KDU Torch Run For The 9th ASEAN Para Games

Prof Dr Hiew Pang Leang (front), Vice Chancellor of KDU University College, received the torch from Malaysia Paralympic Council and take a lead in 9th ASEAN Para Games Torch Run at KDU. At the centre is Dato’ Subramaniam Rama Nair, MPC Vice President.  Prof Dr Hiew Pang Leang (centre) set the torch with KDU student Abdul Hafiz (4th from left), witness by Assoc Prof Dr Hon Wei Min (from left), Mr. Shanker Sathivellu, Mr Sheikh Fahmy bin Sheikh Mohamed and Dato’ Subramaniam. Joining them were the para athletes Mohd Shukur (from right), Mohd Rizal, KDU students Aaron Koh Boon Winn and Natasha Ashwene (on her wheelchair).
Mohd Shukur Bin Mohamed Nordin (left) and Mohd Rizal Bin Hassan, both national para athletes who will take part in Tenpin Bowling Category in 9th ASEAN Para Games 2017, receiving warm support and encouragement from KDU students and staffs as they step into KDU’s campus.  Rimau, the official SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games Mascot, pose with members from 9 OKU community centres in the State of Selangor after the 9th ASEAN Para Games Torch Run to KDU. 
In the spirit of patriotism and to provide the public with a sense of participation in the 9th ASEAN Para Games 2017, which takes place from September 17 to 23, KDU University College’s Student and Alumni Centre (SAC) had carried out a torch run event at KDU’s flagship campus, Utropolis Glenmarie on 14 September 2017.

Joined hands with the Malaysian Paralympic Council (MPC), the event kicked off at 10a.m., where the Vice Chancellor of KDU University College, Professor Dr Hiew Pang Leang received the torch from MPC’s Vice President-cum-Chef De Mission Malaysia for 9th ASEAN Para Games 2017, First Admiral Dato’ Subramaniam Rama Nair, accompanied by two national para athletes, Mohd Shukur Bin Mohamed Nordin – Tenpin Bowling Category for physically impaired and Mohd Rizal Bin Hassan – Tenpin Bowling for vision impaired.

The torch run was also joined by KDU students, staffs, lecturers,   Head of Schools and KDU top management team, which included Assoc Prof Dr Hon Wei Min, Deputy Vice Chancellor – Academic; Mr. Shanker A/L Sathivellu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Administration; Mr Sheikh Fahmy bin Sheikh Mohamed, Chief Marketing Officer.

The torch was then passed to one of KDU students with special disability – Abdul Hafiz Bin Hamdam and later to Natasha Ashwene A/P Robert Parenpa, both study in the programme of Diploma in Mass Communication.

On the way towards the finish line, the runners passed by a significant number of special guests, who were stationed at 9 pit spots with fancy helium balloons that symbolised 9th ASEAN Para Games 2017. They were persons with disabilities from 9 ‘OKU’ community centres in the state of Selangor, whom invited here by SAC to embrace the spirit and energy of ASEAN Para Games. These communities applauded the torch-runners by releasing 60 helium balloons to the air as a symbol of Malaysian 60th Independence Day. 

Apart from that, the appearance of ‘Rimau’, the official SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games Mascot, had brought the participating crowd a great excitement.

For both para athletes – Mohd Shukur and Mohd Rizal who stepped into KDU campus for their first time, the supporting spirit shown by KDU students and staffs here has indeed given them a great throb. “This is my first time joining torch run, I was touched and excited by the support given by KDU students and staffs,” Shukur explained, and his teammate Rizal chimed in, “The overwhelming support of KDU will definitely boost our spirit to fight for gold medal in Tenpin Bowling at the ASEAN Para Games. According to them, the Malaysian Para Tenpin Bowling team with 29 members are aiming for 13 gold medals in total.

Sharing his thoughts on the torch run held at KDU, MPC’s Vice President First Admiral Dato’ Subramaniam enthused, “Our engagement with KDU is fantastic, this is the first time for the torch of ASEAN Para Games coming to the ground for the people to have a closer look at it. I think the outreach initiative like this has brought KDU students and their invited guests so much joy. This has also raised awareness of the general public towards para sports.”

In conjunction with this occasion, tickets for 9th ASEAN Para Games 2017 will be given to the 9 participating centres of OKU community. As a gesture of carrying out Corporate Social Responsibility, besides being the coordinate body, KDU will also sponsor the transportation in sending these OKU communities to watch the games.