Penang Rifle Club.
SKETCH HISTORY OF
The Penang Rifle Club had its beginning as the
Penang Police and Volunteer Services Miniature Rifle
Club. It was founded by a group of rifle shooting
enthusiasts on 26th January, 1954, and comprised
members from the Malayan Royal Naval Volunteer
Reserve, the Federation of Malaya Reconnaisance
Corps, the Malayan Auxiliary Air Force, the Police
and Police Volunteer Reserve, and the Civil Defence
Corps. Membership was exclusive to these Services,
and the Objects of the Club were:
1. To foster the art of marksmanship
and teach the safe handling of firearms at all
2. To provide facilities for
the training of marksmen who may wish to participate
in international shooting competitions,
3. To provide opportunities for young
people to practise marksmanship so that they would
be trained to serve the country when and if called
upon to do so.
The first Patron was the then
Resident Commissioner, Penang, Mr. R.P. Bingham and
the first President was the then Chief Police
Officer, Penang, Mr. H.B.J. Donaldson. The first
Hon. Secretary was Mr. D.K. Howell, and the first
Hon. Treasurer was Mr. W.G. Colebeck. Mr. W,G.
Cofebeck served for only
3 or 4 months and on his retirement
from service, Mr. Khaw Bian Huat took over from him
and served as Hon. Treasurer till 31.12.77 when he
voluntarily retired "to make way for a younger man
to serve", and the present. incumbent Mr. Cheong Yee
Sin succeeded him.
During the year 1954, the Club became
affiliated to the National Smallbore Rifle
Association of the United Kingdom.
The Police Volunteer Reserve
Headquarters in MacAlister Road served as temporary
Club house, and by courtesy of the regular Police
the 25 yards Miniature Rifle Range at Peel Avenue
was placed at the Club's disposal on condition that
it accepted responsibility for maintenance. There
were only six firing paints for Smallbore Rifle
shooting and conditions were at first primitive.
When the Chief Police Officer,
Penang, Mr. H.B.J. Donaldson relinquished the Club
Presidency in 1955, he was succeeded by his
successor Mr. P.H. O'Flynn who remained President
until he retired in 1958 when the first
non-expatriate Chief Police Officer, Mr. J.J. Raj
Sr., accepted office with Mr. R.J. Tolley as
Chairman of the Management Committee.
In 1955 the membership rule was
relaxed to permit licenced holders of firearms to
join, but they were not eligible to hold office. Mr.
R.J, Tolley succeeded Mr. D.K. Howell as Hon.
Secretary in 1956.
In 1957 the name of the Club was
changed to the Penang Rifle Club and full membership
was opened to the public. During the year 1957
through the generosity of some members two
Semi-automatic .22 Pistols were acquired and Pistol
Shooting under N.S.R.A. Rules was introduced. Mr.
Tan Seng Keat succeeded Mr. R. J. Tolley as Hon.
Secretary in 1957 and continued as Hon. Secretary
until 1977 when he declined re-nomination and Mr.
Tan Leong Lay the present incumbent succeeded him.
In 1964 the Club became affiliated to
the National Shooting Association of Malaysia and
henceforth Penang Rifle Club members were eligible
for selection to the National Team in International
Games in which Shooting is one of the Events.
In 1965 the Club Constitution was
amended to enable members to elect their President,
and the First President to be voted into office was
Mr. Ng Kam Kew. Mr, Ng Kam Kew held the post of
President until he declined re-nomination in 1977
when the present incumbent Dr. Chan Koon Yau was
Through the years 1954 to 1963 the
Club had been carefully conserving its funds for the
day it could build its own Club house and Range. No
suitable place could be located all this while until
the most unlikely site 100 yards from the entrance
into the Botanical Gardens was discovered. It was
boulder-strewn and swampy -- a disused quarry used
as a tipping ground for empty tar drums and debris
by the Jabatan Kerja Raya Penang. The Committee
started negotiations with the State Government
Penang for the use of this area known as Lot 210 Mk,
16, and it was only towards the end of 1964 that the
State Government Penang granted the Club a Temporary
Occupation Licence for its use as a Shooting Range.
