KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Najib Razak on Thursday (Aug 31) declared the coming Monday a public holiday, after Malaysian athletes pulled off the country’s best-ever showing at the SEA Games.
Speaking at the closing ceremony for the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Najib said: “Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for – it’s not easy to award holidays – I officially declare a public holiday on Sep 4 for Malaysia.”
Najib had earlier hinted that if Malaysia surpassed the 111 gold medals won in 2001 – the last time it hosted the Games – he might declare a day off for all.
This gives Malaysia a five-day long weekend with Thursday being the country’s national day and Friday, Hari Raya.
The host country wrapped the 2017 SEA Games with a record haul of 145 gold, 92 silver and 86 bronze to top the medal table.