KHAIRY COY ON NFDP
Assures FAM of assistance but declines to address issues raised by Tunku Ismail
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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.
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.