GO GET ‘EM, TIGER!
Kuala Lumpur 2017 is soon to be held in the capital. Rimau is the o cial mascot for the games and we’ve fallen hard for him. Here’s why ....
Introduced to the world in November 2015, Rimau, Malaysia’s mascot for this year’s South East Asian Games and ASEAN Para Games is everywhere, and with Kuala Lumpur 2017 mere months away, you’re already likely to have come across this stripey character. Just remember, we saw him first. Here are eight reasons why we love this kitty….
RIMAU IS A CAT He is an anthropomorphised Malayan tiger to be precise, which makes him a big cat, and everyone loves cats. Just ask the internet.
YOU CAN TAKE HIM HOME TO THE PARENTS That’s because Rimau has his own line of merchandise, which includes button badges, stickers, pens and even his own vehicle registration plates. Bidding for his RIMAU 1 through RIMAU 9999 plates kicked o on April 1st and starts from as little as RM500.
HE COMES FROM A GOOD PEDIGREE Rimau hails from a long line of sporting mascots. Since 1985, the SEA Games has had 21 mascots, six of which have been from the cat family including Sawasdee and Wichien-maat the Siamese cats, Can the Korat cat and Singa and Nila the Singapore lions. Miaow.
HE’S SUPER FIT Okay, so Rimau is kind of big headed—no one’s purrfect—but who can deny that long, lean athletic body, fierce feline grace and sharp cat-like reflexes? HE LOOKS GOOD IN ANYTHING Rimau has an enviable wardrobe; 38 outfits for every sport contested—that’s 38 sports at the SEA Games and another 16 sports at the ASEAN Para Games. Whether he’s togged up in his tracksuit or slinky swimmers, Rimau looks grrreat in every single one of them!
HE’S GOT ALL THE RIGHT QUALITIES What’s in a name? For Rimau, quite a lot. An acronym for Respect, Integrity, Move, Attitude and Unity, we also love that he’s been described as gracious, friendly, competitive and athletic—all the qualities we look for in a team mate. Or a mate. Ahem...
HE’S MALAYSIAN THROUGH AND THROUGH Rimau wears his jalur gemilang proudly and we’re not just talking about his orange and black stripes. Go Malaysia!
HE’S A RARE FIND As a Malayan tiger, Rimau is exceptionally special. That’s because there are only 250 or fewer of his kind left in the wild. So do spare a thought for Malaysia’s last remaining wild Malayan tigers and the threats to this critically endangered species’ continued survival.
The 29th SEA Games will take place from the 19th to the 3Oth of August, while the 9th ASEAN Para Games will be held from the 17th to the 23rd of September, 2017. For more Rimau and information on the SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games go to www.kualalumpur2017.com.my. To support the conservation of Malayan tigers in the wild go to citizenactionfortigers.my