Monthly Archives: July 2010

由檳州政府主催,威省四大鄉聯青主辦的官民同慶“月圓人圓共團圓”中秋嘉年華會,將會在9月18日在大山腳點心城隆重舉行。

(大山腳訊)續2010年“官民同慶庚寅年”新春嘉年華會獲得熱烈迴響後,檳州政府再次拉大隊到大山腳與威省威省廣惠肇會館、大山腳韓江公會、威省福建會館及威省海南會館青年團合作,攜手打造一場官民同慶“月圓人圓共團圓”中秋嘉年華會。

檳州青年及體育、婦女、家庭及社會發展事務委員會主席王國慧週一在記者會上指出,威省鄉團青年團在每年的中秋節都大事慶祝。

“檳州政府看重鄉團活動,今年主動與威省四大鄉聯青合作,並於9月18日(星期六)即農曆八月十一,在點心城一帶舉辦這項普天同慶的中秋嘉年華會。”

她指出,由檳州政府主催,威省四大鄉聯青主辦的官民同慶“月圓人圓共團圓”中秋嘉年華會,大致上與“官民同慶庚寅年”新春嘉年華會相似,同樣有來自各族文化表演,以及在瑪珠商業中心一帶的街道,設文化展等。

她說,檳州政府之所以選擇在大山腳舉辦這項大型文化節目,主要是威省各大鄉團過去都把此節目辦得有聲有色。希望藉此活動,把檳州打造成為大馬特有的馬來西亞文化節。

她表示,由州政府主催的文化節目過去多半在檳島舉行。在積極推動文化活動的當兒,威省同樣不可忽略。

“而我們的目標是,把大山腳打造成為一個文化鎮,只要到了中秋節,檳州人民就想到大山腳。就好像每年農曆正月初七,民眾自然會往在檳島的廟會鑽,成為一個常年活動。”

官民同慶“月圓人圓共團圓”中秋嘉年華會贊助單位包括大山腳福德正神會、檳州青年及體育、婦女、家庭及社會發展部、大山腳點心城飲食中心(贊助場地及舞台)及Astro(贊助舞台及歌手)。

官民同慶“月圓人圓共團圓”中秋嘉年華會工委會主席陸文禮指出,當天的活動非常精彩,除了有提燈遊行,還有文化表演及燈籠設計比賽。

“值得一提的是,Astro當晚也將贊助舞台及歌手在現場獻唱,與大山腳民眾見面。除此之外,主辦單位會在瑪珠商業中心一帶的街道,設文化展及商業展。”

“屆時,嫦娥及七仙女將會下凡到人間,在現場派發月餅及茶供民眾品嚐,讓民眾邊吃月餅邊觀賞精彩節目。”

他說,當天的節目應有盡有,包括有各民族舞蹈、小學華樂表演、中學銅樂表演、二十四節令鼓、馬來武術、Astro群星演唱及表演、搖滾樂隊表演以及魔術或雜技表演。

“至於遊行活動,則是從日新獨立中學開始至大山腳點心城飲食中心,全程約4公里。遊行活動從下午6點開始,在舞龍及舞獅帶領下,大旗鼓隊、銅樂隊、提燈遊行隊伍、燈籠三輪車隊、燈籠腳車隊、燈籠超級摩多車隊及燈籠花車亦會參與其盛。”

“每位出席者將會獲得燈籠、蠟燭等。而燈籠設計比賽,則公開給鄉委會及學院生參與。”

他吁請所有社團、鄉團組織參與此活動,並希望更多的本地商家能多多贊助此項活動。凡有意在活動當天促銷產品的商家們,歡迎在當天參展。

Surf riders in their element

THE waters around Malaysia may not be conducive for surfing, but that hasn’t stopped thrill seekers from getting their adrenaline fix by conquering the waves in another way — skimboarding.

Their skills, stunts and theatrics were on full show at the 4th Penang International Skimboarding Competition 2010 at the Hard Rock Hotel Penang beachfront in Batu Ferringhi on Saturday.

The day-long contest, organised by the Penang Skimboarding Association in collaboration with the state government and Penang Sports Council, attracted some 40 participants from Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Philippines and Singapore.

From as early as 9am, participants got their feet wet by making practice runs. Charging down the beach with board in hand, they tossed it onto the surf before hopping on to ride the waves, while performing a multitude of tricks.

Event organising chairman Kee Jet Shon said that although wave conditions weren’t optimal, contestants still skimmed their hearts out during the competition.

