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.