NEGRI Sembilans favourite son Datuk Ho Koh Chye has been given the honour of lighting the cauldron for the 10th Malaysia Games at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium in Paroi tonight.
The 62-year-old former national hockey goalkeeper will be the final person to receive the torch in the main stadium during the opening ceremony.
Koh Chye, who honed his skills at the St Pauls Institution in Seremban, kept goal for Malaysia in two consecutive Olympics in Tokyo in 1964 and in Mexico four years later.
He also coached the Malaysian squad to fourth place in the 1975 World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, the national teams best-ever result to date.
The Sukma torch, which had made its way to all the districts in the state, reached Seremban yesterday.
It will be brought into the stadium by three Negri-born athletes who have graced the international scene - hurdler Nur Herman Majid, hockey player M. Maheswari and rugby player Ahmad Farid.
The lighting of the torch will be the highlight of an entertaining evenings programme, organised for the Negri public. The lighting of the torch will be done in a new and innovative way.
Negris United States-based national swimmer Siow Yi Ting has been flown back specially to compete in the Games.
And she has also been chosen to lead the athletes of the 17 contingents in the oath-taking ceremony.
The official events for the opening ceremony are only expected to begin at 7.30pm.
However for two hours before that, the crowd will be able to enjoy an entertainment programme.
The Games, which unofficially began on Monday and will officially end on June 6, are contested by Negri Sembilan, Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Johor, Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan, Sabah, Sarawak, Police, Labuan and Brunei.