PUTRAJAYA – The absence of foreign football match broadcast by Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) does not indicate that the government is not meeting the needs and tastes of youths, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
He said RTM as a government-owned station, has different responsibilities on the programmes aired and those involving very high cost.
“RTM as a station owned by the government and people should utilise funds to broadcast programmes seen as a priority for the people and country,” he said.
Salleh who was met by reporters at the launching of Malaysia Cyber Games (MCG18) here today, was commenting on the opposition coalition’s promise to give foreign football broadcasting rights to RTM if it wins the coming 14th general election.
Salleh said the promise made by Pakatan Harapan to capture the hearts of young voters was impractical to be implemented by RTM as the bid for broadcasting rights involved millions of ringgit.
“Being conscious of the needs of the people, the government gives priority to more beneficial matters, and it will not do something impractical such as showing English League matches even though it does not prevent other stations or television channels from airing such football matches,” he said.
Asked if the promise could entice young voters to support the opposition coalition, Salleh said such offers may not be enough to attract youths for their votes.
As a mature generation, he said the determining group of the country’s future saw a wide perspective of political promises such as stability, employment opportunities and economic plans.
In this regard, he said Barisan Nasional (BN) had clear programmes to develop the younger generation including new youth programmes by Khairy Jamaluddin as Youth and Sports Minister and BN Youth chairman. – BERNAMA