Jee, first Chinese S’wakian chess player to represent M’sia at the SEA Games

Jee will be the first Sarawakian woman to represent the country in Chinese chess. – Photo by Facebook/Cheryl Jee Xin Ru

SIBU (March 15): Jee Xin Ru will be the first Sarawakian Xiang Qi (Chinese chess) player to represent Malaysia when she competes at the 2021 SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam in May.

Its achievement was announced in the speech of the Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts, Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, at the closing and award ceremony of the Xiang Championship and Workshop Qi of East Malaysia 2022 last night.

“Facts aside, I have an important announcement to make, one that should make us all very proud.

“I am honored to announce that Ms. Jee Xin Ru will be the first Sarawakian player Xiang Qi to represent Malaysia in Vietnam for the 31st SEA Games,” he said in a speech read by the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Tourism. , Creative Industry and Performing Arts. Hii Chang Kee to fervent applause.

According to her Facebook page, Jee is a former student of SMK Batu Kawa and lives in Kuching.

Abdul Karim also noted that this is the first time Lanang Xiang Qi Club has held an event in East Malaysia.

“I was informed that there were a total of 160 of you from all over Sabah and Sarawak, which gave us the chance to show the best of Sibu, and Sarawak in general – a opportunity to travel locally and enjoy local customs and specialties and experience the enthusiasm and hospitality of Sibu people,” he said.

He also spoke about the benefits of Xiang Qi, which studies have shown has a positive impact on the mental health of young and old.

Additionally, he recognized the application of technology to make Xiang Qi accessible to gamers around the world.

He pointed out that with the availability of internet and online applications, players can now compete online without the need for physical chess boards and pieces, adding that the level of progress is profound for a traditional cultural game.

“I take this opportunity to also congratulate the 28 winners who qualified for the Xiang Qi World Cup, the Asian Cup and the Asian Youth Cup.

“Whether or not you win today, be proud of your participation. It is an achievement in itself,” he said.

Abdul Karim added that the Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts and Trade Events Sarawak will continue to support trade events and tourism industries to organize more events.

“We are committed to helping the Covid-19 recovery for these industries,” he said.

Those present included Bukit Assek Assembly Member Joseph Chieng, Temenggong Dato Vincent Lau Lee Ming, Kapitan Datuk Lau Sie Lok, President of Sarawak Xiang Qi Association, Datuk Lau Ngie Hua, President of Lanang Xiang Qi Club , Ting Duang Chiang, President of the Lanang Xiang Qi Club, and Business Events. Amelia Roziman, CEO of Sarawak.

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