16 May 2011

Pakcik reminisces (Pt 18) – To Sir, With Love

The day was Sunday 15th May, 2011, and the time was almost 11.00 pm. Earlier I had put down my autographed copy of AMOT and I was beginning to get absorbed in the second chapter of ‘A Doctor in the House’.

“Abang, come and watch this old film with me.”
I stopped reading to ask what film that was - on TV2.

“It’s To Sir, with love,” came her reply.

Not for one moment I hesitated to put down my book to watch this film for the umpteenth time, our favourite. We first saw the film way back in 1967, 45 years ago, in a town named JESSELTON, the capital of the state Negeri Di Bawah Bayu. We had not long been married with only our two-year old daughter with us. I was sent to serve in ‘Borneo’ for about four years, almost the whole of the early years of our married life. Away from the rest our respective families we had a chance to build our own life without interference, casting the marital love the way we would want it to take shape. It was then Sidney Poitier’sTo Sir, with Love’, with Lulu singing the hit song, was first screened.

It was not just the very touching story and the beautiful lyrics but the very title itself evoked so much memory of our family life, blessed with love and affection.

To Sir, with Love ( See p/s at the foot )

Those schoolgirl days, of telling tales and biting nails are gone,
But in my mind,
I know they will still live on and on,
But how do you thank someone, who has taken you from crayons to perfume?
It isn't easy, but I'll try,

If you wanted the sky I would write across the sky in letters,
That would soar a thousand feet high,
To Sir, with Love

The time has come,
For closing books and long last looks must end,
And as I leave,
I know that I am leaving my best friend,
A friend who taught me right from wrong,
And weak from strong,
That's a lot to learn,
What, what can I give you in return?

If you wanted the moon I would try to make a start,
But I, would rather you let me give my heart,
To Sir, with Love


The film ended this morning, 16th May, at 1.00 a.m. Before my tears ran dry I decided to write this, because I thought it was not inappropriate to have this posted on the Teachers’ Day. To Sir, With Love is forever to me a beautiful song and a beautiful film that tells about a teacher.

After all, in our own ways, we are all teachers in our lives.



Here is a video of Pakcik's grandson's UPSR ceremony held a few years ago . It was his last day in the primary school. The video : Convocation 2007 ( To Sir, With Love in the background)

Kerana Tuhan untuk kemanusiaan


Anonymous said...

Syaliza Dhamira wrote "Selmat hari guru pak cik.;"

Wan Sharif said...

Watched the film in shool hall in Tanjong Malim.. I was teased by seniors and peers alike for I have teary eyes and all.
Teaching vocation.. it is one of the road that I did not take even though I studied to be one for 4 full years..

asamkeping said...

"After all, in our own ways, we are all teachers in our lives."

Pak cik juga adalah guru saya..Terima kasih berkongsi ilmu dan nasihat. Selamat menyambut Hari Guru..

Anonymous said...

Dearest Babah,

Aaahhh … now I know why I always have a soft spot for this song. I’ve been listening to it since I was two! Coincidentally, I put together a video when Aziz left his primary school, … and guess what was the song I chose :) The film & song also bring back memories & tears to the eyes. Another song dedicated to Babah on this Teacher’s day ( at the end of Aziz’s video) – “Kau Ilham Ku”

With lots of love,
Pakcik’s No.1

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Dear Pakcik,
My Mama had a whole day's outing with her old teacher yesterday. I'm sooo jealous. Here's wishing all teachers in the world: Selamat Hari Guru. purrr....meow!

Anonymous said...

Hairu Hafiza

Assalamualaikum pakcik..lama dah tak dengar khabar..Nak wish Happy Teacher's Day..Terima kasih banyk2 ajar fiza smpai dah ke tahap ini sekarang.

Al-Manar said...

Dear Syaliza,

Masih ingat ya. A naughty girl you were some fifteen years ago; and to think you have now built a family of your own!

Al-Manar said...

