Recent Press Article on PGTF, Star Metro, July 29, 2011

Registration with sports commission opens doors

THE Pan-Malaysia Global Taekwon-do Federation is now a registered sports body under the Malaysia Sports Commission Office announced its president Datuk Othman Talib in a press conference recently.

“Previously, we were registered under the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) and this raised many questions among parents whose children are involved in our many activities,” he said.

Othman said that the federation, comprising eight state taekwon-do bodies from Penang, Kedah, Pahang, Selangor, Johor, Perak, Kuala Lumpur and Negri Sembilan, will now find organising activities much easier with the registration.

Fresh: (From right) Othman, Ng and vice president Ng Hooi Lai looking at the official logo of the federation that was recently registered as a sports body.

“We will be taking over as the representative body of the Global Taekwon-do Federation (GTF) locally.

“Previously, Malaysia was represented by the Malaysia Global Taekwon-do Federation but its membership with GTF had been dissolved,” he explained.

He said the confirmation of their registration came on July 13.

“Wherever possible we try to provide the training for free as we want to meet the Government’s call for all youth to lead healthy and active lives,” he said.

He added that they recently arranged for a team of youths to join the world championships in Scotland earlier this month where they took home four gold, silver and bronze medals each.

Othman said the organisation currently had about 2,000 members in total.

Deputy president Senator Ng Fook Heng said that participating in taekwon-do opened many opportunities in life.

“It will enhance a student’s higher education and can be turned into an occupation by becoming an instructor.

“Learning taekwon-do is a lifetime investment and can keep one healthy,” he added.