It was yet another memorable reunion for the Class of 70 when they
met at the Marriott Hotel on 28 August 2006 for what seems to be
almost an annual event!
Gracing the occasion were three former teachers – Mrs. Lee Gek
Kim (former Form 4A & English Literature teacher), Mr. Henry
Tan (the avid photographer who took many shots of the Barker
Road campus and every class he ever taught!), and Mr. Lee Siak
Peow. It is amazing that they could still remember the students
who made an impression on them one way or the other!
The vintage Class of 70 has produced some notable personalities and
leaders in society and the business community. Among them are Mr.
Ho Peng Kee (currently the Senior Minister of State (Law & Home
Affairs) and also the President of the Football Association of
Singapore), Mr. Peter Ho (the current Head of Civil Service),
Mr. Paul Khoo Boon Hui (the Police Commissioner and a
loyalist who makes it a point to attend all our gatherings when not
on official duty), three medical doctors – Dr. Peng Chung Mien,
Dr. Lum Choon Fatt and Dr. William Pang, and many others
holding senior positions in the banking and financial sectors, civil
service and diplomatic corps.
The Class of 70 also produced some outstanding sportsmen, among them
Mr. Tang Weng Fei (a distinguished school and National
athlete for many years who has now become a very successful oil
trader), Mr Tang Ngai Kin(Singapore’s only decathlete) and
Mr. Patrick Cheong (a sterling short distance athlete in his
time and the driving force behind the cohort’s gatherings).
The ostentatious setting for dinner was preceded by Mr. Tonni Wei
(currently residing in London) saying grace. The evening was made
even more memorable when our fellow colleagues, Mr. Tan Hup Cheng
and Mr. Ho Sum Kwong set-up a slide show of photos taken
during school days that showed the less flattering side of us.
Granted that many of us have aged, changed shape in some form or
fashion, yet we all laughed at the way we looked then. The evening,
which turned out to be a memorable one, was punctuated by the
incessant flow of jokes and of the antics we used to pull as
Everyone present agreed that it was such a fulfilling experience
that a group of classmates would continue to maintain their
friendships 30 years on. This surely is a lesson of camaraderie and
the inimitable ACS Spirit that binds ACSians for those still in
school to take cognisance of
Patrick Cheong & Suresh Menon