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Mission 96: Badminton legends join forces to produce future champions

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9  -- Eight national badminton legends have joined forces to take charge of a badminton development programme to scout, train and horn the skills of 96 future champions. 

The legends comprise former members of the 1992 triumphant Thomas Cup team and national Olympics squad such as Foo Kok Keong, Cheah Soon Kit, Rahman Sidek, Ong Ewe Hock, Roslin Hashim, Zakry Latif, Koo Kien Keat and Woon Khe Wei. 

Through the Badminton Champion development programme and national-level meets, eight teams membered by 12 players will be formed to compete in the Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Badminton Championship to be held in December. 

Programme director and former national singles champion Rashid Sidek said potential squad members will be selected based on suggestions and evaluations of state badminton associations and badminton clubs. 

“These pool of legends can also nominate their own players for the programme but they will have to come from those who have no ties with the Badminton Association of Malaysia and the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS),” he said in the programme's opening speech here today.

Rashid he was very excited to lead the programme aimed at identifying new talent and their passion for the game. 

The programme will allow pave the way for badminton players with great ambitions and also attract the younger generation to pick up the game.  

"Badminton is not just about winning, but also a platform to unite when we display sportsmanship in our quest to win as a team,” he said. 

Meanwhile BAM president Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria said the initiative taken by programme organisers, Sports Affairs, was in line with the association's mission to source future potential talent. 

“As the sport's national governing body, a programme like this is seen as an additional measure to complement existing development programmes. I am concerned on what's going on at the grassroots level, and BAM welcomes new talent from this programme into the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM). 

“The same applies for the players from BJSS who get into ABM. We want to make ABM a prestigious institution of the game. 

 

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SAR of Mohamad Danish: Focuses on rubbish traps


KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9  -- The search and rescue (SAR) for a nine-year-old boy feared drowned in a drain in Taman Bukit Teratai, Ampang yesterday, is now focused on garbage traps in the Klang River.

 
 

KL RTD collects RM1.03 mil in public auction of impounded vehicles


KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9  -- The Road Transport Department (RTD) of the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, today collected RM 1.03 million in revenue, after auctioning off 100 impounded vehicles of various types.

 
 

Adib's inquest: Cops to call up two experts to record statement


KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 -- Police will call up two experts who testified in the inquest into the death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim to have their statements recorded to assist in further investigation into the case.

 
 

Indonesian man jailed for attempting to smuggle out protected bird species


SEPANG, Oct 9  — The Sessions Court here today sentenced an Indonesian man to three months’ jail and RM30,000 fine, in default six months’ jail, for attempting to smuggle out 23 white-rumped shama, a protected species, from the country.

 
 

NUJ hopes new management will retain Utusan workers


KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9  -- National Union of Journalists (NUJ) Utusan Melayu Branch chairman Mohd Taufek Razak has expressed hope that all the 862 workers of Utusan would get to keep their jobs under the new management Aurora Mulia Sdn Bhd.

 
 

Analogue tv broadcasting in northern and eastern states to end on Oct 14


PUTRAJAYA, Oct 9  -- The termination of analogue television broadcasting in northern and eastern states in Peninsular Malaysia on the night of Oct 14, will mark the complete switch to the 'myFreeview' digital transmission across the peninsula.

 
 

Isa Samad ordered immediate payment of RM100 million to FICSB for hotel purchase - Witness


KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9  -- The High Court here was told today that former Felda chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad ordered Felda to disburse urgently RM100 million to Felda Investment Corporation Sdn Bhd (FICSB) for the latter to pay Gegasan Abadi Properties Sdn Bhd (GAP) for the purchase of Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites (MPHS) in Kuching, Sarawak.

 
 

MATRADE urges local furniture firms to explore opportunities in South Korea


KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9  -- The Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) has urged Malaysian furniture companies to explore business opportunities in South Korea.

 
 

SEA Games: Fencing event date postponed


KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9  -- The Malaysian Fencing Federation (MFF) is forced to face difficulties when the Philippines SEA Games Organisation Committee (PHISGOC) pushed forward the date of the competition.

 
 

Young agropreneur programme assists youth in kelulut honey industry


KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9  -- A total of 717 entrepreneurs are involved in the stingless bee (kelulut) farming and honey production industry nationwide, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

 
 
 

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