Minister of Youth and Sports Launches KDU Sports Carnival

YB Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, the Minister of Youth & Sports Malaysia (right), holds up T-shirt signed by himself with Datin Teh Geok Lian, CEO of Paramount Education. YB Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, the Minister of Youth & Sports Malaysia (centre) leading KDU’s students performing a fitness jump movement after launching KDU Sports Carnival 2015.
SHAH ALAM, 23 September 2015 – Towards building a sporting nation and be part of 3 million Malaysians targeted to be involved in mass sport activities in conjunction with Malaysia’s inaugural National Sports Day on 10th October, KDU University College was proud and honoured to have its 2015 Sports Carnival officiated by Yang Berhormat Tuan Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, the Minister of Youth & Sports Malaysia, at its Utropolis, Glenmarie campus, today.

The official launch of the Sports Carnival was held together with a preview of the Sports, Competition, Outdoor, Recreation Expo (SCORE) FitMob Festival, which will be held on the National Sports Day in Stadium Merdeka and will see the participation of KDU students.

Clad in full sportswear, YB Khairy was welcomed by Datin Teh Geok Lian, CEO of Paramount Education; Associate Professor Dr. Hon Wei Min, Deputy Vice Chancellor of KDU University College; Ms Susan Ooi, CEO of KDU College, amidst cheers and applause from the institution’s students and staff. After officiating the opening of KDU’s annual Sports Carnival, YB Khairy, together with the management, staff and students of KDU, took part in the Les Mills BODYCOMBAT® session organised by SCORE.

In his speech, the minister pointed out the necessity of building up a sporting nation, in order to acquire much more sports talents and cultivate talented athletes for our country Malaysia. “There is only 30% to 40% of Malaysians who take up exercise regularly. In sporting nations like Australia, Japan and United Kingdom, 60% to 70% of their people take part in sports regularly, not necessary lifting weight in gyms but just getting out there walking, running, playing something and moving,” YB Khairy elaborated.

He stated, due to lack of regular exercise, there is about 4.4 million Malaysians who suffer from obesity, 17% from diabetes, 37% from hypertension and 35% from high cholesterol. In fact, Malaysia has the most non-communicable diseases patients among countries in South East Asia.

“This affects us in so many different ways, because we are less healthy, we are becoming less productive and less efficient. In the long run, this will cost us billions of Ringgit in treating lifestyle KDU UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, UTROPOLIS, GLENMARIE Jalan Kontraktor U1/14, Seksyen U1, diseases. As we are becoming unhealthy, we have difficulties finding new sporting talents, and that’s why the sporting performance of our country is coming down, because the talent base is shrinking,” cautioned YB Khairy.

YB Khairy also pointed out the fact that the younger generation nowadays are less likely to take part in outdoor sports, as a lot of them are obsessed with gadgets, shopping and clubbing. For this reason, he shared some of his tips with students and younger generation on how to optimise the opportunity of exercising by fitting in workouts along daily schedule.

“Instead of driving, you can walk; instead of taking an elevator, take the stair case; even though you are busy, you can always workout within your schedule like doing push-ups, stretching or even standing up,” he shared. Being a minister himself, he is able to exercise 5 to 6 times a week, even if it is only half an hour at a time.

Khairy affirmed the efforts taken by KDU University College by organising its Sport Carnival, as well as encouraging its students to take part in the SCORE FitMob Festival, which is a Malaysia Book of Record attempt in one of the segment targeting for 3000 participants. “This is why I picked KDU University College, because I have been told that KDU’s students are sporty and they are towards building up a sporty nation,” he said.

KDU University College believes in promoting a balanced study and sports life, and as such, organise regular sports activities and events, which includes its annual Sports Carnival. KDU’s highly anticipated annual Sports Carnival is a two-week long event, and sees participation and contribution from staff and students alike. Incorporating 15 games and activities, from basketball, volleyball, badminton, bowling to billiards and even Rubik Cube, the event not only brings much cheer and enthusiasm, but also promotes healthy competition and rapport building amongst its staff and students. 

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