Reasons why the postponement of the SCKL Marathon is important

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 15th of July, 2015

With the 1MDB scandal and the Low Yat police investigations still ongoing, why should we pay attention to the postponement by one week of a running event in Kuala Lumpur?

Here are some reasons why the postponement of the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon from Sunday, 4th of October, 2015 to Saturday, 10th of October, 2015 at the request of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Khairy Jamaluddin, so that it coincides with the National Sports Day, matters more than you think.

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Call on the organizers of the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur (SCKL) Marathon and the Minister and Ministry of Youth and Sports, Khairy Jamaluddin, to move the date of the event back to the 4th of October

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 13th of July, 2015

I was shocked when I read the news release by the Ministry of Youth and Sports earlier today to announce that the flagship marathon event in Kuala Lumpur, the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon or SCKL Marathon[1], has been postponed from Sunday, the 4th of October, 2015, to Saturday the 10th of October, 2015 to coincide with the inaugural National Sports Day. This move on the part of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, is totally irresponsible, inconsiderate and defeats the intended purpose of the National Sports Day.

One of the purpose of the National Sports Day is to encourage more Malaysians to exercise and keep fit together. Ironically, the decision to change the date of the SCKL Marathon to the 10th of October will likely decrease the number of people exercising and keeping fit. Here are some reasons for this:

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