Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I'm back!!

Hi All.
No Excuse, been too busy with other things. Updating my blog went way down in my list of priorities.

But suddenly, I feel the need to update it once again. Will not make any promises on how often will I update the blog, but I will try my best.

I am thankful for the opportunity given by Astro Arena to 'add feather to my cap' by giving me the chance to lead the News Department coverage for the upcoming Olympics in London.

So, stay tune to this blog. I will try to share the experiences of my team in our effort to cover the most spectacular games in the world.

This will be a first for all five of us. So, wish us luck! :-)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Untungkah Malaysia?

Persatuan Bola Sepak Malaysia (FAM) dan Persatuan Bola Sepak Singapura (FAS) memeterai perjanjian yang bakal menyaksikan Harimau Muda A beraksi dalam Liga Singapura manakala 'Young Lions' mengambil alih tempat pasukan itu dalam Liga Super, musim depan.

Langkah itu disifatkan pucuk pimpinan kedua-dua persatuan sebagai langkah terbaik untuk 'mengembalikan semangat perseteruan di antara dua negara yang memiliki himpunan sejarah mendalam dalam bola sepak.'

Memang daripada segi luaran, ia nampak bagus. Tetapi pada masa sama, apakah ikatan FAM dan FAS itu terlalu berpaksikan kepada sejarah lalu? Memilih untuk terus diselubungi detik-detik manis lalu tanpa ada banyak pulangan untuk bola sepak negara pada masa depan?

Aku timbulkan persoalan kerana secara peribadi, aku tidak nampak untung banyak bakal diraih skuad Harimau Muda A khususnya, dan bola sepak Malaysia secara amnya, dengan keputusan itu.

Pertamanya, apa bakal mampu diraih skuad Harimau Muda A? Apabila musim depan Liga Singapura bermula, skuad kendalian Ong Kim Swee sudahpun di penghujung kempen kelayakan akhir zon Asia untuk Sukan Olimpik 2012. Majoriti pemain-pemainnya juga akan hampir mencecah usia yang tidak akan membenarkan mereka beraksi pada temasya Sukan SEA 2013.

Jadi, apa untungnya?

Bagi aku, bola sepak Singapura tampak akan mengaut lebih untung. Kenapa? Kerana ia akan menghidupkan semula kancah bola sepak republik itu yang ketika ini ibarat kian malap daripada sehari ke sehari.

Lihat sahaja bandingan mudah. Liga Malaysia, terutama Liga Super, menyaksikan purata terendah kehadiran penonton sekitar 6 ribu penonton. Angka 6 ribu penonton itu pula adalah antara purata terbaik kehadiran penonton menyaksikan saingan Liga Singapura. Jadi daripada segi populariti, nampak sangat bola sepak Singapura akan untung.

Bagaimana pula dengan untung buat pemain?
Bukan rahsia betapa menerusi usaha pembangunan sekian lama, bola sepak negara sudah mula menampakkan peningkatan. Kita sudah ada 'bintang' sendiri seperti Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, Khairul Fahmi Che Mat, Safiq Rahim, Amirulhadi Zainal, Ashaari Shamsuddin dan ramai lagi. Lahirnya mereka ketika adanya ruang untuk menyinar ekoran langkah tidak membenarkan pengambil pemain import.

Musim depan, Liga Malaysia akan menyaksikan pemain import kembali. Mungkin pemain-pemain tempatan kini sudah sampai satu tahap yang mampu menyaksikan mereka sudah berupaya berdiri sama tinggi dengan pemain-pemain import. Jadi, mungkin ada baiknya.

Tetapi membawa Singapura kembali? Benarkah pucuk pimpinan FAM benar-benar percaya cabaran bakal dijelmakan 'Young Lions' akan mampu meningkatkan tahap kemampuan pemain tempatan? Atau ia jadi medan untuk pemain-pemain republik itu lebih meningkat, supaya pada masa terdekat, mereka mampu kembali menewaskan skuad negara?

Aku kurang yakin. Kerana itu, aku mahu beri peringatan. Aku tidak mahu bola sepak negara seperti 'menang sorak, kampung tergadai.' Aku juga tidak mahu FAM bertindak seperti 'kera dihutan disusukan, anak sendiri mati kelaparan.

Fikirkanlah!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ayuh Malaysia!

