Here is my brief response to u both wrt my batch.
First I'd like to qualify myself that I can only speak on behalf of most
batchmates that I'm in touch with. There were 152 of us, we called
ourselves op1975 (Alec new boys). Out of that, 5 have since passed away,
incl 2 in the college itself; one in the infamous pond in 77 and the
other one due to some complication following an operation on an injury
suffered during a volleyball game. I must say I'm in touch with 60-70%
of them. The last we met as a group was in June last year where 72
members were present. About 10-15% are missing in actions ( still trying
to contact them). I must admit it took us a great deal of effort to get
together. Regretfully not many of them were members of OPA, we took the
opportunity to encourage. The theme of that meeting was 'walking down
the memory lane'. A silver jubilee of our enrolment as new boys. The
idea was to meet and catch up with one another as many amongst us have
not met each other since we left college. It was also an opportunity to
strengthen our network. The other aim of that meeting was also to help
the needier ones amongst us in any way we could.
Judging from my personal judgement (may be wrong though) I'd say many
are successful in their own rights. Obviously some are more successful
than others. However there are a few amongst us who are still
struggling with their lives though not in that 'hand to mouth'
situations. But they, despite all odds are working hard to do better.
Hope they will all achieve more later in their life. A few out of this
small group showed a lot of potential (incl good leadership quality)
when they were in College. Somehow, something must have gone wrong
somewhere! But, surprisingly those who showed less potential, I don't
know whether I can put them in the same basket with the famous 2
water-carriers who found 'success' later in their life, (as leaders or
in their studies) seems to be doing better off today. Perhaps life is
like that, it has its ups and downs. U may be up today and down
tomorrow, and everyone of us needs some luck as we go along. Siapa yang
tak mahu berjaya?
Now to response to ur earlier posting, I'd like to register my group
email to be linked - firstname.lastname@example.org.
2ndly I'll informed the cttee if any of my batchmate needs any help,
one way or another I'm sure we do. I think Pak Habib has opened many
doors for OPs esp the YOPs and continuing to do so despite not being too
well. Hoping ur much better now Pak President. Finally OP Dahan and ur
cttee members, we do appreciate ur good work and concerns. Hope through
this OPs could be closer.