Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman is trying very hard to prove his worth but the youngest Malaysian minister seems to be failing at most of his attempts.
Universiti Malaya lecturer Associate Professor Dr Megat Ahmad Kamaluddin Megat Daud urges authorities to leverage on numerous studies to boost sports industry in Malaysia and create competent administrators.
Youth and Sports Ministry programmes are nothing new as inexperience minister and his team do not seem to be open and receptive to views.
Veteran sports leader Datuk Sieh Kok Chi says appointments of Bersatu leaders within Youth and Sports Ministry go against minister’s call of wanting politicians out of sports.
External auditor for 2017 KL SEA Games accounts highlights unapproved payment to third party vendor as Finance Ministry recommends disciplinary action against top officials for flawed financial governance.
Former wushu world champion Loh Jack Chang says he left the sport at the right time but feels sorry for national athletes who are in a quandary due to a lack of clarity from the powers-that-be.
Former national hurdler and Olympic Council of Malaysia Athletes’ Commission chairperson Noraseela Khalid says every second matters for athletes representing the nation in major tournaments.
Meeting with National Sports Council and National Sports Institute representatives leaves national athletes with more questions than answers.
Curbing illegal gambling could be key to ensuring National Sports Council enjoys higher sin tax contribution to fund sports programmes in Malaysia.
National sports associations should get more support so they can ultimately stand on their own feet while Youth and Sports Ministry agencies should not fund and implement programmes to curb corrupt practices and abuse of power.
Several attendees say Podium Programme post-mortem workshop ended without any resolution as national sports associations will instead come up with their summaries and recommendations following the two-day meeting.
Insiders say Manny Pacquiao-Lucas Matthysse July 15 fight promoters have only recently written to Youth and Sports Ministry to hand over boxing ring, equipment.
Kuckreja & Co, tasked to lay turf for 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games indoor hockey competition, hopes Youth and Sports Ministry pays RM60,000 dues owe, says issue would not have cropped up with proper planning and communication.