WO II Ng Chow Seng (Rtd)
L to R: WO 2 Daniel Foon Ah Shat RMAF (Rtd), WO 2 Ng Chow Seng (Rtd), WO 1 Ang Kee Lam RMAF (Rtd) and WO 2 Lai Choo RMAF (Rtd)

MACVA Strongman Conferred 2017 Exemplary Grandparent Award
1 Oct 17
Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association (MACVA) would like to congratulate WO II Ng Chow Seng (Rtd) for being conferred the 2017 Exemplary Grandparent Award by Y.Bhg. Dato' Rohaini Mohd Yusof, Presiden of USIAMAS. The ceremony took place at the official launching of the 2017 Grandparents Celebration at Atria Shopping Gallery, Damansara Jaya. The award was in recognition of his excellent and huge achievement in sport that have motivate and inspire Malaysians to be courageous and persevering in whatever they do regardless of their age.

Accompanying WO 2 Ng Chow Seng (Rtd) to the award ceremony were MACVs WO 2 Daniel Foon Ah Shat RMAF (Rtd), WO 1 Ang Kee Lam RMAF (Rtd) and WO 2 Lai Choo RMAF (Rtd). MACVA are very proud of WO 2 Ng Chow Seng (Rtd) successes and wishes him all the best in all his future undertakings.

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L to R: Lt Col Carol Loo (Rtd), Maj Wong Kwai Yinn (Rtd), WO II Ng Chow Seng (Rtd) and Maj Godfrey Chang (Rtd)

MACVA Strongman Conferred P.K.T. Medal by Penang State Government
30 Jul 17
Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association (MACVA) would like to congratulate WO II Ng Chow Seng (Rtd) for being conferred the Pingkat Kelakuan Terpuji medal by Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas in conjunction with his 79th birthday during the investiture ceremony at the Dewan Sri Pinang on 27 Jul 17.

The award was in recognition of his dedication and excellence in the sport of weightlifting which he had being involved since the 1950’s. At the age of 82, he won his SIXTH gold medal at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand where he took part in the 69kg weight category for male age 80 and above. The games were held from 21 Apr to 29 Apr 17 and the championship was part of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Master’s program. His 6 gold medals are as follows:-

• 2017 World Masters Games (SIXTH Gold) in Auckland, New Zealand 69kg (M80+) Age 82.
• 2016 Masters World Cup (Gold) in Tokyo, Japan 69kg (M80+) Age 81.
• 2015 World Masters Championships (Gold) in Rovaniemi, Finland 69kg (M80+) Age 80.
• 2013 World Masters Cup (Gold) in Penang, Malaysia 77kg (M75-79) Age 78.
• 2012 World Masters Championships (Gold) in Lviv, Ukraine 69kg (M75-79) Age 77.
• 2011 World Masters Championships (Gold) in Limassol, Cyprus 69kg (M75-79) Age 76.

Where most senior citizens at his age would have preferred less strenuous activities, MACVA was informed that he has already started training for the World Championship in Barcelona next year. His undying attitude and dedication to achieving sport excellence over such a long period of involvement is to be admire and an example to be emulated.

MACVA are very proud of WO II Ng Chow Seng (Rtd) successes and wishes him many more victories in all his future competitions.

L to R: Lt Col Ewe Ah An (Rtd), CM YB Lim Guan Eng, WO II Ng Chow Seng (Rtd), YB Mdm Chong Eng and WO I Ang Kee Lam (RMAF Rtd)
L to R: Maj Leong Swee Teng (Rtd), WO I Ang Kee Lam (RMAF Rtd), WO II Ng Chow Seng (Rtd), Lt Col Ewe Ah An (Rtd) and WO II Lai Choo (RMAF Rtd)

Press Conference With Penang Chief Minister
12 May 17
George Town, Penang. WO II Ng Chow Seng with fellow MACVA Veterans attended a press conference yesterday in Komtar with Chief Minister YB Lim Guan Eng and State Youth and Sports Committee Chairman YB Mdm Chong Eng. The occasion was the Handing Over of the Asia Pacific Masters Games Flag to the Chief Minister by YB Mdm Chong Eng. The Chief Minister congratulated WO II Ng Chow Seng for his recent success in winning his SIXTH gold medal at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand where he took part in the 69kg weight category for male age 80 and above.

