PFS for the brave and the true

PFS for the brave and the true

Fireworks set off near the old pavilion in the school field lit the quiet skies at midnight in George Town as Penang Free School (PFS) celebrates its 200th birthday with great fanfare and aplomb.

The school that survived two World Wars and produced kings, a prime minister, a chief minister, ministers, other iconic leaders, and scholars, and legendary actor P. Ramlee, is known for its Frees spirit that was color blind with all students treated as equals regardless of creed, culture or social standing.

Bicentenary Committee chairman Abdul Rafique Abdul Karim said that fellow school alumni around the world would fly in to support the line-up of pre-bicentenary events planned since 2011; with old boys and their teachers returned to commemorate the occasion last Friday night.

With the official tally of 3,130 registered Old Frees, the bicentenary gala dinner was entered into the Malaysia Book of Records as the largest alumni gathering in the country.

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