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Khairy should defend the youth, not Astro on the English Premier League

While the youth in Malaysia are facing rising cost of living, and many are unable to subscribe to Astro, the BN government sees it fit to allow a crony company to continue to have exclusive rights for EPL and other live sports viewership.

Instead of defending Astro’s monopoly over televising major sports, the minister for youth and sports Khairy Jamaluddin should instead be making efforts to democratize access to viewership, reducing cost and increasing availability to the youth of Malaysia.

Pemuda Pakatan Harapan aims to offer a fairer deal for all youth, that one does not have to subscribe to expensive services provided by crony companies to enjoy EPL and other sports.

In the age of globalization, where every other television show and sporting event is available online, it is weird how the government deems it’s okay to allow this monopoly to go on, that it is a ‘waste of money’ to democratize sports and leisure while it is the government that’s yet to answer for losses amounting to RM100 million in the youth and sports ministry itself.

In the end of the day, it is up to the government to make policy. It is up to the government to allow a monopoly to go on, giving no option buy to subscribe to Astro to enjoy watching EPL and other sports, or to open the market, which is what Pemuda Harapan wants to do for all youth.

By chiding Pemuda Harapan’s proposal, it is evident that Khairy is not in touch with the sentiments, suffering, and the financial burden dragging down the younger generation of this country.

Rajiv Rishyakaran
DAPSY National Treasurer & SA for Bukit Gasing
Media statement by Rajiv Rishyakaran in Petaling Jaya on Monday, 8th January 2018