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PUTRAJAYA – Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has requested all parties involved in the ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ on the leadership transition at the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to be honest and respect it.

“It is not a formal or written agreement, but one done verbally between individuals, and I think those involved must respect it.

“If we think we honour the agreement, we should stick to it. If the agreement is not a written one, we cannot compel or enforce it,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after witnessing the signing of a sponsorship agreement between the Malaysia SEA Games Organising Committee (MASOC) and plastic packaging company SCGM Group at the ministry here today.

Bernama had previously reported that BAM president Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff, who took leave from office since October 2015, made a succession deal with the two top leaders of the association.

According to the agreement, acting president Tan Sri Al Amin Abd Majid will give way to Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria after the Rio Olympics in 2016 or at the end of the term of the existing committee.

However, Al Amin, who is also interested in the hot seat, has denied he was involved in the ‘gentlemen’s agreement’.

The BAM election is expected to take place during its Annual General Meeting (AGM) next month.

In the meantime, commenting on the success of women’s high jump athlete Yap Sean Yee who managed to improve her national record, Khairy said it bode well for the national athletics squad in the upcoming Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

“We had one of our worst performances in the Singapore SEA Games in 2015. Many people want to see the revival of Malaysian athlectics…I hope it begins at the SEA Games,” he said.

Yap charted a leap of 1.81 metres in the Kuala Lumpur Sports Schools Council (MSSKL) Athletic Chmapionships at the National Sports Council (NSC) Complex in Setiawangsa yesterday, overcoming her previous record of 1.79m achieved at the Pahang Open Championship in 2015. – BERNAMA

CYBERJAYA – Malaysia will not take any action that can worsen the situation on the Asia Cup 2019 Qualifier match between the national team and North Korea, said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

Commenting on calls by various quarters to boycott the Group B match, he reminded that there were several Malaysians still in North Korea following Pyongyang’s decision to bar them from leaving that country.

“Whatever action we take whether in diplomacy or related to trade and sports, let’s not do anything that will further aggravate the already tense ties
between Malaysia and North Korea,” he told the media after the ‘TN50x: Dialogue with Young Entrepreneurs” programme here today.

Not wanting to disclose where he stood on the boycott calls, Khairy said such polemics would not help the situation.

The government has announced that it will not allow the national squad to go to Pyongyang to play in the qualifying match on March 28 on grounds of safety following tensions between the two countries in the aftermath of the murder of North Korean citizen Kim Chol, widely reported to be Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 on Feb 13.

Following that, the FA of Malaysia (FAM) asked the Asian Football Confederation to have the match played at a neutral venue.

Khairy said that he was also awaiting developments on the request.

For the record, Malaysia had boycotted the Moscow Olympics in 1980 to protest the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics’ (USSR) invasion of Afghanistan.

On another matter, Khairy said he was amazed by the ability of national sprinter Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifli, who broke the national record in the women’s 100m sprint with a time of 11.45s at the ASA Speed Series 2 Championship in, Bloemfontein, South Africa early today.

He said the success, which ended G. Shanti’s 24-year old record of 11.50s, was a good sign of better things to come when Kuala Lumpur hosts the SEA Games this September.- BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The status of the qualifying round of the 2019 Asian Cup competition between Malaysia and North Korea in Pyongyang will be known latest by tomorrow.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said he would hold discussions with the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) today to find out the latest development on the matter before any decision is made.

“The outcome of the talks and status of the competition will be notified by FAM to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) today or tomorrow,” he said.

Khairy was met by reporters after attending the opening of the first meeting of the fifth session of the 13th Parliament here today.

The Harimau Malaysia team is scheduled to face Noth Korea at the King II-sung Stadium in Pyongyang on March 28.

Diplomatic ties between Malaysia and North Korea became tense following the murder of North Korean citizen, Kim Chol on Feb 13.

In the latest development on March 4, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman declared as ‘Persona Non Grata’ the ambassador of North Korea, Kang Chol who was given 48 hours to leave the country. – BERNAMA

KOTA KINABALU: North Korea should appreciate its relations with Malaysia by respecting the sovereignty and laws of the country, said Umno Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin.

He regarded the action by North Korea in questioning investigations by the Malaysian authorities on Kim Jong-nam’s murder as “going beyond the limits of diplomacy that can be considered disrespectful and rude”.

