Kuala Lumpur, 15 February 2017 – Prestigious British boarding school Cheltenham College celebrated its Malaysian alumni today at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur in an intimate gathering co-organized with British education recruitment company Britannia StudyLink.
Attending the event to honour their alma mater were some of Malaysia’s most elite such as YB Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Michael Chai, YM Tunku Nizamuddin Tunku Shahabuddin, Tunku Dato’ Johanez Tunku Anuar, Tunku Dato’ Seri Nadzaruddin Tunku Ja’far, Tunku Dato’ Yaacob Khyra and Nikmat Abdullah.
Also in attendance were Dr Alex Peterken, current Headmaster and Christiane Dickens, Development Director of Cheltenham College, as well as founders of Britannia StudyLink Ronald Mak and Samuel Chan.
The reunion event was also held in conjunction with the official establishment of Cheltenham College’s ASEAN and Hong Kong Board, consisting of the school’s alumni, also known as “Old Cheltonians” and parents of current pupils – all highly successful individuals in their professional fields.
Dr Peterken in his welcome address expressed his gratitude to the Malaysian contingent for their continued support of the College; and revealed how inspired he was by the success of the Old Cheltonians. “The ASEAN and HK region is of great importance in adding diversity and wisdom to the Cheltenham College community, and we could not be prouder of our Old Cheltonians”, he added.
YB Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein shared stories of his experience as a young boy at the college, and how it had given him valuable lessons that extended beyond the classroom.
“I was taught to know that there is a time to work, and a time to play – that you need one if you are excel in the other. I was taught to be a gentleman, to always to conscious of my duties as well as to be considerate of others. I was also taught to value tradition but to always be forward thinking. Within the hallowed walls of Cheltenham College, a young Malay boy became the man standing before all of you today.”
As the Patron of the Cheltenham College ASEAN and Hong Kong Board, Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin also shared his aspirations for the future.
“I hope therefore that one of the tasks that the Advisory Board will work on is to find ways to access to Cheltenham for the less-privileged youth of our region, regardless of their ethnicity or creed. A good education should not be the sole province of the wealthy or well-born.”
The evening was extremely lively, and all the guests enjoyed each others company with a comfort and ease that only could only be experienced with old friends.