Together with the rest of the world, we have been shocked by the unspeakable tragedy of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. It is, however, uplifting to see Malaysians from all walks of life coming together in solidarity with the MH17 victims. Nowhere is this unity better on display than at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
We had a sombre start to the Games, where our Jalur Gemilang was flown at half-mast. Commonwealth nations also stood in solidarity with Malaysia, observing a minute’s silence during the opening ceremony.
Malaysians have been united in cheering on our athletes – for the smiles they have brought to our faces. Their commendable fighting spirit have clinched six gold medals – thanks to a very strong weightlifter in Mohd Hafifi Mansor, a world-dominating squash queen in Datuk Nicol David, the home-grown talent in our mixed, women and men’s badminton teams and in an up and rising diving star in Ooi Tze Liang.
The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) had set a realistic target of seven gold medals before the Games started, and we are only one gold medal short of our target. The reason that we set our goals more realistically was because some of the games in which we won gold in the previous Commonwealth Games in New Delhi were not contested in Glasgow, as well as the fact that our athletes are not competing in some of the games and events this time.
This Glasgow games, the Malaysian contingent participated with great commitment and passion. I congratulate our athletes for their remarkable performance, especially the medal winners.
Besides, we must also undertake proactive measures to improve and enhance our performance in sports, and continue to live by our culture of excellence. I believe that we should aim to focus on achieving stellar results in future tournaments. As such, I call upon all Malaysians of different backgrounds, to continue standing behind our athletes. Together we can hold our heads high and strive for better in the future.
Saya Team Malaysia!