Young silat exponents demonstrating their martial arts skills at the opening of the state-level Youth Day in Lundu, about 90km from Kuching, yesterday. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / The Star
KUCHING: Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has set an ambitious goal for Sarawak to win first place in the 2016 Malaysia Games (Sukma), which the state will host.
“In the last Sukma, we didn’t get first place. We got third overall. Maybe we just didn’t have ‘it’ this year.
“But in 2016, when Sarawak hosts Sukma, we will be champion,” Adenen said when launching the state level Youth Day yesterday.
This year’s Sukma was held in Perlis on May 26-June 4.
Sarawak won 115 medals, of which 48 were Gold, behind Terengganu (137 medals in total) and Federal Territory (142 medals). Behind Sarawak was Selangor with 156 medals in total but only 36 were Gold.
Adenan told the thousands of youths gathered at Lundu Sports Grounds in Lundu, about 90kmm from, he was proud of them and he had “belief” in Sarawak’s younger generation.
The future is for today’s youth to determine, “not for old people like us... well, we will be ‘returning’ to another place, although I do pray for a long life,” he quipped.
“You must have ambition. You must have desire. You must have interests in what you do in life. That is my message to youths.
“Be disciplined and be professional. Be experts and work hard for the sake of your family and for the sake of this state. You will shoulder new challenges and take on the burden we leave behind. I know our youths will be successful,” he said.
He cited national diving champion Pandelela Rinong Pamg, who is the first Malaysian female Olympic medalist, as an example for others to emulate.
Academic achievements in education, he said, was not the only pathway to success. Other career paths in sports and technical fields were equally as fruitful. Sarawak last hosted Sukma in 1990 and was a champion. The state went on to win two more editions of Sukma consecutively. Selangor is the best performing state with eight wins since the Games began in 1986.
In September last year, federal Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced the Land of the Hornbills had been picked by Sukma Supreme Council to host the next Games.
Since the announcement, a series of new facilities and refurbishment of older sporting venues have been underway at the Sarawak Sports Complex at Petrajaya. These include a new aquatic centre, hockey pitch, games village, archery centre, among others.