Monthly Archives: June 2010

Malakoff Cuttings & Photos

Penang Bike Week

3 June 2010 (Thursday)

SUPERBIKES CONVOY TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CHARITY

Calling all super bike owners! Register to join a convoy of international and local superbikes for a good cause – fundraising for charity.

Organised by the State Youth, Sports, Women, Family and Community Committee together with Mega Fortune Bikers Club, Penang and with the support of the Penang State Sports Council, the Penang Bike Week – Charity Ride will be held from on June 25 to 27 to raise funds for MAKNA and St Nicholas Home.

The convoy is expected to attract up to 1,500 riders from all over Malaysia and also Thailand and Singapore and funds would be raised by donations from the participants, said State Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi, who is also the state Sports Council chairman.

“This event, as like many other events under our Participative Sports Calendar of Events, would help encourage more community involvement in healthy activities and also help boost tourism – an important revenue (for the Penang),” she said during the press conference at Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel yesterday (June 3).

She said the riders would be treated to a round island ferry ride as part of the itinerary on June 26 which would start at from Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel, Penang Bridge, Seberang Jaya, Cherok Tok Kun and back to the hotel.

“We hope to get the Governor of Penang to flag of the event at 9.00 am on June 26,” she added.

Organising chairman Mohd Damanhuri Abd Talib said the riders will end the day with the Grand Dinner & Penang Bike Week Gala Night at Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel where there will be cultural and singing performances including a song performed by Ong.

“There will also be games and lucky draw where the grand prize is the latest SYM motorcycle, which will be launched in Malaysia on June 5, worth over RM4,000.

“The Penang Bike Week will end on June 27 when the riders check out and ride home,” he said.

The participation fee is RM100 which include an event t-shirt, a limited edition Rider T-shirt, lunch and ticket to the Grand Dinner & Penang Bike Week Gala Night said Damanhuri.

Closing date for registration is June 10.

RUN FOR PEACE

Register today and help promote peace and harmony by running or walking together with the disabled during the SCI MPPP Penang Peace Run 2010 from 7.30 am to 10.00 am on Sunday, 25 July 2010 at the Youth Park.

Jointly organised by the State Youth & Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee together with Service Civil International Penang Chapter and the Penang Municipal Council with the support of the Penang State Sports Council, the event is expected to attract up to 3,000 participants.

State Youth, Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi, who is also the state Sports Council chairman, said the event would help encourage the community to form closer bond with the disabled especially disabled children.

“This event would help stress on the importance of living in a harmonious and peaceful environment,” she said during a press conference at G Hotel on 1 June 2010.

Themed ‘Unity in Diversity’, the run is 1.5km for the disabled and 6km for the able bodied.

The participation fee for adult competition categories adults is RM15, RM10 for students and free for participants from special schools and orphanage. Each registered participant will be given a T-shirt.

Registration forms are available at Pioneer Sports enterprise at jalan Dato’ Keramat, Brindhaven at No 69, Penang Street, Penang State Sports Council at Batu Uban, SCI Penang Chapter at Penang Caring Complex, Malaya Sports Enterprise at Jalan Bagan Luar, Pusat Service, Tyre & Battery Untong at Jalan Besar in Sungai Bakap, and Pusat Sukan Gembira at Jalan Dato’ ooi Chooi Cheng in Bukit Mertajam.

Closing date for registration is July 12.

Those interested can call 012-4122014 or 012-5145879 or email sci.penang@gmail.com for more details.

STUDENT TO CYCLE FOR A GOOD CAUSE

The Star Online
Thursday June 3, 2010

ANIMAL lover Por Cheng Han will embark on a 6,000km journey by cycling from Penang to Taipei in an effort to raise RM50,000 for the Penang Animal Sanctuary Society (PASS).

His journey, which will start on July 1, is expected to take three months to complete. He will cycle to Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, via Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and China.

