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Malaysia in support of World Cup bid

Malaysia Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has voiced his support for a joint bid to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup along with other Asean countries.

During the 34th Asean Summit in Bangkok, the 93-year-old Prime Minister said that there is possibility of the competition being played in this region.

“We felt that alone (each country by itself), we would never have the chance of hosting the event but, maybe, with all Asean countries together, we might be able to host the World Cup,” he said.

He also added that the tournament could be held in a similar style to how South Korea and Japan did it back in the 2002 edition.

Earlier during the summit, Asean chairman General Prayut Chan-o-cha said Asean leaders had pledged their support for the region to launch a joint bid to host the event.

“Asean leaders supported and shared the same sentiment for the region to develop a joint bid to become a co-host for the World Cup.

“I wish to invite all the Asean people to collectively support their respective countries’ football associations with a view to realising this dream to be achieved together,” said the Thai prime minister.

The deadline to register an official bid for the tournament is 2026.

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