The orang utan is the largest
and probably the most intelligent
primate in Asia, second only to man.
Highly agile and remarkably strong,
the orang utan is fascinatingly similar
to man in its biological build and
character. An adult male can weigh up
to 100 kg, reach 1.4 metres
stretched upright and has an
span of 2.4 metres.
An endearing portrayal of the orang utan which lives in the
tropical rainforests of Malaysia, Wira is the official mascot of
the Kuala Lumpur 98 - XVI Commonwealth Games.
As our symbolic ambassador of the Games,
Wira confidently projects the friendly personality of
Malaysia as a host, encapsulating the traditionally
warm nature of our people, our nation and our land.
in the local language, Wira characterizes
charm, intelligence, and sporting ability.
The festivities and culture of the Games are accented as Wira
displays its agility in athletics, badminton, boxing, cricket,
cycling, gymnastics, hockey, lawn bowls, ten pin bowling,
netball, rugby, shooting, squash, swimming and weightlifting.