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WEB SITE INFORMATION : Chinese New Year 2011 - Year of the Rabbit
Posted by admin on 2011/2/1 3:40:00 (1387 reads)

新年快樂! Wishing all our alumni members a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year of the Rabbit!

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WEB SITE INFORMATION : Emond Molloy Memorial Scholarship Fund
Posted by admin on 2010/6/4 4:10:00 (927 reads)

Ian Hong has been coordinating the contributions to the Emond Molloy Memorial Scholarship Fund. The following are the latest summary of the contributions as of 3rd June 2010. The figures shown are in New Zealand Dollars. Please note that the money are held by the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Shelagh Murray from the Alumni Office is the person to contact should you wish to find out more about it.

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WEB SITE INFORMATION : Takziah: Tan Sri Sulaiman Daud
Posted by admin on 2010/3/23 5:20:00 (1380 reads)

23rd March 2010

Former Minister of Education and Agriculture Tan Sri Dr Sulaiman Daud died Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (KLH) after a long illness. He was 77.

KLH director Datuk Dr Zaininah Mohd Zain said Sulaiman died at 8.10am and his remains had been taken to his home at 61, Lorong Lai Tet Lok Satu, off Jalan Gurney, here.

Sulaiman, who turned 77 on March 4, leaves behind four children, sons Mahathir and Azman and daughters Norshida and Zelda Raha.

His wife, Puan Sri Naemah Hasbi died on March 26, 2005 of lung cancer.

Sulaiman, who was a former vice-president of Sarawak's Parti Pesaka Bumiputera (PBB) and a former Member of Parliament for Petra Jaya, had held various federal ministerial posts.

He was first appointed Federal Territory Minister on March 19, 1981.

He also served as the Minister of Education (from 1981 to 1984 and from 1991 to 1995), Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports (1984 to 1986), Minister of Land and Regional Development (1986 to 1989), Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (1989 to 1990), Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (1990 to 1991) and, finally, as the Minister of Agriculture (1995 to 1999).

The Kuching-born Sulaiman held a PhD in dentistry from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and had served as a dentist with the Sarawak government and the Brunei Medical Department in the 1960's. - Bernama

The photo above was taken on the 25th July 2009 at the All NZ Alumni Networking Dinner. The dinner was held at the residence of the NZ High Commissioner to Malaysia, His Excellency David Kersey.

Photo L-R: Richard Tankersley, Tan Sri Leo Moggie, Tan Sri Sulaiman Daud, Dato Seri Fong Chan Onn, unknown, Datuk Oh Siew Nam and Tan Sri Ani Aroff.

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WEB SITE INFORMATION : University of Canterbury Alumni Office in Kuala Lumpur
Posted by admin on 2010/3/18 16:40:00 (825 reads)

Most of you would have wonder where the UCAM office resides. It is on the 4th floor of this building in Jalan Raja Chulan. It is about 500 metres from the Petronas Twin Tower or in front of the TA Securities building. Yati is just about full time attending to UCAM matters.

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WEB SITE INFORMATION : Passing of Eamon Molloy
Posted by admin on 2010/1/9 15:40:00 (18901 reads)

Molloy, Eamon Mark Paul (de Valera) Queen Service Medal (QSM) ("Jack" to Bedeans) - Died unexpectedly but peacefully while praying the Rosary.

A loved brother and brother-in-law of the late Erin and Reg Mills. A loved uncle of his nephews John, Gregory, Peter, Martin and Francis.

An undeserved and loved father to Fr Michael Pui. A good and faithful son and servant of the Catholic Church and a Christian who lived his faith.

An ardent member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. A loved fatherly and brotherly figure to many and especially overseas students, refugees and the underdogs.

A great example of being 'Irish'; one who could laugh at himself, talked with crowds and kept his virtue, and walked with kings and did not lose the common touch.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Beckenham conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society would be appreciated and may be made at the Mass. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated in St. Peter's Catholic Church, Fisher Avenue, Beckenham on Wednesday, December 16 at 10:30 am, interment thereafter. A Rosary Vigil will be held in the Church Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6:45 pm.

With deepest sorrow, we announce the passing of Eamon Molloy on the morning of Friday, 11th December 2009. Eamon Molloy had been a friend of 2 generations of Malaysian students that passed through Christchurch and in particular the University of Canterbury, New Zealand from the 1960s. He was known for his use of humour and his attempts at bonding with Asian students.

We will provide update as more information are available. For those with photographs and some stories you would like to share with all of us, we would like to hear from you. Please send it to Thanking you in advance.

Below are those that contributed to the placement of an advertisement in the Star newspaper on the 16th December 2009. Some names did not appear due the short notice in placing the notice.


Received:- 17th Dec 2009

The Requiem Mass by Fr. Michael Pui accompanied by Bishop and 8 Priests
was a remarkable sent off for our best and respected mate Boon Chong and Whong Lee Leng both from Sydney attended the Mass
Hong Yen Kong and Lee Eng Seng both came down from Wellington for the occasion Yen Kong paid tribute to our old friend on behalf our the" students "that were here in Christchurch in the "60s to the 90's" and also announced the Eamon Memorial scholarship ---this was very well received.

