JOHOR BAHRU, 12 FEB: Mentri Besar, Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal visited Kedah and Perak with Johor government delegation together with Malaysia Games (SUKMA) XX Johor 2020 secretariat.
The visit to the state of Kedah on Sunday which follows to Perak on the next day was held to present an official invitation to both of the contingents.
Mentri Besar Kedah, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and Perak Mentri Besar, Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu received the invitation.
Dr Sahruddin, who is also Bukit Kepong assemblyman said the invitation was made as a tradition for those who will be the host for SUKMA, by presenting the honorable invitation to the state contingents.
“Simbolically, this event is seen as a platform for the Johor government to integrate the relationship between the states that will be competing in SUKMA.
“The pairing implication between the states will become the best meeting point in all aspect, including for the economic development, socio-culture, tourism as well as spirit of sportmanship,” he said.
He added this would be the second time Johor as a host for SUKMA, where the first was in 1992, which the state of Sarawak was the overall winner.
“Basically, the Johor government is ready to receive visit from SUKMA XX Johor 2020 contingents.
“Almost all venues are in the final stage of completion. I am confident and believe that each state contigent that will be competing in the games are currently preparaing themselves in the final days,” he said.
Meanwhile according to Dr Sahruddin’s official Facebook page, he stressed that in order to ensure SUKMA XX Johor to run smoothly throughout the games, the state government had appointed Johor Land and Mines Office as the ‘jabatan angkat’ for Kedah Darul Aman’s contingent.
Meanwhile Southeast Johor Development Authority (Kejora) has been appointed as the jabatan angkat for Perak contingent in assisting to coordinate the requirements needed throughout SUKMA that will be held in July.
The SUKMA XX Johor 2020 that will be held from July 11 to 19, will see a total of 31 sports programmes involving 39 venues in three main districts in the state including Johor Bahru, Kota Tinggi and Muar.
For PARA SUKMA XX Johor 2020, the games will be held from August 16 to 22 involving 10 sports programmes at Johor Bahru.