|Abdul Karim (front row, fifth right), Snowdan and Hasidah (front row, third right) with participants in a group photo.|
KUCHING: Around 500 participants took part in the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games torch run which was flagged off at the old State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Complex yesterday.
They were led by Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Snowdan Lawan, who was also the torch bearer.
From the old DUN Complex, the group made their way across the Sarawak River on boat towards Kuching Waterfront where Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah was on hand to receive the torch from Snowdan.
“The SEA Games Torch is making its last pit stop in Kuching today (yesterday) before moving to Perlis where it will be handed over to its state government prior to being brought to Kuala Lumpur for the 29th SEA Games to be held in August,” Abdul Karim told reporters.
He said the torch has travelled across all countries competing in the regional games.
“In Malaysia, it has passed through iconic sites such as the Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Mulu in Sarawak, longhouses in
Sibu and yesterday (Monday) it crossed the Batang Sadong Bridge where Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin ran the whole 1.8km stretch,” he remarked.
Snowdan will be handing over the torch to Perlis Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man today (June 15).
Also present were Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring) Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports permanent secretary Datu Ik Pahon Joyik and Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) mayor Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai. -TheBorneoPost