PETALING JAYA: Sports is a vital instrument in breaking down racial barriers and strengthening unity among races, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The Education Ministry, he added, was taking measures to restore the glory of sports in schools.
This included improving school sports management and increasing the time allocated for students’ sport activities.
“Sports is important in instilling unity. We do not look at the racial identity or religion of a player before supporting him or her.
“As long as the player represents the country or whichever team we like, we are sure to support and encourage him.
“We hope our younger generation will appreciate the sports spirit and help foster greater unity,” he said last night at the Lawn Bowls Federation of Malaysia (PLBM) dinner here where he launched the book Bowls in Malaysia: Creating Legacy 1998-2009.
Also present was Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
Muhyiddin, also the Education Minister, welcomed the role of sports associations in encouraging sports activities in schools.
He congratulated Malaysia’s lawn bowl team and players for their achievements including Safuan Said currently ranked number one in the world, and fourth-ranked Siti Zalina Ahmad who won the Asian Lawn Bowls Championship women’s singles eight times in a row.
Muhyiddin also expressed support towards PLBM’s plan to introduce lawn bowl in schools and commended them for having Key Performance Indicators.
Meanwhile, PLBM president Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid said their KPI for the next three years included a four-gold target at this year’s Commonwealth Games in India; obtaining at least third place at the 2012 World Bowls Championship in Australia; and successfully hosting the World Bowls Masters Championship,
PLBM also planned to adopt 40 schools and make it into lawn bowl centres of excellence, he said.
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