The problems in dates cropped up because for the first time, the mid-term semester break for higher education students and mid-term school holidays for school children, would not fall during the same period.
The mid-term school holidays which falls under the jurisdiction of the Education Ministry is from May 26 to June 10 while the Higher Education Ministry has decided that its mid-term semester break would start from Aug 22 to Sept 4.
When the last SUKMA was hosted by Melaka during the mid-term holidays, there was no such problem.
Yesterday, Pahang SUKMA secretariat Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Hairi Hussain had lamented a delay in the approval of new dates by the NSC after Pahang had proposed new dates for the games (May 29 to June 6) since the earlier proposed dates clashed with the Euro 2012.
Abdul Jalil said the dates proposed by Pahang would also clash with the Pesta Kaamatan celebrated by Sabahans on May 31 and Hari Gawai celebrated by Sarawakians on June 2.
"The dates were changed to July 5 to 14, but that dates will also not be practical because students would need to take two weeks leave to participate in the games," he said.
He added that the July 5 to 14 date would also clash with the Asean Schools Championships to be held in Surabaya, Indonesia from June 28 to July 6.