TANJUNG MALIM – The organisation of the Malaysian Indian Sports Meet (Sukim) should be continued to highlight the capabilities of more national athletes from the Indian community, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said the government was prepared to provide support in various aspects in order to attract the young generation from the Indian community to take up a healthy lifestyle.
He explained that this was because sports could change the negative lifestyle of the youths which was becoming more worrying.
“The Sukim programme should be implemented in a consistent manner, including the involvement of the NGOs (non-governmental organisations) as well as corporate bodies.
“In addition, I hope it would become a platform to unearth young talents to take up sports and recreational activities besides becoming a place to develop their skills. In fact, the unhealthy lifestyle currently must be addressed and the implementation of this programme is appropriate,” he said.
The text of his speech was read by Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir when officiating the Sukim 2017 at the Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) Sports Complex at the Sultan Azlan Shah campus at Proton City, here which was participated by 1,800 athletes and 500 officials from throughout the country today.
Also present were Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam and Deputy Education Minister Datuk Seri P. Kamalanathan as well as Perak MIC chairman Datuk V. Elango.
Ahmad Zahid also congratulated Subramaniam as the president of the MIC and the Malaysian Indian Sports and Cultural Foundation on the success in organising Sukim 2017 which was entering its fourth edition.
Meanwhile at a press conference later, Subramaniam said sports activities were also included in the development plan for the Indian community in this country as it was capable of changing the negative perception on the younger generation who were frequently associated with criminal activities.
“If we want to change to a positive perception, we must open up other avenues such as sports and culture.
“The younger generation has the tendency to be involved in these fields. As such, it is easy to attract their interest,” he said.
Thus, he said he would use this platform in the best manner to attract the interests of the youths to raise their involvement besides grooming the young generation to have a healthy lifestyle.
Subramaniam also expressed his intention to continue holding the Sukim so that it could regain the glory of the Indian community in sports achieved in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Sukim 2017 from July 3 until Sunday involved 11 sporting events namely athletics, football, squash, silambam, body-building, taekwondo, karate, tennis, badminton, hockey and kabaddi. – BERNAMA