Monday, May 20, 2013

Khairy to look into matters after review




PETALING JAYA: New Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin will look into the ongoing and proposed projects by the ministry before making any decisions.
He said he would let the ministry officials submit a review of all the projects to him “before decisions can be made”.

“I want to look at the impact of the project ... if the impact is little, then we may have to channel the effort into something else. If the project is ongoing, then we have to look into making it more beneficial,” he said on the sidelines of the Malaysian Invasion Mixed Martial Arts (MIMMA) event in Kelana Jaya yesterday.

Khairy, prior to taking the seat as minister in the Cabinet recently, was the brainchild of MIMMA together with Tune Talk chief executive officer Jason Lo.

The ministry, which was previously under the helm of Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, have several high-impact projects in the pipeline, including the RM80mil indoor velodrome slated to be built in Labu, Negri Sembilan.

Making it better: New Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin (second from right) and Tune Talk CEO Jason Lo (left) having a discussion with the participants of the Malaysian Invasion Mixed Martial Arts event in Kelana Jaya yesterday. — SHAHRUL FAZRY ISMAIL / The Star Making it better: New Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin (second from right) and Tune Talk CEO Jason Lo (left) having a discussion with the participants of the Malaysian Invasion Mixed Martial Arts event in Kelana Jaya yesterday. — SHAHRUL FAZRY ISMAIL / The Star
 
The ministry is also the main financial backbone of the Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL), where operating costs have escalated from RM7.5mil in 2009 to about RM16mil this year.

Meanwhile, Khairy has called upon the FA of Malaysia (FAM) to seriously look into the issue of match-fixing after what transpired during the Premier League match between Kuala Lumpur and Sime Darby FC on Saturday. Banners declaring “Bookie detected” and another one stating the scoreline “Bookie 5 – Fans 0” were seen at the Cheras Stadium on Saturday. Ironically, Sime Darby won 5-0.
“I take the issue very seriously and it has been haunting the local scene for a while. I will have a meeting with the FAM regarding this matter.

“I won’t compromise on this issue. As if it is not enough that the state of our football is in the doldrums, we are being bogged down by match-fixing now,” said Khairy, who held the FAM deputy president’s post in 2007.



THE STAR

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