MPs: Why is Malaysia not in the World Cup yet?

MPs: Why is Malaysia not in the World Cup yet?

KUALA LUMPUR - World Cup fever is even catching on among the MPs, with some lamenting that Malaysia has yet again failed to qualify for the prestigious tournament.

Datuk Wan Khairil Anuar Wan Ahmad (BN - Kuala Kangsar) questioned the national squad's inability to make it into the competition, currently held in Brazil.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said he was confident that the national team would one day be able to compete in the World Cup via its football development programme.

However, the ministry did not want to set a specific target like the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) did, he said.

"I am not the FAM president, so I'm not able to reply to the question raised. But hopefully, through this programme, we will one day qualify," he said.

"We have discussed before that the size (of players) is not an obstacle," said Khairy.

"For example, this morning, my favourite team Argentina won despite the size of their players."

Meanwhile, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nancy Shukri told Liew Chin Tong (DAP - Kluang) that the police were allowed to intercept communication should the Public Prosecutor find that this would lead to any information on an offence.

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