Reintroduce empowerment approach to budget allocation for government ministries and sports organizations

KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 (Bernama) — The Youth and Sports Ministry has reintroduced the payment of allocation funds through an empowerment scheme to 19 national sports associations (PSKs), covering 23 types of sporting competitions for the Podium and National Backup Programmes.

Minister Hannah Yeo said the selected PSKs would have to comply with several conditions set by the ministry, including setting up special accounts to receive funds from the National Sports Council (NSC) and allowing their accounts to be audited by auditors appointed by the NSC.

Hanna said the method, which will be implemented through the MADANI government budget, is based on the concept of accountability and responsibility for PSKs.

“The empowerment approach will be launched in June this year and funding will be allocated based on the training plan agreed between NSC and PSKs,” she told reporters after attending a signing ceremony for a memorandum of understanding between NSC and PSKs in Bukit Jalil today.

She said payments would be made in two phases this year, from June to August and September to December.

Hanna said the allocation to each PSK will vary depending on their needs and will be decided by the NSC committee based on the agreed competition.

She also said she expected PSK to adhere to financial rules laid down by the NSC and spend as per approval of the Sports Working Committee meetings.

“Before this method was introduced, it was done in the form of a claim, which could result in delays in filing and reimbursement, and could not be carried forward. The new method allows for earlier planning, which will help you save money.”

“For other PSKs, we will implement this in the next phase,” she said.

Hanna hopes that this initiative will have a positive impact on the development of national sports and produce more talented athletes to represent Malaysia on the international stage.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Olympic Council chairman Tan Sri Mohamad Norza Zakaria said the council would work with the NSC to educate people on the use of special accounts and strengthen governance at PSKs.

“This approach is important for governance. Previously, association accounting was mixed. For example, in BAM, NSC aid was around 10-15 percent of the total amount.

“But there are other sponsors and from a jurisdictional standpoint, the NSC needs to know their mandate — whether the funds are being used appropriately,” he said.

The selected PSKs include the Malaysian Athletics Federation, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), the Malaysian Swimming Federation and the Malaysian Hockey Federation.

Such payment methods were implemented by NSC to PSKs in 2017 but are understood to have been discontinued in 2019 due to financial problems faced by NSC.

— Bernama

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