Victoria Institution

With the help of Sir WH Treacher, the British Resident of Selangor, the local Kapitans and Sultan Abdul Samad, the Victoria Institution was established in 1893. The architect was AC Norman.

 

Quick Facts about Victoria Institution

Victoria Institution Kuala Lumpur

 

Brief History of Victoria Institution Kuala Lumpur

Victoria Institution crest
VI Emblem

 

It was to take after the enormously successful Raffles Institution of Singapore.

The Victoria Institution was officially opened in 1894 on High Street, renamed Jalan Bandar soon after the Malayan Independence.

The road with many of its original shophouses still remains, however it is now known as Jalan Tun HS Lee.

As it was frequently affected by floods, the school was shifted to its present location on Jalan Hang Tuah about a kilometer away. Before that the area was a Chinese cemetery.

Japanese surrender at Victoria Institution

1945 The End of the Second World War

The Japanese Army officially surrendered Malaya to the British Military Administration in the main hall of the school on 13th September 1945. This was repeated on 22nd February 1946.

You can read the original article on the Japanese surrender at the VI Hall here.

*My sincere thanks to Mr. Chung Chee Min, a true Victorian, who has helped to correct some factual errors on this page. He has also contributed many ideas to this page.

The original site of the school was also the focus of the novel written by Somerset Maugham, called The Letter. It was based on a true story of a homicide which took place in the headmaster's quarters. That building has been demolished.

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Student Life

The students of KL VI take pride in identifying themselves as a class of active students, both in and out the classroom. It is an unspoken rule that all freshman students are required to join at least one uniform body, take on an active role in one of the school's 50 clubs and to participate in a least one sport.

It has a variety of clubs, uniformed bodies and sports that caters for all sort of interests. The student life often revolves around societies and clubs and sport teams.

Rivalry

Among its toughest rival schools are St. John Institution, the Royal Military College and the Malay College Kuala Kangsar.

Traditions and Heritage

KL VI still keeps to its age old Prefects' Board with a disciplinary system similar to the the past. It's the only school in Malaysia to have its own Edinburgh style Military Tattoo.

Sports

Among the sports that it is famous for are football, rugby union, cricket, basketball, water polo, badminton, archery, hockey, handball, volleyball, athletics, tennis, table-tennis.

Houses

There are eight sport houses in VI. Every year since 1897 the sports houses compete against each other on sports day.

It was like a citywide event, with huge crowds converging on the Victoria Institution campus in the early days.

The houses are named after the founders and forefathers of the school.

Prefects

It has the oldest prefects board in Kuala Lumpur, founded in 1923. The first School Captain was Othman bin Mohamad.

Prefects represent the ideal Victorian, and the process of nomination for prefecture by teachers and senior prefects, interviews by the disciplinary board, elimination processes and several months' stint as a 'Temporary Prefect' (a probationary term). Victorian prefects comprise only of those with outstanding leadership qualities, excellent all-rounders and who have initiative.

The VI Song

Let us now with thankfulness
Praise the founders of our School.
Let us now with thankfulness
Praise the founders of our School
For their foresight and devotion,
Some who came across the ocean,
Some Malaysia's own sons,
All true Victorians.

Let us next remember here
All who passed through this our School.
Let us next remember here
All who passed through this our School,
Not one race but one in feeling
For a school to each appealing
That instruction be not all
Nor this School just roof and wall.

Let us lastly pledge ourselves
Ever to uphold our School.
Let us lastly pledge ourselves
Ever to uphold our School.
In our work and in our leisure,
With such zeal and in such measure
That the new Victorians
Match with Old Victorians.

VI in the news

116-year-old school gets heritage status today

The Star Saturday February 14, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: While the city folk celebrate Valentine's Day today, another big event will be taking place here. The iconic Victoria Institution or more popularly known as VI, which will be 116 years old this year, will become the first day school in the country to be awarded national heritage status. Founded by Sultan Abdul Samad, William Hood Treacher, Loke Yew, Thamboosamy Pillai and Yap Kwan Seng on Aug 14, 1893, VI has steadfastly maintained a record of academic excellence and produced many leaders and luminaries.

School with a long history: Victoria Institution seen as it stands today in Jalan Hang Tuah, Kuala Lumpur. Those who passed through its hallowed halls include Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, Cabinet ministers then and now like Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen and former judge Datuk Mahadev Shankar. Other former students include corporate giants like Tan Sri Shamsuddin Abdul Kadir, T. Ananda Krishnan and Tan Sri Francis Yeoh while in the field of sports the school has produced luminaries such as Datuk Dr M. Jegathesan, the late Mokhtar Dahari, Datuk Misbun Sidek, Foo Kok Keong, Datuk P.S. Nathan and Ishtiaq Mubarak.

During the Second World War, VI was used as the administrative headquarters by the invading Japanese army and after Japan's defeat in the war in 1945, the handover ceremony of the administration of Malaya to the British was also held there (on Feb 22, 1946). Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal will present the award to VI this morning in a special ceremony at its school compound and many of its former students are expected to be present to witness the historic event.

It will also hold a special meaning to Shafie, himself an alumnus of VI. Zulhasnan, the Federal Territories Minister, said: "I would not miss it for the world. It is such a great honour for VI and as a former student, I am particularly glad VI is the first school to be awarded the status. For Zulhasnan, Feb 14 this year also holds a special meaning as it will mark the third year that he has been Federal Territories Minister. For VI's Parent-Teacher Association president, Raja Amir Shah Raja Abdul Aziz, VI's main goal after getting the status is to continue with its tradition of excellence for hundreds of years to come. - Bernama

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