Thursday, 24 November 2011


Kolej Melayu Kuala Kangsar (Malay College Kuala Kangsar, MCKK), Kuala Kangsar, Perak

MCKK in 1951. Photo source: From arwah Bapak's collection.

Text source:The Straits Times, 27 June 1965, page 9. "Malays must learn a second language."

The Malay College was first founded in 1905 with an enrollment of 50 pupils, mostly the sons of royalty to prepare them for administrative posts in the Government Civil Service.
In the past, most pupils of the Malay College took up only arts subjects. Later many took up pure science and many had received scholarships to study science overseas.
In the 60th anniversary speech day celebration of the Malay College held at the Chin Wu stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Dato Dr Haji Megat Khas bin Megat Omar, chairman of the Board of Governors of the Malay College, said that Malay pupils should be proficient in the national language. They should also take up a second language such as English or French. He added that it was important to have a second language to maintain Malaysia's relationship with foreign countries.

My comments:
That was Dato Dr Haji Megat Khas' speech 46 years ago. Today we are still arguing about languages.

From TEMD research:
Dato Dr Haji Megat Khas bin Megat Omar (1908-1979) was an early Malay doctor who graduated from the King Edward VII Medical College in Singapore in 1931. He had worked mostly in Perak. His biodata can be obtained from The Who’s Who in Malaysia 1971-1972 (Morais 1972: 201). He was a brilliant doctor and the first Malay to obtain MRCP (Member of the Royal College of Pathologists), UK.

Link to French translation
Other photos of MCKK