My friend Datuk Dr Leonard de Vries once told me that sports in Malaysia is run without direction because there is no National Sports Policy as a guide. Either that, or, assuming there is one on someones table, the officials do not understand the importance of such a policy.
A reader of this blog recently posted a comment in which he or she said that KBS is now "Kementerian Bola Sepak" . I suppose the the reader gave that name partly due to the Ministry's new policy for having a finger in almost everything with the Football Association if Malaysia (FAM).
I suppose that the reader also meant what many are noticing lately, the officials like to be involved in publicity generating activities - being where the ball is.
Under the KBS there is the National Sports Council (NSC) and National Sports Institute (ISN), both of which are actively involved in sports in the country. But, how should they be involved and how much in each sport is a problem which no one dares to answer.
The National Sports Associations (NSAs) sometimes say that there is interference, but other times they just keep quiet.
Now the authorities are directly involved in arranging training stints for national football teams, a job which the FAM itself must do. The authorities can be involved in other ways, such as monitoring the progress and alerting the national body if there is a need for corrective measures.
The fact that FAM allows this also shows that the national body needs a drastic change. Now they have an identity crisis and sometimes show that they are not in charge of football. There is a "third force" going on football trips to arrange training stints.
They want to arrange travel and lodging for badminton players. The reason being the BAM tries to save cost by booking flights that have connections that "is uncomfortable". Since when is being prudent wrong? Hey, Kenny Goh and the admin team at BAM must conduct a course for the powers that be on how to manage finances.
Talking about finances, when will we realise that the Le Tour de Langkawi has failed to achive its objective of developing local road riders? A lot of money have been spent and the team is still no where. Local riders were doing well in first few stages but when it came to hilly terrain, they were lost.
In a tour, winning the over-all position and the up hill stages are the important ones. Why no local riders manged that, after all these years of organizing the tour? The money spent on this tour should be utilised to start a road program, possibly geared towards having riders in the 20202 Olympics.
If the authorities really care for Annuar Manan, then prepare him for a future as a coach and if some how he feels he has to compete in the Tour de France, then send him to Tour of Indonesia and the other tours in Indonesia. All these tour have mostly up hill stages.
Or, at least share some of the money with sports like weightlifting and gymnastics, both of which have the potential to win at Olympics, and sepaktakraw.
Sometimes I wonder if the day will come when certain parties will do everything and and the NSAs will just have meetings after meetings and then more meetings before the AGM. Now they are booking tickets, hotels and checking the quality of food. Would they be sanitizing Datuk Sieh Kok Chi's office or taking Datuk Azuddin Ahmad car for repair after this?
Sometime in 1996, a National Sports Convention was held in Langkawi with the hope of drawing up a concrete National Sports Policy. What happened to that?
And, friends like de Vries have put up paper after paper to draw attention to the need of having proper policies so that there is a direction for sports. But, all have failed, and the result we have a "ball policy", follow where the ball goes and jump.
Maybe, there is too much staffs in certain organizations, and they have to give them jobs like booking tickets and things like that. Train the NSAs to do things properly and let them do it.
I read with horror a news report that said the people who organised the LTDL wants to run all the tours in the country. Then, why do you need the National or states bodies?
De Vries, collect all the papers you have presented and send copies to the Prime Minister and Sports Minister. Do not send anywhere eles because they are too busy booking tickets, hotels and tasting foods.