Pall Bearers from our group were Yen Kong, Lee Leng, Boon Chong and myself. The burial in Ruru Lawn cemetery was carried out in the Irish Way each of us presence have to shove the sand back into the burial plot.

Chen Weng Kei

Received:- 15 Dec 2009


Most people, from time to time, do perform acts of kindness on others, without expecting anything in return. But few would make that a career. Eamon Molloy did; and he was (and is) special because of it.

I wish to remember Eamon in a truthful, honest and grateful manner, because those were the values by which he had led his life.

I came to know Eamon about 30 years ago. We became good friends. We remained constantly in touch after I had left New Zealand. The last time we spoke on the phone was only a few days before his sudden and unexpected passing.

In all the years that I had known him, he had only one job – that of helping those who needed his help. He worked in the job everyday, without any wage.

Eamon routinely visited and assisted people who needed help or comfort, and with whom he had crossed paths. In the earlier years, he had befriended and helped countless Asian students in Christchurch, particularly Malaysians and Singaporeans. Later on, he similarly helped many refugees and migrants from Vietnam, Cambodia, China and other places, in all sorts of different ways. He was known for supporting and standing up for those facing difficulties, prejudice or discrimination in trying to adapt to the New Zealand way of life.

No problem of others was too small, or too unimportant, for Eamon. He was always there for those who needed him. But he made a conscious effort not to be intruding or overbearing. On the other hand, he was never hesitant to put his foot in the door whenever he felt necessary. Hence, he had stepped on more than a few toes. Although he was well liked by most, there were some who saw him as a pain in the neck. In my view, he was all the more better for it. One who stood up for others could not have avoided making a few enemies along the way.

Not everyone Eamon had helped had, in my view, deserved it. Some, I felt, were simply making use of him. I did tell him so. He did not dispute my assessment that not all cases were genuine in nature. But his reply became one of the most valuable things I have been able to learn in my life. His response to me was that, because he was not in the position to know for certain if a person seeking his help in fact deserved the help or was merely taking advantage of him, he therefore chose not to refuse anyone, for fear that he might by error of judgment turn away a deserving seeker. This is how special Eamon Molloy was (and is).

Eamon led a simple life himself. He kept his needs to a minimum. He spoke little about himself, even to his close friends. He was more absorbed in finding ways to help others. He frequently treated others as being more important than himself.

Most people expend the large part of their time and energy in acquiring material things or wealth. They maintain a healthy monetary balance sheet throughout their lives, but end up with a negative spiritual balance sheet at the end of it. A lot of us want, and indeed receive, from others, much more than what we give (or are willing to give) to others. Most of us, therefore, leave this life in spiritual debt. Eamon, however, left this world as a rich creditor.

Most people I know pass through this life as visitors of desire. Eamon was different. He was a visitor of love.

Orthodox history may have no place for recording the contribution to humanity made by ordinary persons, like Eamon Molloy, who do extraordinary things. That mattered not to him, nor does it me. In my book, Eamon was a Giant of love, kindness and compassion. He had touched many lives. I believe that in God’s Book he will be favourably and highly placed.

The best way we can remember and honour Eamon is to try our best to follow his generous ways of giving and helping, as far as we can, now that Eamon has shown us how to do so.

Yeo Yang Poh

Received:- 14 Dec 2009, 9:16 am
Thanks for informing us..

He was my guardian through out my stay in Ch-ch. Fondest memories of him and is great loss to all of us who got to know him

Ong Su Ching
Fortis Lease ( Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Received:- 13th Decemeber 2009
From Kong Khai Yeng -

My memory of my years in NZ as a student is not complete without the jovial and kind-hearted person of Emon Molloy being part of it.

It is 40 years since my first year in U. of Canterbury. I met Emon on the first day I arrived in Christchurch, at Tang Chee Meng's flat. Everyone there greeted him like as if he was from Malaysia. That was Emon. He had that knack of making everyone feel belonged. So immediately he and I connected.

Emon had a giving heart, always trying to help.

I am glad that I met him when I returned to Christchurch for a visit in Nov 1987 and during the few times he was in KL. I thought he would have forgotten me, which I would not be surprised if he did, as I was but one of thousands of Malaysians and Singaporeans who had the privilege of knowing him personally. But he didn't. He could remember my full name and even recall some of the things I had said during those days of student politics.

That evening on a one-to-one with Emon in Bangsar some years back will always be an unforgettable moment for me. He told me he was having arthritic pain in the legs, so we walked slowly to the water hole. But he soon forget about the pain and we laughed about ourselves, almost everyone and everything else.

My regret is that I wished he could have visited KL more often or that I could have visited him more often in Christchurch, so that we could have more laughing sessions.

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