KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 30 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wanted Malaysians to continue to support Malaysian sports teams with pride, not just in good times but also through trying times, when the national sports men and women needed it the most.
He said if such effort continued and building upon these strengths, Malaysian sports, including Malaysian football could propel to greater heights.
“The spirit of 1Malaysia, People First, Performance Now was proudly displayed not just by the players in the arena, but also by the millions of supporters who have cheered our fellow Malaysians to glory.
“This was reaffirmed last night by our young Malaysian football team, now champions of the Suzuki Cup. Our players demonstrated that discipline, teamwork and perseverance are the ingredients to achieve success. Congratulations to the coaching team and the Malaysian Tigers on this great achievement!” he said in his latest personal 1Malaysia blog posting, on Thursday.
He also recalled that just 12 days ago, he spent some time sitting alongside fellow Malaysians on Jalan Bukit Bintang to enjoy one of the people’s favourite pastimes – watching football.
“We watched the Malaysian team play against Vietnam and eventually qualified for the two-leg final of the AFF Suzuki Cup against Indonesia. I felt then – not just as Prime Minister, but also as a fan of the sport – that we could be seeing a major turnaround for Malaysian football,” he said.
He said Malaysia had enjoyed several key sporting triumphs this year, including outstanding achievements in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India and the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
Najib said to cap it off with a hard-earned victory in football made this year truly memorable for Malaysian sports and let these achievements serve as an inspiration for Malaysian youths.
In the meantime, he hoped that everyone enjoys the public holiday this Friday to celebrate this victory and to look forward to a new year of greater successes, onwards and upwards.
Source : Bernama