New centre for SJ's senior citizens

THE Senior Citizens Club of Subang Jaya will be able to make use of a new permanent centre later this year.  

A contractor has been appointed to construct the centre that, when ready, will be attached to the 3K Complex of SS13 Subang Jaya. 

Provided free of charge by the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ), the centre will serve as a venue where the senior folks can hold their various activities, which are currently conducted in Subang Perdana Court 2 in USJ 6, Subang Jaya. 

The good news was announced by Subang Jaya assemblyman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng to some 300 senior citizens who were at the Kelana Seafood Centre in Petaling Jaya for the club's 10th anniversary gathering cum dinner held in conjunction with the New Year. 

“I would like to congratulate the Senior Citizens Club of Subang Jaya for a successful 2006 with the many activities organised for its members. 

Do theconga: Thesprightlysenior citizensdancing to thethumping beatof the music.

“In terms of senior citizens, Subang Jaya is the first municipality with such a dynamic club that organises so many activities to benefit the older folks, like computer lessons, dancing and karaoke sessions.  

“Then, you all are also planning to have the first daycare centre for senior citizens within the new premises, to be managed by a committee of your own formed together with the council. This is all good news for the year ahead,” said Lee. 

He added that he planned to propose to the club committee that subscription fees be collected from its members. 

“The fees collected can then be paid to the management of the 3K Complex so that the senior citizens can use the varied facilities that are available inside the complex,” he explained.  

Lee also pledged a contribution of RM10,000 to the club for the running of its activities for a year.  

Besides catering to club members, club president Yeong Teik Boon said the new centre would be available for the use of any senior citizens who were residents of Subang Jaya.  

The sumptuous eight-course dinner was interspersed with karaoke sessions that drew overwhelming response from the folks who, dressed to the nines, were all eager to belt out their favourite tunes on stage. 

Happy gathering: Lee (second from right) seatedwith Yeong (right), and his special assistant YapYun Fatt (third from right). At the far left is Lum.

Participation turned out so keen that each singer had to be limited to singing just one song. Indeed, the senior folks showed that they were really sporting. 

Meanwhile, at the tables, the diners were enjoying dishes like Braised Chicken, Butter Prawns and Deep Fried Sweet and Sour Fish, amid much chatting and laughter.  

“Each member paid RM25 for the dinner with the club subsidising the balance,” revealed Yeong. 

Also present was the National Council of Senior Citizens Organisations Malaysia (Nascom) president Lum Kin Tuck, who said the Senior Citizens Club of Subang Jaya was one of the fastest growing such clubs in the country. 

“Nascom also plans to urge the Government to do more for old people, like providing a better provident fund scheme or monetary allowance for senior citizens who are poor and have no income. 

“In fact, I've submitted a memorandum to the government and all MPs on this,” said Lum. 

Kelana Jaya MP Loh Seng Kok, dressed in a colourful batik shirt, said the club should be commended for also showing love and concern towards other sectionss of the community, like the disabled. 

“I've raised RM10,000 to help the club organise its own activities as well as those for the orang kurang upaya (OKU).  

“This way, the senior citizens will show they are not just concerned about themselves but also contribute to the community. 

“The first collaborative activity, called 'New Year, New Hope,' will be held on Jan 20 at Summit Shopping Complex USJ. It will enable the community to know more about the OKU,” said Loh. 

The night ended with lucky draws and more rounds of singing as couples took to the dance floor.  

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