VIP CATEGORY…Liew (centre), flanked by Shim (on her right) and Club President Koh, with Nordin (3rd right), Yeo (left), ASP Habibi (3rd left), Frankie (5th left), Hiew (4th right) and others.
KOTA KINABALU: More fitness-related activities should be organised for the benefit of the local community, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew.
Speaking to reporters after flagging off the Carnival in the form of a 4-in-1 sports event, she said such activities promote healthy living and should be held more frequently.
The Cycling Race (48.7km), VIP & Fun Ride (10km), Fun Run (4.2km) and Fun Walk (4.2km) were jointly organised by the DBKK Cycling Club and the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu Central, led by President Demi Koh, and supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, relevant authorities, including the Police, cycling associations and clubs.
Liew, who is also Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, encouraged the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu Central and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to organise more healthy activities for the various age categories, including children, youth and veterans.
“My Ministry will certainly support programmes that are designed to boost health benefits and raise the level of fitness,” she said.
Earlier, in her address, the Minister said the carnival was in line with the organisers’ objective to promote a healthy lifestyle among members of the society through cycling, running and walking activities towards achieving the goal of a “Fit Sabah, Fit Malaysia”. “Equally essential is the need to bring awareness to the general public and our communities, especially the younger generation, on the importance of being involved actively in sports,” she added.
She also noted that the Rotary Club of KK Central was interested to hold international events in the near future, such as international-level cycling and running sports. “Such initiatives will definitely boost sports tourism in the State, which is being promoted by my Ministry,” she said.
Liew was accompanied by City Mayor Datuk Nordin Siman and the Political Secretary to Minister of Youth and Sports, Henry Shim, who represented the Minister Phoong Yin Zhe. Also present were former Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai, City Police Chief ASP Habibi Majinji, President of the Sabah-China Chamber of Commerce, Datuk Frankie Liew and women leader Datuk Zahra Ismail.
Organising Chairperson Wendy Hiew was pleased with the large turnout of some 1,500 cyclists, runners and walkers from Kota Kinabalu and other districts as far as Tambunan and Ranau.