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The Star, Kuala Lumpur, 11 May 2007
Grateful for being caned?
OLD boys of SMK Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, vividly remember the school's first headmaster Dr A.L. McGregor's favourite line: "Fetch the cane and touch your toes."
Despite all the caning they got, the old boys have fond memories of their old headmaster who, they said, had made them more disciplined today – four decades later.
McGregor and about 100 of the school's old boys got together recently at the school's speech day.
"We are grateful that he caned us and helped us grow to be better people," said S.M. Rajah, a former student and prefect of the school.
Rajah, who missed the caning said, "We learned the importance of discipline. My peers and I were always on the alert because we didn't know when he would walk up on us and ask us to bend down and touch your toes."
Another student Mahmud Baba said: "Although we students did not realise it then, the caning made us better people and better parents in bringing up our children."
McGregor, 75, who is of Scottish descent, now lives in Perth.
Speaking at the school's speech day, he said: "Disciplining students and making them realise the importance of education was my main objective. If they grow as disciplined people they will be determined to be successful."
McGregor, who was headmaster from 1958 to 1966, said: "As they feared the cane, the schoolboys then behaved themselves and I used lesser of the cane," said
After his service as headmaster, he taught at the education faculty of Universiti Malaya, and retired as the deputy dean of the faculty in 1976.
During his service in Malaysia, he said that students of all races mixed freely and there was no polarisation in schools.
"Everybody was happy and everyone thought of themselves as Malaysians and not as different races," he added.
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New Straits Times, Kuala Lumpur, 12 May 2007
Profile: Great Scot
By Suzieana Uda Nagu
Dr Alistair McGregor — the first principal of Bukit Bintang Boys' School, now known as SMK (Laki-Laki) Bukit Bintang — had served the school from 1958 to 1965. In conjunction with Teachers' Day on Wednesday, SUZIEANA UDA NAGU finds out from the veteran educator the value of discipline, tolerance, service and parental support in educating youngsters in the 21st century.
DR Alistair McGregor, 74, looks and acts every bit as the
doting grandfather. So it is hard to picture the former Bukit
Bintang Boys' School (BBBS) principal walking the hallways
of the school in the 1960s with a cane in his hand and a stern
look on his face.
McGregor left BBBS in 1965 to pursue his doctorate in applied linguistics at the Education Faculty in University of Malaya (UM). McGregor spent 10 years in UM and was deputy dean of the faculty for several years.
Strict in his ways
TAX consultant T Mahindera Kumar was no model student when he
was in Bukit Bintang Boys' School some 40 years ago.
Retiree Sonny V. T. Rajah also attributes part of his success
in life to McGregor's strict ways.
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