Grab today has signed an agreement to become gold sponsor with the title Official Ride Hailing Partner for the upcoming 29th SEA Games and 9th ASEAN Para Games, also known as Kuala Lumpur 2017 (KL2017).
This sponsorship marks the first time a ride hailing service is sponsoring the largest gathering of SEA’s top athletes.
Grab Malaysia country head Sean Goh said the company’s participation affirms its commitment to ensure all athletes, fellow tourists and supporters have access to safe, convenient and comfortable rides, while at the same time helps to create an eco-friendly sporting event by reducing traffic congestion to and around the venues, thus reducing carbon emissions.
In addition, Grab’s expansion to 12 major cities and towns such as Langkawi and Nilai, coupled with their latest features such as GrabShare (on-demand car-pooling service), GrabChat (in-app chat system) and GrabPay (cashless payment option), will also make it convenient for users to get to the games.
Minister of Youth and Sports Brig. Gen. Khairy Jamaluddin, who is also the chairman of the Malaysia Organising Committee for KL2017 (MASOC), said the company is an ideal partner for KL2017.
“Indeed, the partnership with Grab is apt as KL2017 aims to be a truly Green Games and promote environmental awareness and sustainability practices among the public and sports fans alike.
“I encourage everyone to use public transportation during the Games to help reduce carbon emissions,” he said.
This is the sixth time Malaysia has the honour of hosting the SEA Games and the third time for the ASEAN Para Games.
It is also a double celebration for our young nation as the 29th SEA Games which takes place from August 19 to 30, 2017 and the 9th ASEAN Para Games from September 17 to 23, 2017 coincide with the nation’s 60th year of independence.
A total of 405 events in 38 sports will be contested in this year’s games by athletes from the 11 Southeast Asia countries.