A delegation from the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organising Committee (PHISGOC) made a working visit to the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) headquarters in Kuala Lumpur and proposed to organise a Torch Relay-related event in the capital city in October.
The PHISGOC delegation consisted of director for ceremonies and cultural events Mike Aguilar, Jojit Alcazar, director for support, and Sandra Dy, head of Torch Relay.
They were welcomed by Dato' Mohd Nazifuddin, Wan Hor Fong and Norhashimi Hussain, the OCM’s secretary general, general manager and Games operations manager, respectively.
The OCM is said to be looking forward to working closely with PHISGOC to promote the 30th edition of the SEA Games, which are due to take place from November 30 to December 11.
The build-up to the event has been overshadowed by a crisis at the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).
In June, Ricky Vargas resigned as POC President because of a dispute linked to the nation's troubled preparations for the Games.
Abraham Tolentino became Vargas' successor last month after he beat rival Philip Ella Juico by four votes during specially-convened elections, observed by the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Council of Asia.
Tolentino's first job will be to unite those involved in the organisation of the multi-sport event.
He will be expected to ensure the POC works closely with a monitoring committee established by the Malacañang, the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the Philippines, to oversee preparations.
The row at the POC centres on the creation of the PHISGOC Foundation, which the POC Board alleges was set up without its approval.