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Ministry lauds associations for seeking own fund

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DO YOUR BEST … Masiung (centre), hands over the state flag to Rainold as Jaidin (with tie), and the rest look on during the function yesterday.

11th August, 2017

By FRANCIS XAVIER

KOTA KINABALU: The Youth and Sports Ministry lauded efforts and initiatives from Sabah sports bodies in seeking their own fund in carrying out their activities.

Assistant Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Masiung Banah said sports associations or bodies cannot solely rely on the allocation they receive from the government.

“With limited budget available from the Ministry, they must source for fund from elsewhere. They can organise fund-raising activities or look for sponsors to add to what they receive from the government,” said Masiung.

He said these when representing his Minister Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan, at the handing over of the state flag to the Penampang Tug of War Association (PENTOWA) team at Wisma Muis here yesterday.

PENTOWA Sabah will be one of the two teams from Malaysia that will be competing at the Asia Indoor Tug of War Championship 2017 in Singapore from August 12-13, with the other being Police.

According to Masiung, the Ministry has always been supportive of any sporting activities, and has tried to be fair in distributing the annual grant to all the sports associations in the state.

He commended PENTOWA’s initiative in looking for additional funding by getting sponsorship from companies, corporations and individuals to complement their cost of participating in the tournament in Singapore.

Masiung hoped the team will do well in the two-day competition while reminding them to always look after the good name of the state throughout their stay in Singapore.

He added that PENTOWA’s participation in the international tournament also showed that tug-of-war was no longer a game just for fun.

“I hope they (PENTOWA) will continue with the hard work in making Sabah a powerhouse in the sport, which is in line with our new programme, which is ‘Creating Superb Athletes’, replacing the old programme, Creating Champions.

Meanwhile, PENTOWA President Rainold J Mokujin, who will also be the team manager for the tournament, said they would try their best in bringing back glory.

“It’s not an easy task because the tournament is participated by top teams including the world champions, Chinese Taipei. Korea, China, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and the Singapore host teams will also be around. “We are ready, we have prepared well for the competition. On behalf of the team and the association, I would like to say thank you to the Ministry for the support and guidance they have given,” he said.

Rainold said that the pullers came from various districts namely Penampang, Kudat and Kota Marudu. This will be Sabah’s second outing in the Asia-level competition having made their debut in Thailand last year where they finished fifth.

The Ministry’s Deputy Permanent Secretary Haji Mat Jaidin Mohd Yassin was also present at the function. PENTOWA team will leave for Singapore today.

   
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