It was being held in Singapore from 9 to 16 December 1975 with a total number of 1,142 athletes in 18 sports, namely athletics, badminton, basketball, bowling, boxing, cycling, football, hockey, judo, rugby, sailing, sepaktakraw, shooting, swimming, table tennis, tennis, volleyball and weightlifting. Participated 4 member countries were Burma, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Most gold were awarded to Thailand with 80 gold, 48 silver and 39 bronze.
During the 8th SEAP Games, the SEAP Games Council Members were held in Bangkok, and the Meeting decided to include more countries, like Indonesia and Philippine. As a result of the inclusion of the said 2 countries, it appeared the 8th SEAP Games was the last Games to be held in this peninsula and that on 5 February 1977, the SEAP Games Meeting was being held in Malaysia and brought the issue of more inclusion of country members, like Indonesia and Philippine, for discussion. As a consequence, the name of the South East Asia Peninsular Games or SEAP Games was then changed to the South East Asia Games or the SEA Games and has been using this name when Malaysia was
hosting the 9th SEA Games ever since then.