杜南

Originated from China , Shun De. Born 1854 and died 1939 at the age of 85 years.

At an early age he received good Chinese education in China. Around 1879 to 1883, he was invited to Tam Heong Hill to teach Cantonese and Chinese to some American officials. While he was there he came to know Dr Sun Yat Sun. They frequently kept up their friendship.

Meanwhile, they shared the same ideology about rebellion against the Manchus and in order to escape the arrest by them , they moved to Vietnam in 1879. Several years later he moved Kuala Lumpur. While in Kuala Lumpur he taught Chinese to Europeans for a living.

In 1908 he assisted Dr Sun Yat Sun in setting up a branch of an underground movement to raise the spirit of rebellion against the Manchus.

Because he was an educationist, he set up a co-educational Chinese primary school in Old Pudu Road under his name. He developed a system to help the students learn proper Chinese pronunciation. He was the first to introduce co-educational schools in Kuala Lumpur. Then came the opening of the Confucian Private Secondary School in Kuala Lumpur. He was a fervent supporter of the school.