It Or Not
For seven years, girl under guise studied in all-boys' school
without any one knowing. Story resurfaced with courtesy
of blogger Socaps.
Mar 13, 2006
a little girl disguised as a boy and went to enrol in an
all-boys mission school at Primary II class.
masquerade went undetected for eight years. It was not until
the end of 1956 when her secret was divulged through an
English newspaper on a Sunday, after her completion of the
final term exam at Form III (present day Sec. II).
school authority and her schoolmates were shocked. Many
of her close classmates felt embarrassed because they shared
personal secrets with one another.
,the school principal helped her to get transferred to a
sister mission school to complete her secondary education.
call this "boy" Johnny. He came from a poor family;
and he shared a cubicle (a small rented room) with his mother
at Smith Street where the poor people lived at the time.
one of the good pupils in the class. He always moved around
with a group of boisterous classmates from whom he acquired
a lot of experience growing up with them.
played his card very well to guard his identity. He did
not get himself wet whenever he went to Changi Point seaside
for a swim with his budddies. He merely strolled along the
PE sessions he would opt for table-tennis while others played
basketball. Occasionally, he would join them in passing
remarks on a girl's figure if it was not up to expectation.
ocassion he even teased a classmate in the toilet while
the latter was easing himself.
share with readers a few anecdotes that took place during
these eight years:
Casey one day stroked his buttocks and said to him, "Johnny,
your buttocks are soft and tender, very siok. If you were
a girl, I am sure to marry you".
2) Classmate Chua was horrible. He exposed his private part
to Johnny and asked him for comments.
3) During the Rock and Roll Craze in 1956, Johnny enjoyed
doing the R&R hand-shake with one classmate Argo. It
required body turn of both partners. He would call out,
"Argo, let's rock" stretching his hand whenever
they met before the school session commenced for the day.
the final week before his secret was divulged, Johnny did
drop hints to the group.
them that he was thinking of going to Ipoh to continue with
his studies, but he was discouraged from doing so.
day, he mentioned that he was going to join a sister school
the following year, and Argo jokingly told him to chop off
his little 'johnny' before he put on the new uniform of
the sister school.
came Johnny's secret through that Sunday morning newspaper.
At around noon time, Casey and Argo went to his home at
Smith Street to look for him.
were told that he had gone to Ipoh with his mother the previous
day. His buddies were was made to look like fools. He was
transferred to the sister school of his choice.
he became JUDY. Sometime in the second half of year 2004,
Judy's eyes and Argo's eyes caught each other's sight for
the first time in 48 years at Raffles Place.
was coming out from the main entrance of the then OUB Centre
and Argo was at the other end at the junction of Malacca
Street. Both stood dumbfounded and stared at each other
for a while without acknowledging each other.
they went their separate ways, perhaps for the last time
they ever see each other again.
entire episode reminds me of the tragic Chinese love story
of Liang San Po and Zhu Ying Tai.
two stories shared some similarities. Judy had to disguise
as a boy in order to get into an English school because
there were limited places in English schools at that time.
Po was also a girl who disguised as a boy in order to attend
school for three years as girls were not supposed to go
to schools during that time.
not convinced with this tragic story until I encountered
the secret of JOHNNY who subsequently became JUDY.
an unbelievable but a real life story! BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
was posted by Socaps on Jan 24, 2006. Read
by Seah Chiang Nee: Dear Socaps, Your story
confirmed. It took place at the now defunct Oldham Methodist
School, where I studied. For seven years, as you blogged,
Johnny So Har kept her secret from even her closest classmates,
even cracking naughty jokes with them.
was a year or so my junior. But like others I was shocked
when her secret was revealed. I had seen her many times
but unfortunately never got to know her.
she never visited the toilet during recess, but did so only
in middle of class when no one else would be there. If my
memory serves me well, it was Singapore's best news-hound,
Sit Yin Fong, who found her out. They were evidently related
in some way.
was transferred to Fairfield Methodist School and had no
contact with her old classmates. Wonder what happened to
her. Probably a distinguished grandma by now.)