PETALING JAYA: Sports continued to get the attention Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as he announced a whopping RM1.123bil allocation at the tabling of the 2018 Budget.
A huge chunk of it – RM1bil to be exact – will be allocated for sporting initiatives such as FitMalaysia, National Sports Day, athletes’ training, grassroots programmes and the development of football.
He said that RM112mil would be used to build 14 new sports complexes nationwide and RM20mil would be allocated for the upgrading of infrastructures at the Bukit Jalil Sports School.
In his speech at the Parliament yesterday, Najib also congratulated the Malaysian contingent for emerging as overall champions in the 29th Kuala Lumpur SEA Games and runner-up in the 7th Asean Para Games.
National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail has welcomed the initiatives taken by the government to spur Malaysian sports.
“The NSC appreciate the government’s recognition of our athletes’ achievement at the SEA Games and Asean Para Games,” said Shapawi.
“The RM1bil allocation, which covers the development of high-performance sports programmes, will be a massive boost for us to keep producing world-class athletes and improving Malaysia’s image in sports.”
“The announcement on the new sports complexes is also a boon as athletes at the grassroots level will have proper training facilities and venues.
“This budget shows that the government is attentive to the importance of sports and the needs of the sporting community.”