“Conditions improved slightly in the afternoon, where the quarter finals and semi-finals saw the riders throwing down some of their best runs of the day and provided great entertainment for the crowd,” he said.

Kee was especially pleased that two local talents, Hoon Wei Kent and Mohd Zarif Hakimi, made it all the way to the finals, the first time any Penangite had managed that feat since the competition’s inception.

As the crowd settled into their positions on the beach, the buzzer sounded and an intense final got under way. It was a neighbourly battle, with four Singaporeans proving stern competition for the local upstarts.

Spectators broke into chants of oohhs and aahhs as each took turns to impress the judges with their bag of tricks, performing moves such as superman airs, 360 pop shuvit grabs, ollie grabs and big ollie 180s.

In the end, it was the skimboarders from Singapore who emerged victorious, with Zainuri Mohamad edging out defending champion Alfian Affandi by the slightest of margins. Darimi Mohamad and Hisham Jamal were third and fourth, while Hoon and Zarif were fifth and sixth.

Zarif also grabbed the crown in the junior category.

“I’m very proud of our local competitors, who gave the foreigners a good run for their money. If they keep improving their skills, they will have no problem reaching the finals again next time,” added Kee.

Filipino Arlene Nonato, 25, emerged champion in the women’s category, by virtue of being the only female participant.

“I expected there would be more girls!,” she quipped about her first experience in Malaysia.

“But going up against the boys doesn’t faze me, as I’m used to competing against them in competitions back home, where waves can be as high as eight feet,” Nonato said.

Besides the contest, several skimboarding, paddleboard and windsurfing workshops were also held to allow spectators to learn more about the adrenaline-pumping aquatic sports.

The hotel’s general manager John Primmer said they were thrilled to play host to the exhilarating sports, which were gaining popularity in Malaysia.

“It’s definitely an exciting beach sport and for Hard Rock, a young brand which promotes lifestyle and entertainment, it definitely suits us,” he added.

There was also a live performance by local independent rap-rock band Pop Shuvit at the Hard Rock Cafe. The band later donated a signed guitar, which adds to the hotel chain’s collection of over 72,00 pieces of original artiste memorabilia.

State Youth, Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi, Penang Sports Council director Akbar Haji Mustapha and Sungai Pinang assemblyman Koid Teng Guan were also present to give out the prizes.

From footballer to champion bodybuilder

POLICE Lance Corporal Mohamed Syarul Azman Mahen’s dream was to become a professional footballer but he ended up as a champion bodybuilder instead.

The 37-year-old was a former national youth footballer, who played alongside former national strikers such as Azman Adnan, Paul Raj and Ramachandran. He was set to go professional when fate intervened.

Commanding the left back position in the national Under-19 squad which featured in the Asian Youth Football championship in China 20 years ago, Mohd Syarul was prematurely forced to hang up his boots due to ligament danage on both knees.

But like a true sportsman, he never gave up. Determined to undergo rehabilitation process, he began spending countless hours in the gymnasium and “accidentally” stumbled onto the world of body building.

Some gymnasium officials who spotted his impressive physique, coaxed him into taking up bodybuilding seriously and he had never looked back since.

On Sunday, the father of two reaped the fruits of his 11-year labour when he was crowned the new Mr Malaysia in Penang.

Before a packed ballroom at Hotel Vistana filled with guests occupying 32 dinner tables and standing spectators, the well built Mohd Syarul not only won his fourth light weight title in five years, but also the overall title.

“This is simply unbelievable as I never thought that I would be able to get the better of the contestants from both the light heavy and heavyweight categories,” said an excited Mohd Syarul after his crowning on Sunday.

“This is because they are so much bigger than I. It is an uphill task for those in the lower categories to outdo these folk with bulging muscles.”

Before this, Mohd Syarul had failed in his three attempts.

Crowned a light weight champion for two straight years in Penang 2006 and then in Sabah the following year, Mohd Syarul took a year’s break to do some soul searching and to develop his body further.

Even after successfully regaining his light weight title last year, the overall crown still proved elusive.

But the moment a helping hand came from reigning Mr Universe Sazali Samad, who is also another police product, Mohd Syarul’s pursuit for glory took a new twist.

“It is only right that I attribute my success to Sazali. If not for his guidance, my hope of winning the overall crown would have still been a distant dream,” said Mohd Syarul, who also thanked Othman Yahaya, Ghazali Yunus and Datuk D. Ramesh (Pelita) for their help.