The Committee under the able
leadership of Mr, Ng Kam Kew immediately went into
action, but construction could only commence at the
end of 1965. Progress was slow due to the vast
amount of blasting, clearing, earth and drainage
works that had to be carried out. By the middle of
1966 the butts and all protective earthworks and
shed with 16 firing points for Smallbore Rifle at 50
metres and 6 firing points for Pistols at 25 metres
were completed, and for the first time Penang Rifle
Club members could shoot on their own Range under
International Shooting Union Rules. The project was
by no means complete as the Club house, store, and
lavatory block were yet to be constructed and Club
funds had run dry, An urgent appeal was made by the
Committee for contributions and members responded
magnificently in cash and kind and all projected
works were completed before the end of 1966.
In 1967 the new (Club house and)
Shooting Range was officially opened by the
President of the National Shooting Association of
Malaysia, Y,A.B. Tun Tan Siew Sin, SSM., JP., who
was also then the Minister of Finance. In his
official address at the opening ceremony, Tun Tan
Siew Sin paid tribute to the Committee and members
for their activities in the promotion of Shooting
Sport in Malaysia. He declared the Range open by
shooting a clay bird which released a large bunch of
multi-coloured balloons into the atmosphere.
In 1968 further improvements were
made to the 50 metres and 25 metresRanges,A trench
system for 14 Smallbore Rifle shooters and one set
of ten automatic turning silhouette targets were
installed through the generosity of the President
and some members. With the installation of these
facilities which comply with International Shooting
Union Regulations the Penang Rifle Club can
justifiably take pride in having facilities which
compare favourably with those at the National
Shooting Range, Subang. However, due to lack of
space, the Club could not provide facilities for
Skeet and Trap Shooting.
Since 1965 the activities of Club
shooters included participation at National and
International Shooting Competitions and the
achievements of some members in their chosen sport
are noted with pride by the Club, In every
International Games in which Shooting is an Event,
since 1965 the National Shooting Team has always
included a number of Shooters from Penang Rifle Club
in the Smallbore Rifle and Pistol disciplines.
It is no vain boast to claim that the
Penang Rifle Club is the Premier Shooting Club in
Malaysia by virtue of our very active promotion of
Shooting Sport in Malaysia and the fact that we have
held our Closed Shoots far all events annually, our
Club Shoots monthly, and our Open Shoots which are
really "Open" to our shooting confreres in Malaysia
and Singapore annually. We also had the honour of
staging the Malaysian Open Shooting Championships
for Pistol/Rifle disciplines for the National
Shooting Association of Malaysia in 1974, We
pioneered the North Malaysia Barat Regional Shoot in
1978, and are now embarked on the Penang Rifle Club
Silver Jubilee Open Shooting Championships 1979 in
which Malaysian Armed Forces, Polis Di Raja
Malaysia, affiliates of the National Shooting
Association of Malaysia, Singapore Rifle
Association, National Shooting Sport Association of
Thailand, Hong Kong Rifle Association, and Macau
Shooting Association, and other invitees will be
participating. To complement it all, the Penang
Rifle Club has also the experienced U,I,T,
officials, referees, and judges to ensure that there
can be no "hanky panky" where Union Internationale
De Tir (UIT) Events are concerned in our Open
Shooting Championships. It is also with pride that
we record that U,I.T. Referees/ Judges from Penang
Rifle Club form the hard core of U.I.T. Officials
that had served the Nation in such International
Games like S.E.A,P. Games, 1965, Asian Shooting
Championships, 1975, S.E.A. Games, 1977, etc. held
in Kuala Lumpur.
Reproduced From: Penang Rifle Club, Silver Jubilee,
Open Shooting Championships Dated: 9th - 14th April
If you require
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804, Mukim 16,
Waterfall Road, 10350 Penang, Malaysia.