Federal govt contributes RM50 mln to Sukma, Para-Sukma Games 2024 in Sarawak

Abdul Karim (third left) speaking to reporters at the Sukma Sarawak 2024 press conference at a hotel, on May 30, 2024.

By Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, May 30: The Federal government has allocated RM50 million for the 21st Edition of the Sukma and Para-Sukma Games 2024, which will be hosted by Sarawak, announced Minister of Youth, Sports and Entrepreneur Development (MYED) Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Abdul Karim expressed his satisfaction with the Federal contribution, despite the Sarawak government having to spend over RM200 million on upgrading existing venues and facilities.


“We have to consider the long-term return on investment (ROI), particularly the economic benefits to the business community and the tourism industry, which also falls under my purview,” he stated.

“At least there is a contribution, and the show must go on,” he remarked during a press conference for Sukma Sarawak 2024 at a local hotel today.

Abdul Karim highlighted that Sarawak is fortunate to have substantial financial resources compared to other Malaysian states.

“This year, it wasn’t supposed to be our turn to host the games. None of the other states wanted to commit due to the costs involved. After consulting with the federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, we agreed to host the games,” he explained.

“We are not complaining about the contribution issue. The most important thing is that we can be a good host, promote sports, and elevate them to a level that satisfies everyone,” he added.

Regarding the games’ preparation, Abdul Karim commended the commitment from Ftate and Federal ministries and agencies.

“I believe the 21st Edition of the Sukma Games 2024 will be very successful. Through this sports event, we can produce great athletes, which is crucial for Malaysia as a whole,” he said.

Also present at the press conference were Minister of Women, Childhood and Community Well-Being Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah, her Deputy Datuk Gerald Rentap Jabu, Datuk Dr Ripin Lamat, and Deputy State Secretary Datu Hii Chang Kii. — DayakDaily