Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dropped by at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya yesterday to watch the Malayan Tigers train and deliver his message of support to Datuk K.Rajagopal’s men.
It was Najib’s first ever visit to the main office of the Football Association of Malaysia, where the national team players stay and train.
The Prime Minister arrived at the facility at 6.10pm and observed the training session for about 20 minutes.
After the session was over, Najib gave the players a pep talk.
“It is an honour to wear the national colours. It’s a special privilege for all of you who are chosen to uphold the image of the country,” he said.
“Circumstances and luck determine results but always give 100 percent commitment and play as a team.
“Let’s forget about the friendlies. The whole nation is behind you. I represent the government in showing our undying support and faith in the team.”
Najib, who likened his job to being a footballer, also told the players that they will be duly rewarded if success is achieved in the AFF Suzuki Cup.
“Our jobs have similarities. When we perform people applaud us, but when we don’t we get criticised.
“I know footballers earn well these days but the government is ready to give something if you do well.”
Captain Safiq Rahim was so pumped with the Premier’s visit; he promised Najib the players will give everything they have got during the tournament.
“I’ll give you my word that we won’t let the nation down. We’ll go for a win against Singapore in the opening match,” he told Najib after presenting him with a Malaysia jersey.