KUALA LUMPUR, 26 June 2019:
Khairy Jamaluddin, a nominee for the Malaysian Paralympic Council (MPM) president’s post, said he chose to contest the post as the paralympic movement was close to his heart and he wanted continuity in the programme for national para athletes.
The former youth and sports minister, who is also the deputy president of the Malaysian Wheelchair Rugby Federation, said he plans to strengthen talent development and talent-scouting programmes as well as provide for continuation of an athlete’s career after retiring from sports.
He also intends to negotiate with the Ministry of Education to allow special sports schools for athletes to have special programmes for para athletes but without dropping normal athletes, as well as streamlining MPM’s affiliate governance to increase sponsorship.
For the record, Khairy’s second child, Timor, has Autism Spectrum Disorder, while his mother-in-law Tun Jeanne Abdullah is patron of the Malaysian Paralympic Council.