Sports editors from the MSM were treated to lunch by Sports Minister Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakub at the Shangri-La Putrajaya moments ago.
It's a steep learning curve for the Bera MP. Eventually he will come to realise the sports pages enjoy greater liberties than the news pages.
In the process of getting acquainted with the likes of Citizen Nades and Terence of the Sun, Bakar Atan from TV3, V Ashok from Berita Harian and Vijesh Rai from the New Straits Times, among others, YB Ismail assured them he would be keeping a tight rein on the Ministry's coffers.
He will review the Community Centres, the controversial proposed high-performance training centre (HPTC) in Brickendonbury which might be broken and buried for good and maybe plug the loopholes in the Sports Development Act which allows the Minister too much power.
Financial prudence are the key words here. YB Ismail realises his predecessor's four-year rule was wraught with endless issues.
He will also announce the successor to Sports Commissioner, Tan Sri Elyas Omar, by next week. Elyas' tenure ends on April 15. Word is former Ministry's Secretary-General, Datuk Nik Mahmud Nik Yusof, is the man earmarked for the hotseat.
Above all YB Ismail seemed more approachable, sincere and less abrasive than his predecessor. He even gave the journos his e-mail address.
Good start, YB. We will issue a mid-term report card. Don't worry.