“Sazali was most helpful in enlightening me on the sort of training to put in and the type of diet to stay in the right shape.

“Together with the countless hours I spent at the gymnasium in Bukit Aman as well as at the Celebrity Gymnasium at Lot 10, everything just fell into place.”

Mohd Syarul’s success earned him a ticket to the Asian Bodybuilding Championship in Teheran on Aug 3.

The Malaysian Body-building Association have also entered him for the Asian Bodybuilding Classic, which will be held concurrently with the Asian championship.

Being the first Malaysian pitting for honours in the Classic, Mohd Syarul is quietly hoping to return home with a grand double.

Organisers have lined up free water sports workshops

FREE water sports workshops for the public will be held in conjunction with the Pe-nang International Skimboarding Competition at the Hard Rock Hotel beach front in Batu Fer-ringhi on Saturday.

Penang Skimboarding Associa-tion chairman Kee Jet Shon said the skimboarding, paddleboard and windsurfing workshops would be held from 9am until 6pm.

He said there would also be many food and drinks stalls as well as game booths in line with the event’s Beach Carnival theme.

The competition, in its fourth year, is organised by the association with the collaboration of the state Government and Penang Sports Council.

State Youth, Sports, Women, Family and Community Develop-ment Committee chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi said she expected participation of 120 skimboarders from six countries – Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore.

Kee, who is also the event’s organising chairman, said skimboarders who wanted to take part in the competition could still register on the day of the event from 8am to 9am.

The registration fee is RM30 and each participant will receive a T-shirt and a goodie bag.

“Visitors will also have the chance to witness night skimboarding, which will be held for the first time in Asia, on the night of the competition from 8pm to 11pm.

“This will be the time for the skimboarders to relax and have fun while showing off their skills. There will be six spotlights fixed to shine on the shore,” Kee said, adding that admission for spectators is free.

He said skimboarding, a boardsport that uses a skimboard (which looks like a surfboard but is significantly smaller), was catching on in the country as local wave conditions favoured it over surfing.

“Surfing is not very suitable in Malaysia, especially on the West Coast, as there are not many point breaks (permanent obstructions like rocks or reefs that cause waves to break) here.

“We do, however, have shore breaks (a condition when waves break directly on the shore) which makes skimboarding possible,” Kee told a press conference recently.

He said skimboarding con-ditions were best during the monsoon period from June to September.

For more information on the event, email kjetshon@yahoo.co.uk.

Thomas Cup veteran received state recognition barely a week before death

THE late Thomas Cup great Law Teik Hock had tears in his eyes as he received a fitting tribute — an appreciation letter and plaque — for his contribution to badminton from the Penang Government.

His son Beng Yeow, 41, said his father was already bedridden when state Sports Committee chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi handed over the letter and plaque at their residence at Kim Bian Aik Road in Penang on July 7.

“He took a long look at the certificate after receiving it. He was really touched by the recognition. There were tears in his eyes,” said Beng Yeow before the cortege carrying his father’s remains left their residence yesterday.

Law, 89, died of natural causes on Tuesday.

His body was cremated at the Batu Gantong crematorium yesterday.

He leaves behind his wives Khoo Cheng Poh, 80, and Aui Poo Nai, 69, Beng Yeow and grandson Yong Aun, 20 months.

Law was best known for his sterling role in helping Malaya become the inaugural champions of the prestigious Thomas Cup in 1949.

Playing first singles then, Law’s stunning 15-5, 15-0 win over Jorn Skaarup made his team-mates go into overdrive and they easily overran Denmark 8-1 to lift the coveted Cup.

Teik Hock played alongside other Malayan badminton greats like Wong Peng Soon, Ong Poh Lim, Chan Kon Leong, Yeoh Teck Chye, Teoh Seng Khoon, Lim Kee Fong and Ooi Teik Hock back in the 1940s and 1950s. All of them have passed away except for Seng Khoon.

The state government also gave a similar award to the family of the late Ooi on the same date.

More than 100 family members, relatives, friends and those from the badminton fraternity attended Law’s funeral wake.

Among them were Lydia Ong, Komtar assemblyman Ng Wei Aik, Penang Badminton Association president Dr Koay Ban Hing and Penang Sports Council director Mohd Akbar Mustapha.

Ong said the recognition was long overdue for a badminton legend like Law.

“Who would know about Malaya back then, if not for these eight shuttlers who travelled for more than a month to London before emerging triumphant in the Thomas Cup 61 years ago?

