Dear Grandmasters/Hon.Secs/Hashers/FriendsRe: Memorial/Charity Run for the late Murugan Menisamy (MGR), former Malaysian Hash Council Chairman and Selama Hash House Harriers Grandmaster
The Malaysian Hash Council (MHC) and Selama Hash House Harriers are jointly organising a Memorial/Charity Run to commemorate the 1st anniversary of the passing of our late Chairman/Grandmaster, MGR who passed away suddenly on 11/5/2016.
The details of the run are as follows:
Date: 13th May 2017 (Saturday)
Venue: CHK Moral Uplifting Society, Jalan Raya, Serdang ,Selama, Kedah
Fee: RM70.00 per pax
Run starts : 4.30pm
Closing Date: 20th April 2017
The late MGR, during his lifetime was Malaysia’s Hashing Ambassador and a familiar face at weekly, celebration and major hash runs and events in Malaysia and around the world. An icon of hashing in Malaysia, he was also a passionate and generous contributor towards charity.
In memory of MGR, a donation will be made to the Taiping Childrens Home, a charity close to his heart. A momento will also be given to all registered hashers.
For registration,/sponsorship please complete the attached form. For enquiries, please contact the following hashers:
SELAMA HASH HOUSE HARRIERS, Perak
Tuesday, June 5, 2001 Run # 649
A LESSION IN GEOGRAPHY
As a schoolboy philatelist, I was familiar with the names of the four States which formed the Federated States of Malaya, as each State issued its own postage stamp, usually with the picture of the Sultan. There was, of course, the British Resident to oversee. The first British Resident in Perak, J.W.W. Birch was apparently inept in British diplomacy (read duplicity) and had to lose his life in the hands of the then Maharaja named Lela. Even today, a small monument dedicated to the incident stands ‘in a little village beside a slow river’.
Ipoh, the capital of Perak, as elsewhere in Malaysia, has many keen hashers. The ipoh chapter has the maximum number of registrants for the IH2002 goa. As such, I was interested in doing a run there and meeting them. When I expressed my desire to some of them in Langkawi, Murugan “MGR – M.G. Ramachandran”, GM of Selama H3, offered me the hospitality of his bungalow in a rubber and palm oil plantation in Ipoh, and to take me to their run on Tuesday. This day suited me very well. So, I took a bus South on Monday from Butterworth to Ipoh and he met me at the bus station.
It later transpired that Selama is a district town near the Perak/Kedah border, 100 km away from Ipoh. Murugan has been the GM of SH3 for the last nine years. He is also the Asstt. Treasurer of the Malaysian Hash Council. He became GM when he was posted as the Manager of an estate near Selama, and has continued to be re-elected even though he is now living so far. He travels every Tuesday afternoon to the run. Orang gila, lah – mad guy. No wonder he lives near Tanjong Rambutan, Pabna in Bangladesh terms.
This week’s run was in an estate near Selama, a smaller town in Kedah, opposite to our Selama, 140 km from Murugan’s bungalow. Travelling 275 km to and from a 50-minute run, not in Ipoh, not even in Perak, was not something I had bargained for. Murugan had literally led me up a garden path. But, two days for the first time in a plantation, in the midst of the hills where the C.T’s (communist terrorists) held sway, was a wonderful experience.
Selama H3 was also a new experience for me. It is a small chapter with 26 members – 21 attended the last AGM held two weeks ago. It is a well-knit group of male runners. They have good runs in the hills and plantations and they also go in a group to outstation events. Last Sunday, some of them ran, along with 12,000 others, the annual half-marathon on the 11-km long Penang Bridge. There is no circle, no beer, and no ice, only chitchat and hash business after the run. The hares provide chilled fruit juice, snacks and food. They have been proudly this way for the last twenty years. I was the first foreign visitor in the history of Selama H3.
Juned “Sir Rail Jerker” Choudhury, Dhaka H3
MGR passed away on 11th May 2016 in Ipoh, ten days after being re-elected uncontested as Chairman of the Malaysian Hash Council. This hash trash is being reproduced in his memory, on the occasion of a Memorial Run to be hosted by Selama H3 on Saturday, 13th May 2017.