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New Straits Times - - Sport - KHAIRY JA­MALUD­DIN

Sea Games ba­ton.

The Ris­ing To­gether Run be­gan in Brunei on March 5 and it spanned nine other Asean coun­tries be­fore ar­riv­ing in Malaysia yes­ter­day.

The ba­ton run, the first of its kind in the Sea Games and Asean Para Games, was or­gan­ised by the KL2017 Malaysia Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee (MASOC) with help from other Asean coun­tries.

Khairy said the KL2017 Torch Run was his­toric in its scope as par­tic­i­pants will achieve great feats while pass­ing the Sea Games torch at land­marks through­out Malaysia.

“The torch will be soar­ing high in the sky as it will be brought down by sky­divers who will con­duct base jump off the KL Tower,” said Khairy.

The min­is­ter had ear­lier at­tended the Sin­ga­pore-leg of the Ris­ing To­gether Run where he handed over the ba­ton to Sin­ga­pore’s Min­is­ter of Cul­ture,

The torch will be soar­ing high in the sky as it will be brought down by sky­divers who will con­duct base jump off the KL Tower.

Com­mu­nity and Youth, Grace Fu to kick start the 18km re­lay across the is­land state.

Par­tic­i­pants then car­ried the ba­ton across the Cause­way on a Kere­tapi Tanah Me­layu shut­tle train from Wood­lands to the JB Sen­tral sta­tion.

Upon ar­rival at Muz­ium Tokoh, the 600g ba­ton made by pewter­maker Royal Se­lan­gor was switched to a torch and passed from KL2017 mas­cot Ri­mau to Khairy, mark­ing the start of the na­tion­wide Torch Run.

Khairy passed the torch to Jo­hor Youth, Cul­ture and Her­itage Com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Zulkur­nain Kamisan.

The Torch Run will pass through six dis­tricts namely Jo­hor Baru, Ku­lai ,Klu­ang, Batu Pa­hat, Muar and Tangkak un­til May 18. The run will then pro­ceed to Me­laka, Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan, Labuan and Sabah as well as other states.

PIC BY ZULKA­R­NAIN AH­MAD TA­JUD­DIN

Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din launches the start of the na­tion­wide Torch Run at Muz­ium Tokoh, Bukit Senyum in Jo­hor Baru yes­ter­day.

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