BINTULU: Samalaju assemblyman Majang Renggi called for more youth to be involved in healthy sports such as muai thai.
He said even though muay thai is a new sport in Sarawak, it has attracted the participation of many young people.
To him, a good sport such as muai thai would not only help to fostering friendship and healthy competition, it will enhance racial unity in a diverse state like Sarawak.
“The aim of organising Pro Piala Borneo Muaythai Championship 2017 is to foster the spirit of friendship and healthy competition as well as nurture a sporting culture among the young generation.
“In addition, the sport will promote a healthy lifestyle where through training and instructions given during lessons, the youth may be prevented from engaging in vice activities,” said Majang in his speech before giving away prizes at the event organised by Sarawak State Muaythai Association here.
The three-day competition running from Oct 13 to 15 marks the fourth time the event has been organised.
“The competition started in 2015 where a memorandum of understanding was signed by representatives from Sarawak State Muaythai Association, Sabah State Muaythai Association, Persatuan Tomoi Labuan and Persatuan Muaythai Kalimantan Barat.
“Since then, the competition has continued to be held yearly in Bintulu, Kota Kinabalu and Lundu,” said Majang.
It is his hope to see that such a competition would not only become a platform where the state may discover more talents, it will also be platform where quality human capital with first-class mindset may be nurtured.