Loose cannon remains a skeptic, a cynic is more like it, when promises are made to overhaul the education system to accommodate sports. They remain empty promises usually. Or perhaps the academic-oriented culture is so entrenched in our system that no King and Minister let alone a civilian can offer a solution or remedial measures.
But Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin who oversaw the successful staging of the Commonwealth Games in 1998, seems bent on bucking the trend. The Education Minister and former Sports Minister has pleaded to the rakyat, critics and the sports fraternity to give him time to revamp the education system.
Almost on a weekly basis, Muhyiddin has something to announce.
1. 1Student, 1Sport
2. Commitment to football
3. Sports department in every State
4. Panel to develop sports in school
5. RM89 million allocation for sports and co-curricular activities
But let loose cannon remind you, Tan Sri, that the key to all the ideas proposed is the implementation. The delivery. Even if you have strategic thinkers to produce a master plan, who's going to deliver at the grassroots? A sports secretary in an academic-oriented school? Pegawai Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah (PPD)?
In the meantime, Tan Sri, you should remind the MSSM guys to refer to you before slashing any sport or event from the annual calendar. This would prevent the controversy over the exclusion of 11 sports from the MSSM calendar.
Also please take note, Tan Sri, during economic downturns, the budget for sports in schools is the first to be reduced. No allowance, no claims et cetera et cetera. So how?
And last but not least, can we have the best experts imparting their knowledge to our kids?