Make Sports Challenging and Rewarding to Attract Teens
Malaysia is one country which backpedaled on every aspect be it sports, economy, public delivery, education, race relations, health and you name it. The government politicized and meddled in all the sports associations. Every sports organization is either headed by a BN politician or the royal family. Foreign football coaches were dumped as no good but the same coach can take another team to world cup. Malaysian sports association leaders are all aligned to BN and its cronies. There is no meritocracy in the selection and management of sports associations. The results after spending millions is zero and they blame everybody else accept themselves.
What’s the way forward? Firstly the Minister of Sports and his officials must do some soul searching as to why did we came to this doldrums. An honest and sincere effort is needed for this purpose. Is there political will to put things straight and make some bold changes?
Games were a big affair in schools in the 60s and 70s. Inter school competitions will attract large crowds during competition. Teachers were dedicated in developing sports in schools. But over the years the dedicated ones were replaced with mediocre teachers who moved on to holding high post and power. They in turn recruited mediocre and useless teaching staffs that have no interest in sports or contribute to make the school a better place for learning. This frustrated and dampened the spirit of good educators and the rot started since then. One generation has gone through the rot and now the Deputy Education Minister wants sports improvements in school. Racialism and complacency has gone to the bones of our school administration. Unless something radical is done it will be another futile exercise.
There is no need to make sports compulsory for primary and secondary students. All the school has to do is to bring in staffs who are dedicated to uplift sports. Together with them plan out the sports scheme and development plan. Set the targets. Then bring in the necessary allocation. Be transparent in the spending of this money. Do not include politicians and religious leaders in this scheme of plan. Stay focus to achieve the targets. Support the people with talent and sports dedication regardless of race and religion. Many countries appoint their coaches from different countries regardless of race and religion. Malaysia is stuck with race and religion. Be inclusive and welcome the participation of all schools regardless of whether Chinese school, Tamil School or national schools. Malaysia can redeem its glorious sports days.