SMJK Sam Tet

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SMJK Sam Tet
Sāndé Guómínxíng Zhōngxué
5 Church Road
Ipoh, Perak
Type Secondary School
Established 1 September 1934
School code AEB2053
Enrollment approx. 3000

SMJK Sam Tet is a national-type boys' secondary school located in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. It is located side-by-side with its primary school, SRJK (C) Sam Tet. The founder of the school is Father Fourgs from the local St. Michael Catholic Church. The school has survived hardships, including the Japanese Occupation. The school's Form 6 classes are available to both boys and girls, with former girls from SMJK Ave Maria Convent, Ipoh being the biggest population of girls. The school has been nominated for School of Excellence in 2007.


School planning[edit]

The history of SMJK Sam Tet is closely related to the progress of its primary school, SRJK Sam Tet, built in 1934. SMJK Sam Tet owes its existence to Father Fourgs from the local Catholic Church (St. Michael Church, Ipoh). Being displeased with the high percentage of illiteracy amongst the local populace, he planned to construct a Chinese medium school for the predominantly Chinese community.

A committee was formed to collect donations. An administrative board was appointed to register the school with the government. Father Fourgs was elected as the first school supervisor under the leadership of Mr. Wong Chin Sun as the headmaster.

Pre-World War II[edit]

The first class started on 1 September 1934 with a total of 64 students in 2 classes. In the following year, with an increase in the number of students, the need for more educators increased. In view of this, the Board of Governors from the local Catholic Church decided to aid in the administration of the school by allocating funds annually.

At the end of 1935, Mr. Wong Chin Sun retired as the headmaster and was replaced by Mr. Phoong Tet Ching in 1936. In the same year, the school had 160 students and 6 teachers sharing 4 classrooms. It was in this year, that Father Fourgs, the founder of the school, died.

In 1940, SRJK Sam Tet decided to build an additional 6 classrooms but World War II forced the project to be put on-hold.

Post-World War II[edit]

After the war ended in 1945, lessons resumed and the building project was completed in 1947. The school underwent further expansion three years later with the help of a Catholic school in Singapore. Three Brothers were assigned to the school in 1950. A proper school building for SMJK Sam Tet was erected in 1951.

At the beginning of 1952, three Junior Middle I classes were started under the leadership of Brother Joseph Wong as the principal. An additional three classes started a year later and went into full operation. In 1954, Brother Joseph Wong was replaced by Brother Joche-Chanel Soon (孙光汉修士) (who later founded Maris Stella High School, Singapore). It was also in this year that the first batch of Junior Middle III students graduated. A total of eight classes were in-service. In 1955, Brother Marcel was appointed principal of the school. Under his leadership, an additional four classrooms, a science lab and a canteen were built. The school was upgraded to a National Type School in 1958 and the students sat for the L.C.E. examination. It was in this year that Brother Marcel left the school on a transfer.

SMJK Sam Tet continued to progress rapidly under the leadership of Brother John Moh who succeeded Brother Marcel in 1959. He organised several donation drives to extend the premises and purchase sports equipment. His effort paid off with the construction of a new 3-storey building. The school hall was erected in 1970 with the cost of RM200,000. Other facilities such as the library, the staff room and the administration office were included above the hall. The hall was opened by the Yang Mulia Raja Di Hilir Perak Darul Ridzuan on 5 June 1971.

In 1971 Form 6 classes began, with an enrolment of 37 students. Further additions were made to the school in 1973. A 3-storey science block was constructed. The building was named after the late Mr Ng Song Teik, the brother of Dato’ Ng Song Choon. The ground floor of the building comprises the school canteen. The building was opened by the Yang Berhormat Haji Mohamed bin Yaacob, Minister of Education, on 11 May 1974.

In 1976, SMJK Sam celebrated its 25th anniversary. The occasion was officiated by Mr Chan Siang Sun J.P., J.S.M., Deputy Minister of Education.

Inside view of Bro. John Moh Hall

To meet the demand for more buildings, Brother John Moh, with the aid of the Administrative Board, purchased more land to erect yet another phase of buildings. This new phase was completed in 1985. In the year 1992, Brother John Moh retired after 34 years of service as Principal of the school. In honour of his services, the school hall was named after him. Upon his retirement at the end of 1998, Mr Yu Cheng Sun was assigned to take his office. The school continued to expand rapidly with a total of 66 classes, enrolment of 2,423 students and a 137 strong staff.In the same year, 28 students scored 5As in STPM and SMJK Sam Tet entered the ‘Malaysian Book of Records’ for excellent academic achievement.