Dear Ayah Wang,

Don't you think you have today reached a destination most suitable for you? I know how fortunate you are as a family today, and you have been a good 'teacher' nonetheless.

Al-Manar said...


You are very kind.

Al-Manar said...

To Enon,With Love

A kind of telepathy that is. Mami and babah are pleased that you chose to have Aziz's last day at the shool on video with that sentimental song in the background.

Babah & Mami

Al-Manar said...


Don't you have your own teacher? Who then taught you how to steal ikang panggang?

Al-Manar said...


Jarang jarang kalau lalu depan rumah singgah lah jengok dua warga mas ini.

Wan Sharif said...

Dearest Abang Hassan,
Allah has inHis way led me to a vocation that I have enjoyed doing.. and would not mind doing it for another umpteen years.. and get good pay for it too ;)).
but like you I wonder about the road not taken... cos I think it might be more fulfilling.. non?!

Anonymous said...

Anis Aneesa
selamat hari guru buat cikgu2 di sek keb batu rakit,sek men agma tok jiring,sek men kompleks mengabang telipot,kem latihan khidmat negara indera pahlawan, Hassan Abdul Karim,lecturer2 uni tun hussein onn malaysia serta sume yg pnah jadik guru shaye..tanpa anda,shaye xkan berada d tempat shaye ada skrg..time kasih

rohaizahabas said...

that film memang saya minat apa lagi hero dia orang kulit hitam, sidney poiter tu..
pada saya..saya memandang filem ni dari sudut yang lain...satu keberanian untuk meletak kan hero kulit gelap dalam cerita ni...

Selamat hari guru..Pak mentua saya pun bekas guru...dan saya dapati hingga ke usia 80an ni, dia masih di kenali dan di hormati...

salam singgah dari saya..

sintaicharles said...

I love this movie very much.
Happy Teachers' Day to you, Pakcik. I'm sure your AlManar kids are very excited today.

Al-Manar said...

Ayah Wang,

If you are happy now that's what matters.We all can be gateful.
Abang Hassan

Al-Manar said...

Anis Aneesa,

Ingin betul Pakcik nak tahu buat apa sekarang. Singgahlah.

Al-Manar said...

Kak Ezza,

Saya fikir guru guru lama seperti ayah mertua lebih tinggi dihormati daripada guru guru baru. Masa dulu murid murid tak ramai, juga bilangan guru. Jadi hubungan erat.

Kalau dah sampai kemari selalulah singgah dan beri buah fikiran seperti pandangan Kak Ezza tentang film tersebut diatas. Kita boleh lihat dan nilai dari pelbagai sudut yang berlainan. Bukan ada betul dan salah, tetapi pandangan yang berbeza lebih berguna untuk mengajar kita melihat bukan dari satu sudut sahaja.

Nasib baik saya terpesong keblog KE.

Al-Manar said...


I am sure a full time teacher like you must be really busy these few days.

Thank you for the good notes you posted. Tell me if I can be of any help in any way.

kaykuala said...

Dear Pak Cik,
What I appreciate most of TSWL that left a lasting imprint in my mind was SP's reaction. He was under tremendous pressure from Lulu and gang but he kept his cool. He was constantly provoked, his patience tested but he didn't let his emotions get over him. A learning point useful for teachers to follow.


salam Pak Cik,

Thank you for droping at my blog house.

I am not a kirkbyite......but I was accepted as a member of the alumni......firstly because I wrote a number of articles in their newsletter.......secondly I am a friend of many kirbyites......


Al-Manar said...

Dear Hank,

A truly good film based on a good book reflects various facets one of which may interest us. Kak Ezza above, for example, sees it from one viewpoint and you see it differently. The end result is a more lasting impression on viewers.

Al-Manar said...

Nginap Srengenge,

Do you know I have difficulty spelling NS in full? My knowledge in literature is bad. I had to google to know that the second term is the title of a famous book by a famous Malay writer! It is a shame, isn't it?

Your response explains wuite quite a lot to me. I am not a Kerbyite either; but, by association, has been close to quite a few of them, particularly among the first couple of batches. Sadly a few have passed away.

If you care to email me on (almanar@pd.jaring.my) I would go into a bit more details on who and who. It is likely that we have a few friends in common.

Salaam to you.

Anonymous said...

Dear Pakcik

Teaching was one of the roads not taken by me. I was chosen for teacher training in 1959 but since it was for only at the Language Institute in KL I rejected it as I was aiming for training in England (Kirkby or Brinsford Lodge).

Anyway I am happy that I was Quran teacher to my children and cucus ...



KotaStar said...

Salam dan Selamat Sejahtera kepada Che Gu Hassan juga,

Kesana dan kesini dalam minggu ini dan yang lalu dan terlintas ingatan perihal Hari Guru, hanya mengetahui gaji guru kini telah meningkat hampir sama dengan gaji SU Kerajaan 15 tahun lalu.Pada 14 Mei 2011 attended AGM of Kirkby Alumni at Cyberjaya. Believe me a College at Cyberjaya has been named Kirkby International College a tribute to the old Kirkby. Wait soon film negara will screen a documentary of Kirkby College. We had a preview then. By the way N Seregenge is a friend of mine, from SIK the home town of Sdr Shahnon Ahmad and Seregenge appears in his novel Ranjau Sepanjang Jalan.Both of them are in the same kampong. P.S now reading Map of Terengganu Ha Ha.

Al-Manar said...


I know you are more than just a Quran teacher to your cucus. The road you have taken has literally taken you all over the world. That probably would not have happened had you taken the road you wished but not granted.

Harap semua sihat.

Al-Manar said...


Thank you for the information given. Somehow I have a very special feeling towards Kirkby without being a student there. I am sure to write something on Kirkby one of these days.

In particular I am glad to have come to be acquainted, though through cyberworld, with you and Nginap S. To both of you I hope one day, whenever you make a trip to my part of the world, you make it a point to call on us, be our house guests.

Anonymous said...

Salam to my beloved Pak Cik Hassan,
You are such a great teacher,father,friend and motivator to all of Al-Manar and ex Al-Manar students.Thank you so much for every single thing you have done for us!
We ♥ you.

♥ from AZMIERA.

Anonymous said...

Fadilah posted on your Wall.

"happy teacher's day to you..thank you so much,may allah bless you.. :))"

Al-Manar said...

Azmiera and Fadilah,

You will never understand how much pleasure I have had with you all, playing a part in my life. And I wish to know how you are all, and pray that all is well with you and families. Do drop by Nuri.

With love from Pakcik

Anonymous said...

Dear Pakcik

You are spot on Pakcik. In my younger days I travelled the world swinging my golf clubs. Now in my golden years I plan to
look see historical muslim countries inshaallah. This June holidays will be travelling with a largish group of weekend arabic madrasah students mostly in the same age group for a swing through Morocco with our ustaz a true blue Moroccan. We are warned to speak arabic only for immersion.

Isn't life wonderful, sometimes roads not taken can be a blessing in disguise, Allah knows and plans the best for us !!!


Rahmah said...

salam pakcik,
i hope i'm not too late in wishing you 'selamat hari guru' may you open more doors for the young ones!

Al-Manar said...

Amimy 01

Enjoy all this while it lasts

Al-Manar said...

Cikgu Rahmah,

You deserve it all more than me.

Hjh Nazli Abbas said...


Only this morning got to open this post. I was and still am a teacher and not ashamed to say that tears still 'menakung' di mata when I opened and watched the video about the Year Sixes leaving their 'innocent' primary school years. Added to that the haunting voice of Lulu in the background. BTW I too stayed up to watch Sidney Poiter that night - for the upteenth time.

Thank you.

Al-Manar said...

Kalau dah cikgu sampai bila pun cijgu juga.Film seperti TSWL memang mencerminkan hubungan antara guru dan murid kalau semuanya memainkan peranan yand sepatutnya.