Malaysian contingent during the Asian Games opening. Pix by Yazit Razali

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today outlined four steps that will be taken by the government to transform Malaysia into a sporting nation.

Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said the first was to ensure the sustainability and continuity of sports talent from primary school through the Malaysian Talent Identification programme.

“This programme involves testing, screening and talent specialisation among students,” he said when tabling Budget 2015 in the Dewan Rakyat today.

He said the second was to improve the quality of high performance sports for six selected fields in the first phase, namely soccer, cycling, badminton, sepak takraw, swimming and athletics.

The third, he said, was to foster the FitMalaysia programme with focus on physical fitness and the fourth, celebrating National Sports Day on the first Saturday in November every year with simultaneous participation of the public and private sectors as well as the people nationwide.

The prime minister said to realise the goal, the government will formulate a Sporting Nation blueprint.

“To achieve this aim, the government will allocate RM103 million to execute the measures,” he added. – BERNAMA