SMJK Poi Lam, 30000 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan, MALAYSIA.Tel. No. : 605-2544469 Fax No. : 605-2418622
Located in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, 1433 students, 106 teachers and support staff, SMJK Poi Lam ( Poi Lam National-Type Secondary School ) Ipoh was founded by the Perak Hock Kean Association in 1955. Our school motto is Li Yi Lian Chi ( 礼 义 廉 耻 ) meaning ‘Virtues, Righteousness, Integrity, Mindfulness’.

In the early years, the school started off with only three classrooms and an enrolment of 120 students. Then, in 1962 SMJK Poi Lam was granted status as a government-aided school while Poi Lam High School (Private ) was set up to cater to popular demand by a larger growing student population then. Hence, this led on to the existence of three schools namely SMJK Poi Lam, Poi Lam High School ( Private ) and SRK (C) Poi Lam a.k.a. Poi Lam Primary School, all located in the same compound at Douglas Road (now renamed Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab ).

In the early years, Poi Lam High School ( Private ) was proud to have her own school building and compound in Pengkalan while her government-aided sister primary and secondary schools remained in the same vicinity. Two years ago, Poi Lam Primary School was relocated to their new school which was about 10 km away from its original site. At the end of 2016, it will be SMJK Poi Lam’s turn to join her sister primary school in the new site at Klebang Ria.
The school celebrated its golden jubilee in October, 2005. The first principal of the school was Mr Ng Cheng Aik who retired in 1976 after 21 years of service. Since then, several principals had served the school and a lot of improvement and upgrading works had been carried out for the overall benefit of students and teachers in the school. Mr Koit Sim Siang, the present principal of the school who has now served two years as the head of the school will be retiring in August next year.

Damien Chua - Form 4 (16 years old from Malaysia), with his reading video.

Kheng Yau Dong of Form 4S1

National Day celebration in school

Since 2005, some of the international projects that the school has been actively involved in or participated are as follows:
  • 2005 - Celcom Youth Ambassador Project; with Hato Paora College, New Zealand
  • 2005 - 6th Asian Student Exchange Programme in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • 2007 - 2010 Hosting of AFS (American Field Service) Foreign Exchange Students in the school for intercultural events
• 2008 - AΩFS Peace Petition Drive with AFS Australia Student, Samuel Bashfield
  • 2010 - Melbourne Writers; Festival & Globalstorytelling; with P12 Hawkesdale College, Australia via Skype-Videoconferencing
  • 2011 - 2011 Australia Innovations Showcase – Skype-Videoconferencing Presentation
  • 2011 - ‘ Green Tourism’ Learning Circle (iEarn) with Epiphany School, USA and University of Southeastern Philippines, the Philippines
  • 2012 - 2013 Global Virtual Classroom ‘Teenage Health’ Project with Menchville High School, USA, and La Salle High School, Almería, Spain.
  • 2013 - 2014 Global Virtual Classroom ‘Taking Actions /for Earth’ Project with Darbari Lal DAV Model School, India

To find out more about SMJK Poi Lam and the city of Ipoh, please visit :
  • Ipohworld Blog - for stories about SMJK Poi Lam and the city of Ipoh.
  • Ipohecho - for community news about SMJK Poi Lam and the city of Ipoh
  • Malaysian Food and Travel Blog - for interesting info about food around Ipoh
  • - for SMJK Poi Lam’s ‘School Intro’ video