The fame of a particular school lies in its ability to produce students, who, in the course of time, manifest qualities of a good and outstanding citizen of a nation. The MHS has contributed its fair share to the ‘wealth’ of outstanding citizens that the country can boast of.
The late Tun Sir Tan Cheng Lock, for example, bears adequate testimony to the above statement. No history book on Malaysia is complete without at least a mention of this ‘old boy’ of MHS who played an integral role in the development of Malaysian politics.
His career began as far back as 1912, when he was made a Justice of Peace. Furthermore, he graced the post of Municipal Commissioner for a decade; from 1912 to 1922. He was a member also, though unofficially, of both the Straits Settlements Legislative Council and the Executive Council. In fact, so notable were his services that the Sultan of Johore found it appropriate to bestow upon him the title of P.P.M.J. in 1949. That same year saw the formation of the M.C.A.; the brainchild of this noble man.
Three years later, he was awarded the K.C.B.E. Patriotism was brilliantly exemplified in the person of Tun Sir Tan Cheng Lock, who figured prominently in Malaysia’s quest for independence.
Though he is not among us now, Tun Sir Tan Cheng Lock will never be forgotten by Malaysians as a whole and by students of MHS in particular, to whom he will always be a source of inspiration.
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