Fifteen years ago at this hour, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officiated the conclusion of the Kuala Lumpur XVI Commonwealth Games which was held at the National Stadium, Bukit Jalil. It was the most prolific international sports meet this nation ever hosted.
It was a national project since it was first incepted, after winning the bid. Most of the monitoring for the preparatory and development works was done by then Minister of Youth and Sports Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin.
The National Sports Complex was built. Then Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad took personal interest and very close attention in the progress of preparations.
The Kuala Lumpur XVI Commonwealth Games saw the nation upheld the ‘Malaysia Boleh!’ cry and stood together. The pride of the nation prevailed. It was by far Malaysia’s best record in any sports meet where 10 gold medals were obtained and fourth in overall place.