Khairy hopes theme song can mo­ti­vate the na­tion

New Straits Times - - Sport - HELMI TALKAH helmi.talkah@bh.com.my

THE ex­cite­ment of the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games con­tin­ues to in­crease with the launch of the of­fi­cial theme song Bangkit Ber­sama (Ris­ing To­gether) at the Pav­il­lion shop­ping cen­tre in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

The song, com­posed by Datuk Ramli MS, is sung by pop­u­lar singer Dayang Nur­faizah and will be played through­out the du­ra­tion of the games which of­fi­cially starts on Aug 19.

Two other Sea Games theme songs Tun­juk Be­lang, sung by Monoloque, Azlan and Malique, as well as So Many Hands by Mia Pa­len­cia were launched ear­lier this month.

Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din, who of­fi­ci­ated the launch yes­ter­day, said this is the first time the public has been in­volved in the mak­ing of a theme song.

Malaysian Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee for the Games (MASOC) had en­gaged the public to con­trib­ute lyric ideas via so­cial me­dia.

“I am very happy with the sup­port the public has given by con­tribut­ing their ideas and sto­ries. To­day I present the song which be­longs to all the fans,” said Khairy.

“Sing it with pride so our ath­letes can feel the en­thu­si­asm and sup­port.”

Khairy also wel­comed Pav­il­lion as a sil­ver spon­sor for the games. Pavil­ion, which will con­trib­ute be­tween RM1 mil­lion and RM3 mil­lion worth of spon­sor­ship, also launched its own Sea Games pro­gramme yes­ter­day with a dis­play of 1,000 RI­MAU mas­cots.

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