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Safiq has represented Malaysia since 2005. He earned his first full international cap against Myanmar in the 2007 ASEAN Football Championship ( 19 y/0) Since then he only made appearances with the under-23 national team. He scored his first international senior goal in an unofficial friendly match against Zimbabwe on 12 July 2009. He was a member of the Malaysian squad that won the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup. It was the first time in history that Malaysia won the AFF Suzuki Cup title. On 13 and 16 July 2011, Safiq captained the Malaysia XI in their matches against Arsenal FC and Liverpool F.C.. Malaysia XI lost 0–4 against Arsenal. Just before the stroke of half time against Liverpool, with Malaysia trailing 0–1, Safiq scored from a free-kick to equalise for Malaysia. Despite a spirited comeback, Malaysia XI went on to lose 3–6 i to Liverpool. He scored two goals from free kick against Singapore on 8 and 12 June consecutively. He scored another goal, again from a free kick against Hong Kong. On 28 November, he scored the opening goal in a match against Laos in the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup. Safiq was named in the Malaysia squad for 2014 AFF Championship. In the second match, Safiq scored a goal against Thailand but Malaysia would then go on to lose the match. In the final group stage match against Singapore, Safiq's combative display and enterprise shone through and he was statistically the player with the most passes and touches on the ball. His best trait though is not in his cultured right foot, but in his mind, when he calmly converted the penalty in the Lion's den amidst the jeers and mocking by the partisan crowd helping Malaysia to progress to knockout stage. In the first leg semi final match against Vietnam, Safiq converted another penalty but Malaysia lost 1–2. In the second leg, Safiq scored the opening goal after Malaysia received a penalty kick in the 4th minutes. In the second leg of the 2014 AFF Championship final, Safiq scored another penalty in the 7th minutes. He then scored his sixth goal of the tournament, a free kick but two late goals from Thailand resulted in Malaysia losing 3–4 on aggregate. With his 6-goal haul, Safiq became the first midfielder in the tournament’s 18-year history to have picked up the Golden Boot award. On July 12, 2016, Safiq announced his retirement from international football via his football club's website and Facebook page. He retired from national team alongside fellow club teammate, Aidil Zafuan. *source:wikipidia

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