KUALA LUMPUR – Since his schooling days at the Methodist Boys’ School Kuala Lumpur (MBSKL), Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah was already known for his unpretentious, humble manner.
Keith Thong, who is now a trustee of the MBSKL Association said, Noor Hisham still maintains his low key profile and never ‘fights for a place’ while taking group photos or in any activities organised by the association.
He said, Noor Hisham went through hardship in his younger days when he lived with his mother at the San Peng Flat in Kuala Lumpur.
“Many students lived around that area at that time. It was like an area for the poor people in the city.
“Perhaps, he came from a poor family, that’s why Hisham has always been down to earth and courteous since his schooling days.
“He did not talk much but always work in silence,” he said in a Zoom interview with Sinchew Daily.
Noor Hisham’s former schoolmates also produced a video clip to celebrate the birthday of the Director-General of Health which falls on 21 April.
One of his friend was seen ‘complaining’ in the video by stating that his hair is messier than usual as they listened to Noor Hisham’s advice of not leaving their homes for a haircut.
Many of his friends also congratulated Noor Hisham for being recognised globally for the effort in battling the Covid-19 outbreak.
Interestingly, his best friend, Mazlan also appeared in the video clip and sent his birthday wishes for Noor Hisham.
“Noor Hisham had to walk a kilometre to get to school and the person who accompanied him in his journey to and back from school was none other than Mazlan.
“The journey to school was quite interesting actually as we were given the opportunity to chat a lot,” said Keith.
One of his school mate, Ron Leong said, it was common for primary school children to get nicknames but Noor Hisham managed to escape that fate although his other friends were called all sorts of names.
“Noor Hisham was not involved in calling other people with their nicknames and he was also not given one. We addressed him as Hisham.
“This does not mean that Hisham isolated himself from the other students. He was an approachable boy,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette