Meanwhile, Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (FELCRA) team bagged five gold medals and settled for second place and followed by Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) in third place with four gold medals.
Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob officiated the closing ceremony of the 13th MAKSPEN Kedah 2015 held at Mu’adzam Shah Hall, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM). The event was also graced by the presence of the Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.
Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri in his speech stressed that sports competitions are not just aiming for a victory alone, but it helped built employees’ engagement and motivation, generate enthusiasm and strengthen fraternity among the staff under the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (KKLW).
"The Ministry houses more than 29 thousand workers and it is impossible to somehow gather them all up at one time. Thus, such tournament allows the employees to meet and know each other and it helps to strengthen fraternity amongst them," he said.
He also expressed his hope that the commitment and dedication shown by the athletes throughout the tournament would help to create positive team spirit at work.
"I believe that sports builds characters such as discipline, hard work, sacrifice teamwork and commitment and these qualities should be applied in our working culture in all departments and agencies," he said.
In addition, he also expressed his gratitude and appreciation to all committee members and organising committee particularly the Kedah Development Authority (KEDA) and UUM for their dedication and persistent efforts in making the MAKSPEN 2015 a success.
At the closing ceremony, KEDA General Manager, Dato’ Haji Mohd Arpan Shari handed over the MAKSPEN flag to Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (KKLW) Secretary Deputy General, Dato’ Rahim Abu Bakar and Community Development Department (KEMAS) Director General Dato’ Hassan Mohd Amin. KKLW and KEMAS will be co-hosting the MAKSPEN in year 2017.
Also present at the ceremony were Kedah State Executive Council, Datuk Mohd Tajudin Abdullah; Bukit Kayu Hitam State Legislative Assembly member (ADUN), Dato' Haji Ahmad Zaini Japar; Assistant Vice-Chancellor of College of Law, Government and International Studies (UUM COLGIS), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ahmad Bashawir Abdul Ghani representing UUM Vice-Chancellor and officials from the agencies under the KKLW.
Translated by Nurul Nazifah Mat Noh
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