Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Nothing is easier than the expenditure of public money. It doesn't appear to belong to anyone. The temptation is overwhelming to bestow it on somebody.

I can write on and on about this subject, but nothing you write, if you hope to be good, will ever come out as you first hoped.

Depending on how one looks at it, how one intends to digest it, Malaysian sports is still colonised despite the nation gaining independence some 52 years ago. What started off as bringing in foreign coaches has now moved on to something else, managing events in the country.

From football, athletics and tennis, we have seen an increase of foreign invasion in terms of organising events. It is truly being a case of the prophet not believed on his own land as the politicians seem to be more inclined by these so called foreign expertise, leaving crumbs to the locals.

What do these foreign experts have that Malaysians lack?

Let's roll back the years to 1975 World Cup hockey. We never had to rely on foreign help to organise that event, nor did we get any foreigners to play a lead role in the 2002 edition.

The same applied to the various Sea Games, 1998 Commonwealth Games and a host of other events held in our nation. So why is that all of sudden, this government of ours has the tendency to do mega millions deals with foreigners?

Why are the same politicians not fighting to increase the budget for sports development in the country, spending lavishly on mega events on the pretext of promoting the country. We have the Formula 1, is that not good enough to promote the country?

What is the NSC budget for sports per year, a mere RM150 million and that is what it costs to just roll out the Malaysian F1 car.

Are there any politicians who are sincere in helping sports in the country? Or are they in their positions to help certain personalities make it big before their own political term ends.

We are treating foreigners as mortals in sports despite the fact that Malaysians have what it takes to organise mega events, as has been the case since the seventies until the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

Suddenly a few years ago, the influx of foreign promoters of events began and all of a sudden we find Malaysian companies in the background, merely pawns if we playing chess, with the foreign leigon becoming increasingly bold in staging multi million dollar (rather I should say ringgit) events in a nation that professes the notion of 1 Malaysia.

My parting words on this subject, those who are too smart to engage in sports are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.