Thursday, December 4, 2008

Joe Wong at Mulpha Gathering

Two days after the feast in Andrew Kong's place where we celebrated with him his coming of age, the big five O, I attended the Mulpha old folks gathering.

You know Canon Marketing (M) Sdn Bhd came into existence in 1987. Prior to that, the marketing and distribution of Canon products and services were done by Mulpha Trading (M) Sdn Bhd. This company was a subsidiary of the Multi-Purpose Holdings Group.

Mulpha had many divisions then, the Canon Division being one of them. They too had the Consumer Goods Division, the Liquor Division, the Building Materials Division etc. Brands include Canon, Kanebo, Livita, Maltose, Vat 69, Baron Otard, Kjeldsons Butter Cookies, Kit Kat etc.

So, representing the old folks, Weng Kai organized a get together for the survivors in the Tavern, Guiness Anchor Bhd in Subang Sungeiway.

Again, it was free food and free flow.

I did not intend to attend. A series of phone calls from Joe Wong, a CanonMalaysian changed my mind.

I met up, after so many years with Dennis and Loh and Rowena and many others of whom I have faint memories of their names. I spotted serious drinker John Choong and the slow talking Foong Kum Soon.

CanonMalaysians who attended include Joe Wong, Steven Wong, Patrick Yee and Christie Low. The food was good and the drinks excellent. I took several glasses of Kilkenny and it was thoroughly enjoyable. Accompanying the glasses of Kilkenny was the roast lamb Patrick insisted that we should consume as well.

A bit of some trivial information here.

Kilkenny is an Irish cream ale which originated in Kilkenny, Ireland. Ingredients: water, malted barley, roasted malted barley, hops, and yeast.

I was lazy to take photos save for this one of Joe Wong, again another shy one.

The one besides him was Steven Wong, the Division Manager of Canon Division in Mulpha and later the General Manager of Canon Marketing (M) Sdn Bhd.

Joe Wong joined us in Mulpha Trading Sdn Bhd after coming back from Montreal Canada. Later the whole bunch of the gangsters from Montreal joined us in Canon. They were Jeremy Lee, Peter Chin, Rick Low, Ricky Yip, Harry, Paul Chin, maybe a couple more. Some of these fellows are now big time people in the industries they are in.

Joe Wong came with somebody I have not seen for like 20 years. He is called Jeet and like 20,000 other bayis in this country, he speaks Cantonese and has a Chinese Malaysian girlfriend.

A photo from the archives.

Joe Wong was the one on the far right with his cigaretteinthemouth signature look. The rest of the fellows, I don't recognise.

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