Other than raising funds, the 21-year-old student from Han Chiang Junior College will also aim to create awareness about animal rights and welfare throughout his journey organised by PASS.

Adventurous cyclist: Por ready to cycle from Penang to Taipei to help raise funds for the Penang Animal Sanctuary Society.

State Youth and Sports Committee chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi said she was amazed by the young man’s courage to take on this epic journey alone.

“Por will document his journey through his camera lens. He will also blog about his adventures across half the Asian continent and everyone will be able to follow his adventures as it unfolds.

“He will also visit other animal sanctuaries and spread the message about global warming and nature conservation,” she told a press conference on Monday.

To contribute money to Por’s campaign or make enquiries, call Nornee at 04-2645717.

900-odd participants take part in Malakoff run

Tuesday June 1, 2010

900-odd participants take part in Malakoff run

By WINNIE YEOH
winnie@thestar.com.my

RUNNING 26km on flat road was not difficult at all for Nor Amelia Musa, who emerged as the champion in the Women’s Open category of Malakoff 26km and 6km, Penang 2010, finishing the run in less than two hours.

The 24-year-old, who was last year’s Iron Lady of Tioman, was elated to beat the others.

Nor Amelia, who was number three in the Sultan Ahmad Shah Eco Challenge 2010 international women’s open, said this was the first time she was participating in the Malakoff run.

Dynamic duo: Alfred Kemboi and Noor Amelia Musa win the top positions of the Men’s and Women’s Open categories respectively at the Malakoff 26km run in Penang

“I’ve always love running and I train on a daily basis,” she said after the run at Penang Municipal Park on Sunday. She clocked 1:54:07.

In the Men’s Open, Kenyan Alfred Kemboi, 29, clocked 1:33:51 to become the champion.

The professional athlete, who has been running for the last 10 years, said he enjoyed the running track.

“This is my first time too and I’ll be back next year,” he said.

Relief teacher Amy Schneider, 43, who emerged champion in the Women’s Veteran category, said she was excited to beat the others as she was initially concerned about the fewer water stations along the route. She clocked 2:13:46.

The three walked away with RM1,000 pro-duct vouchers, health products and a trophy each. They were among 936 participants, of whom 582 ran 26km and 354 ran 6km.

Karnival Belia Peringkat Negeri Pulau Pinang 2010

Monday May 31, 2010

Fun activities ranging from musical items to exercises at Auto-City
By K. KASTURI DEWI
kasturidewi@thestar.com.my Photos by ASRI ABDUL GHANI

TEN-year-old Mohd Luqman Mohd Ibrahim may look small but he races like a professional on his 50cc pocketbike.

The Year Four pupil’s motoring skills were the centre of attention at the pocketbike demonstration at the Youth Carnival held at Juru Auto-City, Penang, on Saturday.

The pupil from SK Permatang Buloh in Kepala Batas only began riding the machine in February this year.

Show of discipline: SMK (A) Nibong Tebal police cadet members performing an impressive 15-minute marching formation during the Youth Carnival at the Juru Auto-City, Penang.

His father Mohd Ibrahim Zainuddin, 35, said his son started training after getting his own pocketbike and safety gear.

“I used to bring him to the Auto-City on Tuesday and Friday nights where pocketbike demonstrations are held and I guess he picked up the interest after watching the riders,” he said.

“He asked me whether he could get his own bike and when I bought him one for about RM800, he started going for lessons,” he said.

Mohd Luqman said: “Although my ambition is to be a pilot, I enjoy pocketbike racing because of the thrill.”

Step up: A hip-hop dancer showing his moves on stage.

His younger brother Mohd Hakim, eight, who has just started training, will soon be joining his elder brother on the track.

The carnival themed ‘Youth Anti Crime’ was organised by the state government, state Youth Council and Auto-City in conjunction with the Youth Day on May 16.

Held since 2008, the carnival was launched by state Youth, Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi.

Also present was Seberang Jaya assemblyman Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah.

