Negri recreation club turns 93 with a bash

ONE of the oldest clubs in Seremban —the Negri Sembilan Chinese Recreation Club (NSCRC) — celebrated its 93rd anniversary recently with a sumptuous dinner and entertaining musical performances for its members and guests.

More than 700 guests joined in the festivities that took place at the club’s hall.

The club’s football team which were the runners-up in the recent MCFA Cup in Penang was also feted at the dinner.

Club president Ho Sueong Chun who praised the football team’s efforts said it was time that younger people joined its ranks.

“We need more youngsters here. Members should encourage their children to join the club as the younger generation is our future.

“Not many places can offer facilities like ours at such low subscription rates and we must restore the club to its former glory,” he said during his speech.

Ho also congratulated the children of members who obtained good results in their examinations and urged other students to follow the good examples of their peers and strive for the best.

“Hard work is the key to success and we at the club will continue to support those of you who perform well in your examinations,” said Ho before presenting the high achievers with rewards for their efforts.

Members’ children who excelled in their Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) and Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examinations received cash rewards of RM150, RM100, RM75 and RM50 each respectively.

Nine recent university graduates were also presented with mementos in recognition of their achievement.

Winners of the club’s in-house competitions in badminton, snooker and even karaoke got trophies and prize-money too.

But that was not all.

Ho also presented souvenirs to long-time member businessman Tan Sri Ta Kin Yan on being conferred the Panglima Setia Makhota (PSM) award by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and to associate member Joseph R. Menezes who received a special medal by the St. John’s Ambulance Malaysia on behalf of the Queen of England.

Guests were treated to ballroom and modern dance performances and were also serenaded by a local crooner.

Founded in 1916 as the Seremban United Chinese Association by a group of English-educated Chinese men, the club took on its present moniker, the NSCRC, in 1933.

The club has some 800 members currently who have access to its many facilities including a swimming pool, gymnasium, badminton courts, tennis courts (located nearby), karaoke and games room.

The club is also open to non-Chinese who have access to everything except voting rights as associate members.

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