KUALA LUMPUR: The RM1bil allocated to the Youth and Sports Ministry under Budget 2019 will not be just for sports, said minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (pic).
He said apart from the RM100mil set aside for the preparation of athletes to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the RM10mil for the development of e-Sports, the balance of the RM1bil would be spent on youth development.
“Yes, the amount received is RM1bil but it’s not for sports alone but for all. As mentioned before, the National Civics Bureau (BTN) and the National Service (NS) Training Programme have been included under the ministry and so there is a need for a higher allocation,” said Syed Saddiq.
“The Ministry also has several new programmes coming up such as the ‘Malaysian Future Leaders School’ where we train the best young talent to one day become prime minister, minister, chairman or chief executive officer of renowned companies,” he said after witnessing the signing ceremony of a cooperation agreement between Sepang International Circuit (SIC) and Yamaha yesterday.
Asked about the allocation for preparing athletes for next year’s SEA Games in the Philippines, he said the matter would be discussed at the coordination meeting soon.
“But it could come from the overall allocation of the ministry,” he added.
The Budget 2019 tabled by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng on Friday saw a 25% rise in allocations to agencies such as the National Sports Council, National Sports Institute and the State Youth and Sports departments. — Bernama