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  • Let's lay down our differences and prejudices to support our athletes in a show of unity and patriotism. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily

Sin Chew Daily

The 2017 SEA Games were off to a pompous start on Saturday night. The wonderful performance on the opening night once again bore witness to Malaysia's strength in organizing a major sporting event.

In view of possible terror threats, the Malaysian police have stepped up patrols, with up to 8,000 security personnel on duty to ensure a smooth SEA Games although no information on possible attacks has been received so far.

The police also instituted strict security checks near the Games venues to prevent any untoward incident. All these point to the fact that the government has attached a lot of importance to this event.

The last time SEA Games were held here was in 2001, and the government values the opportunity of hosting the region's biggest sporting event again after a lapse of 16 years, and will give its best shot for it.

This will cover two different aspects, firstly to organize a successful event that will impress athletes and visitors from regional countries, and secondly to score in the Games. We have set a goal of 111 gold medals to emerge as the overall champion. Hopefully our athletes will not let us down.

Participating athletes will do their utmost between Aug 19 and 30 to vie for the glory for themselves and their countries. It will be a competition of sweat and perseverance. Fighting for the golds aside, we should also strive to forge stronger friendships and close our gaps, as this is the real spirit of sports.

Not only those inside the stadia feel the excitement, the entire nation will feel it as well.

Malaysians should not just be spectators to the show but must stand alongside our athletes, cheer for them and offer them our unreserved moral support in encouraging them to fight for the glory of our country.

This is particularly relevant as the National Day is drawing near, and Malaysians from all ethnic backgrounds must support our athletes and demonstrate our patriotic spirit.

It won't be easy to bag 111 gold medals to claim the overall title given the fact we only managed to get 62 golds in the last Games at the fourth position. To double the catch is indeed tough, but Malaysian athletes have performed exceptionally well in recent years, including clinching four silvers and one bronze in last year's Rio Olympics. As such, it is not impossible to meet the lofty goal set for this year.

Most importantly, the whole nation must lend its full support to our athletes so that they will put on their best in the competitive field.

If we can put aside our prejudices and join hands to cheer for our athletes in a show of unity and patriotism, we have already won even if we fail to achieve our goal as overall champion in the end.


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