PUTRAJAYA: Former national track cyclist, Josiah Ng is not a traitor as condemned by netizens through the social media, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said.
"To me, whoever calls him (Josiah) a traitor, must mirror himself first ... Why didn't they recognise his contributions to Malaysia?" he said when asked to comment on the matter.
According to Syed Saddiq, he had the opportunity to meet Josiah when he was at the Jakarta International Velodrome during the Asian Games and had asked why Josiah did not want to train Malaysia's cycling squad.
"Josiah said he was not yet qualified to be a coach for Malaysia, but needed some time to prove his ability as a coach before returning to Malaysia to coach the national cycling squad," he said.
Syed Saddiq said Josiah did not give a reason like getting money or a high offer from other countries but admitted he was still not qualified to become Malaysia's coach.