Malaysia rejects claim it selects on racial basis

The Football Association of Malaysia has denied it is selecting its national team on racial lines. The country's Asian Cup squad, which was panned after their poor performances at last month's Asian Cup, is made up of 20 ethnic Malays and two Indians. Malays make up around 60 percent of the country's population but Chinese and Indians also form strong minorities. FAM Deputy President, Redzuan Sheikh Ahmad, was quoted in the Today newspaper as saying: "Never once in the history of FAM have we tried to build a Malay-dominated team. And we have never based our selection of players on race or religion. It's just unfortunate that the Indians and Chinese are not interested in football these days."