Students work their way into record book

Wednesday July 11, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/7/11/nation/11641923&sec=nation

PETALING JAYA: Some 3.6 million students from around the country landed themselves in the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) with the largest simultaneous aerobic exercise under the 1Student 1Sport 1Malaysia event.

The event, involving primary and secondary students from some 10,000 schools nationwide, was launched by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who also took the opportunity to join in the record-breaking feat.

Speaking before exercising for 45 minutes with 2,456 students of Sekolah Wawasan USJ5 in Subang Jaya yesterday, Muhyiddin said he was proud of the Education Ministry’s effort.

He said the event was a continuation from a similar run held in Perak last year, which saw some 4.1 million students from 9,980 schools taking part.

The policy, said Muhyiddin, was introduced as a means of inculcating a love for sports among students by making it compulsory for them to participate in at least one sport.

He later witnessed the presentation of a certificate by MBR founder Datuk Danny Ooi to the ministry’s director-general Tan Sri Abd Ghafar Mahmud.

In IPOH, about 400,000 students from schools in Perak participated in the event.

In SMK Tambun, the session involving 1,350 students started at 8am and lasted for 35 minutes.

Head prefect Siti Aisyah Zulkifli, 17, said it was a good way to encourage student participation in sporting activities.

“The students feel more motivated as the event was carried out on such a wide scale. Being able to enter the Malaysia Book of Records is the icing on the cake,” she said.

Later, in Cyberjaya, Muhyiddin urged local creative industry players to emulate their South Korean counterparts, adding that their films, television series and music had taken the world by storm.

“They are so good that they influence the young to learn Korean in order to understand and enjoy their products. They are the best example to emulate if we want to establish Malaysia as a world brand,” he said when launching the KRU Academy corporate social responsibility programme.