Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Kindergarten teacher Miss Asiah

The Princess Elizabeth Estate Community Centre (PEECC) was built under the auspices of the People's Association in 1963. Prior to this new building in front of block 17, the previous community centre was  a shophouse at block 16 and was run not by the PA but by the residents' committee themselves on a voluntary basis.

The new PA community centre provided bigger space for recreation and also proper classroom facilities for the new kindergarten. The kindergarten then came under the umbrella of the People's Association as well.

From the beginning at the new PEECC, one of the teachers would stay to become an icon of the kindergarten. Children in the 60s and 70s who went to the kindergarten would know her intimately. This was Miss Asiah.

Miss Asiah lived in the estate with her family and was well known as 'The Kindergarten Teacher'.
So closely connected with the estate and CC that when she got married, her wedding reception was held, where else, but at the community centre too.

Miss Asiah singing at the PEECC Talentime.
She sang Doris Day's Teacher's Pet and came in third place.

 These pictures are from Johar Anuar, the brother of Miss Asiah. They show their family gathered in their old house at blk 18 and another recent photo of Miss Asiah, now in her 70s.

Back row (L-R): Baharudin Anuar, Yusof Rahmat (Asiah's husband), Johar Anuar & Asnah.
Middle row: Joriah, Asiah & Muhamad
Front: Asiah's parents and grandmother holding Maria, her daughter. 

Miss Asiah at a recent family gathering.

Related links: PEE Community Centre
Photo of old shophouse kindergarten (Pre-1963)


  1. My mum and little sis remember Asiah since my mum brought my sis went to the kindergarten.

    Her brother, Muhammed, was a long-time staff of Metal Container, together with my mum.

  2. Hi James

    Thanks for sharing this. I didn't know "Cikgu Asiah" was a kindergarten teacher. She was my tuition teacher for English and Maths for my PSLE preparation when I was staying at PEES. I remember that she has a daughter (Maria) and son (Zaihan), who is a photojournalist with The New Paper...he was also in PEES 1 year my senior in 1983 and went to ACS. He look exactly like his dad :)