SPECIAL needs student Muhammad Hafiz Abdul Manap could not believe his luck when he was picked as one of the torchbearers for the Kuala Lumpur 2017 SEA Games Torch Run.
“Although I have taken part in the 400m, 800m, 1,500m and 1,800m during the Malaysia Para Games 2016, I am still nervous. Nevertheless, I am equally excited,” the 17-year-old from SMK Teluk Kumbar 2 said at Jalan Mahkamah, Bayan Lepas yesterday.
His schoolmate Esther Fuan Ai Lin, 19, who participated in the Malaysia Para Games 2016, was also among the torchbearers at the southwest district of Penang.
Both Muhammad Hafiz and Fuan are students under the Special Education Integration Programme.
The torch arrived in Penang on Monday and more events would be held until tomorrow.
The second day began at the SK Sungai Rusa at the rustic Balik Pulau, led by Balik Pulau MP Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya.
Nearing the finishing line in front of Pantai Hospital Penang in Bayan Baru, the torch was handed over to Puskas 2016 award winner Mohd Faiz Subri by police corporal Khairulnizam Mohd Taib.
“I fully support the torch run event as it can instil the spirit of togetherness among the people and boost the confidence of our athletes in the Games,” Mohd Faiz said.
Also present were his Penang football team members — captain Rafiuddin Roddin, striker Failee Ghazli and midfielder Azrul Ahmad.
The torch was then carried by Bayan Baru Umno division deputy chief Liakat Ali Mohamed Ali to the Giant Hypermarket in Bayan Baru.
Today, the run will move to the north Seberang Prai district, starting at SMK Datuk Hj Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at 8am to Pengkalan Tambang in central Seberang Prai.
From Pengkalan Tambang, it will proceed to Dewan Sri Mutiara Politeknik Seberang Prai where the 10.5km run will end at 1.30pm.
At the polytechnic, the public will be able to get a glimpse of the torch from 1.30pm to 2pm.
It will eventually be brought to the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur for the Games’ opening ceremony on Aug 19.