THE Penang Forward Sports Club (PFSC) received a financial assistance of RM12,000 from the state government today.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who represented the Penang government, handed over the mock cheque for RM12,000 to the PFSC chairman Lim Choo Hooi during a simple ceremony at E&O Hotel in Farquhar Street.
Lim thanked the state government for the much needed assistance that would be used wisely by the association to prepare and participate in this year’s competitions.
“Our focus for this year is on the dragon boat competitions in Penang and overseas – all subject to the Covid-19 pandemic situation. But still, we need to be ready for that.
“So, we will spend the money on the necessary equipment for our dragon boat training and maintenance of the boat.
“If there is any remaining money, it will be spent on other sports such as lion dance, running activities and others.
“We’re grateful to get at least some support from the state government. It also shows that the Penang government cares,” Lim told Buletin Mutiara after the ceremony.
Meanwhile, Chow in his speech, said PFSC is a well-known sports association in Penang and it is recognised for its various achievements since it was established in 1980.
“Until today, PFSC has been producing a lot of quality athletes who are representing Penang in various sports.
“They also make the state proud when their athletes perform very well at national and international sports tournaments.
“PFSC is an example of a successful sports association that we have in Penang that has inspired other sports associations to contribute to the sports development in the state.
“As a state government, we are always willing to help them or any other sports association for the betterment of Penang’s sports development,” he said.
Earlier, a total of eight members from PFSC were given cash incentives by the association.
They are Lim Kok Leong, Calvin Tan, Alvin Lee, Raymond Tan, Tan Kean Huat, Hashim Johan, Jeffrey Ng and Neoh Soon Hueng.
Each of them received RM3,000.
Lim said the incentives served as a reward for PFSC members who managed to break their own personal best record for the marathon competition that was held virtually in Straits Quay last year.
Also present was state Tourism and Creative Economy Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin.
Story by Riadz Akmal
Pix by Darwina Mohd Daud
Video by Noor Siti Nabilah Noorazis