Club gets new hall after six years

Chow (left) enjoying a round of table tennis at the opening of the new sports academy of Penang Chinese Recreation Club.

Penang Chinese Recreation Club (CRC) has a brand new multi-purpose hall and sports academy complex now open for its club members and sports enthusiasts. Construction work on the project started in 2017 but was halted midway due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

State publisher Buletin Mutiara reported that Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who attended the complex’s opening ceremony, said he was thrilled to see the completion of the complex in Jalan Padang Victoria, George Town.

“This state-of-the-art facility will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in encouraging a healthy lifestyle and providing an avenue for social, intellectual and physical activity.

“The complex was previously a bungalow house before being transformed into CRC’s multi-purpose hall and sports academy complex.

“The building will also be able to accommodate those who wish to hold events, making it an ideal venue for sports, entertainment and social activities for the community,” Chow said at the opening ceremony.

The complex has a squash court and three badminton courts, besides space for table tennis.

It also houses a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) wellness centre to provide treatment.

Chow said he was glad about CRC’s proven track record in developing their members into champions in the sports arena.

“For instance, Goh Jin Wei and Chiam Jun Wei were two Penang-born badminton champions, who represented the country in the international arena.

“They were CRC members who honed their talents here back then,” he said.

Penang CRC president Benson Goh said he was delighted with the completion of the sports academy complex after six years.

“We hope this complex can cater to the needs of members who want to spend their leisure time here,” he said.

Chow and other dignitaries were brought for a tour around the complex. He also played badminton and ping pong during his visit.

Also present at the opening were Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Daniel Gooi, organising chairman Michael Yen and CRC general manager Alvin Chong.

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