SEREMBAN: Science, Technology and Innovation Minister (Mosti) Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar was today made president of the Negri Sembilan Cycling Association (NSCA) for the 2020-2022 term.
His appointment was unanimously agreed by association delegates at NSCA annual general meeting to replace Datuk Baharin Mohamed who chose to give way to a new face after leading the association for eight years.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Khairy thanked delegates for their confidence in him to lead the association and to produce more cyclists from Negri Sembilan.
“I have long wanted to play a role in a state sport association and most appropriately it should be in my own state. I hope to unearth high-performance cyclists in all events apart from technical officers,” he said.
Khairy who is also Rembau MP said he had sought the greenlight from Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican to lead the sport association.
On the safety issues over cycling in the media recently, Khairy said an engagement session should be held between the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) and cycling clubs and communities to discuss the guidelines and ethics for riders in the country.
He said it is important so that the people are aware of the actual rules of cycling apart from not endangering other road users.
Besides that, he also hoped enforcement against cycling should not be too tight to stifle the development of the sport in the country. He was commenting on a proposal of Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) to register and license each bicycle. — Bernama