Meanwhile Penang Chief Minister of Penang Lim Guan Eng, when launching the event, applauded the cancer survivors for their courage. “I am a survivor, not of cancer, but of other challenges,” he quipped.
He told the crowd to “complete the journey you’ve set. Don’t lose hope, don’t lose heart, and always believe in life.” He quoted statistics that indicate that 1 in 7 persons in Malaysia get cancer compared to 1 in 3 in developed nations.
A number of Penang-based schools, educational institutions, hospitals, hotels, the corporate sector and non-governmental organisations participated in the event.