Taken from DAILY EXPRESS NEWS
Tawau: The 9th Malaysia Games (Sukma) torch run began
here Saturday on a long and winding journey which will
end in Kota Kinabalu on Aug 30, the eve of National Day.
From here, the torch will be taken to more than 30 districts
and sub-districts throughout the State.
In his speech at the launch of the torch run, Chief Minister
Datuk Chong Kah Kiat said the run was unique because the
torch would be taken up Southeast Asia's tallest mountain
Mount Kinabalu on Aug 10.
The size and topographical features of Sabah had made
this year's torch run particularly challenging, he said
in his speech, which was read out by Minister in the Chief
Minister's Department Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh.
Chong said a multi-event games like Sukma was a good avenue
to promote unity in a multi-racial country like Malaysia.
Abdul Ghapur then led a group of local dignitaries in
carrying the torch from the town field to the Municipal
Council compound before it continued with its journey
to Semporna District.
Abdul Ghapur told a news conference later that almost
7,000 athletes from throughout the country would participate
in the biennial Games from Sept 5 to 14. The Games will
also feature two invitational contingents - Brunei who
will send 200 athletes and Australia's Northern Territory
who will send between 50 and 100 athletes.