Some 15,000 people turned up for the carnival which also featured attractions such as paintball target shooting, hip-hop dancing, band performances, street soccer contest, photography contest, sepak raga, senamrobik, karaoke, street dance performance and shuffling.

There was also poetry reading and traditional dance performances.

Exhibition booths set up by the police, state Youth Council and the Gabungan Belia Bersatu Malaysia also attracted visitors.

SMK (A) Nibong Tebal, which has been holding the police cadet marching pass championship title for the past 10 years, performed an impressive 15-minute marching formation.

There was also a first aid demonstration by St John’s Ambulance members.

Heavy rain which began at about 8pm did not deter visitors from turning up at the carnival.

Ong and Arif Shah later gave away prizes to winners of the contests.

Nyot Nyot FC won the street soccer contest with Taman Mangga B FC and Taman Mangga A FC coming in second and third respectively.

The teams received RM200, RM150 and RM100 with certificates respectively.

The sepak raga contest was won by the Junjung team for balancing the sepak raga ball 1,172 times followed by Belah Dua team (459 times) and Marco Polo team (362 times).

The teams won RM100, RM70 and RM50 respectively.

Edwin Toolseram walked away RM300 richer after winning the photography contest with his entry while Mohd Kamil Makson won RM200 and Foong Yeu Fai won RM100.

The contest was themed ‘Senyuman’ (Smile).

The colouring contest saw Tan Tze Yee, Nur Athirah Nazwa M. Radzi and Siti Norayaqila Mohd Naquib winning the category for those aged nine and 10.

They each won a colouring set, an online education portal membership worth RM300 and certificate.

Sukan Malaysia (Sukma) XIII

PULAU PINANG – Pulau Pinang meletakkan sasaran untuk muncul juara keseluruhan pada Sukan Malaysia (Sukma) XIII yang akan bermula di Melaka, Khamis ini.

Ketua kontinjennya, Lydia Ong Kok Fooi yang juga Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Belia dan Sukan negeri berkata, untuk mencapai matlamat tersebut, Pulau Pinang mesti membawa pulang sekurang-kurangnya 42 emas daripada Temasya dwitahunan itu.

Katanya lagi, antara acara utama yang menjadi sasaran negeri kontijen Pulau Mutiara itu adalah karate, olahraga, skuasy, tenis, memanah dan gimnastik.

“Kita yakin keenam-enam acara tersebut mampu memberikanpingat emas berikutan kejayaan atlet pada temasya 2008 di Terengganu, di mana karate telah menggondol enam emas pada hari pertama sukan itu.

“Saya percaya semua atlet telah membuat persediaan yang secukupnya dari segi mental, fizikal dan emosi sejak tahun lepas untuk mencabar kebolehan peserta dari negeri-negeri lain.

“Namun apa yang lebih penting, kita mahu melahirkan ramai atlet di peringkat antarabangsa. Kita mahu atlet hebat negara ini berasal dari Pulau Pinang, walaupun kita ketahui ia sukar untuk dicapai berbanding pada era 80an,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian pada majlis penyerahan bendera kepada ketua kontinjen Pulau Pinang ke Sukma XIII berdi Kompleks Pencak Silat, Majlis Sukan Negeri Pulau Pinang (MSNPP) di sini semalam.

Turut hadir Yang Dipertua Negeri, Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas bersama isteri, Toh Puan Majimor Shariff.

Lydia berkata, kerajaan negeri akan memberikan insentif khas kepada mereka yang berjaya meraih pingat di Sukma.

Katanya, RM3,000 akan diberi kepada atlet yang berjaya merangkul pingat emas, RM2,000 untuk pingat perak dan RM1,000 bagi pingat gangsa.

“Bagi acara berpasukan yang kurang daripada lima orang, bayaran insentif sebanyak RM1,000 akan diberikan kepada setiap atlet yang berjaya mendapat pingat emas, RM700 bagi pingat perak dan RM500 bagi pingat gangsa manakala bagi acara berpasukan yang lebih daripada lima mereka akan menerima wang tunai daripada RM500 setiap seorang hingga RM200.

