Khairy takes on ALS ice bucket challenge (VIDEO)

PETALING JAYA, Aug 21 — Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz are the latest to take up the ALS ice bucket challenge, according to The Star.

The daily reported that yesterday, Khairy uploaded a video of him taking up the challenge and throwing out nominations to Malaysian squash queen Nicol David, Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Rahman Dahlan and Nazri.

Khairy later tweeted a picture of Nazri accepting the challenge with the note, “So Chief Nazri Aziz has met my challenge. Waiting for @mpkotabelud @NicolDavid #IceBucketChallenge.”

As the viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge takes the internet by storm, more and more celebrities and regular folk are putting themselves through the challenge of throwing a bucket of ice cold water over their heads — all in an effort to raise awareness on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

YouTube screenshot of Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin after taking the ALS ice bucket challenge.
YouTube screenshot of Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin after taking the ALS ice bucket challenge.

According to The Star, ALS is defined by the ALS Association as a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

The progressive degeneration of motor neurons, which reach from the brain to the spinal cord, and from the spinal cord to the muscles, eventually leads to their death.

With muscle action affected, patients could become totally paralysed as a result of the disease.