SINGAPORE: The coming SEA Games and the Asean Para Games will be a good platform to forge closer ties among all participating nations, says Khairy Jamaluddin.
The Youth and Sports Minister said in line with this, the theme “Rising Together” was adopted this year.
“Our main aim is to grow together and to celebrate 50 years of Asean friendship.
“In 2015, you showed the South-East Asia region the best of what it is to become the host of the Games.
“It will be tough to emulate but we will do our best to ensure that the South-East Asia countries come together once again,” he said after attending the final leg of the Rising Together Baton Run here.
Meanwhile, Singapore’s Culture, Community and Youth Minister Grace Fu said the republic was excited to participate and that their athletes have been training hard for the events.
“Sports can bring people together and the SEA Games has been able to bring countries in South-East Asia together, so this is really a good way to celebrate sports.
“With this baton run, we are generating much excitement and getting prepared for the coming Games.
“I am sure Malaysia will put up a spectacular event in Kuala Lumpur,” she said.
Fu accepted the baton from Singapore para-athlete Yip Pin Xiu at the event and later handed it to Khairy at the Woodlands KTM checkpoint.
Khairy, accompanied by a group of Malaysian delegates, travelled by train to Johor Baru to launch the torch run.
SEA Games torch run starts