Monday, April 13, 2015

Adenan’s comic relief at Fit Malaysia event


KUCHING: It was serious business, albeit sweaty, but trust Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem to provide some comic relief.

He told the crowd at the Fit Malaysia event that not only was he fit, but he was also the “most handsome minister”.

Fit Malaysia, which is held by the Youth and Sports Ministry, is aimed at encouraging a healthy lifestyle among Malaysians.

“Yes, I am 71 years old. But look, it’s like I’m 20 only,” Adenan said, taking off his cap and flexing his arms on stage.

Still going strong: Adenan flexing his arms on stage during the Fit Malaysia event in Kuching.
Still going strong: Adenan flexing his arms on stage during the Fit Malaysia event in Kuching.

On a more serious note, Adenan acknowledged that he had been ill two years ago.
Back then, his grandchildren flew back from abroad to see him in hospital, he said.

“I was sick at the National Heart Institute, at Normah Medical Specialist Centre, and others. I actually thought maybe my time had come.

“But I’m still here. That sickness taught me the importance of good health and keeping fit.”
Adenan said that like most people, he had struggled with his weight and diet.

“My doctors tell me my ideal weight is 78kg.
“I will watch my diet. I will be as fit as Khairy Jamaluddin (the minister).”

Khairy, who met reporters at the Fit Malaysia event held at Padang Merdeka, spoke about badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei, saying that he had the best possible defence at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) hearing in Amsterdam on Saturday.
However, Khairy said he could not make public the specifics for now.

Lee was “satisfied” with the opportunities he was given to explain himself and with how the hearing was run, Khairy said.

“For now, there is really not much else we can do except pray and wait for a decision that will favour him.”

Lee was represented by lawyer Mike Morgan at the hearing. A verdict is expected in three weeks’ time.

In August last year, Lee, then ranked world number one, failed a doping test during the semi-finals of the World Championships in Copenhagen. He was provisionally suspended by BWF on Nov 11.
On Fit Malaysia, he said the Kuching edition held at Padang Merdeka yesterday was the most successful yet.

“For the running event, we had more than 10,000 who took part. Initially, we thought a maximum of 6,000 runners would join us.”

Another Fit Malaysia event would be held in Miri soon given the good response in Kuching, he said.


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