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Nation's hopes lie with you, Najib tells Malaysian SEA Games athletes

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, representing about 30 million Malaysians, today conveyed the nation's hope for the Malaysian contingent to soar and thrive in the 29th SEA Games.
"All Malaysians including myself can only pray and cheer for your success as you (the athletes) will be the ones who will compete for the medals," he told about 700 athletes present to witness the handing over of the Jalur Gemilang by Najib to the national contingent.
Also present were Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and wife patron Tun Jeanne Abdullah, who is also the Paralympics Council of Malaysia patron.
The prime minister added Malaysia had also recorded successes in various dimensions including in the transport sector which the construction of transport facilities of world class standard including the East Coast Rail Link project.
In sports, Najib was of the opinion that Malaysia had world class facilities and expressed his hope to see world class performances from the national contingent in the upcoming SEA Games.
"I have seen the huge sacrifice and efforts put in by the athletes, their coaches and families.
"Based on what I have witnessed, you have given your best and that is what we want ," he said.
Najib said every Malaysians wanted them to succeed and emerge as champion in the Sea Games.
He added that each victory secured by Malaysian athletes as they took the first place on the podium would be the sweetest memory, which money could not buy.
"Give all your best. Do it for yourself, but above all do it for Malaysia," said the prime minister as the athletes cheered loudly in unison.
He said the upcoming SEA Games reminded him of the 1989 Sea Games when he was the Youth and Sports minister.
"The successes recorded in the 1989 edition has set the benchmark and standards for sports performance and planning."
He said the Malaysian contingent back then had secured 67 gold, 58 silver and 75 bronze medals.
Najib later handed the Jalur Gemilang to Malaysian contingent head Datuk Marina Chin who then passed it to Pencak Silat exponent Al-Jufferi Jamari.
Marina together with the 700-strong athletes had taken their oath, pledging to secure high number of gold medals that would be the best gift for Malaysia as it scheduled to celebrate its 60th independence on Aug 31.
The oath-taking ceremony was led by defending discus champion Irfan Shamshuddin, who later presented a copy of the pledge to the prime minister.

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