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The choice between sport and schooling

THE Bowerbird Writes “Make Malaysia a sporting nation” (The Star, Sept 19). Making Malaysia a “sporting nation” has also become the dream of Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

They spoke about money, infrastructure, psyche, and attitude in sport for the young. With due respect, Malaysia has the money, infrastructure and almost everything.

Malaysians, however, are an undecided breed of people. Should they strive to excel academically or in sport? Ask any parent or child of their choice between sports and schooling.

It is always in our minds that without a good education, university or paper qualifications, none would be successful in life. Even with paper qualifications, many are still waiting to be employed.

When Malaysia wanted to reward the Olympic and Paralympic athletes with handsome rewards, it was met with resistance.
Passion and love for the sport must come first together with a big dream of being the best in the world.


Discipline, self-sacrifice and self-mastery of the sport, together with guidance from top-notch coaches, are the other essential ingredients in building a potential champion.

Then one must be good enough to compete in the world arena, and ever eager to learn first-hand from top players.
Atheletes must appreciate and believe that sports can change their lives.

Sport has the power of creating a sense of togetherness, bonding and patriotism. Sport also fosters positivity, self-esteem and identity creation at various levels.

When such a socio-cultural impact is created, the value of sport is enhanced, paving the way towards becoming a sporting nation.

For nationwide development to take place, budgets have to be allocated and investments made, and there has to be a robust governance model.

We need to expect a positive attitude and great effort all the time. And we need to play sport, watch sport, bet on sport and talk sport more than anything else.

Azizi Ahmad  Kuala Lumpur The STAR Home News Opinion Letters Friday, 23 September 2016

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The Original Writing

We are undecided

The Bowerbird writesMake Malaysia a sporting nation” in  The STAR ( 19 September), while making Malaysia a “Sporting Nation” has become the dream of Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

They mentioned about money, infrastructure, psyche, attitude in sports for the young. With due respect, Malaysia a great nation do have the money, infrastructures and almost everything.

One in thing in mind, Malaysians is undecided group of people, should we go for academics or for sports? Ask any parent or ask any children of their choice, for sports or for schooling.

It is always in our mind that without a good schooling years, without university or paper qualifications none would be successful in life. Even with paper qualifications many are still waiting to be employed.

When Malaysia wanted to reward Olympic and Paralympics athletes with handsome rewards it was met with resistance.

Passion and love for the sport must first come together with a big dream of being the best in the world.

Discipline, self-sacrifice and self-mastery of the sport, together with guidance from top-notch coaches, are the other essential ingredients in building a potential champion. Then, one must be good enough to compete in the world arena, ever eager to learn first-hand from top players.

Should any athlete is not able appreciate and doesn’t believe that sports can change their life, then all the dream of making a sporting nation would be null.

What one can clearly infer is a lack of motivation in the field of sports across the board. Malaysia has shown its might and capabilities in many diverse fields

Sports have the power of creating a sense of togetherness, bonding and patriotism. We all are familiar with how we come together through sports.

Sports also foster positivity, self-esteem and identity creation at various levels. When such a socio cultural impact is created, the value and of sports is enhanced thus paving the path towards becoming a sporting nation.

For nation-wide development to take place, budgets to be opened up, investments to be made, there has to be a robust governance model.

The governance model needs to be built on ownership, transparency and accountability. There also needs to be all-pervasive structure to include a central and state level roll up. Such a model will provide the platform for systematic development.

For nation-building to occur inclusive of sport, there needs to be recognition of the benefits and the impact it will have to the culture, economy and the people.

For this recognition, there needs to be a highly cohesive environment built on collaboration between the various functionaries of the country.

Bad attitude athletes are like rotten apples. Attitude is another thing that’s on the athlete.

What we do expect is a good effort and positive attitude.

The thing is that we need to expect a positive attitude and great effort all the time.  We need to   play sport, watch sport, bet on sport and talk sport more than anything else.

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