Thursday, September 2, 2010

Mr Oi's Funeral

Budin and I just got back from Mr Oi Loh Kah's funeral. There were other OPs in attendance, including our Putera Sarjan Richard Boak.

There were many who came to pay their last respects, I didn't count how many,but safe to say, even if MBPJ doubled the chairs at the crematorium, there'll still be people standing!

Here's a cut & paste job in memory of the Mr Oi:

"OP Nordin Manan (70/73C):

Mr Ooi Loh Kah was one of our teachers in the 70s with a long and illustrious contribution to our Alma Mater, the Royal Military College, in the field of education and sports.
My particular memory of him was when I returned to the college in the 80s as a new golfer playing in RMC Golf Club [also known as "Kelab Golf Pi Mai" because of its rough terrain] and he was fishing for "ikan haruan" with rod and frog as bait.
I am a bit partial to haruan fishing so I asked him if I could borrow his rod and cast a few. I put down my clubs and had a go and lo and behold I caught one with my first cast!
He looked at me and said "I have been here since three o'clock and haven't caught a thing and you catch one with your first cast, so ong [Chinese for good luck] la you Nordin"
May he rest in peace and condolences to his family particularly his son OP Mark Ooi who plays his rugby for Cobra."

OP Alan Siew (57/59E):
Allow me to add another bit to Ooi Loh Kah history.
He was trained at Brinsford Lodge Teachers College, Wolverhampton ,a year junior to me but a personal friend. He does not show any air in his posture whenever he talks with anyone, was very humble, gives his views rationally and never in an affrontal manner. The later characteristic made him many friends. We were both in the Physical Education option, and enjoyed all games whenever we went to play against other colleges and High Schools. I was very glad to know that he was sent to teach in RMC although I was sent to Kelate after we returned from England.
Rest in peace, dear friend."

But Mark Oi, his son, said it best, during the service today:

"he was a quiet man, but he was a do-er. Less talk, more action".

And from this attitude, his boys dominated MSSWP Rugby.

Thank you, Sir, for your contributions to the RMC. The old guards always talk about their 'mat salleh' teachers, but the Royal 8ths are proud to have our Pak Oi and Mak Oi!


  1. Thanks for the report bandit. I couldn't make it to the funeral. Rest in Peace Pak Ooi. I wasn't close with him in RMC, probably because I didn't play rugby that time. But I was closer to Mak Ooi because she was my swimming teacher when I was in Form One and she was also one of squat teachers in Foxtrot Coy. Condolences to his family.

  2. my deepest condolonce on the demise of our beloved Pak Ooi ....may his soul rest in peace...who can forget his sport commentary each monday during the DOS parade...Pertandingan Sepak Takau...zon pudu dimenangi oleh Putera2 RMC....some of his more colorful statement.