Club with a heart of gold


THE Rotary Club of Penang is hoping to adopt the Armenian Park in George Town.


The club president Vanesh Biloo said the club would like to take care and beautify the park.


Rotary Club of Penang past president Datuk Tan Gin Soon said the club was planning to put up a mural and a water cooler system at the park.


“The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) is carefully studying the proposal,” he said.


Tan also spoke about the Joblink Centre.


“The centre helps disabled students who have graduated from the school for the disabled. We gather them and provide them training, such as craft and so on.


“We get some jobs for them from the factories,” he said during a courtesy visit on Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow at his office in Komtar today.


Vanesh said he was mulling the idea of having a playground for the disabled.


Chow (centre) having a meeting with (from left) Dr Aloysius, Vanesh, Tan and Crombrugge.


“I had served in the police force in Singapore and the landscape in Singapore impressed me so much. I am thrilled when I see that Penang has been coming up with many pocket parks.


“That inspired me to come up with the idea to have a playground for the disabled.


Vanesh said the club had not decided the location of the proposed playground.


Vanesh presenting his idea to Chow.


During the meeting, Chow named a few locations in Penang which had undergone positive transformation.


“We have the Armenian Park, the Fountain Garden at the Esplanade, the tree planting in Carnarvon Street and the beautification project of the back lane connecting Jalan Gurdwara and Jalan Magazine.


“The back lane (connecting Jalan Gurdwara and Jalan Magazine), which is under the council, is quite nice,” Chow said.


The club also extended their wish to appoint Chow as the club’s honorary member.


Also present were the club’s honorary secretary Michel Van Crombrugge and past president Datuk Dr T. Aloysius Raj.



Story by Christopher Tan

Pix by Ahmad Adil Muhamad