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RM60m = pathetic Commonwealth Games outing

As published on Malay Mail's backpage today

PETALING JAYA - RM59,843,126 to be exact.

That was the amount spent on preparing athletes and paying coaches for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games since 2011, as revealed in Parliament on Monday.

Sadly, the national contingent returned with only six gold medals - their worst performance in 20 years. It was a far cry from their 12-gold medal haul during the previous edition in New Delhi, India four years ago.

A bulk of the amount - RM23,022,542 - was spent on overseas competitions while RM17,511,993 were spent on allowances for coaches and athletes.

"The figures were revealed during the Parliament's question and answer session and later given in writing," said Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching.

The poor performance at the Games in August, was followed by another pathetic outing at the Asian Games two months later. The 276-strong national contingent only delivered five golds, 14 silvers and 14 bronzes at the Asiad.

Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, clearly unimpressed, demanded changes within the National Sports Council (NSC) - the agency tasked to preparing elite athletes and funding them. The Rembau MP, had in October, admitted Malaysia "had been riding on luck in recent years" when competing in major tournaments.

The ministry had advertised for three top posts - the NSC director-general, ministry's high performance director and Malaysian Stadium Corporation chief executive officer. No deadline was set for the application of the posts.


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