100 alumni from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sultan Ismail (SSI) Johor Bahru gathered at a reunion dinner recently at Mutiara Johor Bahru hotel. Organised by the committee members of SSI Alumni (session 2018-2019), the long-awaited event saw many long-lost friends reunited for the first time. Strangers no more, alumni from multiple batches mingled with their fellow teenage friends and started new friendships.
“The main objective of the movement is to gather as many alumni as possible under one association. This union will enable us to be a strong association, having various skills, expertise and knowledge assembled under one group to benefit current SSI students and other alumni at large. Indirectly, it will also quicken our response to pledges from the school and surrounding communities,” said the newly-elected Chairman of the SSI Alumni, Hj Yazid Mohamed. Further, he added “One of our much-celebrated alumni, Professor Datuk Dr Awang Sarian could not be with us tonight, but we will be reading some poems that he wrote. Albeit his busy schedule and achievements, he still holds SSI very dear to his heart.”
The alumni committee team members have also embarked on documenting and preserving activities online. Hence, the official social media sites for the association were unveiled at the dinner; its Facebook (Alumni SSI Johor Bahru) and Instagram (alumnissijb) were presented for the very first time. Further, SSI Alumni can now get their own SSI Alumni KA$H card when they register with the association. KA$H is a prepaid Mastercard with world-wide ATM facilities; the cashless payment system offers KA$HRewards Programme with discounts and cash-back privileges when used at participating outlets such as KFC, Ayamas, Metrojaya, Mydin, Zalora, Sephora, Lazada, Uniqlo, Agoda and more.
Dato’ Abd Latiff Yusof who has been the Mayor of Johor Bahru and the Johor State Secretary, DJ Dave Madhavan from JOHORfm, Chef Karim from Hotel Grand Bluewave Johor Bahru and Daeng Ahmad Salim Bachok who recently retired from the editorial helm at Harian Metro were some of SSI alumni seen at the event. One of SSI’s long list of national entertainers, Hj Salleh Sadijo or known by his stage name SADJ, also made an appearance and entertained guests with hits from his album. Salleh is also an Executive Producer at Johor’s famous production house, Jojos Production that nurtured EXIST and shot the Johor-born group to stardom. SSI’s headmaster, Hj Abdul Halil Abu Bakar was also present at the event, citing the SSI Alumni association as the school’s ‘right wing’ and hoped more alumni will join the association.
The SSI Alumni committee members are made up of 19 prominent volunteers who are keen to gather alumni from all walks of life. Six autonomous bureaus were formed to run the association smoothly, i.e. IT and Multimedia, PR, Economic, Religious and Charity Services, Youth, Sports and Recreation, and Education, Motivation and Counselling.