PENANG Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has called for more companies to promote sports in the state.
“In view of the growing importance of corporate social responsibility, it will be a positive sign if more companies are involved in sports,” Lim said.
He was speaking after receiving a sponsorship of RM300,000 for squash from IJM Land at his office.
The company will give out RM100,000 for the next three years, starting this year.
IJM Land will also be offering aid to female squash player Low Wee Wern who is currently ranked seventh in the world rankings.
She is the number two national player behind Datuk Nicol David, the reigning world squash champion.
The developer will also be the capital sponsor of the Second IJM Penang Women’s Open which has attracted some of the world’s top 50 squash players including home-grown talent Vanessa Raj, Celine Yeap, Lim Jee Nee and Nur Aliah.
IJM Land general manager (northern region) Toh Chin Leong spoke of his affinity with squash and informed Lim of the dedication shown by the local coaches.
“Some of them were offered perks and good wages to coach in China, but they declined because they feel that they are building something good in Penang,” Toh said.
Among those present were Penang Youth, Sports, Women, Family, Community Development and Arts Committee chairman Chong Eng, Penang Sports Council chairman Frederick Tan and Penang Squash Rackets Association president Datuk Lim Tiong Chin.