How many people can recognize you after 47 years? How many can you recognise if you have not seen them for 47 years?
Mr. Wong Chung Kang the teacher of James Wong (Hua Chiew School Sarikei) immediately recognised his own student in Miri recently. 47 years must have just flashed across his eyes. Mr. Wong did not expect his student to come directly to his door that day. James had flown in unannounced to surprise him.
James (the brother of Judy Wong -Principal of Methodist Pilley Institute Sibu) came back to visit Sibu and Miri a few weeks ago. He had not seen Mr. Wong for nearly 47 years!!
Mr. Wong has plenty of Sarikei stories to tell.
Mr. Wong Chung Kang is the brother of the late Mdm Wong Chung Kee and has moved from Sarikei to Miri in 2007. He served the Sarawak Education for more than 35 years in different capacities as teacher and then principal in Sibu and Sarikei areas. He is now nearly 75 years old. In Sarikei Mr. Wong himself said that he was most famous or infamous as a man who hasd EIGHT daughters. Many people in the past even mocked him and asked him if he would educate all his eight daughters!! He did more than that. Now his daughters are highly qualified and spread around the globe. He and his wife cannot finish visiting them in one year especially when each want them to stay as long as three months!!
this meeting was a unique meeting for a teacher and a student. The student went overseas to study in the early 1960's and had very little contact with Teacher Wong. He finally came back in the new century to find his "old teacher". He could not find his teacher in Sarikei where he went first after arriving in Sibu. His search ended at a house in Pujut 4 in Miri where 4 palm trees grew in the front. That was how Mr. Wong described his new abode.
Surprise element again!! After meeting up with Mr. and Mrs. Wong I realised that Mrs. Wong was my Sunday School teacher in Sing Ang Tong in Sg. Merah!! Rev. Ho Siew Liong was the pastor then. Rev Ho's daughters are Ho Kah Ping and Ho Kah Huo who were seniors in the Methodist School. Rev. Ho's sons are Kah Muo and Ka Hwang who were all very good basketball players. What a small world. We got to talk about people we knew and where they are at the moment. Mrs. Wong does not look like she is more than 50 years old.
Furthermore Mrs. Wong was born in Sg. Merah and was introduced to Mr. Wong by his own aunt who was the late Mrs.Ting Chiew Hing. It seems very complicated by Foochows from Sg. Merah would understand all these connections.
Our world is so small.