KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 – The SEA Games has grown to become an important element in shaping up the community of Southeast Asian nations, said Youth and Sports Minister, YB Brig Gen Khairy Jamaluddin. YB Brig Gen Khairy, who is also Chairman of the Malaysian Organising Committee (MASOC) Kuala Lumpur 2017 said, every two years, Southeast Asian countries come together not to merely compete, but to celebrate the spirit of Asean brotherhood and camaraderie.
“Every two years our countries come together not merely to compete but to celebrate this Southeast Asian community of ours. Through the Games, we create excitement, we forge memories and we leave a legacy of friendship and sportsmanship,” he said at the opening ceremony of the 29th SEA Games at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Saturday (19 Aug).
He said: “We all believe in the power of sport to unite, to inspire and to bring the very best out of us. It is for this very reason that the SEA Games has been such an important part of shaping the community of Southeast Asian nations that is now coming of age.”
“The foundation of our shared past, present and future, I believe, comes from creating a collective experience for our people. And the SEA Games is the best example for this,” he said. YB Brig Gen Khairy called on the people the Southeast Asian nations to rise together as a region to celebrate the bonds that unite them and the spirit that lift the region’s athletes to go faster, higher and stronger.
“Let’s celebrate the spirit which lifts our athletes to go faster, higher and stronger, the confidence of building brighter days ahead for our community in fulfilling the dreams of our forefathers that the whole of Southeast Asia is greater that the sum of our parts,” he added. The KL Games was officially declared open by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V.