Mr Toh Ah Huat took office as the school principal in 1999 and served the school for 3 years after which he was succeeded by Mr Loh Ghee Juan as the new principal of the school. The school celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 2002. to mark this auspicious occasion, the official website was launched. SMJK Sam Tet continues to shine in the academic and co-curricular arena.


Brother John Moh Hall expanded with an air-conditioner installed and an LCD projector on the stage. The PA system has also been upgraded. Extensive upgrading works, including the installation of the air conditioner mentioned beforehand, as well as an overhead bridge and the expansion of the staff room and library was initiated through events e.g. Jogathon since 2007 and completed before the June holidays ended in 2009.


School emblem[edit]

  • The emblem is designed in 1961 by the fourth headmaster of SMJK Sam Tet, Rev. Bro. John Moh.
  • The S and T on top of the logo represents Sam and Tet respectively.
  • The stars all around the emblem represents improvement.
  • 三德 represents Faith, Hope and Charity

Name explanation[edit]

The Chinese name of Sam Tet is 三德, which means "Three Virtues". The three moral values mentioned are:

  • 信 (xìn) - Faith
  • 望 (wàng) - Hope
  • 爱 (ài) - Charity
SMJK Sam Tet school flag

School flag[edit]

The colours of the school flag each represent a moral value as described in the name explanation section above.

  • Blue - Faith
  • Yellow - Hope
  • White - Charity
SMJK Sam Tet school song

School song[edit]

The school song was composed by Mr. Wong Ming Fah, lyrics by Bro. Saw Fatt Lean, written in Chinese.


In 1987 the school achieved 100% passes in the STPM examinations. Out of the 13 students nation-wide who scored 5As, eight came from SMJK Sam Tet. The years 1991 and 1994, saw further success with 11 students scoring straight 5As in STPM. In 1996, 20 students achieved 5As and procured the school a national record. In the year 1998, 28 students scored 5As in STPM and SMJK Sam Tet entered the ‘Malaysian Book of Records’ for academic achievement. The school celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2002.

In 27 February 2014, A total of 1000 SMJK Sam Tet students were involved in the Longest Hui Chun Writing Program in Malaysia which successfully made it into the Malaysian Book of Records. The work, which contains 4,000 Chinese characters and measures about 2.5km long, was completed within five days. All of the teachers and students took part in this historical event, marking yet another milestone in our school's achievements. Its words of blessing were meant for the Chinese New Year celebration.

In 2015, SMJK Sam Tet was branded a Cluster School of Excellence (Sekolah Kluster Kecemerlangan) by the Ministry of Education Malaysia.

Notable alumni[edit]


School administration[edit]

These details are correct as of 1 January 2015

  • Principal: En. Lau Swee Mun
  • Deputy Principal / Senior Assistant: Pn. Foong Thye Yew
  • Deputy Principal / Senior Assistant of Student Affairs: En. Kok Loy Sin
  • Deputy Principal / Senior Assistant of Co-curricular Activities: En. Teh Eow Kok
  • Deputy Principal / Senior Assistant of Sixth Form: Pn. Ng Sook Chin
  • Afternoon Session Principal / Senior Assistant:Pn. Foo Mei Mei
  • Discipline Master Morning:En. Chan
  • Discipline Master Afternoon:En. Lee
  • Discipline Master Cocuriculum:En. Kang Chian Hong

Former headmasters[edit]

  • Rev. Bro. Joseph Wong (1952–1954)
  • Rev. Bro. Joche-Chanel Soon (1954–1955)
  • Rev. Bro. Marcel Chong (1955–1959)
  • Rev. Bro. John Moh (1959–1992)
  • Mr. Yu Cheng Sun (1992–1998)
  • Mr. Tor Siang Kang (1998–1999)
  • Mr. Toh Ah Huat (1999–2001)
  • Mr. Loh Ghee Juan (2001–2005)
  • Mr. Phang Yoon Ming (2005–2010)
  • Mr. Lee Peng Chong (2010–2011)
  • Mr. Lau Swee Mun (2012-now)


  • SMJK Sam Tet school prospectus

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 4°35′39″N 101°05′20″E / 4.594071°N 101.088939°E / 4.594071; 101.088939