Chronology of events in Mr. Lloyd Tan’s scouting career
1956 – the Assistant Scoutmaster for the First ACS Tranquerah (Junior) Scout Troop, Malacca.
1958 – the Scoutmaster for the First ACS Tranquerah Boy Scout Troop, Malacca.
1960 – led the First ACS Tranquerah Boy Scout Troop to win the National Scout craft competition, which was held at the Semangat Camp, Cheras, Selangor.
1962 – earned the much coveted Wood Badge (the three bead necklace) at the Gilwell Park, Chingford, London.
1963 – the Scoutmaster at the Continuation School at Tanah Merah, Kelantan.
1966 – the Scoutmaster for the 6th Klang Sea Scouts at the Klang High School, Selangor.
1971 – attended the 13th World Scout Jamboree (Asagiri Heights, near Fujinomiya City, Japan), the 23rd World Scout Conference (Tokyo, Japan) and the National Trainers Course (Yangminshan, Taipei, Taiwan).
1971 – appointed by the Boys Scouts Association of Malaysia as the Deputy Scouts Commissioner for the Klang District, Selangor.
1973 – appointed by the Boys Scouts Association of Malaysia as the Scouts Commissioner for the Petaling District, Selangor.
1974 – five sea scouts and a land scout, under the leadership of Mr. Lloyd Tan, successfully sailed down the Klang River, Selangor, in a raft. This event was the first of its kind in Malaysia.
1977 – attended the National Jamboree at Sibolangit Camp, Medan, Indonesia.
1978 – awarded the Long Service Medal by the Scouts Association of Malaysia.
1987 – received the “Semangat Rimba” medal, which was the second highest scouting award in Malaysia.
1989 – one of the organizers of the Seventh National Jamboree, Manjung, Perak.
1990 – retired from the Ministry of Education.
1956-1962 The Anglo-Chinese School (ACS), Malacca
Ever since he was a student, Mr. Lloyd Tan had developed a profound interest in scouting. Unfortunately, he could not join the scout team because his parents could not afford to buy him the scout uniform. As a result, the poor kid learnt scouting by observing the school troop in training.
His scouting career started only when he joined the ACS as a teacher. In 1956, he finally managed to fulfill his childhood dream by becoming the Assistant Scoutmaster for the First ACS Tranquerah (Junior) Scout Troop, Malacca. In 1958, he became the Scoutmaster for the First ACS Tranquerah Boy Scout Troop, Malacca.
Under his leadership, in 1960, his scout troop emerged as champion in the National Scout craft competition, which was held at the Semangat Camp, Cheras, Selangor, for the very first time in Malaysia. They carried home the Challenge Shield, which was presented to them by the Honourable Mr. Zainal Abidin B. Ali, the Chief Commissioner.
1960 – The victorious scout troop at the Semangat Camp, Cheras, Selangor.
Front row (from left); Yoong Fan Ngian, How Yai Meng, Albert Khoo, Mau Jit Jew, Gan Tong Eng, Lung Jien Kien. Standing (from left); Mr. Tham Na Ah (Assistant Scoutmaster), Mr. Geldard (Assistant Camp Chief), Mr. Lloyd Tan (Scoutmaster), Lim Kee Lock, Goh Tiow Hoe, Khut Kok Foo, Tong Yoon Ngit, Chong Kim Tau, Yoong Khuen Shing, Mr. Ngui Choon Jin (Camp Chief) and Mr. Wellington (Malacca State Scouts Commissioner).
Dr. Lung Jien Kien
Dr. Lung Jien Kien, a 62-year-old general practitioner, was the Patrol Leader of the scout team who won the National Scout craft Competition at Camp Semangat in 1960. As he fondly recalled, “Mr. Lloyd Tan was the ‘force’ behind our success at this competition, and also our entire scouting life in school. He always stood by his scouts through their difficult times and encouraged them to achieve the highest level of scouting. I guess that was how we won the competition.”
Mr. Mau Jit Jew
Mr. Mau Jit Jew, one of the scouts who won the prestigious National Scout craft competition at Camp Semangat, described Mr. Lloyd Tan as a simple, sincere, warm and wonderful man.
“I first met Mr. Lloyd Tan in the early 1958 when he walked into my Form 1 classroom and invited the pupils to join the Junior Scout movement. I raised my hand and gave my name to him.”
“I believe that all those who came into contact with Mr. Lloyd Tan had been touched, in some ways or other, by this great scoutmaster. I can remember all the good, happy and carefree times that we had with Mr. Lloyd Tan during our scouting days. We cycled all the way to Tanjong Kling, where we swam in the army camp’s pool and camped at the Tan Chay Yan Camp (a camping site for scouts), ” recalled Mr. Mau.
1962-1963 Malayan Teachers’ College, Kirkby, Liverpool, England.
In 1962, when Mr. Lloyd Tan underwent training in teaching at the Malayan Teachers’ College at Kirkby, Liverpool, England, Mr. Lloyd Tan earned the much coveted Wood Badge (left; the three bead necklace) at the Gilwell Park, Chingford, London, which was the world-renown scouting centre.
