KUALA LUMPUR: The Youth and Sports Ministry (KBS) has decided to re-activate the National Sports Council (MSN) Board at the central level as a measure to ensure centralisation of power does not occur.
Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said that, with the move, all youth and sports development processes in each state could be done in tandem regardless of political ideologies.
According to Syed Saddiq, the agency was inactive for more than ten years after the last time in 2006.
"That's why we (KBS) want to involve all state leaders regardless of whether they are from the government or opposition states. In this issue of youth and sports there should be an effort to unite all.
"In terms of appointments, the minister does not appoint his people but we will appoint the individual who is the youth and sport executive councillor (exco) of each state," he told reporters after chairing a meeting with state Youth and Sports Development excos at Menara KBS today.
At the same time, Syed Saddiq also stressed that the appointment of each State Sports Council (MSN) director should be free from the influence of political parties.
He said the posts should be occupied by qualified and widely experienced individuals such as former national athletes and corporate figures.
"Often the appointments of MSN directors are political appointments that come from the top leaders of political parties. The post must be free from the influence of political parties.
"It will be better if we choose those who are really qualified like former national athletes, corporate figures or people who have long been in this field," he said.
In the meantime, when commenting on the development of youth and sports in the country, he said KBS would be fair to all states.
"We (KBS) have to be fair and cannot focus only on some states and set aside other states. Perhaps after the Merdeka Day celebration I will go to Sabah, Sarawak, Terengganu, Kelantan and Pahang to see how we can work together.