Fondly known as Mr Strongman, the 82 year old grandfather from Bukit Mertajam had competed in the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Masters competitions since 1988 and won his first gold medal in the 2011 World Masters Championships in Limassol, Cyprus. To date, he is a proud owner of SIXTH Gold, FOUR Silver and ONE Bronze metal.

Born in Kulim, Kedah on 26 Dis 1935, WO II Ng Chow Seng joined the Royal Malaysian Armoured Corps in 1959 and retired in 1984 after serving for 25 years. He held the record of national weightlifting champ (60kg) for 10 years from 1963 to 1973. He represented Malaysia in the South-East Asian Peninsular (SEAP) Games in 1961 (Rangoon), 1965 (Kuala Lumpur), 1967 (Bangkok) and 1973 (Singapore). He was the national weightlifting coach for the first South East Asian (SEA) Games held in Kuala Lumpur in 1977. For his contribution, he became the first Asian to be inducted into the International Weightlifting Federation’s Hall of Fame in July 2015.

WO II Ng Chow Seng (Rtd) wish for his achievements to be recorded in the Guiness World Book of Records was conveyed to the Chief Minister. His dedication, determination and single mindness in the pursuit of sport excellence since his involvement in the 1950's is a example to us all. MACVA are very proud of his successes and wishes him many more victories in all his future competitions.

Press conference with Penang Chief Minister YB Lim Guan Eng.
6th International World Masters Title.

Mr Strongman Sixth Gold Medal
11 May 17
MACVA would like to congratulate WO II Ng Chow Seng (Rtd) for winning his SIXTH gold medal at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand recently. The championships was held from 21 Apr to 29 Apr 17. He took part in the 69kg weight category for male age 80 and above. The competition is part of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Masters program that allows for men and women (age 35 years and older) to compete with athletes of the same age in IWF Masters weightlifting events. It is designated for masters who are registered with their respective IWF Affiliated National Weightlifting Federation.

Fondly known as Mr Strongman, he had competed in the IWF competitions since 1988 and to date, he is a proud owner of SIXTH Gold, FOUR Silver and ONE Bronze metal. Still competing at the age of 82, WO II Ng Chow Seng (Rtd) clearly demonstrates that age is not a barrier in achieving a person goal's and that success can be achieve through determination and hardwork. His dedication and single mindness in the pursuit of sport excellence over such a lengthy period is a example to us all.

MACVA are very proud of WO II Ng Chow Seng (Rtd) successes and wish him more victories in all his future competitions.
The following is a list of all IWF Masters competitions that he has attended:-
(All results from
IWF-Masters Weightlifting)

• 2017 World Masters Games (SIXTH Gold) in Auckland, New Zealand 69kg (M80+) Age 82.
• 2016 Masters World Cup (Gold) in Tokyo, Japan 69kg (M80+) Age 81.
• 2015 World Masters Championships (Gold) in Rovaniemi, Finland 69kg (M80+) Age 80.
• 2014 World Masters Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark 77kg (M75-79) Age 79.
• 2013 World Masters Cup (Gold) in Penang, Malaysia 77kg (M75-79) Age 78.
• 2013 World Masters Games (Silver) in Turin, Italy 62kg (M75-79) Age 78.
• 2012 World Masters Championships (Gold) in Lviv, Ukraine 69kg (M75-79) Age 77.
• 2011 World Masters Championships (Gold) in Limassol, Cyprus 69kg (M75-79) Age 76.
• 2010 World Masters Championships (Silver) in Clechanow, Poland 69kg (M75-79) Age 75.
• 2009 World Masters Games (Silver) in Sydney, Australia 69kg (M70-74) Age 74.
• 2007 World Masters Championships (No.6) in Kazincbarcika, Hungary 69kg (M70-74) Age 72.
• 2006 World Masters Championships (No.4) in Eysines, France 69kg (M70-74) Age 71.
• 1997 World Masters Championships (Silver) in Kasgelin, Poland 70kg (M60-64) Age 62.
• 1992 World Masters Championships in Oxford, England 82.5kg (M55-59) Age 57.
• 1991 World Masters Championships (No.4) in Leimen, Germany 75kg (M55-59) Age 56.
• 1990 World Masters Championships in Mattersburg, Austria 75kg (M50-54) Age 55.
• 1988 World Masters Championships (Bronze) in Orlando, Florida, USA 75kg (M50-54) Age 53.

