Dato', when did you join PNTC as an Ordinary Member? |
After coming back from UK at the age of 25 in the year 1952.
In what year did you become a Committee Member?
In the year 1958, at the age of 31 when Datuk Lim Huck Aik became President of PNTC.
When were you elected as the President of PNTC?
Elected on 15.12.84 as Acting President when the President, Datuk Cheah Inn Kheam passed away on 12.12.84. Then at the AGM on 28.3.85, I was officially elected as President of PNTC.
How long did you serve as President?
8 years - 15.12.84 to 10.8.92
In what year did you receive the award of Datukship?
In the year 1987.
You are a lawyer by profession. How long have you practised your profession?
Since 1952 until now.
What were your achievements as a lawyer, Committee Member and President of PNTC?
I was Chairman of the Penang Bar Committee for a few years in the early 70s. At the end of 1979, Perak introduced close circuit TV followed closely by Penang and later Selangor and Singapore. The 19th Asian Racing Conference was held in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. PNTC hosted a "Penang Night Dinner" for the delegates at the Rasa Sayang Resort. Among the dignitaries that attended were the late Y.T.M Tunku Abdul Rahman and the former Chief Minister of Penang, Y.A.B Tun Dato' Sri Dr. Lim Chong Eu.
What are your views on PNTC now compared to the earlier years?
It is very difficult to compare as conditions were very different then but there is an all round improvement. PNTC has progressed. The building of the new grandstand was the major development then in the late 70s. Apart from that, the Equestrian Centre which was formerly a spelling station was opened. Horse racing was more of a social event and more popular as a sport then. Today, racegoers perceive horse racing as a form of gambling instead of sport.
After you have retired as President of PNTC, are you still very much involved in the racing industry?
I am no longer involved in the racing industry. However, I still keep track on racing events by reading the newspapers and magazines like "Front Runner" from PNTC, "Turf Torque" from SLTC and "Winning Post" from SNTC.
Do you have any views and suggestions to assist the PNTC to bring up the image of the club in the new millennium?
I have no suggestions but I reckon the club is doing quite well. The present Committee Members and staff have been putting in a lot of efforts to uphold the image of the club towards the new millennium.