Salleh Said Keruak
Malaysia plays host for the 29th SEA Games and 9th ASEAN Para Games this year and I feel excited as we enter our final preparations ahead of the Opening on the 19th August.
The last time we played host to this biennial SEA Games was back in 2001 and we emerged overall champions with 111 gold medals.
Now, after 16 years, our nation will once again play host to the biggest multi-sports event in Southeast Asia.
It is the first SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games to be held after the formation of the ASEAN Community in 2015.
On top of that, 2017 marks a momentous milestone in Malaysia’s history, as both the Games will coincide with the celebration of our nation’s 60th Independence Day as well as Malaysia Day.
In the spirit of Merdeka, let us Bangkit Bersama and support our local sporting heroes who will be giving us their best representing our country.
Congratulations to all our dedicated national athletes and coaches who have worked hard and sacrificed a lot to get to where you are.
Malaysian sports has seen its ups and downs, but it has never lost the excitement and liveliness.
Sports has the power to unite, so surely patriotic Malaysians will once again, be able to set their differences aside to celebrate and cheer for our national contingent.
To all Malaysians, let us Unite and Rise Together during this landmark occasion.