Victoria Institution

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Victoria Institution
Be Yet Wiser
Jalan Hang Tuah, Kuala Lumpur
Type Government
Established 14 August 1893 (1893-08-14)
Founder Kapitan Yap Kwan Seng
Principal En. Maslan Buniran
Grades 1st form – 6th form
Number of students 1200±
Colour(s) Oxford blue
Cambridge Blue
Accreditation Cluster School
School Code WEB 0226
Students all-boys

Victoria Institution is a secondary school for boys (and girls for Form 6) and one of the oldest schools in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The school is widely known as V.I. and a student of Victoria Institution bears the name Victorian.

VI achieves well in academic fields and sports at secondary school level in Malaysia. It was named a Cluster School of Excellence by the Malaysian Ministry of Education and considered one of the best non-residential schools in Malaysia.[1] The school is named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, and was established by the British to commemorate her golden jubilee.


In the 1880s, Raffles Institution (RI) in Singapore flourished as an outstanding school. Some prominent community leaders, including the Sultan Abdul Samad, Kapitan Cina (Chinese Captain) of Kuala Lumpur, Yap Kwan Seng, towkay Loke Yew, and Thamboosamy Pillay proposed to set up a similar school modelled after RI to provide a premier English-medium education for boys in Kuala Lumpur. With the support of the British Resident of Selangor, the foundation stone of the Victoria Institution was laid in 1893. The school opened in July 1894. The name of the school commemorates the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

On 13 September 1945 to school was the site of the formal surrender of the 29th Imperial Japanese Army to Lieutenant-General Ouvry Roberts of the 34th Indian Corps.[2]

School buildings

Victoria Institution has a majestic clocktower overlooking two sports pavilion and a vast field, surrounded by aged colonial-era trees (yellow flame trees and palms). The structures that make up the Institution itself are a heritage of the nation. While the modern-day Ministry of Education has added many rectangular-shaped blocks to the Institution, the distinctive "E" shape of the main block is still one of the more interesting features of Kuala Lumpur.

However, the present day location of Victoria Institution on Petaling Hill (previously a Chinese cemetery area), is not the original site for VI. The original school building was located at Jalan Bandar, and was officially opened on 30 July 1894. In March 1929 the school shifted its location to Jalan Hang Tuah (formerly known as Shaw Road), as the old location was frequently flooded by the nearby Klang River during heavy downpours. The old VI building was used as police station, art gallery, office block, theatre, until a fire in 1999 burnt down the historical building. The wall and the floor survived the fire and it was renovated and brought back to the glory days of the old VI building.Reference.

VI also has its own 25m swimming pool and synthetic track for 100 metres sprint events, making it the only school in the region with these facilities at that time.

Student life

It is a rule that all freshman students are required to join at least one uniform body, take on an active role in one of the school's 50 clubs and to participate in a least one sport.


VI has its rivals, both in Kuala Lumpur and nationally. St. John's Institution and MBSKL are VI's traditional regional archrivals for the past 100 years. This rivalry can be observed during sports tournaments between these three schools. Nationally, VI also has a rivalry with two elite institutions - the Royal Military College, Kuala Lumpur and the Malay College Kuala Kangsar. The rivalry with the former is apparent in football and rugby MSSKL state level tournaments and the rivalry with the latter is evident in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, a football playoff between the premier schools of Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Kangsar, Perak.

Traditions and heritage

The prefect disciplinary system is very much similar to the traditions first laid out by the school's second headmaster - Major Richard Sidney (VI First Prefects).

Detention classes and community service are still the common penalties for misdemeanours in VI, while such traditions are no longer in practice in many Malaysian schools.

VI is also home to the oldest cadet corps in the country, the Victoria Institution Cadet Corps, the oldest cadet corps band in the country, the Victoria Institution Cadet Corps Band, and the oldest scout group in the country, the First Kuala Lumpur Scout Troop. It should be noted that the First Kuala Lumpur Scout Troop. split into two troops in 1933 thus establishing the First Kuala Lumpur Scout Troop and The Second Kuala Lumpur Scout Troop. The official name of the Second Kuala Lumpur Scout Troop is the Victoria Scout Group.

VI has annual events such as the Military Tattoo (performance by marching bands and cadets), Scouts' Campfire (rescue act by senior scouts), Annual Sports Carnival, Speech Days, and Science Fairs. Victoria Institution is the only school in Malaysia that has its own Edinburgh-styled Military Tattoo.

The school also has its own school magazine and school newspaper. The magazine is known as The Victorian and is published annually for the benefit of the students. The school newspaper is a periodical release known as The Seladang (derived from the seladang head in the school crest).


VI participates in the Bangsar zone at district level and in the MSSKL (Kuala Lumpur School Sports Council) tournament at the state level. Among the sports that VI participates in are football, rugby union, cricket, basketball, waterpolo, badminton, archery, Hockey, handball, volleyball, athletics, tennis, table-tennis. VI is the defending champion in football and waterpolo at the state level.

VI plays MCKK in football for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup every year with the venue alternating each year between the two schools. Because of its strong tradition in sports, VI has produced many Malaysian sportsmen including Mokhtar Dahari, Misbun Sidek, Rashid Sidek, Shahrin Majid, Razif Sidek, Jalani Sidek, Rahman Sidek, Foo Kok Keong, Dr Samani Abdul Ghani and Tan Sri Dr Mani Jegathesan.

The schools cricket ground first held international an international match when Ireland played Gibraltar in the 1997 ICC Trophy, which was hosted by Malaysia. Eight matches in that competition were played at the school.[3] The ground also played host to three List A fixtures played in the cricket competition at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. These fixtures saw Pakistan play Scotland, Canada played India, and Malaysia play Jamaica.[4]


" Be Yet Wiser " " To be a Scholar , Sportsman and a Gentleman "

These two motto had always represented the students in Victoria Institution's prestigious school since the day it had been established in 1893. The motto is derived from the proverb 'give instruction to a wise man and he will be yet wiser'.


There are eight sport houses in VI. The sports houses compete against each other on sports day. The Victoria Institution Sports Day has been held since 1897, and is widely regarded as a citywide event, with huge crowds converging on the Victoria Institution campus. The houses were named after the founders and forefathers of the school. The houses are:

  • Thamboosamy, green
  • Lee Kuan Yew (formerly known as Hepponstall, named after the first unofficial Principal of VI), yellow
  • Sultan Abdul Samad ( formerly known as Davidson, named after the Infant School supervisor, Elizabeth Davidson), purple
  • Rodger, orange
  • Loke Yew, brown
  • Shaw, red
  • Yap Kwan Seng, light blue
  • Treacher, dark blue

Alumni Association

The alumni association of VI is known as the VIOBA (Victoria Institution Old Boys' Association) and was founded in 1922. The games competition between the Current Victorians and the Old Boys is known as 'Daniel Shield' and this tournament is held every year.

Notable alumni


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