IPOH – The making of the local box-office hit ‘Ola Bola’ won the commendation of Sultan Nazrin Shah, who said the team spirit portrayed in the movie should serve as an inspiration for Malaysians.
The Perak sultan said the organisers and those active in sports, as well as the general populace should learn lessons from the film.
“Make it a source of inspiration; from the plot of ‘Ola Bola” see how strong the spirit of sacrifice, team spirit, loyalty and nationalistic spirit were sowed through sports.”
Sultan Nazrin said this at the opening of the first meeting, fourth session of the 13th Perak State Legislative Assembly, here, today.
The film, produced by Astro Shaw and directed by Chiu Keng Guan, is based on the glorious era of Malaysian football, with the national team managing to compete in the Olympic Games, Moscow in 1980.
Despite the lack of big names in the starring roles, ‘Ola Bola’ collected RM12 million within only 18 days of its screening from January 28.
Sultan Nazrin said sports activities could inculcate a healthy lifestyle, competitive spirit and the drive for more success, and promote understanding.
On another matter, the sultan said the state government provided various forms of aid to students who wished and were eligible for further studies.
He said that last year, 14,407 students in Perak received aid through an allocation of RM11.62 million, while another 500 were offered loans amounting to RM7 million for further studies.
Besides that, he said, the Perak State Islamic Religious Council also provided scholarships under the Asnaf Fisabilillah scheme for students to do their bachelor’s degree overseas.
“In 2015, 837 students were given such scholarships amounting to RM7.5 million, while another 1,164 students received a total of RM4.2 million for further studies locally,” the sultan said. – BERNAMA