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[ 25-10-2012 ]
Malaysia Needs More Sports Icons Who Can Inspire Malaysians
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 (Bernama) -- Malaysia needs more sports icons who are able to inspire the nation, especially the young generation, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said to achieve this, the government had been giving a lot of encouragement, including allocations, to stimulate the sports industry.

"Our national diver Pandalela Rinong, national shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei and national squash queen and world number one Datuk Nicol David are top personalities in sports. We do need more of them," he said during an hour-long interview with the deejays of Melody FM, Astro Radio's second Chinese radio station, here, today.

Referring to the allocation for the sports industry in the 2013 Budget which he tabled on Sept 28, Najib hoped the Youth and Sports Ministry would come out with a concrete plan to create more national sportsmen and sportswomen who could achieve success at the international level.

Najib when tabling the 2013 Budget recently, announced a RM50 million allocation to prepare Malaysian athletes for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

On another matter, Najib hoped that more small and medium enterprises (SMEs) would expand to become bigger business enterprises so that they could contribute more to the country's economic growth.

He said more than 70 per cent of SMEs in the country were micro-enterprises which employed less than five workers.

Najib said when he chaired the SME Development Committee meeting, he told them that he wanted a strategy that could make them grow from micro-enterprises into bigger business entities.

Touching on the music industry, specifically the wave made by local singer Nur Shahila Amir Amzah or Sheila Hamzah at the Asian Wave 2012 competition in Shanghai, China recently and winning the competition, Najib said he was proud of her achievement and hoped she would continue to find success in the field.

"When I attended a function in Gambang, Pahang, she sang really well in three languages. I think she can go far," he added.