KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has congratulated Malaysia's contingent for meeting its target of 111 gold medals at the 29th SEA Games.
"I would like to thank all the nation's athletes that won the medals, making this 29th SEA Games the best performance ever by a Malaysian contingent," said the Prime Minister.
"These wins had a contagious effect, making our athletes think 'if my colleague can do it, so can I' and pushing them to fight even harder," Najib said, addressing over 100 members of the Malaysian contingent at the Renaissance Hotel here Monday.
The contingent was earlier watching and cheering as cyclist Azizulhasni Awang delivered the 111th gold medal for Malaysia after winning the men's sprint title at the National Velodrome in Nilai, Negri Sembilan.
"On the announcement of a public holiday, Malaysians' two favourite past-times are eating and having public holidays. But wait first, the SEA Games are still ongoing," he joked.
The 111 gold target is pegged to the number of golds that Malaysia won the last time it hosted the Games in 2001.
For these SEA Games, there are 405 gold medals up for grabs in 38 sports. In the 2001 edition, there were 391 golds contested in 32 sports.