Friday, June 17, 2011

Mok Su Retires As A Teacher.

Mok Su with Ayah Su.
If you are a teacher in Kelantan and after about about 35 years of service, you will be feted to a grand send off upon retirement. The send off will be much grander if you are a headmaster and has taught in several schools around Kelantan. That was what happened to our Mok Su.
Yesterday Thursday 16th June 2011 was the last day for our auntie whom we call Mok Su as she is married to our uncle Ayah Su, the youngest surviving uncle on my wife's side.
She retired as a Headmaster of Sekolah Kebangsaan Mahligai in the district of Gua Musang. Before the posting to this school, she had been teaching in such schools as Sekolah Kebangsaan Banggol Chicha, Sekolah Kebangsaan Bunut Susu and Sekolah Kebangsaan Pangkal Kala all in the district of Pasir Mas, initially as an ordinary teacher and later as a Senior Assistant before her promotion to a Headmaster of Sekolah Kebangsaan Mahligai where her service finally ended.
It has become a sort of tradition among teachers in Kelantan that almost the whole school teachers and some pupils will escort the retiring teacher from the school to the teachers home. Since Sekolah kebangsaan Mahligai is more than 150 kms away not everyone was able to send her off but the majority of the teachers did.
The entourage was scheduled to leave Mahligai very early to reach Bunut Susu at about 1 PM which is the lunch hour but due to constant arrival of parents from around the school who came to say thank you and goodbye to this Mok Su of ours, the entourage was only able to leave at about 11.00 and on the way way had to detour via Pangkal Kala as the shool had linep up the pupils as well as the teachers who wanted to bid farewell too. After passing through, the teachers from this school joined the entourage moving to Mok Su's home in Bunut Susu.
At her home the entourage was greeted by teachers from other schools who had arrived earlier.
The following pictures tell it's own story of how great the reception was.

A silat performance upon the entourage's arrival

The msic ensemble accompanying the silat performance.

Mok Su giving a final thank you speech.

Guests going for the late lunch.

The male guests having their lunch.

Goody bags for all the guests.

Anak-anak sepupu Nur Qamarina and Nur Shafikak asked to be photographed and asked their pic to be uploaded to Facebook.

When my wife Fatthiyah retired on 18th December 2010 after 37 years of service as a teacher, she was accorded the same treatment but on a modest scale as we don't have the capacity to handle such a big entourage. Never the less it was a send off albeit from just one school.


Wan Sharif said...

Such a big occasion.. the student get a day off.. sending the headmistress off.. I wonder who cover the cost of the reception?

Pak Zawi said...

Ayah Su a former headmaster himself covered the cost. It wasn't expected to be that big but when the other schools where Mok Su served before joined in the frill, it became a big occasion and additional food had to be sourced to feed all those present. Those school nearby came after school was over so their classes was not affected at all.

aliff muhammad said...


I'm amazed!

Pak Zawi said...

Lukisan Aliff sedang dalam proses. Apabila siap nanti Pak Zawi letak dalam blog.

yana_blu3yez said...

wah , besar- besaran la jugak , muga jasa guru sentiasa dikenang

Pak Zawi said...

Memang jasa mereka tetap dikenang. Saya masih mengenang budi guru2 saya walaupun mereka mengajar saya 40 tahun dahulu.

Wan Sharif said...

Brother Zawi,
Dah lah depa nak pencen ..lepas pencen gaji tak penuh... kena belanja besar besaran pulak tu..
Semuga perbelanjaan makan itu di kira "memberi orang makan" saperti yang Islam anjurkan dan Pak Su dan Mak Su mendapat barakah, rahmah dan maghfirah dari majlis tersebut.

Wake UP! said...

It's a good thing to recognise the loyal service of your Mok Su. Bravo!

Pak Zawi said...

Mereka beranggapan begitu la sebab bukan sedikit perbelanjaan yang terlibat. Mungkin kesederhanaan lebih baik?
Setiap pesara kerajaan akan dapat gratuity yang boleh tahan juga banyaknya terutama bagi mereka yang perkhidmatannya melebihi 30 tahun dengan Kerajaan jadi mereka belanja la sedikit dari wang yang akan diperolehi itu.

Pak Zawi said...

Wake Up,

kbguy (福生) said...

Great ! An occasion as an appreciation to her long services. That is the way things should be done as contrary to the private sector, they try to get rid of you even before your retirement age to be replace by younger and cheaper executives.

Pak Zawi said...

That is why ppl still want to work for the government though at a lower pay. You wont be sacked unless you do something serious. Tak kerja pun tak apa just buat sibuk sikit hehehehe. But my Mok Su is a good servant and well loved by all.

maafsebut said...

knape pok cik dah lame tak post new article?? dah lama rindu artikel yg bersahaja dan rilex..

Pak Zawi said...

Beri saya sedikit masa dan saya akan buat post-post santai untuk meringankan beban kerana dunia yang haru biru.
Terima kasih keran sudi mengunjung.

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

Happy Birthday and Happy Retirement to Mok Su! What a grand and happy occasion! Teachers deserve to be feted like that. My parents' retirement parties were grand occasions too -- they served 27 and 31 yrs in the same school respectively. I remember lots of tearful schoolchildren coming to our house to tell them: "Cikgu, tolong balik ke sekolah dan ajar kami lah. Kami rindukan cikgu." Very funny.

Pak Zawi said...

Ee Lynn,
The teacher you mentioned must be well like by the students. Such a teacher is a gem but under the present situation she won't be able to function as well as before because of you know why.

Nama . Saya . NA_NA . said...

10g Q uncle sebab letak gamba nana !