Selepas kejayaan yang mencipta ghairah seluruh negara hasil kejayaan menjulang Piala Persekutuan Bola Sepak Asean (AFF), Disember lalu, Datuk K Rajagobal (gambar) dan anak buahnya yang membentuk skuad bola sepak 'Harimau Malaya' akan kembali ke medan kompetitif, malam nanti.

Pentasnya - pusingan pertama kelayakan Piala Dunia 2014. Lawannya - Taiwan. Aksi kedua di gelanggang lawan akan berlangsung, Ahad nanti.

Apa yang penting, dan sudah pasti diharapkan juga oleh jutaan peminat-peminat bola sepak negara, ialah kesinambungan prestasi memuaskan daripada kesebelasan pilihan yang bakal memikul cabaran.

Rajagobal kali ini, seperti sebelumnya juga, tidak bebas daripada dibelenggu masalah kecederaan. Bimbang dicipta tonggak seperti Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, Khairul Fahmi dan Hadi Yahya adalah sebahagian daripada cabarannya.

Tetapi jangan lupa, ketika Malaysia mencipta laluan memenangi pingat emas Sukan SEA Laos 2009 dan kemudiannya mencipta lakaran baru layak ke pusingan ketiga Sukan Asia, sebelum disusuli kejayaan menjulang Piala AFF, Rajagobal juga dipaksa berdepan situasi sama.

Lantas, malam ini, harapan pastinya Rajagobal dan anak buahnya mampu mencipta bekalan selesa untuk dibawa bertandang ke Taiwan.

Kerana di atas kertas, ini peluang terbaik untuk Malaysia layak ke peringkat kumpulan kelayakan akhir setanding gergasi-gergasi bola sepak Asia lainnya. Ini langkah ke hadapan yang amat perlu.

Rajagobal mengetahuinya. Lantas, harapan jutaan peminat negara, pasti akan cuba ditunaikan barisan pemain-pemain pilihannya.

Ayuh Malaysia!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sports as unifying force!



I am baffled, saddened and shocked with the latest happening in our beloved country.





People condemning each other, defaming and 'kutuking' each other just because we dont share the same opinion and ideology. It is indeed very sad.





With the possibility of KL being engulfed by possible clashes of protesters the weekend of 9th July, I would like to appeal to fellow Malaysians to remember the many factors that make us special in the eyes of the world.





We are multi racial country, with Ahmad, Lim and Mutusamy living in harmony. We should not incite hatred just because we are different. We should celebrate the differences that make Malaysia so beautiful.





There are many factors that could unite us. One of the best example is, of course, sports.





I remember reading how supporters from different political divide put their differences aside,while campaigning for one by-election, to together watch Lee Chong Wei play against Lin Dan in the final of the 2008 Olympics.





Or how Malaysians from all walk of life - be it CEOs, officers, clerks taxi drivers, tea ladies etc - were overjoyed when our national football team emerged as the champions of Southeast Asia!





Lets show the solidarity as Malaysians by supporting our National Olympics Team when they take on Lebanon this Thursday. Lets watch and support our badminton players who are now playing in the Indonesian Open.





Lets be rational, matured adults. Lets show our love to Malaysia. Malaysia have been kind to us. No one could dispute that. Please remember that.

'MALAYSIA TANAH TUMPAHNYA DARAHKU'

Monday, June 20, 2011

Nasib Ong Kim Swee & K Rajagobal

Dalam tempoh dua hari, dua jurulatih negara, Ong Kim Swee dan Datuk K Rajagobal, diuji dan dinilai menerusi persembahan skuad bimbingan masing-masing di pentas aksi antarabangsa.

Ketika Rajagobal kian memperkukuh reputasi menerusi persembahan bersemangat anak buahnya ketika membenam Myanmar 2-0 di Kota Bharu, Kim Swee sebaliknya jadi objek penilaian lebih kritis selepas barisan Olimpik negara kendaliannya sekadar seri 0-0 dengan Lubnan di Beirut.

Ada yang mempersoalkan pendekatan terlalu bertahan skuad Kim Swee di babak pertama. Kerana apabila mereka mengubah pendekatan di separuh masa kedua, ternyata pemain-pemain mampu menandingi dan kerap kali mengancam kubu lawan.

Memang boleh difahami betapa Kim Swee mungkin lebih mahu mengejar seri di gelanggang lawan dan mengharapkan prestasi hebat untuk membenam Lubnan di Stadium Nasional, Khamis nanti.

