Now, sports ministry sacks 9 board members

Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman says the nine board members will be replaced by non-politicians. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Nine members of the boards of directors of agencies under the youth and sports ministry have been sacked, says its minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

He said they included chairmen and directors.

Those removed were from the Institute for Youth Research Malaysia (IYRES), National Sports Institute of Malaysia, Subang Golf Corporation and Stadium Corporation of Malaysia.

“I thank them for their services,” he told reporters in the Parliament lobby today.

Syed Saddiq said the nine were political appointees who held leadership positions in Umno Youth or were divisional chiefs.

“They will be replaced by non-politicians,” he added.

The sacking of the nine comes days after the heads of five public universities had their services terminated by the education ministry in the Pakatan Harapan government’s ongoing exercise to replace political appointees from the previous administration.