Seek The Truth

Friendships forged in the schooling years by and large last a lifetime. Growing up together during those formative time invariably cement the bonds. We fought, we patched up, and we learnt the worth of that camaraderie. The intrinsic value of such a relationship is difficult to fathom. We lead different lives but are unswervingly drawn close by that single icon we call our alma mater.

My first alma mater, the La Salle School at Ayer Itam is no longer there. In fact, I never had the opportunity to study there but was educated in borrowed premises at the SRK Batu Lanchang and SM Georgetown. Nevertheless the invisible threads that interconnect the innate spirits within the old boys infused in me a sense of belonging.

It is human nature to want to belong but this unique association was neither of our own doing nor desire. The education system and the benevolence of the De La Salle Christian Brothers thrust it upon us. This I will be forever grateful for I was blessed with the steadfast friendship of my schoolmates. To you guys, I say, “Thank you for three decades of helping me grow.”

Thirty years of fellowship cultivated from that first day in an unfamiliar classroom is definitely worth something; something valuable that can never be acquired through any other means. Most of all thank you Christian Brothers, for having educated and refined me, and millions of other youths, into useful productive self-thinking individuals. We shall always go out and Seek The Truth.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.