Namun pada masa sama, bila ada peluang, persoalannya ialah mengapa ia tidak dimanfaatkan? Ada juga yang lebih kritis dan mula menganggap 'skuad Olimpik memiliki barisan pemain bagus tetapi ditunjangi jurulatih yang salah.'

Aku belum mahu membuat penilaian terburu-buru. Aku masih mahu memberi peluang kepada Kim Swee.

Kerana Rajagobal juga kini menyerlah bersama anak-anak buahnya setelah diberikan masa untuk 'meningkat.' Jika Rajagobal mampu melakukannya, tidak mustahil Kim Swee juga berupaya menuruti jejak sebegitu.

Cuma, Kim Swee perlu akur betapa dia tidak mampu lari daripada jadi tumpuan. Kerana itu, aksi di gelanggang sendiri nanti, amat penting untuk dia mengukuhkan lagi reputasi. Jangan sekadar nanti, kita tenggelam kerana hanya syok sendiri.

Aku percaya, ramai yang kini menanti untuk melihat apa yang bakal ditukar jadi realiti.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Father's Day, Ayah!

Tomorrow is Father's day.

Today, two years ago, my beloved father passed away.

I would like to always remember all the good memories I shared with him.

He was, directly or indirectly, responsible in shaping me to become who I am today.

For that, I am forever indebted and grateful to him.

Thank you Ayah!.

Al-fatihah..,

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Conflicting stands - Shabery vs Rais Yatim

Youth & Sports Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek is passionately advocating for the 'Sports Industry'. He believes that it can become one of the major revenue sources for the country and offer job opportunities for many Malaysians.

However, Information, Communication and Culture Minister, Dato' Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim, seems to have different ideas.

Whilst Shabery embraces the idea of 'open competition' to bring the best out of all stakeholders in the sports industry - be it athletes, officials, sponsors, companies, media etc - Rais apparently is clinging to different ideology.

This assumptions were based on Rais latest statement to 'curb the monopoly of broadcaster to popular sports (coverage).'

I am puzzled with Rais latest announcement. Everyone knows that broadcasters have to pay rights fees in order to broadcast sports events in their respective channels. RTM also does that. They spent huge amount of money to buy last year's World Cup fees and many other events.

Is Rais serious with this latest statements? That all broadcast should be shared between all tv stations? Are there 'hidden hands' behind all this? People who will benefits without paying a single sen?

If coverage of the Sukan Malaysia (SUKMA) is the main point, I do hope people in RTM briefed their big boss properly. Tell Rais the real reason why there's no live coverage of events. It was quoted as the reasons why Rais wants to end this so-called 'monopolization by certain parties'.

Tell Rais that for SUKMA, there's no rights fees involved. That any TV stations are free to show live coverage of events, free of charge. Its up to the 'powers-that be' in various stations to decide whether to air the events live or just cover it in the news or highlights programs. Tell Rais that the decision was made by RTM, not other people, to only cover SUKMA in the news and highlights programs.

I would not want to comment on why RTM, this time around, decided not to show any SUKMA events 'live'. They did a good job with the coverage of SUKMA in Melaka, last year.

But to shift the blame to others - who give wider coverage of the events - and try to use that to 'justify' policy changes? I do believe its not a very solid arguments, right Dear Sir?

I understand that there's a need to balance the need of the public. But at the same time, it should not come at the expense of 'open competition', or denying the rights of others who have the means to compete.

Seriously, I do hope this latest hiccups does not come out from the mindset of 'since I didn't have it, no one can have it, too!'.

The full story on Rais' announcements:

No more monopoly For TV broadcast for popular sports, said Rais.

Kota Kinabalu, June 11 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture will implement a new policy to ensure that popular television programmes, especially popular sports, are no longer monopolised by a particular broadcasting or media corporation.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, said the matter had been conveyed to the parties concerned, including Astro.

"We want Astro, for example, to create a productive and fair cooperation network with Media Prima and especially the RTM.

"Those without Astro facilities don't get (TV sports programmes) whereas the RTM is a government broadcasting body, and in this matter, I apologise on behalf of the ministry," he told reporters after the simultaneous launching of the 1Malaysia Community at the Sabah state level and Mobile Post as well as appreciating the election workers for the Batu Sapi (Sandakan) parliamentary by-election, here.

Rais said this to reporters when asked to comment on the complaints, especially from those who don't subscribe to Astro, who could not watch the Malaysia Games (SUKMA) held in Kuala Lumpur this year.

"We want to implement the new policy and under the licence issued by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), we will change this situation." - BERNAMA.