Monday, September 13, 2004

Malaysian Sport's Big Fat Greek Tragedy (VI)

Prime Minister YAB Dato' Seri Abdullah Bin Haji Ahmad Badawi has given the green light to check the rot in Malaysian Sports. Kudos to the Prime Minister.

the million dollar question it a little too late?

Although setting up a Cabinet Committee on Sports is a step in the right direction, I feel it is still a lost cause. They should have take sports into consideration when they draw up the Malaysian Educational System. The damage is already been done. The future of Malaysian Sport is still bleak. Do you really think that in 4 years time we can produce Malaysia's first gold medalist in Beijing at the current state of sports in Malaysia? The first barrier will always be the Educational System of Malaysia. Parents nowadays want their children to study,study and more study. Where is the time for sports and recreation? All student do now is tuition, tuition and more tuition day in day out. The average age of the students of my mother's tuition class is 8 years old. Imagine that at this very young age they have to study like a university student. Three to four tuitions a day?

Malaysia's Educational System is very much exam orientated. And the society(majority of them anyway) judges people by looking at results. Student with 10 A's in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia(SPM) is held up high while those with less are frown upon. Let me tell you about one of my friend. His SPM examination results isn't good. He got like 5 A's and such. Naturally, it wasn't a great result by people's standard. 6 years after that, he is now a Mechanical Engineer working in a multi-national company. However, the sad thing is, he had to sacrifice sports in the process. My friend was a good volley ball player, but he had to drop out for the sake of his future.

So, until and unless someone UP there realise the freaking Malaysian Educational System is flawed, there is no hope for Malaysian Sport for the next 10 or 20 years to come.

What do you think?