KHAIRY COY ON NFDP

As­sures FAM of as­sis­tance but de­clines to ad­dress is­sues raised by Tunku Is­mail

New Straits Times - - Sport -

DEVIN­DER SINGH devin­der@nst.com.my

SPORTS Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din is keen to strengthen ties with the FA of Malaysia (FAM) un­der their new president Tunku Is­mail Sul­tan Ibrahim.

How­ever, Khairy de­clined to ad­dress is­sues raised by Tunku Is­mail di­rectly, es­pe­cially the han­dling of the gov­ern­ment­funded Na­tional Foot­ball Devel­op­ment Pro­gramme (NFDP).

Fol­low­ing his elec­tion on Satur­day, Tunku Is­mail urged the gov­ern­ment to place NFDP fund­ing un­der FAM and al­low the na­tional body to dis­trib­ute the amount to state af­fil­i­ates.

With the NFDP due to mark its three-year an­niver­sary on April 10, Khairy did not ap­pear keen to speak about the is­sue nor did he elab­o­rate on NFDP lead di­rec­tor Safirul Azli Abu Bakar’s re­cent meet­ing with Tunku Is­mail.

“We will en­sure that FAM re­ceive the gov­ern­ment’s full co­op­er­a­tion in de­vel­op­ing foot­ball in the coun­try to­gether,” said Khairy af­ter the launch of the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games “RIMAU” ve­hi­cle num­ber plates in Putrajaya yes­ter­day.

When asked to con­firm if Safirul had met Tunku Is­mail, Khairy re­it­er­ated the min­istry’s co­op­er­a­tion with FAM in grass­roots devel­op­ment.

“I am cer­tain a pos­i­tive out­come will emerge from this co­op­er­a­tion,” he said.

Khairy would not say if he plans to meet Tunku Is­mail at FAM’s next ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee meet­ing in Kota Kin­a­balu on April 8.

“As I am not an exco mem­ber, I can’t at­tend the meet­ing,” said Khairy.

Mean­while, in the lat­est bid to cre­ate aware­ness of the Sea Games in Au­gust, 9,999 spe­cial ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion plates car­ry­ing the pre-fix “RIMAU”, the mas­cot for the Games, will be of­fered to the pub­lic at a min­i­mum bid price of RM500.

Khairy thanked the trans­port min­istry and the Road Trans­port De­part­ment for their co­op­er­a­tion with the Malaysian Sea Games Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee.

“The pro­ceeds from this se­ries of li­cence plates will help de­fray the or­gan­i­sa­tional costs of the Games,” said Khairy.

“How much we get de­pends on the bids we re­ceive and we hope to get as much as pos­si­ble. But we’ve not set a tar­get. It will also serve as a me­mento for the pub­lic in re­mem­ber­ing that the Games were held in 2017.”

Bid­ding for the reg­is­tra­tion num­bers be­gins to­mor­row on the Sea Games web­site, www.kualalumpur2017.com.my and close on Apr 14.

BERNAMA PIC

Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din launch­ing the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games ‘RIMAU’ ve­hi­cle num­ber plates in Putrajaya yes­ter­day. Look­ing on are Road Trans­port De­part­ment di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Seri Nadzri Siron (left), Kuala Lumpur 2017 sec­re­tariat CEO Datuk Seri Zolk­ples Em­bong (sec­ond from right), Aquatwo di­rec­tor Muham­mad Muqharra­bin Mokhtar­rudin (sec­ond from left) and Par­a­lympic Coun­cil of Malaysia vice president Datuk Subra­ma­niam Ra­man Nair.

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