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Malaysian Sports Dilemma

Posted by Naro on June 10th, 2008

Sports issues in our country had never be in silent mood. From one to another, up and down of organisations and clubs, make me feel sick of all political-game-player who ruins the good of sports. Look at the burial of CYC, the plan for a high performance centre in Brickendonbury, outside London, has been shot down, poor turn out at SUKMA, and most but not least, our Football team ranking in FIFA is 169 out of 199 countries.

Why are we focusing on only upgrading facilities and other tangible stuff as ways to enhance the level of sports, when in fact the root cause is in the mindset and attitude? When one has the passion or aspiration, one can succeed. The problem is many of our sportspersons are fame- and money-driven; and the coaches or managers often discriminate when selecting players. Remember the time when we had footballers like Arumugam, Soh Chin Aun, Santokh Singh, Mokhtar Dahari? And the time when we had Ng Boon Bee, Punch Gunalan, Tan Yee Khan?

The Africans are a good example. They don’t have posh sports centres and yet they do well in football, athletics, etc. Datuk Michelle Yeoh loves dancing (she learnt ballet). Her passion in ballet subsequently helped her in her kung-fu movies and led her to stardom. Datuk Jimmy Choo’s passion for shoes brought him to where he is now. Many people have turned their hobbies into careers with much success because of their passion and belief in what they do.

So please stop wasting our money on non-beneficial projects! And to all sports- persons, please get your mindset and attitude right.

Rear belts and Anti-smoking campaigns…

Posted by Naro on June 4th, 2008

THERE are two ongoing campaigns – anti-smoking and rear seat-belts – which the public seems to be ignoring. Both are for the good of the people, but just look at the response.

antismoking.jpgThe anti-smoking campaign has been running for years, but it appears that more people are picking up the habit. The Health Ministry and other agencies must have spent millions, if not billions of ringgit on advertisements and other efforts to educate the public, especially the young on the dangers of smoking.

Pictures showing how a damaged lung looks as a result of nicotine blockages and other horrible pictures simply no longer have any effect. Similarly, banning smoking in certain confined areas have not achieved the desired result. What is more disturbing to non-smokers is that even those who are supposed to enforce the law on smoking are themselves happily puffing away in restricted areas.

The same with enforcement of the use of rear seat belts. There have been many complaints about this new law. Forget about its advantages and the safety aspects. Most of the complaints I have read are of how much it is going to cost to install rear seat belts, and show no appreciation that the government is doing something positive for motorists. It seems the lives of loved ones must be calculated in ringgit and sen.

Perhaps the only way to shock the peo-ple would be to let smoking-related deaths soar. Only then will the public wake up.

The same applies to rear seat belts. Stop the campaign, fatalities of rear passengers will rise and maybe then car owners will come to their senses and install the belts.

So if people do not wish to heed warn-ings on the dangers of smoking and not using rear seat belts, so be it. Let’s channel the money to some other worthwhile cause like helping the poor.

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