KUALA LUMPUR: The Youth and Sports Ministry has slashed the budget by 50% for next year’s Le Tour de Langkawi (LtdL) from March 5-14.
“We used to pledge RM20mil per year for the Tour, but we have decided to pledge half of the amount and save RM10mil for other purposes,” said Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, adding that he had informed Sports Commissioner Ahmad Shapawi Ismail and Human Voyage chief executive officer Datuk Malik Mydin, who is in charge of organising the LtdL next year, about the budget cut.
“Malik told me they would be able to organise the Tour despite the budget cut because they have managed to get private sponsors to help them run the Tour,” added Khairy.
On another matter, Khairy said he would like to see Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) president Datuk Karim Ibrahim and his executive members run the association professionally.
“My advice to them is not to create any unethical disorder or controversies like in the past which can jeopardise the national athletes’ performance. If they do so, then I will not hesitate to take action against the MAF,” said Khairy.