1971 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games

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6th Southeast Asian Peninsular Games
Host city Kuala Lumpur
Country Malaysia
Nations participating 7
Sports 15
Opening ceremony 6 December 1971
Closing ceremony 13 December 1971
Officially opened by Abdul Halim of Kedah
King of Malaysia
Ceremony venue Stadium Merdeka
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The 1971 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games, officially known as the 6th Southeast Asian Peninsular Games, was a Southeast Asian multi-sport event held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 6 to 13 December 1971 with 15 sports featured in the games. In this edition of the games, host country Malaysia joined Singapore in pressuring Thailand to let the SEAP Games Federation expand to include the Philippines and Indonesia, but to no avail. Thai officials felt that such expansion would be contrary to the small family affair they had intended the games to be, and would not be in keeping with the close-neighbours spirit the games was supposed to cultivate.[1]

This was the second time Malaysia hosted the games and its first time since 1965. The games was opened and closed by Abdul Halim, the King of Malaysia at the Stadium Merdeka.

The final medal tally was led by neighbouring Thailand, followed by host Malaysia and neighbouring Singapore. Several games records were broken during the games. The games was deemed generally successful, with the standard of competition amongst the Southeast Asian nations.

The games[edit]

Participating nations[edit]


Medal table[edit]



  *   Host nation (Malaysia)

1971 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games medal table
 Rank  NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Thailand (THA) 44 27 38 109
2  Malaysia (MAS)* 41 43 55 139
3  Singapore (SIN) 32 33 31 96
4  Burma (BIR) 20 28 13 61
5  Khmer Republic (KHM) 17 18 17 52
6  South Vietnam (VNM) 3 6 9 18
7  Laos (LAO) 0 1 4 5
Total (7 NOCs) 157 156 167 480


  1. ^ Percy Seneviratne (1993) Golden Moments: the S.E.A Games 1959-1991 Dominie Press, Singapore ISBN 981-00-4597-2
  2. ^ Medal tally

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Preceded by
Rangoon, Burma
Southeast Asian Games Succeeded by