Record number taking part in Penang boat race

GEORGE TOWN - This year's Penang Dragon Boat Race at the Teluk Bahang Dam near here attracted a record 38 teams comprising both Malaysian and fo­­reign rowers.

It was the largest number ever in the 36-year history of the international dragon boat race here.

State Tourism Development Committee chairman Danny Law Heng Kiang said the foreign paddlers were from countries such as Brunei, China, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

The two-day event which kicked off yesterday will continue with the 250m race from 9am today until the prize presentation at about 5pm.

"Penang is the only state to host the dragon boat race twice a year," said Law.