“His Passion Never Retire” – Datuk Ng Joo Ngan
Many youngsters might not be familiar with Datuk Ng Joo Ngan, but he is one of the most successful cyclist in Malaysia history. Although he was in old age now, but still energetic and in good health. Currently owning a bicycle shop in Ampang, he still keeping many of the photos in his office. Those black and white photo was keeping well and filing in the cabinet. It has record down all of the achievement of Datuk since younger age until now.
Beginning of his cycling life
Datuk Ng Joo Ngan was 10th of the 17 siblings in the family and his father was running a textile business. During school time, Datuk has known as an active student in sports and his career was started to shining on the age of 17. After engaging in many of cycling race, Datuk successfully represents the country at the age of 18.
Represents the country and daily routine
There were huge difference while comparing to the facilities between the old age and now. The cyclist now could enjoy the facilities such as physicians, physiotherapists, counseling, gymnasiums and bicycle racing tracks. However, Datuk couldn’t enjoy any one of these and even the bicycle was bought from his own money. During that time, he has to work for his income unlike cyclists now a day could enjoy fixed allowance that given by the government every month.
Datuk woke up at 5am everyday and practice for cycling about 150 km around Klang Valley. After that, he have to work in a car workshop until late afternoon and continue his training in the evening. During that time, his earning was only RM400 per month and was only able to cover his own expenses. His principle was simple, go for your dream and good discipline will make you to success. He also thinks that the encouragement from the parent also plays an important role to success.
As one of the most successful cyclist in Malaysia, Datuk Ng Joo Ngan have won many title and achievement during the young age such as national event champions 40 km (km) time test in 1968, 200km gold medal (1970 Asian Games in Bangkok) and 100km silver medal (SEAP Games 1973 in Singapore. In addition, he has also won the overall Jakarta Jelajah bike race title and Malaysian Tour 1971.
He has been award Panglima Mahkota Wilayah (PMW) medal in 2010, which carries the title Datuk. The medal was awarded to Datuk on the hard work on training the young cyclist and was carried out at the Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur.
The achievement from Datuk Ng Joo Ngan:
1966 Represented Malaysia for ASIA Games, Bangkok
- Overall 4th placing for TEAM time trial
1967 Represented Malaysia for SEAP Games, Kuala Lumpur
- Bronze medal for 4 km Team pursuit
- Silver medal for 100 km Team time trial
- Bronze medal for 200 km road race
1968 National Champion for 40 km Individual time trial
- National Champion for 25 km Criterium race
1970 National Champion for Track & Road race in Seremban
- Represented Malaysia for Tour of Jawa
- Overall Team & Individual Champion
- Represented Malaysia for ASIA Games, Bangkok
- GOLD medal for 200 km road race (Record Holder)
- Silver medal for 200 km Team road race
1971 National Champion for Individual road race of Tour of Malaysia
- 8 days race totaling 1,020 km
- Awarded “Sportsman of the Year 1970″
1973 Represented Malaysia for SEAP Games, Singapore
- Silver medal for 100 km Team road race
- Bronze medal for 100 km Team time trial
1974 National Champion for 200 km road race.
Up to date, he has successfully trained hundreds of athletes and his passion never end here.
Bruce Lee was always be the inspiration and mentor for me and Datuk Ng Joo Ngan.
“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.” – Bruce Lee