New Straits Times - - Letters -

KUALA Lumpur will be the venue for the 29th SEA Games and the 9th Asean Para Games in Au­gust and Septem­ber, re­spec­tively.

Such sport­ing events would not be pos­si­ble or be able to run smoothly with­out the par­tic­i­pa­tion of vol­un­teers.

Vol­un­teers are not only es­sen­tial, but can make or break a sport­ing event.

It can­not be de­nied that one of the con­tribut­ing fac­tors for the huge suc­cess of the 1998 Com­mon­wealth Games in Kuala Lumpur was the in­valu­able ser­vice pro­vided by the thou­sands of vol­un­teers. I was one of them.

For the SEA Games in Au­gust, I un­der­stand that 13,000 vol­un­teers have been cho­sen to un­der­take dif­fer­ent re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, such as han­dling pro­to­col, ac­com­mo­da­tion, food, trans­la­tion and trans­port, to name a few.

I must com­mend the Youth and Sports Min­istry and Univer­sity Ke­bangsaan Malaysia for con­duct­ing train­ing pro­grammes for the vol­un­teers.

Re­cently, I had the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend the two-day train­ing pro­gramme at the UKM cam­pus.

In ad­di­tion to equip­ping the


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