Anglo Chinese School, Klang

Anglo Chinese School (commonly known as ACS) is a semi-government aided primary and secondary school in Jalan Melawis and Jalan Raya Barat respectively within the district of Klang. It is the oldest school in the state of Selangor and one of the oldest in Malaysia.[2] ACS was founded and established on 10 March 1893, and officially opened by Sir William Hood Treacher.[1]

Anglo Chinese School
, Selangor
Coordinates3°02′35″N 101°26′27″E / 3.0431°N 101.4407°E / 3.0431; 101.4407
District information
TypeSemi government-aided all-boys primary and secondary school[a]
MottoSapienta Potentia Est
Standard 1-6
Form 1-6
Governing agency
SRK Methodist ACS Klang
SMK Methodist ACS Klang
Students and staff
  • Primary (standard 1-6)
  • Secondary (form 1-5)


  • Secondary (form 6)
Colours  Blue
Other information
Mutiara Budi
Pelita Murid
WebsiteOfficial website

The primary and secondary schools initially functioned together but were separated when enrollment in both schools increased. The primary and secondary schools are now housed in different buildings, separated by a canteen that is located within the primary school and is adjacent to the secondary school. In 2009, a new canteen was constructed for the secondary school.

The school is commonly known in Malay as SRK Methodist ACS (primary) and SMK Methodist ACS (secondary) respectively. Students who have studied or are studying in ACS are known as ACS'ians.





In 1892, the Klang District Officer, Walter W Skeat and Loke Yew encountered obstacles when raising money for a school building.[citation needed] They were finally successful in renting the premises of Penghulu Mohid's house in Jalan Rembau to start the new school. ACS initial enrolment was 14 students, with one teacher. The school was officially opened by Sir William Hood Treacher in 1893.

In 1896, the school became a British public school. The school was later sent by the Episcopal Methodist Mission and it was named Anglo Chinese School in 1915.[citation needed] In 1920, the original building, which was made of wood, was almost completely destroyed by fire.

The following year, a new building was erected at Jalan Raya Barat, its present-day location. It was opened by Oliver Marks, a resident of Selangor. Sultan Alaeddin Sulaiman was also present at the opening of the school. That year, when Reverend Abel Eklund and his wife Ruth Eklund arrived in Klang, there were 15 female pupils in ACS.



On 24 May 1924, Ruth Eklund founded the Methodist Girls' School (MGS), an all-girls school located in the proximity of ACS.[3] In 1922, the first batch of students took the Senior Cambridge Exams. Two years later, the new school magazine, called The School Review, was published. In 1925, The First Klang Scouts Troop was founded.

In 1941, a new building was built to accommodate the increasing enrollment. From 1942 to 1945, during the World War II period, the school became the head office of the Japanese army. In 1951, a new science laboratory was opened by Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah Alhaj. The whole school was renovated six years later. During the same year, the first Klang Boys' Brigade was founded with the assistance of Captain Peter Dawson and Reverend Ronald Buttler-White. In 1958, Additional Mathematics, and Pure Sciences, which encompasses Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, were introduced to Form 4 (16-year-old) students.

In 1961, the ACS Old Boys' Association was registered, with Koh Liang Sih as president. In 1963, a new three-storey building was completed. It had 11 classrooms, one office, one teachers' lounge, and one Geography room. It was declared open by Captain Abdul Hamid, the Malaysian Minister of Education. In 1973, the Parent-Teacher Association (Malay: Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru; PIBG) was founded in the school hall. The first chairman was Adam bin Haji Yunus.

A three-storey block with 11 classrooms, and another block of four storeys which houses a teachers' room, an office, and an air-conditioned library were completed in 1978. It was officially opened by Y.B. Dato' Musa Hitam, the Minister of Education of Malaysia at that time. By 1979, new Form Six classes were created.

In 1980, the Report Card Day was introduced, and in 1981, the Mini Canteen day was held for the first time. In 1983, the PIBG raised funds to build a bicycle court, a tennis court, a sepak takraw court, a basketball court and a foyer. Ten years later, a celebration was held to commemorate ACS's 100th anniversary in both primary and secondary schools. In 1997, the name of the primary school was changed to SRK Methodist ACS Klang, while the name of the secondary school remained the same.



In 2006, the nature society club and the school itself faced a major problem, when the trailer used by the club to store collected recyclable items caught fire. The school called the fire department but unfortunately the gates to enter the school compound were locked with heavy-duty chains and a lock pad.

In 2007, ACS Secondary underwent a major refurbishment, including the exterior of the school, along with the classrooms and the corridors being repainted, and the toilet renovated. The fund which has been raised for the renovation is mostly deposited to the person's personal bank account.

