8/9/2017 (ed.10/9/17) Joining the Civil Service. I joined the Malaysian Civil Service in early 1970. It was during the time of Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia. The Chief Secretary to the Government was then Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Shamsuddin. This was the beginning of my long career in public service at … Continue reading Joining the Civil Service, 1970.
About me My name is Syed Jaafar Aznan. I was born in Parit Buntar, Perak in 1947. My father was a 'Penghulu' from the pre "merdeka" time. The nature of his job took the family to live in various villages and small towns in Perak. Some of the places where we lived had … Continue reading Introduction
It was long ago in late summer of 1978 when I stopped smoking cigarettes. I was then a post-graduate student at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA. I had my last cigarette at my student apartment in Graduate Towers, Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. If you ask me now whether I had a secret formula that … Continue reading A Smoking Experience.
In a normal weekday formal schooling and the afternoon mengaji lessons would take up to around 4pm. There would then be house chores and errands to do. After that, and during weekends and school holidays I had a lot of free time. Like most of my friends in the 1950s we were active children and … Continue reading Childhood Pastimes in the 1950s
My day as a child in the 1950s was quite routine. In the morning, like most children, I went to a government school. At around 12.30pm the morning session of school would end and everybody would go home. I was fortunate never to have attended schooling in the afternoon session. The Government English School, Bagan … Continue reading Quran Reading Lessons.
The Special Malay Class Studying in a Malay school in the 1950s will only take a person up to Standard Six. At a time when schooling was not really compulsory reaching Standard Six in a Malay school was an achievement. Some would drop out along the way to do other more urgent things like helping … Continue reading Moving On To An English School.
In the 1950s children went to school at an early age of five years. Some even entered school earlier, usually the children of school-teachers. I suppose it was a good way to get children out of the house and do something productive during the day! Some time in 1952 when I was approaching five years old I … Continue reading Going To School