MUAR: All constituencies in Johor are urged to form sports teams and organise carnivals for the teams to compete among villages and constituencies as well.
Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said these steps were important for sports to become a vibrant part of the state and provide more opportunities for people to get exercise.
The state would upgrade sports venues including football fields and badminton and futsal courts, he told reporters after launching a sports carnival in Kampung Seri Jaya here recently.
“Modern tools and technology which make life easy have also made people less healthy,” he said.
Speaking to residents of the village near Tangkak, Abdul Ghani said, with the easy life, people were prone to hypertension, heart diseases and diabetes.
He urged Johoreans to adopt some old ways of doing things which provided a workout.
“In the old days, we walked or cycled to get around but today we ride on motorcycles, drive cars or jump into a taxi.
“There is very little exercise in today’s lifestyle and our children are also not as active as children in the old days,” he said.
Everybody, especially the children, should get involved in sports, he added.
Earlier, Abdul Ghani led a team in a unique coconut bowling competition against two other teams led by Ledang MP Hamim Samuri and Gambir assemblyman M. Asojan.
It took Abdul Ghani five throws to drop the five pins on an uneven field and his team emerged as champions.
He said that funds would be allocated to upgrade the village football field and a futsal court would be built.
SOURCE: THE STAR, 03 MARCH 2010