A FRIENDLY atmosphere prevailed among the players and spectators from various races at the Kampung Baru Alma MPKK Football Carnival held in conjunction with the 57th Malaysia Day celebration at Stadium Mini Permatang Rawa today.
Organised by Kampung Baru Alma MPKK (Village Community Management Council) in collaboration with KB Rangers, the tournament saw five invited Under-12 teams take part this year.
Chong Eng, the state executive councillor in charge of Social Development and Non-Islamic Religious Affairs, said she was proud of Kampung Baru Alma MPKK for holding the meaningful carnival in which Chinese, Indian and Malay players came together to play in a sporting spirit.
“The establishment of Malaysia on 16 September 1963 is an important history for our country,” Chong Eng said in her speech.
“Therefore, let us all appreciate this date and the struggles of our leaders to gain independence. Let us also never allow political leaders from any party to destroy unity among all of us because we are all children of Malaysia!
“When forming Malaysia, the agreement among the races was and is to build a harmonious and peaceful country that we can be proud in the eyes of the world.
“Malaysia has various races, cultures and religions. Although our ancestors came from abroad to work or do business here, we must not forget their contributions that helped achieve independence.”
Kampung Baru Alma MPKK secretary Rosli Puteh said previous tournaments attracted more teams but because of the Covid-19 threat, they decided to limit this year’s tournament to only five teams.
“We may open the tournament to 15 teams in future,” Rosli said.
On the competition proper, Akademi Bolasepak Wira Muda emerged as the champion team, followed by Pauhz United FC, KB Rangers ‘A’, Phoenix Warriors FC, and KB Rangers ‘B’.
Story by K.H. Ong
Pix courtesy of YB Chong Eng’s office and Kampung Baru Alma MPKK