Na­jib fires up Malaysian Sea Games con­tin­gent

Each vic­tory se­cured by our ath­letes would be the sweet­est mem­ory, he says

New Straits Times - - Front Page - AZURA ABAS AND DEVINDER SINGH PU­TRA­JAYA news@nst.com.my

DATUK Seri Na­jib Razak, rep­re­sent­ing about 30 mil­lion Malaysians, con­veys the nation's hopes for the Malaysian con­tin­gent to soar in the 29th Sea Games.

PRIME Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak, rep­re­sent­ing about 30 mil­lion Malaysians, has con­veyed the nation’s hopes for the Malaysian con­tin­gent to soar and win big in the 29th Sea Games.

“All Malaysians, in­clud­ing my­self, can only pray and cheer for your suc­cess as you (the ath­letes) will be the ones who will com­pete for the medals,” he told some 700 ath­letes af­ter hand­ing over the Jalur Gemi­lang to the na­tional con­tin­gent’s chef-de-mis­sion for the Sea Games Datuk Ma­rina Chin.

Present were Youth and Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din, for­mer prime min­is­ter Tun Ab­dul­lah Ah­mad Badawi and wife Tun Jeanne Ab­dul­lah, who is also pa­tron of the Par­a­lympics Coun­cil of Malaysia.

Na­jib said Malaysia had recorded suc­cess in many ar­eas, in­clud­ing the trans­port sec­tor with the con­struc­tion of world-class trans­port fa­cil­i­ties such as the East Coast Rail Link project.

He said Malaysia had also built world-class sports fa­cil­i­ties and hoped to see world-class per­for­mances from the na­tional con­tin­gent in the Sea Games.

“I have seen the huge sac­ri­fice and ef­forts put in by the ath­letes, their coaches and fam­i­lies.

“Based on what I have wit­nessed, you have given your best and that is what we want,” he said.

Na­jib said all Malaysians wanted them to emerge as cham­pi­ons in the Sea Games.

He added that each vic­tory se­cured by Malaysian ath­letes as they took the first place on the podium would be the sweet­est mem­ory that money could not buy.

“Give your best. Do it for your­self, but above all do it for Malaysia,” said the prime min­is­ter as the ath­letes cheered.

He said the up­com­ing Sea Games re­minded him of the 1989 Sea Games when he was the youth and sports min­is­ter.

“The suc­cesses recorded in the 1989 edi­tion has set the bench­mark and stan­dards for sports per­for­mance and plan­ning.”

He said the Malaysian habit of de­liv­er­ing suc­cess had led to the na­tional team win­ning 67 gold, 58 sil­ver and 75 bronze medals.

On re­ceiv­ing the Jalur Gemi­lang from Na­jib, Chin passed it to Pen­cak Silat ex­po­nent Al-Juf­feri Ja­mari. The ath­letes pledged to se­cure a large num­ber of gold medals that would be the best gift for Malaysia as the nation will be cel­e­brat­ing its 60th in­de­pen­dence on Aug 31.

The oath-tak­ing cer­e­mony was led by de­fend­ing dis­cus champi- on Ir­fan Shamshud­din, who pre­sented a copy of the pledge to the prime min­is­ter.

Page 1 pic: Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak, Youth and Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din, and mem­bers of the Malaysian con­tin­gent to the 29th Sea Games at the Jalur Gemi­lang han­dover cer­e­mony in Pu­tra­jaya yes­ter­day.

PIC BY MOHD FADLI HAMZAH

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak hand­ing the Jalur Gemi­lang to Malaysia’s chef-de-mis­sion for the Sea Games Datuk Ma­rina Chin. Ac­com­pa­ny­ing him (from left) are Olympic Coun­cil of Malaysia pres­i­dent Tunku Tan Sri Im­ran Tuanku Jaa­far, Youth and Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din, for­mer prime min­is­ter Tun Ab­dul­lah Ah­mad Badawi and wife Tun Jeanne Ab­dul­lah.

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