Siti Hasmah: I will remain active in sports


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 09 Jul 2003

PETALING JAYA: Datin Seri Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali will continue to attend sporting activities even after her husband Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad steps down as Prime Minister in October. 

“I will be involved if there are invitations and if time allows me to do so but sometimes 'idols' also need to rest,'' she said when told that she was looked upon as an “idol” due to her keen support for most of the sports played in the country. 

Dr Siti Hasmah pointed out that junior athletes had to improve in sports and give their best. 

“They should not just look at getting rewards but should also make it their dream to succeed,'' she told reporters after presenting the Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM)-Milo Sports Awards to eight young achievers and two teachers yesterday. 

 

Earlier in her speech, Dr Siti Hasmah said it was time to set higher targets such as in the Asean and Olympic Games. 

 

“Don't waste your talent on unhealthy and wasteful activities. Use it to achieve your goals,'' she said, adding that rewards would inevitably follow after one had proven one's capabilities. 

To succeed, students had to be fully committed, be competitive and have the spirit of a fighter and a patriot, she added.  

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