Ariving in KLIA after winning 4th gold in Finland. Photo from Maj Gofrey Chang (Rtd)

Can you guess how old this Penang uncle weightlifting champion is?
New Jo-Lyn — 21/04/2016
There are so many amazing Malaysians who walk among us and CILISOS has had the privilege to talk to some of them, like this blind Maxis intern who uses MS Excel like a pro and this ballsy guy who climbed the world’s tallest buildings without safety harnesses. Insane right? We only wish we could achieve their level of awesomeness.

Then we read about this Penang uncle who has won a few gold medals in international weightlifting competitions. Normally this news wouldn’t be so shocking, although it’s super nice to read about someone who brought fame to Malaysia’s name in a good way. But wait till you find out how old he is… He’s 80 YEARS OLD!! Whaaaaaat? *wipes screen* 80?!?!? Yep, Uncle Ng Chow Seng from Bukit Mertajam, Penang is an amateur weightlifter who just turned 80 on 26th December last year.

He has won FIVE gold, four silver and one bronze medals at the World Masters Weightlifting Championships, organised by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). In fact, he just got back from Tokyo where he won his FIFTH gold medal for the 2016 Weightlifting Masters World Cup when we spoke to him on Tues (19 Apr).

CILISOS had so much to ask Mr. Ng, starting with what inspired him to do weightlifting, while most people his age would be chillin and enjoying retirement. Mr. Ng was born in Kulim, Kedah in 1935. He didn’t have the usual ambitions as most kids did, like doctor, or engineer, or lawyer. The skinny 48kg, 5 feet tall, 15-year-old, would look at himself in the mirror and wish he had a six-pack.

“When I was a small boy, I used to watch Tarzan and Hercules movies. I looked at Johnny Weissmuller (the femes Tarzan actor) and wanted to have a body like that. When I lived in Alor Star there was a well there. My friends and I will swing from the rope and shout, ‘Ohh-eee-ooo-eee-ooohhh’. We would steal umbrellas to make loincloth* to wear.” – Mr. Ng told us over the phone.

He was a young, skinny, 48kg teenage boy once…

And his icons were Tarzan and Hercules. Movie posters sent to us by his son Heng Fu.

In Alor Star, there was a small gym where Mr. Ng would watch people do weight training from the outside. He wasn’t allowed to go in, maybe coz he was small and skinny, he guessed, but one day a Mr. Saw Chee Seng (a schoolteacher) saw his eagerness and said he would train him. That was how Mr. Ng got his first coach. The late Mr.Saw was himself a national weightlifting champion.

“If not for Mr. Saw, I would not be doing this today. I am very proud to know him and will always remember him fondly. When someone does something to help you in life, you must always be grateful to them.” – Mr. Ng. Omg chup, does this story sound familiar? He’s like Captain America!

He was also a naughty kid, who then joined the army

Image from faisalbart’s video on YouTube

Wahhh join army summore? Really like Captain America wei!
It’s hard to imagine our grandparents can be just like us when they were kids, however Mr. Ng described himself as a naughty boy who would fight with people. Sampai the police came looking for him and his frustrated father kicked him out of the house. Then in 1959, the army came to his town to r>recruit.

