Monday, June 23, 2014

Malaysia Plans To Host 1st Asean Public Service Games 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, June 22 (Bernama) -- Following the selection of Malaysia as the chairman of Asean in 2015, the Government Servants' Welfare and Sports Council (Maksak) will submit a proposal to host the 1st Asean Public Service Games 2015.

Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa said the championship would gather athletes and civil service officers from among Asean member nations in the form of a carnival.

"I'm most excited with the idea and believe the programme can push up Maksak Malaysia's name and give an opportunity to civil service athletes to enhance their performance and carry the name of the Malaysian civil service at the South-east Asian level," he said.

Ali, who is also Maksak President, said this in his speech when closing the Maksak Mini Sports Carnival 2014 at the Malaysian National Sports Council's Mini Stadium, Bukit Jalil, here Sunday.

The text of his speech was read by the Director-General of Public Service who is also Maksak Deputy President, Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal.

Ali said it was hoped that the hosting of the mini sports carnival could inspire and create awareness among government agencies to continue to support and popularise sports.

"I perceive the introduction of the new format (this year) as one of the transformation efforts in Maksak and I hope it can create an inspiration to all government agencies at various levels to further activate sporting activities," he said.

More than 1,500 athletes and officials from 18 affiliate bodies of Maksak participated in the four-day mini carnival which began Thursday.

Six sporting events were contested this year namely athletics, team bowling, team golf, team tennis, team table-tennis and indoor hockey.

-- BERNAMA

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