PETALING JAYA: Sports should unite, not divide!
That is Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican’s firm stand after coming across a tweet that revealed a school only selects students based on their race for certain sports.
The tweet from user sharwinsubra05 questioned the actions of SMK Dato Bentara Luar in Batu Pahat, Johor. He also uploaded a picture of a letter containing a list of clubs, associations and sports that are allegedly open to one race only.
Reezal was livid with the school’s actions and he posted a tweet yesterday, stating that things have to change.
“Sports is supposed to be colour blind, transcend cultural borders and be an agent of unity. The actions by the school are not right and backward.
“There is no such policy or approach in sports. We want sports democratisation to start from schools, ” he said.
Even Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah agreed with Reezal’s statement by tweeting: “Since 1974, there is an official programme on the Education Camp which aims to make basketball a sport for all races. Now, there are more than half a million non-Chinese basketball players.”
Meanwhile, the school’s principal Abdul Razak Hamid has issued an apology saying that the policy was not made on purpose.