OPA Annual Dinner
|(L-R) Tan Leng Kiong on Drums, yours truly on Bass and Ken Tan on guitar and vocal|
|Members took to the stage to sing a Cantonese song - "cheen, cheen, cheen"|
& "No money no talk, no money no honey" led by Mr Ling Leong Choong.
|31 tables with members from outstation and as far as Ireland|
|Cosmic Cowboys accompanying OPA President BG Ching & OPA Committee Member Lim Hun Ching|
|BG Ching & Lim Hun Ching singing "Red River Valley".|
|BG Ching, Ching Neng Bin & Ching Meei Jin|
|Ken Tan belting out a number.|
|Am taking a break with my wife Catherine|
|Aw Koon Luk's & Dr. Gary Yeak's daughters singing a Korean song.|
|Catherine, BG Ching, Yanti and Siew Eng|
|Dr Goh Chooi Beow, myself and Catherine|
|Mr and Mrs Ling Leong Chnong|
|Lee King Hiong, BG Ching, Ngooi Ngok San, Stephanie Yong, Josephine Ooi, Low SowLin|
|Dr. Tay Kah Hey, BG Ching, Lee King Hiong & Ngooi Ngok San|
|BG Ching, Low Sow Lin & Mrs. Tay Kah Hey|
|Phang Sim Mee, Lim Hun Ching & Mrs. Lim|
|Dr. Ashley (current Principal of ACS Secondary) giving a speech.|
|BG Ching making her President's Speech.|
|BG Ching giving away a gift to Ching Neng Bin as a token of appreciation|
|BG Ching giving away a gift to Ken Tan as a token of appreciation|
|President's gift to Committee Member, Seow Key Me.|
|President's gift to Committee Member Lim Hun Ching.|
|Handing over of duties to Incoming President, Mr Jason Ling for 2011/2012.|
A Country and Western Band
from The Rotary Club of Sitiawan
2009 - Malay Mail by Shiv Das
They are not likely…no, strike that and substitute with will not make it to any pop chart but they do win hearts whenever they play.
As four guitarists and a drummer, they have come together to revel in “oldies” music and song of the fifties, sixties and seventies.
Meet Frankie Yeap, 63, Lim Kim Moon, 61, Ching Neng Bin, 55, Tan Keng Hui, 52 and the drummer Tan Lean Khiong who at 45 is the “baby”.
They are members of the Rotary Club of Sitiawan, seemingly the only such club in the country that does not have to outsource its band for social gatherings.
Says Tan Keng Hui who once owned a travel agency but now spends time mostly teaching English in-between shuttling back and forth to England where his wife and three children reside:
“It’s not about money but the joy we get out of playing. We have our jobs during the day but at night we have our pastime. We play by ear...very simple.” It is a feather in their cap that they played at the state air travel fair in Ipoh recently.
Keng Hui doubles up as the main vocalist with Yeap, a retired teacher, joining in from time to time.
If it’s not Rotary, demand for their joyful services also comes from the town’s senior citizens club which has its own building for members to indulge enthusiastically in ballroom and line dancing as part of their activities.
The band, largely self-taught, began with just Ching, a bank manager and Tan Lean Khiong, a teacher to begin with and who now runs a tuition centre, getting together in 1995 for jam sessions. Lim, who was with the Ministry of Defense serving at the naval base in Lumut, joined two years later, followed by the remaining two.
What began as a fad has turned into a “bonding service” these musical-minded Rotarians are providing with great effect.