Young Malaysian Christian Association (YMCA) Ipoh celebrated its 100th anniversary with a thanksgiving dinner on Friday, September 18 at the main hall of the association’s building in Ipoh. The event was appropriately used for the launching of the YMCA Ipoh centenary theme and its long-awaited coffee table book.
The book, incidentally, was compiled and written by the association’s former Vice-President, Reverend Robin Arumugam. It chronicles the services rendered by YMCA Ipoh to the community it serves. They included sports, bible classes and development programmes for youths.
“I got started when Dato’ Daniel Tay hinted about a book detailing the association’s activities. I sought the help of my wife. However, I must confess a few things. It’s a team effort, pure and simple. I wish to thank Dato’ Daniel Tay for his advice and guidance and P. Subramaniam for his time and patience in editing, proof-reading and correcting the many mistakes I made, from the beginning till the end,” said Robin to Ipoh Echo.
The book launch was officiated by Dato’ Daniel Tay, President of YMCA Ipoh and a member of the National Council of YMCA Malaysia on behalf of Chief Executive Officer of Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad, Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian. The YMCA Ipoh centenary theme, on the other hand, was formalised by Peter Lim on behalf of Dato’ Seri Wong Chun Wai, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Star Media Group Berhad.
Over 300 people consisting of members and invitees were entertained to a sumptuous sit-down dinner. And while they dined, dancers from Ipoh Bug, a local dance troupe, kept them in the right mood to eat and interact.