Tuesday, May 26, 2009
U wartawan, I pun wartawan
Thanks Astro Awani for the opportunity to discuss Malaysian football "live" on U Wartawan last night. I came in as a last-minute substitute for my fellow Kluangite Shebby Singh. Truth be told, I've given up on local football, well I mean the national team qualifying for a major tournament, let alone the World Cup. The football fraternity has explored a number of ideas over the decades to no avail.
I cited the example of a private sector-association joint venture between Ringgit Kreatif and KAFA in the early 90s and other initiatives that might even make the most pessimistic fan to see the glass half full but I sense that the ideas would not be successfully implemented.
I too pointed out there could be solutions in Robert Alberts' Road Map but what has happened to it? Why is FA of Malaysia sitting on it?
My visit to Japan in 1999 too enlightened me on the fact the Japanese make football a national agenda and a community affair. Host Haji Nazri Kahar who hails from Serkam, Melaka, confessed he is a Liverpool fan, so I pity him (hehe). We reminisced about Malacca (well, my late mum was from Merlimau) winning the league but nothing much to show otherwise. I had the privilege of meeting Awani's top bosses, Suhaimi Sulaiman and Kamarul Baharin Haron, in the flesh. Thanks Awani and Izzah.