Johor expresses sympathy to Sabah quake victims

KULAIJAYA, June 6 — The state government today expressed its sympathy to the people of Sabah following the earthquake which hit the state early yesterday morning.

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the state government was considering the type of aid to assist victims affected in the incident.

“We are sympathetic to what they are undergoing and are now arranging how we could extend assistance to them,” he told reporters after launching the ‘2015 Sukan Muafakat Johor’ at Indahpura Sports City, here today.

He said the matter would be handled by the Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Asiah Md Ariff.

Meanwhile, the state government was also in the process of channeling assistance to victims of a storm in Kluang recently.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Khaled also announced the rebranding of the Sukan Muafakat Johor which was earlier known as Karnival Sukan Jawatankuasa Penyelarasan Mukim-Mukim (JPMM) which was an annual activity at state level.

“We are highlighting the rebranding of the sports meet as an identity of Johor as well as to rekindle interest in sports,” he said.

The rebranding is also aimed at strengthening unity among the various races by the state government and to produce more athletes in the state.

Apart from that, the sports meet was also seen as a preparation for the coming 2020 Malaysia Games which would be hosted by Johor.

The two-day Sukan Muafakat Johor starting today featured 3,200 participants from 56 sub-districts in four sports namely sepak takraw, futsal, netball and basketball.

Also present was the Youth, Sports, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Zulkurnain Kamisan. — Bernama

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