CheGu Ariffin Suhaimi.
Head Master Sekolah Alam Shah (SAS) when I enrolled in Jan 1967. He took over, I heard, from the first HM, CheGu Halimi Hj Sarbaini. Naturally, being a teacher, and HM too, he never knew me personally, not untill many years later in the course of my destiny. He cared a lot his 800+ full-boarded pupils; although he did not teach, he personally went to form five classes during night prep to give "extra-class" a few weeks (during study-leave weeks) before SPM. He picked up a few zoological subject (his master degree specialisation) and discussed the possible questions that may arise, and "correct" answer to write during exam. I had myself once for my class, 5Sn2, on Nov 4 1968 Mon night, the night before Practical Exam started; it was about the butterfly reproduction (our biology teacher was CheGu Aminah). I learned a lot from his lessons. I did well in biology, well, at least I was the best in the school in SPM 1968, of which I received my reward during the Speech Day 1969, on Jul 19 Sat (together with Chemistry, to which it was attributed to my other teacher who I never stopped admiring, CheGu Baharuddin Ahmad). Alas, when I returned for form six in 1969 I was more interested in Physical Sciences, thus enrolled in Math class, 6SnB2. The disinterest in biology flashed a few times in my mind by the fact that, medicine through biology was not available for malay medium at the University of Malaya.
Perhaps the most challenging episode of CheGu Ariffin, in my view, was his 800+ resposibilities during the infamous May13 '69. Our security was actually provided by a team of real army, for CheGu Arifin himself, being a member of Regional Corps, was called for duty.
While in Japan in 1968 he wrote a poem for the pupils for he cared what should happen to the pupils a priori; he wrote a contemporary peom only SAS-ian could understand, it was not the DBP type. The poem was preserved in the School Megazine ASAS 1968.
CheGu Ariffin was one of the VIP on Feb 8 Sat night 2003 gallant dinner, the night the history of SAS, Jalan Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, he co-pioneered was written.