KUALA LUMPUR: Sports can be used as an agent for social change, says Khairy Jamaluddin.
The Youth and Sports Minister said involvement in sport, even as a spectator, could become a tool for social inclusion and unity in the country.
This, he said, was especially true for the disadvantaged, young Malaysians.
“In Malaysia, the idea of sport as a force for good is something that we cherish and want to make sure that it continues to unite the country,” he said.
Khairy was speaking at the opening of the 3rd Laureus Sport for Good Summit here yesterday.
This year’s summit is historic as it is the first held in Asia. The previous two were held in Europe.
Khairy said the summit was an important follow-up to the Laureus Sports Awards, which were held in Kuala Lumpur in March.
“We hosted the awards in the hopes that there will be a programme that will leave a legacy behind,” he said.
“This is what Laureus is about as well, about leaving a legacy of programmes where sports can change communities.”
Chief executive officer of 1Malaysia People’s Foundation (YR1M), a partner of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation for the summit, Ung Su Ling said that the partnership would help the foundation establish projects that could address social issues faced by Malaysians.
For a start, she said, YR1M would hold its 2nd Piala Satu Malaysia and launch the 1Malaysia Cobra Youth rugby programme.
“We are targeting boys from the age of 17 to 19 as this is a critical age group for people to either go forward in a positive way or to become lost along the way.”
by Hanis Zainal - The Star