Saturday, June 22, 2013

Connecting with the Chew Family

Photo: My sister Margaret, " I got my  Pegawai Bintang Kenyalang (Officer of the Order of the Star of Hornbill of Sarawak) in 2010."

Dear John and Paul,

My siblings are also excited about being connected to you all. Will you please ask your Dad what the relationship is with the Governor of Sarawak with him and my Dad?

Dear Ann,

If  I am mistaken John Chew was the anesthetist whom we bugged all the time. During Father's last night at Normal Hospital, we kept on asking for additional dosages of painkiller and that required authorisation from the anasethetist.
The nurse would not ask the doctor and we would insist. When we got to the doctor who was at home as it was wee hours, we were really irritated with each other.

I don't know who his dad is, but Father always mentioned his name. Please ask John whether his dad knows the governor of Sarawak. 
His wife is Ruth and Jonathan school's Parent Teachers Association's patron in which I am chair.

When I told her that Father was a friend to her husband, she invited me to bring him to visit them. I told her that he has passed on. She replied many of his contemporaries had passed on as well. If John's Dad is friend to the governor, perhaps we can establish contacts.

Dear Ann,

I know Chew Chiong Tak. I remember they both attended Father's 80 birthday. I am not sure whether John is senior or junior to me.  I don't know them except coming across their names in Normah's hospital and Kuching Specialist Hospital. 
However, I know Paul Chew's wife. Dr Siew were the Sharlene, Arlene and Matthew's doctor when they were babies.

Coming back to Chew Chiong Tak and the wife, before I returned to NZ for my PhD studies, Father brought me to meet them at their shop, perhaps to be given pep talk. If it was, indeed it has worked.

I always ask Father whether he wanted to visit the governor so that I could have a feel of the astana. He never wanted to, but I got the honour when I got my  Pegawai Bintang Kenyalang (Officer of the Order of the Star of Hornbill of Sarwak) in 2010.

The previous governor, the late Zaidi Adruse liked to bring Sharlene around his farm and I remembered he told Sharlene to enjoy while the officers that included me had to work. She would around 4 or 5 years old.


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