Minister of Youth and Sports Malaysia Suggests Paintball as Part of Civil Paramilitary Corps Training

Minister of Youth and Sports Malaysia Supports PaintballWe’re very pleased to have the support of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Y.B. Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek in support of paintball!

Y.B. Datuk Seri recently visited the World Cup Asia, touring the grounds, and watching several Division 1 games. At the end of his tour, Y.B. Datuk Seri conducted a press conference, during which he praised the World Cup Asia, and brought to light plans to incorporate the sport into government training programs.

For international readers, we’ve translated the article into English for your convenience.


Kuala Lumpur: The Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia (KBS) will suggest to the Ministry of Home Affairs (KDN) to introduce paintball into the RELA Corps*.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Malaysia, Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek, says that the step is a necessary effort to attract youths to join the [RELA] program.

“The Ministry will suggest that paintball be included in the RELA program, which involves cooperation between KBS and KDN to make this sport a training module.

“This step ensures that we will be able to train more youths to join RELA. However, the ministry will research all aspects, including budgeting,” says Datuk Sri during a press conference held at the World Cup Asia here yesterday.

Other than that, he says, even though the sport [of paintball] is said to have a high playing cost, it is getting increasingly popular in [Malaysia], especially among the youths.

“I’m impressed with the organization [of the World Cup Asia] because it produces effects in the tourism industry. In fact, we are also able to see local products from a manufacturing aspect that exclusively fulfil the desires of paintball fans,” he says.

* RELA is a paramilitary civil volunteer corps formed by the Malaysian government. For more information on RELA, check out the following links:

RELA’s Official Site (Bahasa Melayu)
Wikipedia “RELA Corps” (English)
RELA on Facebook (Bahasa Melayu)


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