Dear Fellow Ex-BBians and Friends,
For many years, the school has not been given much funding from the government for the maintenance and upkeep of the school buildings and facilities. For a long time, schools have very much been self-reliant for such expenditure. Raising funds from the PIBG and from former students can only go a very limited extent. As a result, the physical condition of the school deteriorated over the decades for lack of proper upkeep and maintenance.
Thankfully in the past couple of years the government realized that the upkeep of the school facilities is as important as the curriculum and academic performance of the school.
Since 2012, the school has been getting some much needed funding under the 10th Malaysian Plan for upkeep and maintenance.
Last year the school listed many areas that needed repair and maintenance. I have been very much directly involved with another member of the school board in the planning and implementation of the school renovation and maintenance.
I think it will be informative to former students if I update some of the repairs and maintenance work that the school has undertaken lately.
Here is a short summary of some of the major maintenance and repair work has been carried out during the last 2 school holiday seasons (November to January 2013 and March 2013).
Renovation of McGregor Hall (Old School Hall)
One of the bigger projects that has been undertaken was the complete renovation of the school’s single-storey multi-function school hall (now named Dr. Alastair McGregor Hall, the first Principal of the school).
The school board had earlier planned a major upgrade and extension of the hall. However, due to other more important priorities, the board has decided to repair and renovate the hall instead.
Since January 2013, the McGregor Hall has been repaired and renovated in the following manner :-
- Repaired roof which had leaks at several places
- Replaced and raised the former “collapsing “ ceiling
- Replaced the flooring of the stage which was badly damaged by termites
- Tiling the flooring which was previously cement rendered
- Closed or covered up some of the louvered windows
- Rewired the original old electrical wiring and added additional lights and fans
Apart from the work done for the McGregor hall, the school has also done the following maintenance work:-
- School Canteen
- Replaced flooring with new tiling
- Refurbished canteen tables and chairs
- Repainting of the school
- External perimeter wall
- McGregor Hall
- All classrooms
- Installation of additional ceiling fans for every classroom
- Rehabilitation of slope behind and near the Badminton/Assembly Building and former canteen due to the dangerous erosion that has taken place and that is progressively deteriorating. For safety reasons we have to get this attended.
The maintenance work is still ongoing. Some of the ongoing maintenance and planned works are : -
- Rehabilitation of school field – improving the drainage of the water-logged field, removal of stones and debris, replacement of sand and soil and the replanting of grass. This is another major work has started about a month ago.
Conversion of the girls’ toilet to a Men and Ladies Toilet. BB has only a handful of female students in 6th Form. The conversion of the toilet is to cater mainly for visitors coming to the school. We need a proper washroom facility whenever a function or event is held at the McGregor Hall.
Replacement and adding of roof gutters and drainage pipes. The roof drainage system of some buildings has not been maintained for decades and is in rather dilapidated condition.
Renovation of all the laboratories – flooring, ceiling, windows, sink and amenities etc.
Extension of the concrete section of the sepak takraw courtyard (also used as the assembly area) and the relandscaping of the neighboring grass areas.
We anticipate the maintenance work to continue for several more months and I will update news about the progress periodically.
If you are a former student and if you drop by the school, I am sure you will notice some changes and improvements that have been done to your alma mater.
If there is any former school student would like to contribute materials or services to the school, please contact any of the alumni committee members or contact me directly.
The Bukit Bintang Boys’ Secondary School Alumni Association
Many old boys made a special effort to attend the dinner last night. Some came from as far as Kluang and Singapore.
If you missed it, we hope you will make an effort to attend the next one. Let us strengthen our friendship and honour our old teachers while we still have the chance to.
Special thanks to the Old Boys committee and Mani Maran of Saujana Resort (Mani is an alumni).
More photos here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.330082870395887.70056.213859135351595&type=1
We are pleased to announce the 2012 Alumni Annual Dinner.
Venue: Saujana Resort (Click “Contacts” for location map)
Date: 20 May, 2012 (SUNDAY)
Dress code: Smart casual
We are hoping to invite as many teachers as possible to the dinner.
Please help us by inviting your old school mates to take up 1 or 2 tables. Get your ticket or reserve tables with the people below.
Tmn Tun Dr Ismail, Bkt Damansara, KL
Yapp Hock Hoe
03-79830277 (Office)/ H/P: 012-3911918
Sunway Damansara, P.Jaya, Jalan Kuchai Lama, Old Klang Road
Lam Chee Soon
Section 14 or Asiajaya, Petaling Jaya, University Malaya
Damansara Jaya, Taman SEA, SS 23
Chong Khee Min
Dear Fellow Ex-BBians and Friends,
Upgrading of Dr. McGregor Hall (Old School Hall)
The Bukit Bintang Boys’ Secondary School is one of the oldest secondary school in the city of Petaling Jaya. Its central location has made the school a well-known institution and landmark especially in the areas of section 52 as well as sections 11, 12, 13 and 14.
As you know, one of the facilities of the school is a single-storey multi-functional school hall (now named Dr. Alastair McGregor Hall, after the first Principal of the school) which is about 50 years old. The hall is being used throughout the year for many school functions as well as for public exams.