“They were the ones who put Malaya on the world map with the surprise victory,” she said.

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首屆湯杯賽奪杯功臣‧90歲盧德福摔傷

(檳城)英雄遲暮,令人不勝噓唏,近90歲高齡的前湯杯羽球員盧德福就是一個寫照,曾於1949年首屆湯杯賽中奪杯功臣,轟動一時,但是退役之後,就被世人所遺忘,早前在家中摔倒受傷,躺在病床上養傷。

民間組織為球員籌出戰費

當年盧德福與其他湯杯隊員黃秉璇、黃德福、王保林、曾官良、楊德才、張成坤及林祺芳在首屆湯杯賽搏鬥。馬來亞湯杯隊取得決賽權,球員必然雀躍萬分,但問題是在遠征英國倫敦的費用沈重,對收入微薄的球員,根本無能力承擔出征的經費,而英殖民政府置身度外。

出征經費沒有著落,使球隊陷入困境之際,幸好熱愛羽球運動的民間組織,自發性的發動全國性籌款運動,為球員籌措出戰的經費。

打敗美國丹麥奪首屆湯杯

屬於殖民地的馬來亞在初試啼聲,竟然以6比3打敗新崛起的世界超級強國美國,一鳴驚人之作,威震國際羽壇。過後在布里斯頓體育場舉行的大決賽中,馬來亞乘勝追擊,在數以萬計,作壁上觀的白人觀眾前,展現精湛的球藝,以8比1大勝歐洲羽球強國丹麥,光榮地奪下首屆的湯杯。

湯杯隊凱旋歸來,受到球迷夾道迎接,熱鬧盛況是不在話下,更重要是刺激國內羽球運動的熱潮。

80歲高齡仍“奔馳”羽球場

這種盛況已逾半世紀,湯杯英雄也先後與世告別,但是,於1921年6月28日出世的盧德福依然在人世間,卻是難能可貴之處,其獨子盧民耀(41歲)於週三(7月7日)向媒體說,其父親退出羽壇後從事藥劑業,但依然熱愛羽球,甚至80歲高齡仍在羽球場“奔馳”。

在亨利行產業公司任職的盧民耀說,直到2003年,其父親做心臟繞道手術之後,方停止羽球的運動,不過,其行動及言詞正常,於上週二,在家中摔倒後,傷及胸部,而躺在床上養病,並言語困難。

盧德福的搭檔黃德福兒子黃明龍(58歲)亦親自登門探病時說,其父親黃德福曾是4屆湯杯賽球員,並是首3屆湯杯冠軍的大功臣,而其父親是於1983年因心臟病猝發逝世,享年63歲。

王國慧:表揚羽壇貢獻
盧德福獲褒揚狀

檳州青年體育發展委員會主席王國慧也到來探病,並代表州政府親自移交獎狀給盧德福,獎勵盧德福在羽壇讓檳城及馬來西亞的名聲揚名海外,所作出的貢獻。

她說,這些前傑出運動員奉獻給國家,應受到褒揚,如州政府也曾舉辦褒揚前卓越運動員的宴會,獲得前田徑好手石愛琴、拿督賽頓奧斯曼、前羽球名將拿督莊友明等人的出席,也讓年輕一代運動員向他們學習。

她舉例,當年,運動員須自行籌措參賽的款項,就如湯杯隊球員經費不足,但是動搖不了球員參賽的決心,自行籌款乘搭輪船遠赴倫敦參賽,成功把馬來亞名聲遠播海外。

屬個人意願非黨決定
“媒體勿炒作退選課題”

王國慧吁請各界人士包括媒體,對她在下屆大選,退出競選的課題,不要再胡亂猜測及炒作。

她說,她曾說過,她放不下其身邊朋友及家人。這兩年來,她沒有時間與他們聯絡,但是最近卻失去兩名女性的朋友,所以,在早前一項宴會上有感而發,宣佈退選的意願。

她指出,她不是戀權的人,在政治上存在人事紛爭,但是這個沒有影響到她的決定。退選是她個人的意願,不是黨的決定,而希望媒體不要操作及搓磨課題,傳達錯誤的訊息。往後黨派任何人上陣,是黨的決定及安排。

《光华日报》主办、家庭牌Keluarga及KZ Entertainment 赞助 逾50万份参赛表格·创有奖竞赛最高纪录

(槟城讯)“Extreme World Cup 2010劲爆世界杯竞赛”进行封箱,参赛表格超过50万份,创下本报有奖竞赛最高纪录!