Wood Badge is an advanced training course for adult Scout leaders, which emphasizes on leadership skills. The first Scoutmasters’ training camp, which was held in 1919 at Gilwell Park, was guided by Sir Robert Baden-Powell, a 61 year-old retired general of the British Army and the founder of the World Scouting Movement.
1962 – The Gilwell Park, Chingford, London.
Mr. Lloyd Tan (seated; far left) with his scouting colleagues.
1963-1965 Continuation School, Tanah Merah, Kelantan
In 1963, when Mr. Lloyd Tan was teaching at the Continuation School at Tanah Merah, Kelantan, he was also the Scoutmaster. He organized many training camps for his student scouters.
One of his former student scouters, Mr. Ehchot Chachan, recalled how excited Mr. Lloyd Tan’s student scouters were when he brought them to the Kijang Camp at Kota Baru, Kelantan. “The scouting activities in my school flourished under the leadership of Mr. Lloyd Tan,” said Mr. Chachan, a 61-year-old retired headmaster.
1966-1976 The Klang High School, Selangor
When Mr. Lloyd Tan was teaching at the Klang High School, he played a vital role in building up the scouting activities in the school, especially the sea scouts. In 1968, he became the Scoutmaster for the 6th Klang Sea Scouts (which was formed in April 1954), which was the only sea scout troop in Selangor at that time.
One of the highlights of Mr. Lloyd Tan’s scouting activities was the 22nd May 1972, the day when five of his sea scouts were awarded the Yang diPertuan Agong’s Badge (King’s Badge), the highest award in the Malaysian scouting movement. The five sea scouts were Lee Seng Cheok, Ng Chee Cheong, Kong Chee Fire, Lim Ah Seng and Tan Tat San.
1972 – The first group of sea scouts of the 6th Klang Sea Scouts who received the King’s Badge.
Front row (from left); Lee Seng Cheok, Ng Chee Cheong and Kong Chee Fire. Back row (from left); Lim Ah Seng, Mr. Lloyd Tan (Scoutmaster), Mr. William Lim (Assistant Scoutmaster) and Tan Tat San.
1972 – The outgoing scoutmaster (fifth from left) with his sea scouts at the Klang High School.
Another event, that took place at the Klang River on 20th July 1974, was truly unique and remarkable, as it reflected very much on the strong influence that Mr. Lloyd Tan had on his students. Six of his student scouts sailed down that river on a raft and reached their destination successfully. This project, which was the first of its kind in Malaysia, was inspired by Mr. Lloyd Tan himself.
1974 – The young scouts had the courage and strength of Mr. Lloyd Tan.
1974 – The union of the land and sea scouts under the leadership of Mr. Lloyd Tan.
Front row (from left); Mr. Lee Kok How (Scoutmaster, 4th Klang Scout Group), Kong Chee Soon and Mr. Lloyd Tan (Scoutmaster, 6th Klang Sea Scout). Back row (from left); Chen Yin Heng, Mohd. Azlan B. Mahmuddin, Chow Poh Jin and Loo Kai Ngor. On the left side is the land scout flag while on the right side is the sea scout flag.
1976-1980 Specialist Teachers’ Training Institute, Cheras, Selangor
Even after Mr. Lloyd Tan left the Klang High School to be an Arts lecturer at the Specialist Teachers’ Training Institute (STTI) at Cheras, the state of Selangor, his passion for scouting persevered.
Mr. Ku Bahador
Mr. Ku Bahador B. Ku Baharum, a 76-year-old former scouting colleague of Mr. Lloyd Tan at the STTI, remembered the latter as an obedient scoutmaster.
“Whenever I wanted to organize scouters training for the teachers training colleges, I just had to ‘pounce’ on Lloyd and somehow, he had never said ‘no’ to me,” recalled Mr. Ku Bahador, who joined the STTI as a lecturer in Malay Language back in 1968.
1981-1990 Curriculum Unit, Teachers’ Training Section, Ministry of Education, Selangor.
Mr. Abu Bakar
Even when Mr. Lloyd Tan was working at the Curriculum Unit, Teachers’ Training Section, the Ministry of Education, he continued to organize scouters training courses for the teachers training colleges in Malaysia. During this period, he worked closely with another scoutmaster, Mr. Abu Bakar B. Hj. Ahmad.
“What was remarkable about Lloyd was his ‘low profile’ nature. When he was recommended to receive the Semangat Rimba medal, initially he was reluctant to accept it, despite his massive contribution to the scouting movement in this country. He believed in giving his best service to scouting without expecting any recognition,” said Mr. Abu Bakar.
The peak of Mr. Lloyd Tan’s scouting career was when he was awarded the Semangat Rimba medal in 1987, which was the second highest level of achievement in Malaysian scouting movement.
And Mr. Lloyd Tan remained loyal to the Malaysian scouting movement till he retired in 1990. Scouting was always in his blood, till the end.