After five decades, the hall is now in urgent need of repair. In view of the extensive work that is needed to repair the hall, the school Board of Governors has decided to renovate and upgrade the hall in the following manner :-
- Replacing the roof due to leaks resulting from wear and tear
- Replacing the ceiling which has deteriorated and at risk of collapse
- Replacing the stage which has been badly damaged by termites
- Tiling the flooring which is currently cement rendered
- Replacing the louvered windows and doors
- Rewiring the original old electrical wiring and adding additional lighting
- Adding new toilet facilities to the renovated hall
- Extending the hall by another 25 feet.
This is quite a major renovation and upgrade and the project is expected to cost RM 500,000. The school is approaching all stakeholders to be involved in the fund raising for this project ie. the School Alumni (Old Boys Association), the Persatuan Ibubapa dan Guru-guru (PIBG) and the church (as owners of the school).
We will be most grateful if you can be co-partners with us in this endeavor to provide safer and better facilities to the students and teachers. We already have some ex-BBians involved in the project and we welcome any support, whether in the form of monetary contribution, products or services. So if you would like to have more information on how you can help, please give me a call (012-288 3105).
If you would like to make a donation, you can issue a crossed cheque to
“Lembaga Pengelola, SMK(L) Bukit Bintang ” and sent it to :-
Dr. Alastair McGregor Hall Renovations
SMK(L) Bukit Bintang,
46200 PETALING JAYA
Thanking you in advance for your kindness and support.
The Bukit Bintang Boys’ Secondary School Alumni Association
Bukit Bintang Boys’ Secondary School
Jalan Utara, 46200 Petaling Jaya
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT an Annual General Meeting of the above Association will be held on Saturday, 17th December, 2011 at 3.00 pm at the Bilik Gerakan, Bukit Bintang Boys Secondary School, Jalan Utara, 46200 Petaling Jaya.
1. To adopt the audited accounts for the year ended 31st December, 2010
2. To appoint Auditors.
3. Any other business
BY ORDER OF THE COMMITTEE
PEPPER LIM KEAN KHENG
Dated this 2nd day of December, 2011.
Old boys get together after 41 years
Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 11:48:00
Bukit Bintang Boys Secondary School’s Class of ’70
BIG HEARTS: The amount donated to the school for its annual food programme
PETALING JAYA: Seventy of them last met 41 years ago.
The Bukit Bintang Boys Secondary School’s Class of ’70 recently had a reunion dinner to recall the good times spent there. Some came from overseas to attend the function.
Past and present headmistresses and teachers were invited to grace the dinner in recognition of their sacrifices and contributions.
In his welcome address, organising committee chairman William Chan announced the intention of the Class of ’70 to give back to its alma mater by assisting poor students in their educational needs.
The Class of ’70 Trust Fund was formed with RM100,000 collected via contributions from classmates, well-wishers and in collections for the night. Fourteen tables were sponsored by 14 classmates.
The dinner also saw a cheque presentation of RM20,900 to senior assistant Mah Pin Sin and retired headmistress Quah Mooi Eng for the school’s annual food programme to ensure poor students have adequate nutrition to concentrate on their studies. The donations came from the Class of ’70.
Prior to the dinner, a golf game was held while the old boys were invited back for a school tour the following dayas most of them had not been back since the 70s.
During dinner, the old boys tried hard to recollect names of faces they had not seen for decades.
Entertainment for the night was provided by the Broken Pieces Band, led by Ayi, an old boy, with songs from the 70s and 80s.
The big surprise of the night was a scintillating belly dance performance by a professional dancer, reminiscent of the Rose Chan era.
As the night wore on, the late 58ers and their spouses boogied the night awa
I asked Mdm Quah for a short story on her teaching career and how she ended up as HM of BBBSS and this is what I received.
“My teaching career started in Jan 1977 at Malay College,Kuala Kangsar, Perak: where I taught for 4 years. I went to Kuala Kubu Bharu for a year before going to Convent Bukit Nanas in 1981 where I taught for 9 years.
“From there I was transfered to SMJK Chong Hwa, KL for 15 years before I took up the post in BBBSS in 2005.
My time in BBBSS lasted exactly 6 years. I must say I enjoyed working in BB. The Board, Alumni and PTA are very supportive and I have a very cooperative staff. The students have been respectful and manageable.
Accomplishments in BBBSS
“We celebrated the Golden Jubilee in 2008. The Computer Lab was relocated and upgraded, the Auditorium, the Science Labs, were upgraded. The walkway, the School Cooperative,the Teacher’s Cafe, the Gym, and the Squash Complex fenced and refurbished 10 Squash Courts in 2006. The road to the Squash Complex was retarred in 2008, and 2 waiting sheds were build outside the school.The stairways to the canteen and from the canteen to the Squash Complex were upgraded last year.
“The whole school was rewired last year and we are still waiting for the upgrading of the electricity supply. The McGregor Hall was air conditioned last year and will be pulled down and rebuilt in 2011.
Plans After Retirement
“After retirement, I will continue to support and help with the rebuilding of the McGregor Hall , I hope to contribute whatever I can in the future.”
The reunion of BBBSS Class of 1965 was reported in The Star. http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=%2F2010%2F11%2F16%2Fcentral%2F7397472&sec=central
We’re having our OBA AGM on 21 August 2010 (Saturday) at BBBS school’s Bilik Gerakan. Please download http://3people.org/bbbssoba/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/BBBS-OBA-AGM-A.C-n-notice2010.zip
Please sms your attendance to 012-2951245 by 19 August 2010 (Thursday).