Sports Should Be Colour Blind And Agent Of Unity Says Reezal
Reezal Merican Naina Merican stressed that the action of the Johor school in segregating sports according to race was inappropriate and backward.KUALA LUMPUR: Sports should be “colour-blind” and any action by schools to allow participation in sports according to race is only taking the nation backward, said youth and sports minister Reezal Merican Naina Merican.
In a strongly worded tweet against the move by a secondary school in Johor said to be setting such conditions, Reezal stressed that the action of the school was inappropriate and backward.
“Sports should be ‘colour blind’ across cultural borders and act as an agent of unity. There is no such approach in our sports policy.
“We want to democratise sports, starting from schools,” he said in his Twitter site in reply to a posting by a Twitter user (@sharwinsubra05) who questioned the action of the secondary school in Batu Pahat, Johor.
Reezal Merican Naina Merican.The Twitter user also uploaded a picture of a letter which contained a list of clubs and associations as well as sports allegedly open to only one race for Form One students.
The list, among others, stated that the Chinese language club, table tennis and basketball were only open to Chinese students, while football, netball and sepak takraw were for Malays.
A check by Bernama found the action of the school was also criticised by netizens all over who questioned the rationale in separating co-curricular activities according to race.
User @gustiadipati9, in a posting, said “co-curricular activities should be evenly distributed. Why separate according to race?”
Another user, @Eexyz85, wants action to be taken against the school.
“The authorities should take action against the school,” the user said.
The posting has so far received more than 600 repeated postings and more than 300 “likes”. - FMT
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