“I saw the poster and straightaway went for interview. About 300 people applied, but they only selected two – I was one of them.” – Mr. Ng.

He was a shoo-in for selection in fact, coz by then he was already quite popular as a weightlifter. After one to two years of training with Mr. Saw, he went for his first competitions in Penang and Kedah, under the flyweight category (49kg-52kg). Breezing through every physical test, he was placed at the Port Dickson recruit training centre by July that year.

Army guys congratulating army veteran Mr. Ng in KLIA after his victory in Finland. Image from Star2.com

During his time in the army, he had tough physical training and also became a physical training instructor himself. The army would make recruits get in the boxing ring and EVERYONE had to do it. Of course people scared la, but not Mr. Ng, he couldn’t wait to get into the ring! From the army’s point of view, if you’re not brave enough to do it, might as well not join the army, according to Mr. Ng.

“My wife would cry. Sometimes I come home, my eye swollen, face kena punch, so after that I stopped boxing.” – Mr. Ng

Awww, for his wife’s sake he stopped boxing, but not before he became a 3-year boxing champion in the army. Even after he stopped, he still got to coach the boxing team. His nicknames back the day were Mr. Boxer., Mr. Hercules and Mr. Strongman. But he’s also seen real jungle action fighting in Congo and Africa.

Also, he said he was the first and only soldier from his regiment to go as far as he did in this sport, representing the army and Malaysia in the Asian Games and SEAP Games (now known as the SEA Games). His first match was the 2nd SEAP Games in Rangoon, Burma on 13 Dec 1961, where he won the bronze medal. He went on to win more medals in 1961, 1965, 1967 and 1977. He was personally congratulated by Tunku Osman the Brigadier of The Army at the Ministry of Defense (and Tunku Abdul Rahman’s nephew).

This champion loves eating durian, not some super strict athlete diet

Mr. Ng in action lifting at the most recent competition in Tokyo, Japan

You would think a guy like Mr. Ng has a very strict diet right? But his son Heng Fu, 51, said he loves the King of Fruits – durian. And meat, lots of meat. Anything also can makan, it’s just that he exercises A LOT and a weighing scale is never far from him. In case you’re wondering, yes he does take supplements, like Agel during training (supplements in suspension gel form), deer placenta from Fixaris I-DNA, and he eats cholesterol-cutting oats from Oat BG22.

Speaking of his son, Mr. Ng has three sons, one daughter and six grandchildren. As you can prolly guess, they were very athletic too when they were younger – top swimmers and runners in their school days. Mr. Ng related a hilarious anecdote, when his sons were kids, he tried to get them out of bed to exercise. First call, they didn’t get out of bed, second call, they still didn’t get out of bed. “Then I went to the fridge to get some cold water and sprayed it on them. After that they always got up. But my wife didn’t talk to me for one whole month.” – Mr. Ng.

LOL! Let’s move on to his training routine which he divides into tasks:
Task 1:
350x Back lying knee lift
4x Yoga trunk bending (60 seconds left side & 60 seconds right side)
Stretching

Task 2:
250m fast walking and swinging hands
25x breathing

Task 3:
60x Hand squats
Knee, leg and thigh rub
25x Back squats
25x 100m walk

The whole routine takes him 4 hours in total and he adds that sleep is very important too. He sleeps at 9pm, latest 10pm and gets up at 5am. OMG, how on earth he can be so dedicated we have no clue! CILISOS team wanna workout also didn’t last beyond 3 weeks (except for two writers who are still at it).

Mr. Ng is living proof that hard work pays off

Mr. Ng standing in first position on the podium at the most recent Tokyo competition. So proud! Photo from Mr. Ng’s son Heng Fu.

And he wants to keep on weightlifting for the rest of his life. Now he plans to break the world record by going for his SIXTH gold medal in the October 2016 World Masters Championships in Germany. Then he will be the happiest guy in the world, he told us. Already he has been given such a big honour when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) for his contributions to weightlifting. FYI, the heaviest weight he’s carried is 95.7kg!!!

