1989 Southeast Asian Games

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15th Southeast Asian Games
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Host cityKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
MottoNow is the time
(Malay: Kini Saatnya)
Nations participating9
Events25 sports
Opening ceremony20 August
Closing ceremony31 August
Officially opened bySultan Azlan Shah
Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia
Ceremony venueStadium Merdeka
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The 1989 Southeast Asian Games (Malay: Sukan Asia Tenggara 1989), officially known as the 15th Southeast Asian Games, was a multi-sport event held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 20 to 31 August 1989 with 25 sports featured in the games. It was officially opened by 9th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Azlan Shah. Although Cambodia did not participate, Laos returned to compete for the first time under the new federation name in this edition of the games. A unified Vietnam first participated in the SEA Games in 1989 as well. The closing ceremony of this multi-sports events coincides with the 32nd anniversary of Malaysia's Independence.[1] This was the fourth time Malaysia host the games, and its first time since 1977. Malaysia previously also hosted the 1965 games and the 1971 games, when the Southeast Asian Games were known as the Southeast Asian Peninsular Games at those times. The games was opened and closed by Sultan Azlan Shah, the King of Malaysia at the Stadium Merdeka. The final medal tally was led by Indonesia, followed by host Malaysia and Thailand.


  • Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur - Opening/Closing ceremony, Athletics, Football (final)
  • Stadium Negara - Basketball, Badminton
  • Cheras Aquatic Centre - Swimming
  • Cheras stadium - Football
  • Veledrome Rakyat - Cycling (track)
  • Subang Shooting Range - Shooting
  • BSN Stadium, Bangi - Football
  • Kent Bowl, Asiajaya, Petaling Jaya - Bowling




The official 1989 SEA Games mascot was a turtle named Johan.


The official logo was derived from a top or locally called gasing.


"Reach for the sky" ("Kini Saatnya" in Malay) was the official theme song of the 1989 Southeast Asian Games. It was sung in English by Francissca Peter and in Malay by Jay Jay.

The games[edit]

Participating nations[edit]


Medal table[edit]

A total of 957 medals, comprising 303 Gold medals, 302 Silver medals and 352 Bronze medals were awarded to athletes. The host Malaysia's performance was their best ever yet in Southeast Asian Games History and were placed only second to Indonesia as overall champion.[2]


  *   Host nation (Malaysia)

1 Indonesia (INA)1027871251
2 Malaysia (MAS)*675875200
3 Thailand (THA)626366191
4 Singapore (SIN)323847117
5 Philippines (PHI)263764127
6 Myanmar (MYA)10142044
7 Vietnam (VIE)311519
8 Brunei (BRU)1247
9 Laos (LAO)0101
Totals (9 nations)303302352957


  1. ^ Percy Seneviratne (1993) Golden Moments: the S.E.A Games 1959-1991 Dominie Press, Singapore ISBN 981-00-4597-2
  2. ^ "1989 Southeast Asian Games medal table". Olympic Council of Asia. Archived from the original on 28 October 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016.

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Preceded by
Southeast Asian Games
Kuala Lumpur

XV Southeast Asian Games (1989)
Succeeded by