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KUCHING, Feb 20: The Ministry of Youth and Sports Sarawak today presented a total of RM5,030,000 worth of grant to 59 youth and sports associations throughout the state.
Its Minister, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, said he hoped that the grant can be a catalyst for the associations and organisations to become more active and committed in implementing their programme throughout the year.
“During the current Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) situation, the associations and organisations must be creative in implementing their programmes continuously, in accordance with the stipulated standard operating procedures (SOPs).
“A the same time, with the allocated grants, opportunity provided, I also urge the associations and organisations to improve their potentials and performances, in line with their objective,” he said during his ministry’s Youth and Sports Grant handing over ceremony held here today.
Abdul Karim noted, his ministry also has implemented a total of 39 sports projects under the 11th Malaysia Plan (RMK-11) as a commitment to turn Sarawak into a sports powerhouse.
According to him, among the projects that have been implemented are the sports complex, sports facilities for wushu, cricket, lawn bowl, State Stadium, Stadium Perpaduan and facility in Petra Jaya here, swimming pools and other works involving the Youth Camps.
“The ministry has also suggested for a High Performance Sports Centre to be built in Petra Jaya, Kuching, under the 12th Malaysia Plan.
“As such, I hope that all the facilities and infrastructure provided would continue to be monitored, managed and improved, in efforts to cultivate the sports culture among the community in the state,” he added.
Also present at the ceremony were Youth and Sports Assistant Minister Datuk Snowdan Lawan, Daro assemblyman Safiee Ahmad, Tupong assemblyman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman, Layar assemblyman Gerald Rentap Jabu, Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) deputy chairman Cr. Dato’ Ahmad Ibrahim, and Ministry of Youth and Sports permanent secretary Nancy Jolhi. — DayakDaily