Tuesday 1 December 2015

Untuk MCOBA aja : Tuan Syed Bakar

Ghazally Ismail's post.

With thanks to Ghazally Ismail

Allow me to introduce my oft-intolerable yet cute art teacher Tuan Syed Bakar.

He taught me art at MCKK. But he also has this quirky ability to use art to get out of sticky situations. By nature he has always been a cool non-conformist and consistently unorthodox in whatever he does. Or shall I say he hates being told what to do or is simply indisciplined. 

At one staff meeting, at MCKK he wasn't wearing a tie when everyone else in the room did. It was an unwritten rule to look respectable and formal when attending such monthly meeting chaired by our Mat Salleh headmaster then NJ Ryan. The senior assistant principal Cikgu JK Iyer took offence at Syed Bakar"s blatant disregard for just a simple rule as wearing a tie. What was he trying to prove? A James Dean wannabe, a rebel without a cause or what? 

So Cikgu Iyer decided to take a swipe at Tuan Syed's all too often non-conformist attitude. He let out a lengthy sarcastic tirade on the importance of disciplines among teachers and blah blah blah.. .booooring. 

Minutes later Tuan Syed got up from his chair and made his way to the door. Everyone assumed he was visiting the loo. But lo and behold, he soon appeared with his shirt collar all buttoned up and dangling from his neck was a beautiful floral tie he had drawn onto his shirt using a marker pen. Seriously hilarious! 

Silently he took his seat. 

Within seconds, whispers, elbow exchanges and small giggles became contagious around the table. 

JK Iyer looked up in utter disgust but NJ Ryan slowly raised his fist over his month to cover his smile and probably muted his familiar chuckles as well. He just couldn't contain the "respect and formality" that instantly filled the room. But the rest of the teachers around the table looked down at their shoes to avoid being noticed by then fuming J K Iyer. 

Now did you get to understand where I learned the habit of annoying people around me if not from my beloved art teacher himself? 

Love you Tuan Syed.

steadyaku47 comment : He was my arts teacher too!

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