KUALA LUMPUR: The Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) Bizrun 2018 programme received an overwhelming response from various companies and business entities at Padang Merbok here yesterday morning. The inaugural event organised by SSM saw more than 5,000 people from 740 companies and business entities participating in the run. The event kicked off at Padang Merbok at 7am with a 10km and a five km run. SSM chief executive officer Datuk Zahrah Abd Wahab Fenner said among the challenges the participants faced during their run was traversing the course comprising uphill and downhill stretches. “Along the way, they also passed by the National Monument (Tugu Negara), with the run ending at Padang Merbok, she told reporters here today. The event received recognition from Malaysia Book of Records for having the largest number of participation of companies in the country. “The number of participation for this first ever running event organised by us was overwhelming and we are proud to receive the Malaysia Book of Records recognition,” she said. Zahrah said an estimated 200 participants from each company took part in the run and the number of participants made it the largest ever such gathering in the country for such event.
Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (KPDNHEP) Minister Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail with the ministry’s chief-secretary Datuk Seri Jamil Sallehsec, Pematang Pauh MP, Nurul Izzah Anwar and Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) chief executive officer Datuk Zahrah Abd Wahab Fenner gesture at the start of the SSM BizRun 2018 at Padang Merbok. Pic by MOHD YUSNI ARIFFIN
“We are also surprised that some of the participants who took the 10kilometre run, managed to reach the finishing point before 8am. Congratulations to them,” said. Zahrah also said they will organise a similar event again next year as they received supports and encouragements from various strategic partners. The event flag-off was officiated by Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (KPDNHEP) Minister Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail. Also present at the programme were Permatang Pauh Member of Parliament Nurul Izzah Anwar and KPDNHEP chief-secretary Datuk Seri Jamil Salleh. Saifuddin said the programme was aimed at inculcating healthy lifestyle practices among the government and private sectors employees. “One of the unique things for this event is that it received recognition from Malaysia Book of Records for its 740 participations of companies in such a programme. “It is also a part of a charity program where some of the participation fees collected will be channeled to charitable organisations,” he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd