“We have even requested used hockey sticks and
goalkeeper padding from the national team yet we get nothing. Now you
have a government agency handing out 300 new balls and equipment to a
foreign national team. Wow!”
Those were the words of a Kuala Lumpur-based school teacher.
Such frustration come as a surprise, more so after the National
Sports Council (NSC) handed over hockey equipment to the Myanmar
national hockey team in Ipoh — a ceremony which did not see any
publicity — over the weekend NSC's gesture may seem noble.
It can be construed as a means to help promote the game in Myanmar. Some may even call it “Asean solidarity”.
But those at the grassroots find the act hard to comprehend.
Apparently a school in Sepang requested a small number of equipment
through a junior hockey programme funded by the council but have not
received any feedback. If true, why?
Do read the full commentary Haresh Says before jumping into any conclusion.
But haven't we heard all of this before? In fact, it is business as usual at the Pekeliling bus terminal where the bus company operates while passengers remain oblivious to the fact they too could be a casualty if things remained the same.
Read all this and more in The Malay Mail today.
Meanwhile, Englishman Peter Butler - who quit as Kelantan and T-Team coach - has left Twitter too!
It is unclear to why Peter decided to ditch the social media tool but many believe it had to with some ranting which later turned into a spat between several other Twitter handlers which stemmed from Lim Teong Kim's appointment as the football technical director under the National Sports Council.
Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin insists the soon-to-be-launched
book on his father-in-law, former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad
Badawi, will neither help nor frustrate his cause as he seeks to defend
his post during the Umno elections in October.
Meanwhile, the Rembau MP spends some time speaking about his 100 days in office - as he spoke about claims that he is too eager for changes, presumption he is spending more time on sports than youth, on making popular statements and his aspirations.
We sat at a regular mamak restaurant in Bukit Jalil, drinking teh-o as a camera crew of three stood in front of us.
It was a typical setting of football show Bola@Mamak which, sadly, is no longer aired over Astro Supersport.
was an episode where I sat next to former KL player Stanley Bernard
Stephen Samuel and another guest jokingly referred to him as a
'professional injured footballer'.
Stanley featured for India’s Sporting Clube de Goa and MyTeam. He is
still itching to get back on the field but a long knee injury has seen
him taking up a new role — as a pundit and a match commentator.
is not alone. Newly appointed T-Team assistant coach Azlan Johar, who
once coached KL Malay Mail thanks to an offer made by then team manager
Tony Mariadass, made his name as a pundit and commentator for Astro
Arena over the years.
During the recent Malaysia-FC Barcelona match, Kelantan coach Bojan
Hodak provided analysi…