“Malaysia has never asked to interfere in police investigations in other countries or obstructed an autopsy from being conducted when a crime happened in another country, even if it involved our citizens.

“I hope the Government will monitor closely the situation and if required, we should review Malaysia’s diplomatic relations with North Korea,” he told reporters after attending the National Transformation Dialogue (TN50) here Friday.

On Feb 13, Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was at the KL International Airport 2 (klia2) at about 8am, waiting for his flight to Macau, when two women suddenly covered his face with a cloth laced with what is believed to be poison.

Jong-nam, who arrived in Malaysia from Macau on Feb 6 using a passport bearing the name Kim Chol, sought help at a customer service counter and was rushed to the Putrajaya Hospital, but died on the way. – Bernama


PUTRAJAYA – Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin will seek the assistance of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to assess the situation in Pyongyang before Malaysia play North Korea in their 2019 Asian Cup Qualifier.

The match between Malaysia and North Korea is scheduled at the Kim Il-sungin Stadium in Pyongyang on March 28.

Khairy said the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) will also seek the opinion of the AFC before deciding to go to North Korea.

“I will ask the AFC to monitor the situation in Pyongyang because security is our priority. It is a difficult situation now because the diplomatic relationship between North Korea and Malaysia is strained.

“If there is a change in venue, Malaysia will be ready to face their opponent,” he told reporters at a briefing for the National Transformation (TN50) at the Youth and Sports Ministry, here today.

Malaysia have been drawn in Group B with North Korea, Hong Kong and Lebanon.

Yesterday, Wisma Putra recalled Malaysian Ambassador to North Korea as well as summoned North Korea’s ambassador to explain allegations he had made over Malaysia’s handling of the investigation into the murder North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, at the KLIA2 in Sepang on Feb 13.

The Foreign ministry said Kang Chol was summoned for “an explanation on the accusations he made against the Government of Malaysia in his press conference on Feb 17.

“In the press conference, the Ambassador…insinuated that…the Malaysian Government had ‘something to conceal’. The Ambassador also alleged that Malaysia was ‘colluding and playing into the gallery of external forces’,” the statement from the ministry had said. – BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA – Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin will not take sides in the run up to the election for the post of Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president.

Khairy said he would work with any individual elected as the FAM president, be it Tunku Mahkota Johor (TMJ) Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim or Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

“As the Minister of Youth and Sports I have to be impartial,” he told reporters when commenting on the candidates for the post of FAM president, after witnessing the signing of a sponsorship pledge for the 2017 SEA Games and Asean Para Games between the SEA Games committee and Ajinomoto Co.Inc, here today.

Tunku Ismail, the owner of Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) and Annuar, the Kelantan Football Association (KAFA) advisor, were announced as candidates for the FAM hot seat.

The FAM’s 53rd Congress is scheduled on March 25.

FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin made the announcement after Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and former Home Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat did not confirm their candidacy.

“I kept my word and withdrew from the race when TMJ gave his consent to contest for the post and that is very important,” said Khairy who acknowledged that both Tunku Ismail and Annuar were credible leaders and have vast knowledge in football.

However, they must be given time to change the landscape of football in the country, he said.

“The entire nation are hoping that the individual elected as the new FAM president can change the status of football in the country but they must understand that changes cannot be done immediately,” he said. – BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA: Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin (pic) says he will remain neutral in the contest for the post of Football Association of Malaysia president.

Khairy said as a minister, he would not take the side of either Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim or former Kelantan Football Association president Tan Sri Annuar Musa, who are contesting the post.

“I’m a minister and I can’t take sides. I must be neutral but I will work with whoever will help the body,” he said on Tuesday.

Khairy, who was one of the contenders for the post, kept to his word to withdraw from the race when Tunku Ismail submitted his nomination.

The nomination for the FAM presidency closed on Monday.

The contest will be a straight fight between Tunku Ismail and Annuar.

Former Putrajaya Corporation chairman Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat also pulled out from the race on Monday.


PUTRAJAYA – The resignation of four DAP elected representatives is a lesson to all political parties on playing politics, says UMNO Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin.

“It’s funny how politics work. That happened a few hours after Selangor Menteri Besar (Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali) said one of the ministers was going to resign,” he said when commenting on a report that three DAP assemblymen and an MP resigned from the party yesterday.

Khairy, who is also youth and sports minister was met after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the ministry and Johor Petroleum Development Corporation Bhd here today.

He said he was unsure why the four DAP representatives left the party.

“That is their problem. But this is a lesson for all political parties. You can’t be sure. You have to make sure that your party is well-run and the people are happy with the policies of the party,” he added.

Three Melaka DAP state assemblymen and an MP resigned from the party yesterday.

They were Lim Jak Wong (Bachang), Chin Choon Seong (Kesidang) and Goh Leong San (Duyong) while the MP was Sim Tong Him (Kota Melaka).

Commenting on Mohamed Azmin’s allegation, Khairy said from the start, Cabinet members did not believe in the talk.

“Since we are all colleagues in the Cabinet, we can check with one another. I have checked and we discovered there is no basis to it. I don’t know what information he has but it certainly, was baseless,” he said.

On Friday, Mohamed Azmin uploaded the status of his Twitter account by posing a question on whether a senior minister had resigned.

Following that, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak issued a statement denying the allegation of the Selangor menteri besar, apart from asking Mohamed Azmin to name the minister concerned. – BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA – Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has reiterated he will not fight for the post of Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president if Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) club owner Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim decides to contest.

“If Tunku Ismail wants to contest, then there is no need for me to be there. I have a lot of other things to do also,” he said.

Khairy was speaking to reporters after witnessing the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between the ministry and Johor Petroleum Development Corporation Bhd (JPDC) here today.

However, he said, he would still meet with FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin despite having a tight schedule.

“I will see him at some point today. My day is quite full today,” he said.

Previous reports have quoted Hamidin as saying that all parties should wait until today, to know the final list of candidates for the post of FAM president which will be tabled to the exco on Feb 20.

Next month, FAM is expected to hold the elections for its committee for the 2017-2012 term, including for the post of president which is now held by Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

To date, only former FAM deputy president Tan Sri Annuar Musa has confirmed he would contest the president’s post.

Commenting on the commotion at the Penang Batu Kawan Stadium last Saturday, Khairy said such incidents were among issues which should be tackled by the new FAM leadership.

The incident was allegedly triggered after fans of the Black Kumbang squad created a commotion after the match which saw Penang losing 0-1 to Sarawak in the Super League match. – BERNAMA

Puskas Award: I Am So Proud Of Faiz - Khairy

KUALA LUMPUR – The 2016 Puskas Award win by Mohd Faiz Subri at FIFA Football Awards ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland, last night, is a proud achievement.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the ‘magical goal’ by Mohd Faiz has become a phenomenon and caught the attention of football fans worldwide as it only happens once in a lifetime.

“I am so proud. Congratulations, Faiz. Once in a lifetime goal,” he said via Twitter.

National striker Mohd Safee Mohd Sali said Mohd Faiz’ success proved that Malaysian football possess the quality and are on par with world class players.

“Congratulations! You have proven that local players have the quality. Winning the award is a dream for all football players in the world.

“Being able to be there with world class players and to win an award is just extraordinary.

“I feel proud because you are a player from Malaysia and not from Argentina. I’m sorry Messi,” said Safee in his Facebook entry.

The wonder goal by Mohd Faiz received 59.46 percent of votes to beat two other candidates, Johnath Marlone Azevedo da Silva of Brazil who got 22.86 per cent while female player, Daniuska Rodriguez of Venezuela got 10.01 per cent.

Mohd Faiz scored the ‘physics defying goal’ via a free kick to help Penang beat Pahang 4-1 in a Super League match on February 16, 2016.

By winning the Puskas Award, Kedah born Mohd Faiz became the first Asian player to win the award for Best Goal Of The Year.

The Puskas Award was named after football legend Ferenc Puskas of Hungary who enjoyed great success with Spanish giants, Real Madrid in the 1950s and 60s.

Puskas Award winners: Cristiano Ronaldo (2009), Hamit Altintop (2010), Neymar (2011), Miroslav Stoch (2012), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2013), James Rodriguez (2014), Wendell Lira (2015) and Mohd Faiz Subri (2016). – BERNAMA