`Good idea to offer PR to sports coaches' [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) THE Youth and Sports Ministry has welcomed a suggestion to offer Permanent Resident status to foreign sports coaches hired to train local coaches.
Its deputy minister, Datuk M. Saravanan, said the move would help to secure better knowledge sharing on sports, but said it was not under his ministry's prerogative.
The suggestion came from Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan (Pas-Kota Baru).
"I welcome such suggestions, but it (granting PR status to foreign sport coaches) is not under the purview of the ministry."
Saravanan also told the House that the ministry had embarked on a nationwide campaign to search for new talents to push the country's sports industry to greater heights.
He said the ministry was looking for children, aged between 7 and 12, to be trained as future athletes.
Saravanan said the campaign, which was being carried out in several phases, would test the children's physical durability on fitness, stamina, agility and flexibility.
He said the ministry had carried out a development programme for badminton.
"The programme, which was carried out by Datuk Misbun Sidek and his brother Jailani, was aimed at finding new talents to be trained as badminton champions."
He also expressed his sadness over the death of Terengganu cyclist Muhamad Asmui Ali@Awang, who died after being hit by an escort vehicle at Km71 of the Kuala Terengganu-Kuantan road, near Kampung Pulau Serai in Terengganu.
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