Study this list:
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (1984-86)
Anwar Ibrahim (1986-91)
Sulaiman Daud (1991-95)
Najib Razak (1995-99)
Musa Mohammad (1999-2004)
Hishammuddin Hussein (2004-2009)
Muhyiddin Yassin (since 2009)
These are our Education Ministers over the years.
Of the little knowledge that I possess, the only one who admitted that the school system needed a revamp to accommodate sports is Muhyiddin, hence the policies that include 1student, 1sport.
It's good for the New Sunday Times to highlight the issues plaguing sports in schools. Read here, here, here . In response to the Sunday Times' report, Tony Mariadass offers his take here.
I've questioned the wisdom behind Muhyiddin's decision too. Read gentle-reminder-for-muhyiddin.
Credit though is still due to Muhyiddin for he acknowledged the fact the system required overhaul. What did his predecessors do and achieve?
Muhyiddin's policies, though sports is not his Ministry's core business, are a great start. They are designed to re-create the culture for sports lost over the years. We have to work within the current constraints because we are not living in an ideal world.
Trouble is, in Malaysia, not everybody's on the same page. Really.