Background of the Malay College

The Malay College Kuala Kangsar is Malaysia's oldest boarding school. It was established on January 2nd, 1905 in a ground donated by the Sultan of Perak of the time, Sultan Idris. This followed suggestions and recommendations made by both the Malay Sultans and several British Officials.

"...establishing at a suitable locality in the Federated Malay States, a special residential school for education, of Malays of good family and for the training of Malay boys for the branches of
the government service ..."

Thus were the words of the British Inspector of Schools, RJ Wilkinson during a Rulers Conference (Durbar) in 1903.

Now, nearly a century of its establishment, MCKK is widely regarded as the country's premier school. It has produced so many leaders and personalities - be they businessmen, politicians, royalty,
technocrats, civil servants, diplomats, academicians, entertainers and activists. Figures such as the present YDP Agong, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, Prime Minister Tun Razak Hussein, Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Tan Sri Halim Saad, the late Tan Sri Yahaya Ahmad, Tan Sri Razali Ismail, just to name a few, had been educated by MCKK.

Being an old school, MCKK is a school filled with countless idiosyncracies and traditions. "The Malay College holds the trump card for conservatism," said an esteemed alumni, Adlan Benan Omar. In fact, many of the College's traditions have been emulated by other residential and premier schools. A certainly well-known trait of Malay Collegians is their love for their school, esprit de corps and strong bond among themselves. Frequently, even in business and political fields, accusations of cronysm creeps up when the Malay Collegians deal among themselves. They may be separated by a generation, but they still have an enduring bond between them. On Wednesdays, Malay College old boys wear their old school tie, and once a year they would return to their alma-mater in the old boys weekend. Ties with other collegians are kept alive with the Malay College Old Boys Association.

The Malay College is an institution which emphasises on a holistic education. It is not merely a school in the usual
sense of the word. It is a place where young boys grow up to become men. Academic excellence is placed on equal footing (or sometimes less equal) to the College spirit, sporting and other extra-curricular achievements as well as leadership excellence.

Contact Information:
Principal: Alimuddin b. Mohd Dom
Address: The Malay College 33000 Kuala Kangsar Perak, Malaysia
Tel:(6)05-7761400

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