KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9 (Bernama) — Sports, particularly football has the ability to bring people together, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Prime Minister said he himself experienced this in December last year while cheering with other Malaysians for the national team when they played against Vietnam in the AFF Suzuki Cup football tournament.
“The energy that night, while sitting among fellow Malaysians at Jalan Bukit Bintang was palpable and one couldn’t help but be swept up in it,” he said in a posting on his 1Malaysia blog titled the “United Factor” Sunday.
He said the national team had already been complimented by a Manchester United player and that they should take this as motivation to improve.
“I’m also looking forward to meeting our Malaysian football team this Wednesday to congratulate them on their Cup win. These young players are the future of national football and have the potential to revive the sport domestically.
“Malaysia Cup, the longest-running football competition in Asia has a brand new champion in Kelantan. It could be an exciting year for this much loved sport in Malaysia,” he said.
On the subject of sports, Najib said he tried his best to follow the progress of his favourite sports teams.
“I enjoyed some personal time after Christmas to chill with my wife and children (and the cats), go for my routine jogs and catch up on the English Premier League football.
“Like any other fan of Manchester United, it thrills me to see the team at the top of the league with a comfortable lead in points and two games in hand.
“My daughter doesn’t share my enthusiasm; she is a Liverpool fan, you see. She consoles herself by saying Liverpool is ‘the team of the future’, but she has also been saying this for over ten years,” said Najib.
He added that it may be too soon to celebrate another title, but hoped that Manchester United were able to maintain their lead in the Premiership while staying sharp for other club competitions including the English FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League.
Source : Bernama