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Is it ever a good idea for members of Parliament to be playing football.
No doubt many Malaysians would love to see their MPs thrash it out on the field, especially when it’s for a good cause.
Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said he had been wanting to play football with fellow Parliamentarians but they had always been tied up with work.
The MUDA president was met by TRP after playing a charity football match between party volunteers and members from Selangor and Johor.
In his role as a centre midfielder, Syed Saddiq played the beautiful game for more than two hours at the KL Football Academy in Ampang.
MUDA have come up with playing football as a different way to raise charity. If the MPs are up for a match, we are all for it.
Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman to TRP on football as charity.
The football charity match raised funds for HOPE Worldwide Malaysia, a non-religious charity organization helping the urban poor families and marginalized communities.
For The Love Of The Game
A match between MPs will certainly set tongues wagging.
There is no shortage of football lovers among the elected representatives in the august hall of Dewan Rakyat.
In fact, many MPs have taken a deep interest in the game, notably Pekan MP and former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is a Manchester United fan.
Rembau MP and present Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin even helmed the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) for a period.
Even when they are not playing the game, MPs have ensured that the game gets the resources it needs.
They include Puchong MP Gobind Singh, Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng, Kubang Kerian MP Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and Sembrong MP, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, to name a few.
Some MPs even admitted that they missed playing the game.
Satu pertandingan bola sepak Bandar Kinrara anjuran MPP Zon 18 telah diadakan bertempat di Padang Bola Sepak MBSJ Bandar Kinrara 3. Program ini turut dihadiri oleh YB Tuan Gobind
Singh Deo, Ahli Parlimen Puchong untuk memberi semangat kepada pasukan bola sepak. pic.twitter.com/Tpg4SsNdlV
— Majlis Bandaraya Subang Jaya (@SJcitycouncil) May 30, 2022
Kelab Bola Sepak Butterworth City yang memerlukan bantuan bagi membiayai perbelanjaan yang akan digunakan untuk menyertai pertandingan bola sepak piala veteran turut menerima bantuan kewangan daripada Pusat Khidmat Ahli Parlimen Bagan.
— Lim Guan Eng (@guanenglim) May 20, 2022
Merakam aksi Perlawanan Akhir Kejohanan Bola Sepak Piala Ahli Parlimen Kubang Kerian di Stadium Sultan Muhammad IV Kota Bharu, semalam.
Alhamdulillah, kedua-dua pasukan bermain dengan cukup baik, semangat kesukanan yang tinggi dan hubungan ukhwah terus dijaga. pic.twitter.com/7VEoomC4cb
— Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man (@titm_official) April 2, 2022
— Hishammuddin Hussein 🇲🇾 (@HishammuddinH2O) October 9, 2021
With the 2022 World Cup around the corner, it’s all the more reason for MPs to do a different kind of legwork.
Hopefully, Malaysians will be treated to an epic match between the MPs soon enough.
Once Upon A Time
On 29 September 1988, a football match was organized between the Cabinet Members and the BN Backbenchers Club in Kuala Lumpur.
Among those who participated in the match were Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed, who was then Prime Minister of Malaysia, and Najib, who was then Minister of Youth and Sports.
Najib was the Minister of Youth and Sports from August 1986 to October 1990. He suffered a knee injury during the match.
The match was organized as the last game for former national football legend, the late and great Datuk Mokhtar Dahari, affectionately known as Supermokh.
Supermokh, popular with the number 10 jersey, was later reported to be aware of his disease, ‘motor neurone’, a condition of the muscles and nerves, in November 1988.
The disease left Supermokh weak and lifeless: when walking, he staggered.
Supermokh is dearly missed by Malaysian football fans, especially at a time when Malaysian football is at its lowest.
He is considered a legendary player in Malaysian football history, notably with Selangor FA.
Semalam nampak news player blame padang becak. I’m not a footie fan sangat but zaman Mokhtar Dahari dulu ada ka depa blame external factors like cheers and wet field bila kalah? https://t.co/WMIT2YTBb0
— Farah Harith (@farahharith) June 14, 2022