PUTRAJAYA, Oct 23 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak spent his time tonight with his selected Facebook and Twitter followers watching the English Premier League football match between Manchester United (MU) and Manchester City at Seri Perdana, here.
Najib who is a staunch supporter of MU, arrived at about 8.15pm and was greeted by thunderous applause from the football fans, most of them being strong MU supporters.
In his speech, Najib said he was very pleased when some 2,500 requests were received to attend the event but fortunately it could only accommodate 300 people.
Najib said watching the EPL could spur Malaysia’s young to choose football and the government had embarked on the programme called “1 Mukim 1 Futsal” to help develop the sport further.
“In the recent budget, the government had set aside RM30 million to build about 20 artificial football fields around the country,” he said.
The prime minister hoped it would stimulate grassroot development of football in this country, as it was his hope and dream to see Malaysian football at a greater level.
“I also hope that by doing sports development from the grassroot level, we will be able to nurture young talents for the future.
“If we don’t have enough material, we can get Sir Alex Ferguson to be national coach, but even he cannot work miracles; he needs the people, the players and the talent,” he said.
Najib said the country needed to churn out young talented Malaysians who would be able to compete at a higher level.
Source : Bernama