KUALA LUMPUR: Even seven gold medals may not be enough for Malaysia to finish in the top-10 of the medal tally at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games next month.
While not setting a figure, Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced on Tuesday that the target for the national contingent is to do better than the six-gold haul in Glasgow four years ago.
Khairy, however, was short on specifics and did not give an indication where the gold medals will come from or how many the contingent are capable of winning.
The Podium Programme has set a top-10 medal tally target at the Apr 4-15 Games but that could require at least eight gold medals to achieve.
Chef-de-mission Huang Ying How acknowledged that what is needed for a top-10 finish is a matter of speculation.
"To finish in the top-10 will be difficult and even seven gold medals may not get us there," said Ying How, who is leaving for the Gold Coast on Sunday.
"I've discussed this with the minister and I think we should be able to do better than 2014. But in my mind, seven gold medals is not enough for a top-10 finish."
Cyclist Azizulhasni Awang has the opportunity to get the gold medal count going on Apr 6 - the second day of competition - when he competes in the keirin.
Badminton, diving and lawn bowls have also been targeted to deliver gold while there could be surprises from rhythmics gymnastics, squash, shooting and weightlifting.
Weightlifter Azroy Hazal Wafie Izhar Ahmad could deliver Malaysia's first medal on Apr 5 in the men's 56kg event.
Far from just winning medals, Ying How said the national athletes should focus on delivering personal bests.
"I prefer to look at the performance of athletes on an individual basis," he said. "Khairul Hafiz Jantan may not get to the 100m final but he has said that he wants to get close or break the national record.
"To me, that is very encouraging he has that in his mind."