CLARIFICATION FROM NSC
Enclosed please find the clarification from NSC on the article titled ‘NSC ‘stripped’ of stripes’ on the front page of The Malay Mail on May 23rd, 2011.
NSC would like to bring to your attention to the related article as follows:
1. The Government via the NSC is the rightful owner of the stripes. The tiger stripes were initiated by the Ministry of Youth and Sports since 2005.
2. The NSC has undertaken steps to protect the Government’s IP and has duly registered with MYIPO in the correct classification of the Industrial Design Act 1996.
3. The Telekom Malaysia (TM) licensing of the shirt, is a significant milestone to the Malaysian sports because this is the first time that the NSC has managed to secure funding of this kind, other than from the government. This is also in line with the Ministry’s move towards a more market driven sports industry model where a majority of the funds come from the private sector as in other developed countries.
4. The Ministry has been instructing all the sport bodies including the NSA and NSC to be more creative in providing more marketing friendly sports platform for the private sector to readily undertake. This Panthera Shirt IP licensing is an example of this initiative and is good for the sports industry to move forward.
5. The NSC should be proud of the TM Team Malaysia campaign. The TM Team Malaysia campaign is to galvanize and unify the Malaysian fans behind their athletes via the Panthera shirt. TM Team Malaysia Panthera shirt (complete with all the logos) is only for the fans. Our National athletes will be using the Panthera shirt clean of any TM Team Malaysia logos during any of their competitions.
6. The NSC will give legal notice to everyone that this IPs belongs to the government and that they should acknowledge and take the necessary steps to comply.
7. The NSC being a government agency will take all necessary steps and action against any party that threatens or jeopardise the spirit of this agreement.
Thank you and best regards,
Director of Organizational Development
National Sports Council.
Is it true NSC director-general Datuk Zolkples Embong is considering legal action against the Malay Mail? Hmm, interesting, since Malay Mail is owned by the Redberry Group, chaired by Datuk Ir Mohamed Al-Amin Abdul Majid, who is a golfing partner to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Prime Minister. Al-Amin happens to be a board member of the NSC! Read here.
NSC is apparently upset with this report.
My advice to the Sports Minister is simple - monitor what NSC is doing la YB...sometimes cannot give people too much freedom maahhhh...
Or better still, YB, you can ask the Sports Advisory Panel (SAP) to help settle this issue...
Oh and Suhardi, I don't think this is the right way of engaging journos...give us facts...facts...facts...NSC is in dire need of a PR machinery la...