The Sportswriters Association of Malaysia president, Jasni Shafie, delivering his speech during the SAM Awards on September 1 at Kuala Lumpur.
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept. 4, 2020: The Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM) is willing to offer its expertise in the field of digitalization to any national sports association (NSA), which is interested in securing its services. The move, proposed by Sports Minister, Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican, during Tuesday's SAM Awards, is an initiative to create jobs for unemployed SAM members.
SAM president Jasni Shafie said the opportunity provided by the ministry was meaningful for the sports media practitioners. “Many (SAM) members are freelancers or unemployed now, so they can offer their knowledge and expertise to help these sports associations.
“Indirectly, it will also offer them (SAM members) an income,” Jasni said in a statement on Monday.
NSAs can apply for the RM30,000 digitalisation fund via the ministry, under the Sports Concern Initiative.
Meanwhile, Jasni also thanked the ministry for extending financial aid totalling RM100,000 and another RM50,000 to cover SAM’s office rental until December 2022.
“SAM appreciates the aid announced by Reezal. We will work hard to ensure that the organisation continues to excel in empowering the sports arena not just in Malaysia but around the world,” he added.