JOHOR BARU: Johor has postponed its “Semarak Juara Carnival 2020” event to promote Malaysian Games (Sukma) which the state will host in July, due to the coronavirus outbreak.
State youth, sports, culture and heritage committee chairman Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar said the carnival was supposed to be held from Feb 13 to Feb 15 at Dataran Bandaraya here.
“However, in light of the outbreak and also taking into consideration the state’s close proximity to Singapore, the state government has decided to postpone the carnival.
“This move is to safeguard the public’s health, which is the government’s main priority, ” he said at a press conference.
Sports Johor Sdn Bhd chief executive officer On Jabbar was also present along with Sukma Johor mascot Jimi.
Mohd Khuzzan said the government would review whether or not to hold the carnival by the end of this month.
He stressed that the current situation has not affected Johor’s planning as host for Sukma, which it last hosted in 1992.
“Preparations are in motion and we want to make sure this year’s Sukma is the best in the competition’s 20-year history.
“We have a total of 18 venues to host 31 sporting events in Sukma.
“Construction work at the venues is about 90% complete and on schedule to be completed by end of April, ” he added.
Mohd Khuzzan said the state government would also display the design for the Sukma torch and medals, which would incorporate Johor elements, soon. — By MOHD FARHAAN SHAH
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