60-70 OKUs for Lions English chess contest
Published on: Sunday, October 13, 2019
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KOTA KINABALU: Some 60-70 disabled people (OKUs) are expected to take part in the Second Malaysia Lions International English Chess Competition for the Disabled (First Preliminary Round - Sabah Region) to be held at Asia City Complex here on Nov 9, beginning at 8am.

It will be the first time that this competition is held in Sabah and the top 10 winners will be selected to compete in the Second Malaysia Lions International English Chess Competition for the Disabled to be held in Kuala Lumpur, tentatively on March 8, next year. 

The event here is jointly organised by Lions Club of Kota Kinabalu Sutera, Lions Club of Ranau and Lions Club of Asia City, supported by the Persatuan Catur OKU Malaysia and the Sabah Chess Association. 

The organising committee members told Sabah Publishing House (SPH) Managing Director Datuk Clement Yeh this during a courtesy call on him at his office in Kolombong, here. Yeh also presented a contribution to the event.   

The objective of the competition is to generate public awareness that these “special group” of people do possess a positive attitude like discipline, self-confidence, competitive spirit and mental capabilities despite their disabilities.

“The passion of loving the English Chess becoming overwhelming in this special group of people has given us the strength to continuing serving them and providing them a platform to show that they are indeed “able’,” they said.

Lions Club of Kuala Lumpur Central (KLC) has been holding the Central Region chess competition on a local level for the past 23 years. Due to the request from outstation participants, in 2018, KLC decided to hold the first Malaysia final competition where participants from other states will compete at their regional level. 

The final competition was then held on March 18, 2018, in Kuala Lumpur with top players representing each region throughout Malaysia. 

The KLC is organising the second Malaysia final competition tentatively on March 8, next year, and will be held once every two years. 

KLC is inviting Lions Clubs from District 308A2, 308B1 and 308B2, either at club/zone/region level to organise the preliminary rounds, to be held from Oct 1 to Dec 31, this year.  

KLC has divided Malaysia into six regions to compete during the preliminary round. They are Northern region (Perlis, Kedah, Pulau Pinang and Perak), Centre region (Kuala Lumpur/Selangor/  Putrajaya), East Coast region (Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang), Southern region (Negeri Sembilan/Melaka/Johor), Sabah (including Labuan) and Sarawak. 


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