Thursday, April 10, 2014

PM Announces RM10 Million Allocation To Implement NFDP Successfully

KUANTAN, April 10 (Bernama) -- The government has allocated RM10 million to implement the National Football Development Plan (NFDP) which is aimed at successfully transforming the country's football standard.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when making the announcement said the NFDP would also become a National plan that must be supported by all the stake holders, be it the government or private sector.

"My wish is to see Malaysia qualify for the World Cup and that is not an impossible dream. However, it cannot remain a dream but rather must be fulfilled through systematic planning and implementation through the various resources available.

"Once it is adopted as a National plan, I hope everyone will contribute and support the development plan," he said in his speech when launching the NFDP and opening the National Football Academy in Gambang, here Thursday.

The event was also attended by Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

He said the effort of a few would not be enough to ensure the success of the plan because it needed a holistic approach which needs careful planning.

Apart from the government, parents and teachers must also play an important role to encourage their children to take up sports, especially football.

"It is with such commitment that we can see the success of the plan and witness a rise in Malaysia's football standards. In schools, if teachers do not take the initiative to teach the students the art and skills, the plan will not succeed," he said.

Najib said as a citizen among the 28 million population of the country who love sports (football), he was aware that many would like to see the country's football standards rise to a level that can enable the National team to play in the world cup.

"I must admit that football is one of the most popular sports in the world, followed by badminton. Although we have a world champion like Datuk Nicol David and world number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei, it will not be complete without football being up there among the elite," he said.

Najib said at one time Malaysia had beaten countries like Japan, South Korea and Vietnam but that era has passed since Malaysia are currently ranked 141 in the world, behind countries like Vietnam and the Philippines, a sad and embarrassing situation.

The Prime Minister also hoped that the involvement of bookies in football can be wiped out because the image of the country is at stake when footballers pawn their self esteem to be engaged in football bribery and match-fixing.

Najib also praised the Youth and Sports Ministry, Education Ministry and the Football Association of Malaysia for their initiative to start the football academy in memory of the late Mokhtar Dahari.


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