Meeting this week will kickstart series of discussions about future of National Football Development Programme (NFDP). Should the government continue babysitting the programme with taxpayers’ money? Also, it’s been three years and there is still no sight of the 2017 KL SEA Games accounts.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican met Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz to discuss ways of assisting the sports industry and youths in facing economic challenges due to Covid-19.
Olympic Council of Malaysia president Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria says there are plans by the government to have a stimulus package for those in the sports industry affected by Covid-19.
Uplifting sports industry in Malaysia requires proactive support from ministries and government agencies to make Malaysia a healthy, sporty and productive nation.
Some indoor sports centres and gymnasiums are said to have started operating during Conditional Movement Control Order. They can expect ‘friendly’ visits soon from officers of the state Youth and Sports Department.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican says the ministry will reach out to other ministries and agencies to help private trainers, gym operators and others within the sports industry who have been badly hit by Covid-19.
New Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican is not into leaving legacies but ensuring more Malaysians benefit from the youth- and sports-centric initiatives of the government.
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.