The school is a death trap

UPDATE April 30, 2012: - A week late but finally it gets published. Not so green on the other side in page 8 of The Malay Mail today.

Imagine sending your child to school only to worry that one day you could receive a phone call saying that he was knocked down by a speeding car or even worse - dead.

That is what parents and teachers in SMK Maxwell have been worrying about for almost two decades.

I was invited to the school for the 1Murid 1Sukan programme but the deplorable conditions of the "sports complex" and lack of playing space certainly turned the campaign into a farce.

There are only two badminton courts in the school. Most of the time students will need to play on the tarmac in between the teacher's cars. I'm sure most of the cars have received scratches and knocks from time to time.

There is a sports complex across the school - with the "loop" connecting Lebuhraya Mahameru to PWTC and Umno building.

The complex consists of;

1. A usually water-logged volleyball court that cannot be used.
2. A badminton court with branches of a nearby tree growing so low that it will disrupt play. Also the place is infested with mosquitoes.
3. A tennis court which has not been converted into a futsal court. A hard kick will see the ball fly into the Batu River.
4. A basketball court - the only proper playing space.

The main gate leading into the complex is locked. Instead, teachers and students go into the complex through a hole in the fence. Several other holes were seen around the complex as it is a perfect hide out for drug addicts at night.

Students run across the road, most of the time without any supervision, as vehicles come at high speed. Requests to build speed breakers and a bridge has been shot down as authorities claim the road is used for VIPs - so they don't want the speed breakers to slow the VIPs down and that the bridges could be good spots for sharp shooters.

So I presume the lives of several VIPs are more important that the 900-odd students (from Form 1 to Form 6) of SMK Maxwell?

1Student 1Sport seems pretty on paper (and yes, teachers are now bogged down with more paper work to make the campaign look good), but is it in reality?

Tak caya, pi turun kat SMK Maxwell. After all, it's so near the Umno building. If walking ain't your thing, just turn your head to your left when your VIP car passes the complex. I'm sure turning one's head can't hurt that bad no?

HD says: Sigh!


  1. And they're talking about grassroot development! Hmmm....

  2. And they're talking about grassroot development! Hmmm....

  3. Maxwell School
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Maxwell School ( Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Maxwell ) is a semi-control for boys ( and female students in form 6 ) and the oldest school in the north of Kuala Lumpur as well as one of the oldest in Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia. A student of the school is known as a Maxwellian.
    The alumni association of the school is the Maxwell School Old Boys' Association. It was first established in 1956, de-registered in 1983 and was registered again on 13 February 1999. To date, it is one of the most active Old Boys' Association in Kuala Lumpur. The OBA has its licenced newsletter known as 'Berita O'Max' for its quarterly issue per year.
     Tan Sri Dato' Seri Syed Hamid Albar, Home Minister of Malaysia
     Tan Sri Dato' Hj. Ambrin Buang, Auditor General of Malaysia and former Secretary General of the Ministry of Education
     Zainal Abidin Hassan, former National Football Player
     Maninderjit Singh, former National Hockey Player
     Datuk Dell Akbar Khan, former Kuala Lumpur Chief Police Officer and National Football Player.
     Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Mohammad Din Bin Ahmad, first Malaysian Director General of Health
     Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr. Hj. Abdul Majid Ismail, second Malaysian Director General Of Health.
     Tan Sri Yaacob Latiff, second Mayor of Kuala Lumpur
     Senator (R) S. I. Rajah, former National President of the People's Progressive Party ( PPP ).
     Dato' Saidin Tamby, former Speaker of State Assembly of Selangor and former Malaysian Sepak Takraw Association President
     Lt Gen Datuk Khairuddin bin Md.Yusoff (Retired)- Former Army Field Commander Malaysian Army and former Force Commander U.N. Peace Keeping Force in Timor Leste.
     Maj Gen Datuk Hj. Baharuddin bin Abdul Kadir (Retired) - former Chief of Personnel Staff, Malaysian Armed Forces
     Brig Gen Dato Mohamed Arshad bin Mohamed Raji (Retired) - former Malaysian Army Contingent Commander to United Nations Transitional Authority Cambodia (UNTAC)

  4. i was a student there , even the canteen need renovation


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