Lee (third left) with Yii on his right joins Abdul Rahman and Ting (fifth and sixth left respectively) and other guests give the thumbs-up to Karsuma 2016.
MIRI: The Makmum Sports Carnival (Karsuma) 2016 has the potential to become an annual community event, judging by the encouraging response from local communities for its edition this year.
The games, which kicked off last weekend, received a turnout of 600 people comprising members of 24 working committees under the umbrella of Miri Malay Community Leaders Council (Makmum), which was the event organiser.
Assistant Minister of Communications Datuk Lee Kim Shin, who officiated at the opening ceremony, praised Makmum for a holding a programme that could bring everyone together.
“I want to express my thanks to all those attending and taking part in this carnival, which has managed to bring us all closer to one another,” he said.
Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Piasau chairman Dato Sebastian Ting and his counterpart in Pujut, Adam Yii, as well as local Malay community leader Temenggong Abdul Rahman Fadzail witnessed the opening.
For Abdul Rahman, the carnival served as a platform for Makmum to show its solid support for SUPP and Barisan Nasional (BN).
“This event is also aimed at bridging the gap between the Malay community and others,” he said.
Ting, meanwhile, said he was glad to see the strong unity shown by the Malays here, led by their community leaders under Makmum. Moreover, he urged for the carnival to be an annual event here.
Yii, who also spoke at the event, said he was also happy to see Pujut selected as the hosting venue for the carnival.
“I really hope that this programme could be continued in the future.”
The games featured 12 events that combined the elements in ‘sukan rakyat’ (folk games) and other sports such as tug-of-war, futsal, palm-leaf race, ‘bottle-fishing’, cooking, colouring’s contest, bread-eating competition, three-legged race, mango-eating challenge and ‘coconut bowling’.