Blogger Rizal Hashim (rizalhashim.blogspot.com) believes that cable television has played a huge role in influencing Malaysians. He says that growing up in the 70s, the coverage of foreign football could not compare to today’s.
“The perception is that local football is in the doldrums,” says the former sports writer.
“Try to know our own team at least. Whatever you say about them, they are still our representatives. I do not like it when people say they cannot name the starting 11 of the national team. Because of technological advances, there is no excuse for it – it’s a matter of wanting to know,” he says.
He says that winning the Sea Games gold medal was a good start, and Malaysians should be supportive of their own team.
He points out that neighbouring Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam have good support. It has to be noted, though, that these countries are not setting the world of football alight either.
“But their national team is a source of pride for them,” he says.