Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa kicked-off the Kuala Lumpur 2017 Torch Run KL2017 at the administrative capital, Putrajaya this morning.
Flagged-off at 7.35am, the run saw Ali and 300 other runners carry the torch along the first leg of the 7.7km run – a 1km route from Dataran Gemilang to the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
Secretaries-general from various ministries, senior officers and department heads were participants in show of support for Malaysia’s athletes set to compete in the 29th Sea Games and 9th Asean Para Games to be held in KL.
Earlier, Federal Territories Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Loga Bala Mohan, who arrived in a hot air balloon, passed the torch to Ali.
Other prominent torchbearers who participated were Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah; Public Service Department director-general Datuk Seri Zainal Rahim Seman; Customs director-general Datuk Subromaniam; and Fire and Rescue Department director-general Datuk Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim.
The runners Putrajaya’s iconic landmarks, including the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin and Putra mosques, and the Perdana Putra Building.
The run ended at the Youth and Sports Ministry at 9.30am.
The Torch Run,began on May 14, is expected to finish in KL on Aug 12 ahead of the highly-anticipated sporting events.
Putrajaya is set to host several games, waterski and wakeboard, triathlon, equestrian (polo), aquatics and cycling events.
The Sea Games will be held from Aug 19 to 30, while the Asean Para Games will run from Sept 17 to 23.