PUTRAJAYA, March 19 – The achievements of students in prestigious championships provide healthy and positive signs in educational transformation, thus raising the country’s image in sports at the international level, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, said such performance was desired in the development of sports at the grassroots level which inspired and motivated other students to strive towards success with greater impact.
“Such success is perceived to be capable of preparing the people to have a stronger personality, as well as having a strong competitive and patriotic spirit,” he said at the Sports Award of the Malaysian School Sports Council (MSSC)-Milo 2013, here Wednesday. At the same time, Muhyiddin expressed his gratitude to the parents who had contributed towards the students’ outcome in the field of sports. “Congratulations also to the MSSC for the unrelentless efforts in raising and widening the students’ participation in sports throughout the country,” he said.
At the event, Muhyiddin also presented the award to a student of the Bukit Jalil Sports School, Kuala Lumpur, Muhammad Nazreen Abdullah, 16, from the aquatic sports who was announced as the recipient of the ‘Putera Award’. Meanwhile, the ‘Puteri Award’ was won by a student of Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan Katholik Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Yap Siew Hui, 16, from swimming. Both winners took home a cash prize of RM5,000, a trophy, medal and certificate. At the event, former Director-General of Education Tan Sri Abd Ghafar Mahmud received the Sports Leadership Personality Award.