PUTRAJAYA, July 2 (Bernama) -- Senior lecturer at University Malaya (UM) sports centre, Associate Professor Dr Wirdati Mohd Radzi has been appointed as new Sports Commissioner, announced by the Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
The senior lecturer of the UM Sports and Science Exercise Cenrte replaces Datuk Zaiton Othman who retired in March, after holding the post since Feb 1, 2015.
Syed Saddiq said Wirdati was elected to fill the post based on her experience in the field of sports law as well as being active in several sports bodies.
"We have finalised the candidate and I have signed the letter. Now we wait for her release from UM and some formalities by the Public Service Department (JPA). She has a very strong sports background, not only in sports associations, but in sports law as well.
"My hope is for Dr Wirdati to bring reforms to the Sports Commissioner's Office (PPS) and continue the great legacy left by Datuk Zaition ... Zaiton was well known as the iron lady of PPS, we hope Dr. Wirdati will bring the same push and vigour for the reforms that we want, " he said.
He said this when met by reporters after the first anniversary of the new State Government's Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) at Menara KBS here today.
Syed Saddiq also thanked the selection team headed by KBS Secretary-General, Dr. Waitchalla R R Suppiah who helped in shortlisting, interviewing and selecting candidates.
For the record, Wirdati is the Chairman of the Malaysian Football Association Club Licensing Appeal Board (FAM), as well as former treasurer (2014-2016) and auditor (2016-2018) of the Asian Association of Sports Management.
She also has expertise in Education Policy, Management and Administration (Education Law, Education Policy, Governance in Education, Sports Management in Education); Sports Management and Administration (Sports Management, Sport Policy, Comparative Research in Sports); and Governance (Sports Law and Governance, Risk Management in Sports).
Asked on the issue of the suspended election of the Malaysian Paralympic Council on Saturday, Syed Saddiq said he handed it over to the PPS to resolve the matter.
"Let the PPS make a decision, I think there is a future talks session. My only hope is it is resolved quickly, we also want to make sure the preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games can be done as soon as possible. We follow the rule of law, that’s important, " he said.