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
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
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.
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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.