TO RECOGNISE the achievements of the state’s athletic talents, Penang State Sports Council (MSNPP) has set up a sports gallery at the Sony Sports and Recreation Complex in Seberang Jaya near Butterworth.
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said that equipment, trophies and medals donated by the athletes would be exhibited along with relevant information on the athletes.
“Penang has a dynamic sports heritage and history that we should remember and appreciate together,” he added.
He said the state was proud of their international-level athletes such as Datuk Wira Lee Chong Wei (badminton), Datuk Nicol Ann David (squash) and Datuk Zaiton Othman (heptathlon) who had contributed much to sports and inspired a new generation of players.
“The sports gallery costing RM200,000 was developed with a family-friendly concept which includes space for children,” said Chow when opening the gallery.
Also present were Penang youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee, MSNPP director Harry Chai Heng Hua, Penang Stadium and Open Spaces Corporation chief executive officer Zul Kahar Khamis, Bagan Dalam assemblyman Satees Muniandy, Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Daniel Gooi, Permatang Pasir assemblyman Muhammad Faiz Fadzil and Seberang Prai City Council secretary Baderul Amin Abdul Hamid.
Chow said it was Soon who proposed setting up the sports gallery to inspire young people.
“We welcome all visitors, especially students. Entrance to the gallery is free,” he said.
The gallery will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 5pm.
However, for weekdays, visitors need to make reservations through the MSNPP website http://msnpp.penang.gov.my.