Wednesday February 13, 2013
Easy-going Cheah vows to maintain a high standard
KUALA LUMPUR: Cheah Ban Cheng loves to eat durian and char keow teow – and make everyone laugh with his dry jokes.
“I’m a typical Penang boy. People call me BC and busy indeed I’ll be from now on,” said the new secretary general of the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) before bursting into laughter.
He was officially named the national body’s secretary general last week, replacing the long-serving Sidney Tung. Sidney, who had held the post since 1980, gave it up due to illness.
Ban Cheng, who has been with the association since 2006 and familiar with the way things are run, has promised to maintain the excellent administrative work and good rapport established by Sidney.
“Sidney and MTBC president Datuk P.S. Nathan have been instrumental in developing MTBC into what it is right now – a steady and well-known association who produce good results on the local and international scenes. I’m honoured to carry on the torch,” said Ban Cheng, who has served as the Penang Tenpin Bowling Association honorary secretary since 1994.
“My first taste of dealing with the national team came in 2006 when I was elected team manager for the Asian Games in Doha,” said Ban Cheng. (Under his charge, the Malaysian team won three gold and three silver medals). “After that, I was made the high performance manager.”
Ban Cheng also stepped in to help Sidney out when the latter suffered a stroke last year,
“So yes, I’m familiar with what goes on but I guess there’ll be additional work to do now ... I am fine with that,” said Ban Cheng. “We’ll work towards giving our best for the elite bowlers. But there’s another area that I’ll be pushing for – creating a wider base in the domestic scene. ”
Ban Cheng also had only kinds words for his predecessor: “Sydney is one of a kind ... I basically admire him and his work ethics.”
“During the non-Internet era, Sidney will always find ways and means to send out news about the bowling team to the press without fail. I’ve never seen anyone who goes to that extent to promote the sport ... and he does it consistently.
“He gave it his all and is truly a dedicated and committed sports official. Even when he was sick (he was also diagnosed with cancer from 2004-2010), he would attend to most of the paper work. He has certainly set a high benchmark.”