Chap Goh Meh finally ends last week; that marks officially the end of Chinese New Year celebrations. Every Chinese return to their usual lives.
Food, drinks and holidays are probably the few good things in Chinese New Year that everyone loves. But the greatest thing that I love during the beginning of the Chinese calendar is the time spent to get together with family and friends. Friends especially schoolmates usually got separated to pursue each others’ dreams when they leave school. Chinese New Year is probably the only time where all of us get back together other than the wedding occasions and deaths.
Two weeks ago, my schoolmates and I manage to organize the annual gathering and meet up again. Unfortunately, this year, a somber topic revolves around our conversation: Our primary school will be closed down in four years time. It was reported in the news that 124-year old SK Pykett Methodist will be closed in 2019.
It might not be one of the top schools in Penang nor Malaysia, but I am sure to each and every one of us; it will always be the best school to us. It is the place where we grew up together, learn together, play together, make fun of each other, fighting one another and most important of all, the place where our friendship flourishes.
Reminiscing the friendship when we were still kids, the feeling is so pure and innocent. There may be arguments, fights and subsequently cries. But the friendship bond remains a short while after that.
Coming back to the future, it is sad to learn that some people, adults in particular would rather cease a friendship due to political differences or difference of opinions on certain matter. Sometimes, looking at the actions of these people makes you laugh. While you see they debate, argue and fight over differing opinions with their peers as if it would take their lives away if they lose in the ‘debate’; the politicians from different political parties would laugh over a cup of coffee discussing about happier topics. We would be lucky if the ‘debates’ remains as only debates of words. If we are unfortunate, emotions might be raised and blood spill might happen.
Everyone experiences different lives, think differently and have different perspectives. Therefore, differences of opinion are bound to happen anywhere and at anytime. However, we must not let the contrast of mind affect the friendship of people personally. It is the bond that brings all of us together that is much more important. It is the thoughts of goodness that is always more important than negative thoughts. That is the principle of SK Pykett Methodist’s motto; “Whatsoever things are true”.
With this, I would like to take this opportunity to urge that the building of the school to be preserved, no matter what purpose it would be used for in the future. It is the place that my friends and I and all other students have created innocent memories in that building. Probably sometime in the future, we would revisit the school to light the flame again.