DPM Teo encourages athletes, public

DEPUTY Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean hopes the nation's athletes will shine during next month's SEA Games.

Speaking on the sidelines of a kindergarten sports carnival organised by the Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC yesterday, he said: "I hope to hear (the Majulah Singapura) being played many, many times during the SEA Games."

After the carnival at the Pasir Ris Sports Centre - which also saw SEA Games athletes who live in the GRC in attendance, such as sailor Savannah Siew - he went around giving out prizes, urging the residents to support the athletes during the Games.

Addressing the crowd of about 1,600, he said: "Next time when you go to the SEA Games, you know who they are, and you can identify with them and cheer even louder with them."

Mr Teo, who served as Singapore National Olympic Council president from 1998 to 2014, added: "This is the first time we've had the SEA Games here in 22 years and I was the president of the dragon boat association then in 1993. It was an electrifying atmosphere and I hope we can have an even better atmosphere this time around."

The GRC's other MPs - Teo Ser Luck, Zainal Sapari and Janil Puthucheary - were also present to lend their support to the athletes and their families, who were subsequently hosted to a luncheon.

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