Common kit for national teams

OVER TO YOU: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak hands over the Malaysian flag to Low Beng Choo (right), the Chef deMission to the Manila SEA Games after a ceremony to launch the new kit for national teams at Putrajaya on Monday. Looking on is Youthand Sport Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said (left). – STARpic BY KAMARUL ARIFFIN

PUTRAJAYA: “The Malayan Tiger” is the theme of the new kit for national teams to international sports events and it was launched by the Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, at the Youth and Sports Ministry here yesterday. 

And the Malaysian contingent to the 23rd SEA Games, which begin in Manila on Nov 27, will be the first batch of athletes to wear the new attire. 

The tracksuit and jersey are orange-based with wide black stripes. Both attire have the Malaysian flag on the front right and the word “Malaysia” printed on the back. The front left is kept open for sponsors. 

Najib said that over 4,000 entries were received from the public in the contest to design the national jersey, which was launched earlier this year. 

“We narrowed them down to three choices and then asked the Lim Kok Wing University College to redesign it with a national theme in mind,” he said. 

“The Malayan Tiger has all the characteristics that we want our athletes to emulate. And I'm sure that having a single national identity will spur our athletes to excel further in their chosen fields.” 

An assistant architect, Zulkifli Abdul Aziz from Johor, submitted the winning entry. The other two entries were from Leong Wai Hong and Zainal Ikhwan Mahmud. 

The Youth and Sports Minister, Datuk Azalina Othman Said, said that the design took to the national crest and not the national flag. 

“From now, we expect all teams to use this design for their national teams. Of course, the attire for different sports varies but the basic concept must be adhered to as well as the colours. 

“After 48 years of independence, we have finally come up with a single identity and it is important that we use it and popularise it so that Malaysian fans will also start using this design when they come out in support of the national teams. 

“We will register the design and colours so that we have full control over their usage. We will encourage all teams, even the professionals, to use them.” 

Azalina added that national teams with their own sponsors would also be asked to use the new design. 

“Having the new design should not affect the sponsorship of the national teams. They (the sponsors) can still make the attire for the teams using the new design. We will provide any help they need to make the attire,” she said. 

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