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The early 1900’s were boom years as the Brothers opened up schools in the key towns one after another. Soon, the Brothers’ schools proliferated throughout the country with no less than 60 schools established, among which are: St. Xavier’s Institution, Penang; St. George’s, Taiping; St. Michael’s, Ipoh, St. .John’s, Kuala Lumpur and St. Francis, Melaka. Many of their pupils have gone on to become leaders in the government, cabinet ministers and captains of industries in the private sector. The Brothers commanded great respect from the teachers, students and their parents.

However, circumstances became restrictive as from 1969 with  the implementation of the National Education Policy.  The administration and use of these schools were  taken  over by  the  authorities when the lay teachers opted to become government servants resulting in the Brothers  losing their grip on their own schools.  Dwindled in numbers due to aging,  restrictive  immigration policies  and coupled  with  very  few  Malaysians  joining  the  Brotherhood,  call  for  a fresh look to face the new challenges of today as they embark on a new mission to bring Lasallian education on to various levels with the alumni as their partners. The first joint-mission project was an institution of higher learning - the De La Salle Institute, Kuala Lumpur. Funded solely from donations received from the alumni and well-wishers, this not-for-profit institution opened its doors to needy students to help them obtain a tertiary education which otherwise elude them due to financial constraints.

Strapped for funds and faced with keen competition from the larger and more established colleges, the Institute has no choice but to temporary curtail its operation while standing proud of the fact that in its course, it has aided no less than fifteen students, who, upon graduation, are now carving out a better life for themselves and their families.

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