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Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said the ministry would not intervene in the club’s suspension. – Photo by Bernama

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KEPALA BATAS, May 1 – The Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) will closely follow developments regarding the temporary suspension of the Sepak Takraw Association of Malaysia (PSM) from all sports-related activities by the Asian Federation Sepak Takraw ( Astaf).

Its minister, Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican, however, said the ministry would not interfere in the matter as it was already in court proceedings.

“I expressed my concern about this and I really couldn’t make a statement earlier as the PSM-Astaf case is still ongoing.

“Let the process continue and I’ll watch it develop. Let the process and actions be resolved first, ”he told reporters after holding a ceremony to hand over Ramadan contributions for Aidilfitri celebrations here today.

The minister, who is also the MP for Kepala Batas, said this when asked to comment on the ongoing dispute between the two governing bodies of sepak takraw.

Today, Astaf said in a statement that the suspension, until a hearing is called, has been postponed to the PSM due to remarks by PSM Chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Ismail on the election of the PSM. Asian governing body Sepak Takraw on March 1.

The statement added that the president’s action and / or the written words had discredited the sepak takraw game, an interest they are believed to promote. Astaf’s Executive Committee also voted unanimously to continue disciplinary proceedings against PSM for breach of its commitment.

Yesterday, Astaf announced that it had set May 5 (Wednesday) for the disciplinary hearing against Ahmad.

Previously, Reezal Merican presented contributions to 1,000 residents of the B40 group in the parliamentary constituency of Kepala Batas in the form of daily necessities and RM200 in cash to help ease their burden.

He said the contributions were given by several parties, including Yayasan Salam Malaysia, who was represented by Datuk Mior Kamarulbaid Mior Shahid, a member of its board of directors, and Philip Morris Malaysia, who was represented by its managing director Naeem Shahab Khan. – Bernama



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