“Selain itu, satu lagi insentif atau hadiah khas akan diberikan kepada atlet yang berjaya memecah rekod pada temasya itu nanti,” katanya.

Pada Sukma dua tahun lalu, Pulau Pinang menduduki tangga kelapan dengan pungutan 27 emas keseluruhan, 31 perak dan 47 gangsa.

Sukan Malaysia XIII Melaka 2010

Gearing up for the Sukan Malaysia XIII Melaka 2010, 15 Mar 2010

Gearing up Penang athletes in preparation for the coming Sukan Malaysia XIII Melaka 2010 which will be held at historical city Melaka from 10 to 19 June this year, Penang State Sports Council has taken one step forward by holding a “Sukan Malaysia XIII Melaka 2010 Athlete Workshop” recently.

Held from 13 to 15 Mac at the PBA Team Building Centre in Air Itam, the workshop saw 55 Elite Athletes and “Projek Mutiara” athletes taking part in a program organised to encourage the spirit true sportsmanship and to prepare them mentally as part of their preparation for the upcoming bi-annual national sports event in Melaka.

The main objectives for organising the workshop includes:
• To strengthen the athletes mentally via teamwork activities which leans on sports psychology components.
• To provide athletes the necessary exposure and education on proper diet, health and elite athlete fitness in a workshop facilitated by the National Sports Institute, Penang Branch.

The workshop was graced by the presence of EXCO for Youth & Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Yang Berhormat Puan Lydia Ong Kok Fooi together with Penang State Sports Council Director Tuan Haji Mohamed Akbar bin Mustapha.

Walk For Sight 2010

More than 2,000 people experienced temporary “blindness” as they participated in a community event held for a good cause.

These temporarily blind members of the public took turns walking blind-folded during in the Walk For Sight 2010 event at Padang Polo to raise funds for the St Nicholas Home and to create awareness of the disablilities of the visually impaired said Walk For Sight 2010 said organising chairman Beatrice Lam in her speech recently (11 April).

“The funds will be used to help St Nicholas Home revamp their Deaf and Blind Multi-Handicapped Programme, to carry out Early Intervention Programme and to assist the needy undergo cataract operation.

“Monetary contributions will still be accepted after this event and cheques can be made out to “Walk For Sight 2010”,” said Lam.
Unwanted spectacles which will be repaired, placed with correct prescriptive lenses and then donated to the needy and underpriviledged were also donated by participants during the event, she said.

The event started with a staff of St Nicholas Home demonstrating the correct way to lead the visually impaired.

The crowd then sang a birthday song for the the Governor of Penang Tuan Yang Terutama Tun Dato’ Seri Utama (Dr) Hj Abdul Rahman Bin Hj Abbas who flagged-off the walk at about 8.25
am.

The crowd then participated in aerobics session before they were led through the 3.8km route by the St. Xavier’s Institution School Band along Jalan Utama, Jalan Brown, Jalan Tunku Abdul
Rahman, Jalan Cantonment, Jalan Macalister, Jalan Residensi and back to Padang Polo.

After completing the walk, participants were also treated to free foot massage by visually impaired masseurs.

At the end of the event, the crowd cheered as lucky draw winning numbers were announced.

Among the lucky draw prizes include a motorbike, a 32-inch LCD television, a laptop, mountainbikes, flight tickets, dining vouchers and many more.

State Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community committee chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi said next year the Walk For Sight event will be held at Youth Park to accommodate more
participants.

“We have many community events have been planned for the year focussing on encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle for the community,” she said during the closing ceremony.

The charity walk was jointly organised by the State Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee together with the State Sports Council, the Lions Club of
Georgetown Perdana, Region 1 Leo Clubs and St Nicholas Home.