KENINGAU: The Sabah Ministry of Local Government and Housing (KKTP) won the 2017 Malaysian Association of Local Authorities (MALA) Badminton Championship held here over the weekend.
KKTP badminton team coach and main player Abdu Bakar Suni received the championship trophy from Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Hj Hajiji Hj Noor.
Sharing the joy were Keningau District Council (KDC) chairman cum District Officer Yusop Osman and KDC executive officer cum Team Manager Mohd Rafik Hj Abd Jubar.
KDC was the host for the national-level event which saw a few hundred Local Authority (PBT) staff from all over the country descending upon this Interior town for a few days.
Witnessing the event were MALA president Dato’ Maimunah Mohd Sharif who is also President of the Seberang Perai Municipal Council in Penang and MALA Sports & Recreation Bureau chairman Mazlan Mohd Said.
Also present were Assistant Minister and Liawan Assemblyman Datuk Sairin Karno and the representative of the Ministry’s permanent secretary, Encik Wong Foo Tin.
Meanwhile, the first runners-up was the Malacca Historical Council while the Muar (Johore) and Klang (Selangor) Municipal Councils shared third place.
Hajiji in his speech congratulated the KKTP team for winning the championship. He however expressed the hope that the victory was not because the team played in home ground and urged the players to prove him wrong by winning again next year.
Maimunah in her speech thanked the Keningau District Council for agreeing to be the host for this year’s championship and congratulated them for a job well-done.
“Although we have been here for only a few days, we feel that we have already learnt a lot about Sabah in general and Keningau in particular including your unique culture, not to mention your hospitable people.
“We will certainly tell our friends about your beautiful State especially Keningau when we return,” she added.
On a more serious note, Maimunah urged those PBT in Sabah who have yet to become MALA members to do so soonest for mutual benefits.
At the dinner, the visitors were entertained with local dances and music, including the creative combination of lion dance and Magunatip (bamboo dance).