"But, it is not only a double joy as we score a triple joy when Malaysia has also been declared as the overall champion of this Sea Games", he said.
Najib said the Barisan Nasional led government chose to award a public holiday in recognition of the sacrifices made by the athletes to achieve the most memorable result in the history of the SEA Games.
"They (the NSA leaders) always say 'we're gonna get four, we're gonna get five.' So I said 'let's go, let's go.' If I said 'no, you can't do it, ' it would not motivate them", she said on a Facebook live interview by veteran journalist Ron delos Reyes.More news: Ajay Devgn did not STORM out of TKSS sets in anger
"I knew Malaysia would cheat, this is not good for our athletes, but we have to accept this", Prabowo stated.
Thailand (72-86-88) and Vietnam (58-50-60) remained as steady performers as second- and third placers, respectively, Singapore couldn't be sneezed at with a 57-58-73 tally while Indonesia (38-63-90) finished with a comfortable lead over the Philippines at fifth.
It was the Philippines' poorest finish in 9 editions of the Games.More news: Taylor Swift's 'Look What You Made Me Do' Breaks Multiple Records
Host country Malaysia has already locked up the overall victor position, having earned 141 gold medals. The Red-and-White squad's gold medal tally is lower than the targeted 55 gold medals and even below the achievement of the 2015 SEA Games, when Indonesia bagged 47 golds.
Carrion said most national sports association promised to deliver at least 4 to 5 gold medals this year. Leaders may be busy arguing instead of providing much-needed resources for young athletes, or maybe we are simply failing to make sports attractive for the youth.More news: See You On the Dark Side of the Moon - 2017 Solar Eclipse