Healthy start to New Year

A LARGE crowd marked the New Year on a meaningful and healthy note by joining the seventh edition of City Walk 2019 in Penang.

Many of them started lining the roads in Lebuh Light and Jalan Padang Kota Lama as early as 6am for the 5km walk which took place within the George Town heritage enclave on New Year’s Day.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow and Penang Island City Council (MBPP) mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang flagged off the event.

Yew, in his speech, said the number of participants had increased from 5,000 to 7,000 this year and the quota was fulfilled in less than a month.

He also urged participants to list health as their priority.

A stream of walkers flowing down Lebuh Farquhar during City Walk 2019 in George Town. — Photos: MUSTAFA AHMAD/The Star
A stream of walkers flowing down Lebuh Farquhar during City Walk 2019 in George Town. — Photos: MUSTAFA AHMAD/The Star

“We will work together with the state government in turning Penang into an intelligent, happy and liveable city,” he said.

Chow said the state government would apply to the Housing and Local Government Ministry for Seberang Prai to be accorded city status.

“We have decided to apply through the ministry for Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) to be upgraded to Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP),” he said in his opening speech.

He hoped the city walk could be held on both Penang island and in Seberang Prai by 2020.

“In 2019, we must be united and create a better Malaysia,” he said.

Also present were state Youth and Sports Committee chairman Soon Lip Chee, state Tourism Development, Heritage, Culture and Arts Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin, Batu Lancang assemblyman Ong Ah Teong, Sungai Bakap assemblyman Dr Amar Pritpal Abdullah, Sungai Pinang assemblyman Lim Siew Khim and MBPP representatives.

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