Saturday, October 15, 2016

Colonial Schools in Malaysia

Not all colonial schools in Malaysia are mission schools. Some were opened by the British government. Here is a list of Malaysian schools that were NOT founded by missionaries:


1) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Derma


1) Kolej Sultan Abdul Hamid


1) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Clifford Kuala Kangsar

2) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan King Edward VII

3) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Anderson


1) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Clifford Kuala Lipis


1) Sekolah Menengah Tinggi Kuala Selangor

2) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tinggi Kajang

3) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tinggi Klang


1) Sekolah Tinggi Perempuan Melaka

Negeri Sembilan

1) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan King George V

2) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tinggi Port Dickson

Federal Territory

1) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Maxwell

2) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Victoria

3) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tinggi Setapak


1) Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar

2) Sekolah Tinggi Kluang

3) Sekolah Tinggi Muar


1) Sekolah Menengah Maktab Sabah


1) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Green Road

2) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Three Rivers

3) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tinggi Kuching

4) Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tinggi Sarikei

Historical Photos of Malaysia

1. A Nazi U-181 docking at Swettenham Pier, Penang

2. Tok Janggut's body being displayed by the British

3. A Famosa Fortress in a much better condition

4. Penang Ferry Service

5. Chin Peng receiving the OBE Award from a British official

6. The invasion of Kuala Lumpur by the Japanese

7. Japanese riding into Malaya on bicycles 

8. Female members of the Home Guard during arms training

9. British officers breaking into an alleged Communist hideout 

10. A photograph of the first Agong that was used for the Malaysian Ringgit

11. The Penang Hartal Riots

12. Tunku Abdul Rahman visiting the National Monument after it was bombed by Communist terrorists

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Top 5 Reasons Why Kandukondain Kandukondain is an Underrated Classic

This film came out in 2000 and was a big hit. Still, it is underrated considering how it is almost always overlooked whenever there is a list of the best Tamil films ever made. Just like the book it is based on, this film should be considered a classic. Here are five reasons why:

1) It is loosely based on one of the most popular novels of all time

Watching this film as a child, I could not help but notice how the story would fit any olden day British film. True enough, as a teenager, I read Sense and Sensibility and the truth came to me. This film is actually a modern-day Indian adaptation of Jane Austen's masterpiece. It is amazing how the director managed to stay loyal to the thematic nature of the source material while making it fitting for the Indian audience.

2) This is only Rajiv Menon's second film

Rajiv Menon is one if India's most prolific cinematographers but he has directed only two films so far; this being his second. It won him the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Director. He also wrote the story and screenplay for this film while laureate Sujatha wrote the dialogues. Rumour has it after almost 20 years, he will be directing another film. Let's hope it is as great as this one.

3) It is a 'women-centric' film

Google the term 'women-centric film' and you only find lists with Indian films. This shows how rare they are in Indian cinema that it is almost considered its own genre. Although they are three heroes here, they all play second fiddle to the heroines. Ajit Kumar, before he became a 'mass hero' was willing to play a strong supporting actor as long as it is a powerful character. Mammoothy, who is the biggest superstars of Malayalam cinema, does not mind it if he is not in the starring role.

4) It features the casts' best performances

While Mammoothy and Tabu have given countless critically acclaimed performances in the past, their other cast members have not been so fortunate. Aishwarya Rai, despite her acting abilities, has often been overshadowed by her title as one of the most beautiful women in the world. Ajit and Abbas, however, have mostly been in 'masala', commercial films. Being a huge fan of Rajiv Menon's first film, Aishwarya accepted the role after the late Soudarya turned it down. Aishwarya said she easily identified with the character and willingly rejected the numerous, more commercially lucrative offers from Bollywood just to be in this relatively small budget regional film.

5) AR Rahman's evergreen soundtrack 

Each of Rahman's eight songs in this film is of a different genre. "Kannamoochi" has a Carnatic base. "Kandukondain Kandukondain" is a love ballad. "Smayiyai" has a jazz feel to it. "Enna Solla Pogirai" and "Konjum Mainakkale" are folksy tunes with different tones. "Yengae Enathu Kavithai" is an elegy for lost love. Also, the film has a cover version of Bharathiyar’s poem, "Suttum Vizhi" that adds to the beauty of the original. Plus, the Mozart of Madras even makes a cameo in the film!