PUTRAJAYA – In a confidence-boosting speech to Malaysian athletes picked for the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games (KL2017), Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak asked them to dig deep inside themselves to give the performance of a lifetime and bring glory to the country.
The prime minister said they could count on the support of over 30 million Malaysians as they do battle with regional athletes at the 29th SEA Games scheduled for Aug 19-30 and the 9th ASEAN Para Games, from Sept 17 to 23.
Expressing confidence that success was attainable, Najib said that he and all Malaysians were behind the national athletes but despite all the cheering and clapping, in the end it would be the athletes themselves who would determine the colour of the medals.
“We want to see world standard performance by each athlete so that we can be the best in the ASEAN region.
“So, on the behalf of the 30 million Malaysians we ask you to give your very best so as to bring glory for the country, ” he said at the ceremony to hand over the Jalur Gemilang (national flag) to the Malaysian contingent to KL2017 at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre here yesterday.