是项活动是由《光华日报》举办,Keluarga家庭牌、KZ Entertainment联合赞助,活动从5月18日开始至7月6日中午12时截止,成绩将在7月12日(星期一)上午11时开箱,下午2时成绩揭晓,欢迎读者前来本报礼堂观礼。

本报总经理准拿督李兴前表示,世界杯踢动全球,也踢动读者的心,本报接到超过50万份参赛表格,创下本报有奖竞赛最高纪录,反应令人鼓舞!

“也因为Keluarga家庭牌连续3届赞助,奖金才能大大吸引人,高达1万令吉首奖有待赢取,我非常感激他们。”

接着,掌管槟州妇女,家庭及社会发展的行政议员王国慧、Keluarga家庭牌董事潘锦昌及KZ Entertainment董事经理吴汉仁进行封箱仪式,由李兴前、本报副总经理梁宗宝、周福平、陈虹□、人事部经理洪清助、企划部副经理邱文辉、项目策划执行员叶衿绣等人陪同。

此外,本报亚罗士打、双溪大年、威省和大山脚办事处也在同天内进行封箱仪式。该项竞赛共送出176份的现金及奖品,总值2万余,其中分为最劲爆头奖现金1万令吉、第二奖现金1000令吉、第三奖现金800令吉、第四奖现金500令吉、开心奖现金 50令吉(52份)、安慰奖则是价值50令吉KELUARGA产品(120份)。

就下届不参选言论 王国慧冀各界勿炒作猜测

(槟城7日讯)槟州妇女、家庭及社会发展委员会主席王国慧行政议员于周三下午探访汤杯英雄后,针对上周宣布下届不参选的言论作出澄清,并希望媒体和各界勿再炒作和猜测。

她说,这几天来媒体针对这番言论的炒作和猜测性报导并不确实,同时也针对这番言论对行动党造成的负面影响而致歉。她解释,当时发出这番言论是因为接获一名好友去世的消息后,基于本身的立场说了那一番话。

王国慧表示自己在一个政治的家庭长大,看清楚政客的嘴脸,是一个不喜欢政治的人,并认为现在的政治人物都不是全心全意为民服务,大部份都是为了巩固党的势力。

她说,她本身很注重家庭和朋友,因为当选后受委行政议员工作繁忙而忽略了和朋友的交往,直到近期她的2位好友先后去世,令她有很大的感触。

她表示之前是大山脚国会议员章瑛邀请她加入行动党,而她本身也觉得行动党及民联的理念会比国阵更好因此而入党。

上届大选后,她表示获得首长的信任而受委为行政议员,因此自她上任以来,无论在妇女发展和体育事项方面,她都尽所能做到最好,同时也非常感谢她属下的团队和助理的协助。

针对下届不参选的言论,她表示不愿多谈,下届大选党要派谁上阵就由党决定。她重申,自己对民联还有期望和非常忠心,因此她希望媒体和其他政党不要再炒作这课题,外界也不要胡乱揣测。

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(檳城‧北海)檳州青年及體育、婦女、家庭及社會發展事務委員會主席王國慧感嘆,在民聯於2008年執政檳州後,檳州運動員就淪為“民聯運動員”,受到國陣中央政府不公平對待。

不維修鉤球場建跳水中心

她舉例,原本已批下用來維修威北甲拋峇底柏淡體育館鉤球場及建設在檳城國際體育兢技場的跳水練習中心的700萬令吉撥款,經全部被中央政府收回。

她表示維修鉤球場及建設跳水練習中心各需要350萬令吉,希望中央政府能儘快撥出上述款項,讓檳州運動員能在較好的環境下進行練習。

王國慧是在週四(6月3日)傍晚,連同檳州體育局官員巡視經破損不堪的威北柏淡體育館鉤球場時,向媒體發表談話。

她說,目前檳州鉤球員皆被逼在2000年時已損壞的鉤球場進行練習,試問檳州運動員如何能在來屆馬來西亞運動會奪下42面金牌?

“而檳州的跳水運動員則必須到怡保、芙蓉及吉隆坡進行訓練工作,因為檳州目前根本沒有任何的跳水練習中心。”

她表示曾多次致函有關部長,可是卻得不到任何回應。

她重申,檳州人民也都是納稅人,為何卻受到不平等的待遇,難道這就是一個馬來西亞的治國理念?