nothing to do with Superman.. hehe). And this dinner was not only for students and ex students but also teachers and ex teachers, ex principles and ex staff of all 3 schools.

Its kind of funny though that teachers tend to easily remember if you were naughty or lazy in school. What more if you were frequently the victim of the warden’s ‘golf swing’.

Even though the dinner was supposed to end around 11PM, I saw many guests ‘sneak’ out of the hall for a puff and also to chit chat with friends. Around 10PM, the exhibition booths and the concourse outside the main entrance to the hall was packed with people, laughter and photographers.

All ended safely around 1am as my team and I were the last ones to leave the PICC that night and adjourn to after midnight ‘Teh Tarik’ at a mamak restaurant just outside of Kajang. Our ‘post meeting’ ended around 4am as some of us had to be in the office by 8am.. haha!

Who knows? Some of us might just be around for the 100 years celebration in 2057….


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