IPOH – Malaysia will host the first Asean civil service sports meet in November, said the chief secretary to the government, Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa.
Ali, who is also the president of the Malaysian Government Servants’ Welfare and Sports Council (Maksak), said the organisation of the championship was in conjunction with Malaysia’s responsibility as the holder of the Asean chair this year.
“I am most excited and believe the program can elevate Maksak Malaysia’s position and give an opportunity to Malaysian civil service athletes to compete at the Southeast Asian level,” he said in his speech at the presentation of the 2014 Maksak Awards, here last night.
Ali Hamsa said the championship would offer five types of sports for competition namely bowling, golf, badminton, table tennis and futsal.
He said the championship would gather athletes and civil servants from the Asean member countries in a sports carnival.
Ali Hamsa said the organisation of the championship also provided a platform for the country’s civil servants to interact, exchange views and forge closer ties with civil servants of the Asean member nations.
At the event, Fit Malaysia@Perkhidmatan Awam was launched to encourage fitness programs and a healthy lifestyle among civil servants throughout the country.
Meanwhile, bodybuilding athlete Sazali Abdul Samad from the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) Sports Council was announced as the first winner of the 2014 Maksak Sports Incentive Scheme to grab the cash prize of RM12,000.
Nurakmal Ramli from the Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory Maksak was announced as the 2014 Maksak Sportsman while Noor Amelia Musa from PDRM Sports Council was announced as the Sportswoman and they each received a trophy and certificate of appreciation. – BERNAMA