In 2018, the secondary school celebrated the 125th anniversary of the school by organising a charity night to raise funds to build a multipurpose sports hall for students to utilise during co-curriculum sessions for sepak takraw, futsal, basketball, volleyball, and badminton among others.[4]

In 2020, both schools shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia at various time in the year. As such, both students and teachers had to resort to online learning to keep up with their educational semesters,[5] resulting in the semester dates differing from previous years, affecting the national exam that was supposed to be held during the November-December term.[6]

School anthem and crest




In days of yore in Selangor,
Our beloved school renowned,
Became a beacon of truth and light
In the hearts of all around,
Here may it stand from year to year,
An emblem of grand endeavour,
God save our land and heaven bless
Our ACS forever.


Sing ACS forever more;
Our ACS forever.
God save our land and heaven bless
Our ACS forever.

In your classrooms and playing fields,
Our beloved teachers all,
Great truths of life and love they taught
Thro' the years we may recall,
Our hearts are filled with gratitude,
For care and loving nurture,
God grant us strength to serve mankind,
And our nation forever.

Repeat chorus



The crest of both the primary and secondary school bares a resemblance, with the motto being the only difference. Each symbol found on the crest has its own meaning which reflects on the school and its core principles.

Icon Symbolises
Book The source of all knowledge.
Tiger Strength, power, and bravery.
Anchor Hope and efficiency.
Bird Spirituality.
Sapienta Potentia Est Latin for "wisdom is power".

School buildings


In 2009, after the completion of a new canteen for the secondary students, the school was divided into a primary and secondary buildings with a steel gate between both. As such, the classes for each are kept separate from one another.

Primary school


There are 4 classes in each cohort at the primary school for students between standard 1 and standard 6. Since the school has two sessions: morning and afternoon, each classroom at the school is used by both sessions. There are 12 classrooms in total at primary school. Students are grouped according to academic achievement and placed in the following classes:

  • Bestari
  • Harmoni
  • Kreatif
  • Maju

Secondary school

Classes Labs & studios Other facilities
Yakin Science 1 Library
Gigih Science 2 Lecture hall
Cergas Biology Assembly hall
Azam Physics Sport courts & field
Setia Chemistry Workshop 1
Budi Information technology 1 Workshop 2
Jujur Information technology 2 Surau
Tekun (briefly) Art studio Canteen



The students in both schools are advised to be actively engaged in sporting activities. As such, they are divided into 5 different colour-based team, commonly called as "colour house" to compete with each other during the yearly sports day and cross country run. The colours are:


In addition to sports day and the cross country run, students are also given the option to choose various sport activities as part of the school's co-curriculum system and regularly attend training or events pertaining to their chosen sport. Among the options available are basketball, football, volleyball, badminton, taekwondo, swimming, dodgeball, ping-pong, rugby, tennis, and hockey. In addition to participating in these sport, students are also allowed to compete among each other and among various schools within the district, state, and national level.

Head prefects

Year Name Ref.
2000 Andrew Foong Jun Li
2001 Tee Sui Seng
2002 Lim Khiam Ing
2003 Mohana Raj Sivasamy
2004 Lim Chong Teck
2005 Tan Shang Neng
2006 Selvandiran Ilanchelian (Ginger)
2007 Khoo Hau Wei
2008 Burhanuddin bin Moize
2009 Nicholas Ny Yi Yang
2010 Sam Chee Keong
2011 Muhammad Hisyam bin Abdul Halim
2012 Kelvin Goh Chun Han
2013 Yuen Guo Dong
2014 Arman Liam Sunder Fernandes
2015 Rishaanthan Shantha Seelan
2016 Vivek Selvaraju
2017 Josiah Jeevanraj Joseph
2018 Sugumaran Thiagarajan
2019 Justin Khor Lheng How


  1. ^ The secondary school is almost an all-boys school, with an exception of Form Six, which is coeducational.

See also



  1. ^ a b "Social work next for retiring principal". Edward Rajendra. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  2. ^ "14 SMKs That Are Over 100 Years Old And Still Going Strong". Anabelle Ong. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  3. ^ (in Malay) History of SMK ACS Klang. [1]. Retrieved 23 June 2007.
  4. ^ "ACS Klang to celebrate 125th anniversary and raise funds for new hall". Edward Rajendra. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Education Ministry: Schools nationwide to close until year end [NSTTV]". Hana Naz Hasrun. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Major exams dates rescheduled, SPM to be held from Jan 6 to Feb 9 next year". The Star. Retrieved 28 June 2020.