People who are 50, 60, 70 years old, I tell them they can do it. You must have a plan – set goals. Mental attitude is your other trainer. Nothing is easy in life, but you must not think you are old. Sometimes old is gold.” – Mr. Ng.

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Ng Chow Seng bagged a gold (69kg category) at the World Masters Weightlifting Championships in Rovaniemi, Finland. Photos: The Star/Shaari Chemat

This man is 79, and has won his 4th gold in weightlifting
By MAJORIE CHIEW September 25, 2015
Ng Chow Seng is mad about weightlifting. It’s an addiction, says Ng who trains twice a day – in the morning and early evening. All that hard work paid off when Ng won his fourth gold medal at the World Masters Weightlifting Championships which was held between Sept 12 and 19, in Rovaniemi, Finland. He took part in the 69kg category (ages 80 to 84).

Ng, who will turn 80 on Dec 26, first competed in the championships in 1988. To date, he has bagged four gold, four silver and one bronze medals at the championships which were organised by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).

Last Thursday, Ng received a hero’s welcome at the KLIA. Among them were his senior citizen friends, ex-colleagues from the Armed Forces, members from the Malaysian Armed Forces Veterans Association, Royal Malaysian Armoured Corps, and Royal Malaysian Armoured Corps Ex-Servicemen Association.

Ng was visibly touched as he hugged friends and supporters who turned up at the KLIA. He was overwhelmed by the unexpected welcome as he flew in from Helsinki, capital of Finland. With a quavering voice, he shouted Malaysia Boleh! with arms raised in triumph.

Ng, a retired warrant officer of the Royal Malaysian Army’s Armoured Regiment, has contributed a lot to the development of boxing in the armed forces, and weightlifting in the country. Royal Malaysian Armoured Corps Ex-Servicemen Association president Mej (rtd) Aminshah Shahludin and Ng served in the same unit in the late 70s.

Ng is overwhelmed by friends and supporters who turned up at KLIA to give him a hero’s welcome.

“I knew Ng since 1975 and he retired in 1984. At one time, Ng was the regiment’s boxing coach and I was the boxing manager. He is a dedicated and disciplined sportsman. His success comes with much sacrifice. I’m so proud of him as a friend and a former boss,” said Aminshah. He said Ng deserved due recognition for his dedication and sacrifice.

“I almost lost to a Russian competitor (Vladimir Korolev) who tried to lift 2kg more than me. However, the competitor failed twice in his attempts to lift 71kg,” said Ng, who hails from Bukit Mertajam, Penang. He thanked all those who had chipped in to sponsor his participation in the championships.

Ng’s son, Heng Fu, 51, said: “I’ve never seen anyone his age with so much passion for weightlifting. My father has already started training for next September’s championships in Heinsheim, Germany. The training will intensify a few months before his departure for the competition.”

macva View Reception For Ng At KLIA

Ng had trained athletes from the Malaysian Association for the Blind in 2010 and 2012. “He will train the blind athletes and also train for his annual World Masters Weightlifting Championships,” said Heng Fu. Ng held the record of national weightlifting champ (60kg) for 10 years from 1963 to 1973.

Ng represented Malaysia in the South-East Asian Peninsular (SEAP) Games and won a bronze medal in 1961 and 1967. He also participated in the SEAP Games in 1965 and 1973, and SEA Games in 1977, but did not win any medal.

Last year, Ng took part in the World Masters Weightlifting Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark. However, he had to pull out of the championship due to an old injury after the second trial lift, said former Olympic Council of Malaysia vice-president Datuk Danyal Balagopal.

In July this year, Ng was inducted into the International Weightlifting Federation’s Hall of Fame. It was the first time an Asian was given the honour. In early February, Ng was elected as one of three vice-presidents of the Malaysian Weightlifting Federation.The Malaysian Armed Forces Veterans Association is organising a reception in honour of Ng at Wisma Pahlawan, Kuala Lumpur, on Sept 30.

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