Cheerful reunion for alumni after 50 years

Daniel Lim

After over 50 years since graduating from the Anthony Abell College, Seria, former students gathered to reminisce about their time spent together at the 50 year Reunion Celebration at Serikandi Restaurant in Kuala Belait yesterday.

The celebration was limited to 50 members in line with the advice given by the Ministry of Health. The celebration was limited to two hours for attendees to chat and rekindle friendships.

Chairman of the celebration Shaikh Haji Hanafiy bin Shaikh Haji Ahmad said the gathering was a means to invite former students all the way from 1970s, and he was delighted by the turnout and to meet former classmates and friends. “Previously, we had a similar celebration a few years ago with over 200 attendees, but due to COVID-19, this year’s gathering was limited,” he said.

Those unable to attend joined the celebration through Zoom.

“This year also marks the 50th anniversary for the class of 1970. We have many classmates from other years joining in today’s reunion, it is amazing that this event brought us closer. We didn’t realise time went by quickly, but we formed very strong friendships in those early years that have sustained until today.”

He highlighted the importance of those bonds, noting that there are many good lifelong friends within their group.

The celebration continued with a banquet where attendees shared a meal and stories from back in the day.

Muhd Idris bin Abdul Gapar highlighted the importance of reunions as due to the difficulty in maintaining friendships over decades. “When we start to grow old, it is important to have this network of friends. These bonds help us appreciate the past and to maintain friendly bonds.”

Chairman of the celebration Shaikh Haji Hanafiy bin Shaikh Haji Ahmad delivers a speech during the reunion. PHOTO: DANIEL LIM