Kolej Poly-Tech MARA (KPTM) celebrated her 25th anniversary on Nov 22nd 2008, at KPTM Cawangan Kuantan. One may ask why Kuantan ? I guess may be because it all started over there - at Maktab Sains MARA (MSM), Km.8 Jalan Gambang, Kuantan, Pahang Darul Makmur - way back in September 1983 ! At that time MSM was also popularly known as MARA Community College (MCC) - lebih glamor !!
I joined MCC Kuantan in October 1987 as a Computer Science Lecturer. Masa tu, jalan masuk ke kolej pun masih berlopak & berselut lagi ... The following are some of the old photos that I still keep to remind me of the good old days working at KPTM, especially Kuantan ...
Feb 1988 - my first Faculty Meeting. Everybody looked very "engrossed" listening to the President (now known as Pengarah). Cam tak muka2 "lama" kat gamba nih ? On my left is Pn Nurul (now Pengurus AS'AD in HQ - some may disagree w me but she's the best boss I've ever worked with - TQ Pn Nurul, may Allah bless u & ur family!), Zeek Mo (now w TM), Hj Ghozali (now Pengarah Bangi), En AbdAzmi (now TRA), Man Roi (now lecturer at UPSI - sedang menjalani ibadah Haji). Yang membelakangi kamera tu pulak Hj Mokhtar (now with YPM). In the foreground (berbaju putih) seated sebelah saya tu ialah arwah Wan Abd Azim (AlFatihah ...). His wife Kak Wan Ubai (also our ex-lecturer) is now a Senator in Kelantan. Syabas - Takbiiir !
April 1988 - Staff lunch at Academic Block Fasa II. Everybody were very close with each other. Admin-academics work and eat together-gether ... Life was very simple then ... even with the very basic facilities. Kerja seronok - we were all like brothers & sisters. Barisan depan tu HawaNazreen, Eshlaini (now in HQ), Salma & Wan Ubai (now a Senator).
The 1996 KYPM Annual Sports held at Trolak. I played tennis, partner w Rahman Art (squatting on the far right). He's an all-rounder person - asal orang Perak tapi dah bermastautin di Kuantan. Siapa tak kenal Rahman Art maknanya dia bukan orang Kuantan lah. Anyway, our Kuantan team came out Johan Keseluruhan for that year. Just look at the trophies & medals we've collected... tak muat bas !! Poyo abis ...
As KJ CS, sedang bagi hadiah perkahwinan Hjh Wan Asiah & her husband (yg pakai spec tu). Guess what, now she's my boss pulak (KJ CS) in KL. Camtu la hidup ni ... kejap kat atas, kejap kat bawah ... Yang handsome w moustache tu pulak ialah Mr Kamal (lecturer CS Kuantan).
Yang ni pulak, Farewell untuk Hj Ghozali Lamijan (fondly known as GL - bukan guarantee letter tau). Amboi amboi amboi ... lebatnya misai dia ! At that time GL was our Ketua Jabatan CS. But a week or so after that he changed his mind and came back to Kuantan ! Kuang kuang kuang ... On the left & right is Azmi MdNor (now in Bangi) and Khalijah (still in Kuantan) respectively.
One of the many Annual Hari Keluargas we had - this one was held at Taman Pertanian Kuantan (a very nice place for gatherings !). Notice Pn Rosmawati Hamzah dok pegang kotak beracun tuh ... masa tuh masih Cik lagi ! Yang bertudung labuh tu Hjh Noraziah (now w UUM) & the green T-shirt is Jamilah. Looking on is Rahman Akhir.
Barisan pensyarah elite ... muda trang tang tang ! Notice we used to have many kaum Adam at that time. But today majority of our lecturers r kaum Hawa. 5th from left (between Rahman & myself) is En Ismail Junuh, now the Pengarah of KPTM Kuantan. On my left was our English expert Ahmad Nor (baru pencen dgn UUM). Man Black & Ku Mat Akhir is 1st & 2nd from the right. Second from left besides Ust Romli is arwah Fauzi (AlFatihah ...)
After Commencement Ceremony kat Pusat Islam KL. Masa tuh kita ada pensyarah Mat Salleh Amerika - Mr Jan Sarna (on the far left). Next to him is Fakaruddin, Kamal Zamli, Asri, Hafiz Yatim (now a senior reporter w NST), Mr K (Kunjapan) - ex-senior teacher yang sangat berpengalaman orang nya (I wonder where he is now ...), Khairil Wahidin (now a Dr w UPM), Rahman Art (my best sparing partner ever) and of course yours truly.
As a young Ketua Jabatan CS. Look at the desk ... mmg messy dari dulu lagi ! ;)
Our MCC Kuantan Volleyball "Dream-ing" Team... Yang tak pakai jersey berdiri sebelah kiri tuh is my good friend, a Libero player - now Timbalan Rektor Akademik. Recognize him ? On his left is Man Black (now a Dr at UiTM). Next to him is Man Roi (now at UPSI). Squatting on far right (w dark glasses) is another good friend, Dr Joe Janggo (now a Dean at one College Univ in Melaka - apa nama tuh cek dah lupa ?). Both of us were "setters" for the team.
The "original" team of CS Dept at MCC Kuantan. GL, Azmi Md Noor, yours truly, Dr Suhaya, Khalijah and two programmers (sorry dah lupa nama). Noticed the "green screen" computers ? Masa tu kita pakai komputer Seiko & HP3000 mini-mainframes. Compilers have to be uploaded from large magnetic tapes on daily basis. Kalau ada PC pun kita pakai dengan floppies 5 1/4". At that time where got laptops & UMPC one ... ;) Thumbdrives, CDs & SD cards were never heard of. But we survived !
As KJ CS kena layan VIP (Dr Nik Safiah) melawat Computer Dept. Hj Fattah (our President at the time) is on the left. Cam tak lady yang pegang payung hitam tuh ?
Ini tengah makan malam kat chalet selepas penat ber-Treasure Hunt dari Kuantan ke Sekayu (Terengganu). Itu kat depan tengah pelahap ialah En Midon - warden paling popular kat Kuantan, esp among the girls ?? On my left is Dzulkarnain, Hissan & Rahman Hassan.
Taken on the hilltop of Bukit Panorama, Sg Lembing together with my good friend Woakil-uddin - our Math lecturer from Bangladesh. Saja bawak dia melawat tempat2 menarik di sekitar Kuantan ... Now he's attched w UNITEN & currently reading PhD in UK.
Gamba nih semasa CS Dept wat BBQ Picnic dengan CS Club (pelajar) kat Pantai Balok, Kuantan. Tu dok tengah cari player untuk acara Tarik Tali ... En Ghazali Bahari (yg tengah sapu mata dek ditiup angin Laut Cina Selatan) is standing next to me. Ingat lagi kat dia tak ? He was our Pendaftar at Kuantan. Now a senior MARA Officer.
In the office - as Timbalan Pengarah Pentadbiran & Hal Ehwal Pelajar. Those were the days ... the wonderful days working with KPTM... Kuantan ! (TQVM to all those original warga KPTM Kuantan. You've made my life beautiful and colorful ! - You're always close to my heart.)
In 2003 I was transferred to HQ/KL as Ketua Unit R&D. Then in 2005 transferred to Alor Star as Pengarah Kolej. In 2007 I requested to come back to KL.
Today, 21 years later, I'm still in the system, but now in KPTM Kuala Lumpur as Senior Lecturer. Working life & atmosphere is definitely "different" now ... too much politicking I guess ! Education now seems to be 2nd in the list ... :(