Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK) organised its second Piala Muhibah KLK this year. As the name suggests it is all about muhibah, an Arabic word meaning love and a sense of friendship. Thus, the aim is to promote a sense of goodwill among the multi-ethnic participants while pursuing a healthy lifestyle.
It started with the Under-12 Boys category, where a total of 10 football clubs competed on May 14 and 15. The teams were Kampar FC, Appit Soccer FC, Sun Footie Boys, Ipohkids FC, MBI FC, Meru Soccer FC, Batu Gajah FC, Kampar Bug FC, Ipoh Fridays FC and Tronoh FC. The matches were held at the Taman D.R. Seenivasagam playing fields.
The tournament, organised by Ipoh Bug, a local organisation that focuses on youth development through sports, was originally KLK’s Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian’s idea.
Since the participants are young, it would be most appropriate to practise growing up in unity and in harmony with all races. It is also hoped that their true potentials and team spirit are exposed. Appit FC won the tournament beating Kampar FC 1-0. Shah, the young captain from the winning team, won the best player of the tournament award.
“I’m overwhelmed. I hope to play better in the future as football is my passion,” he said as he carried his trophy. Prizes were presented by Teh Sar Moh, KLK’s Regional Director (Plantations).
Apart from that, it was also an occasion to celebrate, as the players’ family members were around to provide moral support. The objective of the tournament was thus achieved.