Civilian Staff





1973 Annexe

1973 Main School






1969 Ismail

"Selamat Pagi to you all. I am Ismail, your gardener, and I would like to relate to you the events of a typical day in my life.

I live in the Malay kampong off Tanjong Tokong Road with my wife, Munah, and our seven children, two boys and five girls, whose ages range from 20 years to one year.

My day begins at 5.30 a.m. when I rise and pray to Mohammed my god. These are the first of five prayers which I repeat each day. It is then time for breakfast of two slices of bread and butter together with a cup of coffee.

I must catch my bus to be at school by 8.00 a.m. Then my chores begin. First I check the children's milk to see that it has arrived. When that is done, I empty the rubbish bin, sweep the leaves from the playground and water the school pot-plants. Perhaps a teacher will want me to shift some furniture or there may be some sports fields to prepare for Mr Bourchier or Mr Salmons.

These are the duties of my working day which ends at 4.30 p.m. and I head for home on the bus. After a cool drink with my wife and family, I pray for the fourth time before my evening meal. The children eat first, then my wife and I have our meal. Our meal consists of rice, curry, fish, king crabs and vegetables.

At 9.00 p.m. the whole family settles down to sleep and our house is soon quiet.

Selamat Malam (Good night)"


Ismail at home