Penang Starwalk on Sept 22 postponed due to haze


GEORGE TOWN: Penang Starwalk 2019 has been postponed in view of the haze with the air quality continuing to deteriorate to unhealthy levels and showing no signs of improvement.

In a statement, event organiser Star Media Group said the decision was made on the advice from the state government, as well as over concerns that prolonged exposure to haze in outdoor activities will affect the health of the participants.

Registered participants may still collect their T-shirts and goodie bags from Thursday (Sept 19) to Saturday, between 10am and 5pm at St Jo's, Level 1 in Gurney Paragon Mall.

Meanwhile, Penang youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee said he appreciated the decision done to postpone the walk and said participants should not be disappointed.

"Sporting activities in outdoor spaces have always been encouraged to keep fit and stay healthy, but when the air quality drops to hazardous levels, it defeats the purpose and causes more harm than good.

"We have also advised all outdoor sporting organisers to postpone their events to a later date when the haze is confirmed over.

"If one is still eager to do their workout, they may consider hitting the gym or look for spaces indoor where the air is filtered and cleaner," he said.

Penang Starwalk 2019 will be held at Gurney Drive.

Gurney Paragon Mall is the venue provider while F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd is the official beverage partner. Citizen Watches (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd is the official timekeeper.

The event's platinum sponsor is YTL Communications Sdn Bhd, while Tenaga Nasional Bhd is the gold sponsor.

Silver sponsors are Indofood (M) Food Industries Sdn Bhd, Wiitrac Elevator Sdn Bhd, BookDoc, Penang Turf Club and Ewein Zenith Sdn Bhd.

Besides a quick-dry T-shirt and goodie bags, participants who complete the walk will receive a certificate and a chance to win attractive prizes.


   

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