KUALA LUMPUR: Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin today confirmed that he has petitioned for the Malaysian football team to boycott this year’s Asean Football Federation’s (AFF) Suzuki Cup due to co-host Myanmar’s injustice towards the Rohingya Muslim minority community.
He said he has brought up the issue in the Cabinet meeting last and would continue doing so for this week’s meeting.
“I raised this issue in Cabinet last week. Will do again this week and stand guided by decision,” he said on his Twitter account @Khairykj today.
The post came after Perlis Mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin became the latest person to urge the Harimau Malaysia team to boycott the regional tournament which started on Saturday.
Malaysia won its first game against Cambodia 3-2 on Sunday and currently leads Group B, which includes Vietnam and host Myanmar.
Matches involving Group A are held in the Philippines with the co-host facing Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia.