Great news guys! We get another public holiday added to our calendar this year!
With Malaysia’s outstanding performance at the 29th SEA Games, our prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has declared September 4 a public holiday at the end of the closing ceremony of the Games.
The crowd at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil were heard chanting “cuti, cuti” when PM Najib was giving his speech, and he said that it wasn’t easy to declare a public holiday.
“There are too many public holidays in Malaysia. But… due to the overwhelming support and the tremendous performance by our athletes, therefore, the Government would like to announce September 4 as a public holiday.”
Crowds roared and applauded in excitement as they heard the announcement!
The SEA Games had brought “not double, but triple joy”, and Malaysia is not only the host of the biennial Games, but it “turns 60 as a nation”, Najib said. He added that Malaysia’s medal tally was very impressive, making it the most successful Games for the nation.
PM Najib also took his time to congratulate the athletes, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tunku Imran Tuanku Jaafar for organizing the Games.
After his announcement at the stroke of midnight, Najib chanted ‘Merdeka‘ (Independence) seven times, with the crowd repeating after him.
“I call upon the youths of the Southeast Asian countries to assemble two years from now at the Philippines to celebrate the 30th SEA Games.
“May they display cheerfulness and concord so that the sports torch may be carried on with even greater eagerness, courage, and honour for the good of humanity throughout the ages.”
KL2017 was the sixth SEA Games hosted by Malaysia after 1965, 1971, 1977, 1989, and 2001.
In a visibly upbeat mood, Najib said,
“We also offer an appreciation to Malaysians of all races for cheering on our athletes regardless of whether they win or lose. Malaysians are great.”
Guys, quickly thank our Ah Jib Kor (Najib) for an extra public holiday! This week is truly a long weekend! But don’t forget to celebrate our Malaysian Independence Day today!
Also, congratulations to all Malaysian athletes on winning 145 gold medals! Good job all, now get some much-needed rest!
Happy Merdeka Day to all readers out there!