Skip to main content

Budget 2018: Spend 'generous' sports allocation wisely

That's the allocation for sports in Budget 2018 as just revealed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

It may seem "generous" to some but sports is a huge business and RM1 billion to run various programmes may not be enough after all.

That aside, as I tweeted earlier:

1. I have always maintained that FitMalaysia and Hari Sukan Negara are great initiatives that are centered and catered for the masses, not just the elite few. 

The idea behind both programmes, to me, is to instill a sporting culture among Malaysians which will create a healthy and productive population.

However, critics continue to dismiss these programmes saying the efforts have been hijacked by a handful who are "benefiting" from organising and hosting events related to the programmes. 

The term "benefiting" remains unclear as I've yet to see anything in black and white to suggest such.

That aside, it is hoped such programmes will continue and not be forgotten the minute a new minister takes office — as seen in the past.

2. The construction of 14 new sports complexes nationwide is good news but there is the fear that they could all slowly turn into white elephants. 

Efforts must be taken not only to build, but to maintain and ensure these facilities are able to sustain throughout the year. It's best if those tasked to manage these new venues work with schools, higher learning institutions and private entities to ensure the complexes are fully utilised.

3. As for the RM20 million allocation to the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS), it's timely.

It is hoped the allocation will be spent wisely.

It will be good if the Youth and Sports Ministry opened its books and show the masses how the RM1 billion will be (and 'has been') spent to promote transparency and accountability. 

Such a move will earn the admiration of many and could see other ministries doing the same, allowing tax payers insights to how their money is being spent instead of relying on the annual Auditor General's Report. 

Speaking about transparency and accountability, anyone knows when will the organisers of the 29th KL SEA Games reveal the post-Games report and accounts of the regional event?


Popular posts from this blog

What went wrong with KL SEA Games?

145 gold medals.
It's the best Team Malaysia has ever achieved since the inception of the SEAP Games in1959.
The 29th edition of the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur ended yesterday. The opening ceremony dazzled those at the stands and viewers at home while the performances during the closing ceremony yesterday jogged plenty of musical memories to many.
Our athletes, the real superheroes, brought smiles through their heroic display. They made everyday a happy day.
Kudos to the officials - from the coaches, the National Sports Institute and National Sports Council - for their hard work in ensuring our athletes perform to their best.
But it was not all memorable.

'World fashion disaster' in KL

World Fashion Week Asia 2017 ended over the weekend.

And the launch on Friday at Palace of the Golden Horses at Mines Resort City just outside Kuala Lumpur turned out to be a forgettable night.


It was poorly organised.

Just as many are trying to get over the nightmare witnessed throughout the KL SEA Games, the organiser of World Fashion Week Asia 2017 has made it look like Malaysians seem to have lost it when it comes to hosting major events and hospitality.

Here's why.

Royal protocol ignored

1. The Sultanah of Terengganu Sultanah Nur Zahirah was invited to grace the event.
    a. There was no holding room for the Sultanah and VIPs accompanying her.
    b. The Sultanah was invited on stage without anyone accompanying her there (a big NO NO if anyone knows protocol involving royalty).
    c. The event dragged on till 11.30pm, way past the cut off point of the very many events I've attended with members of the royal family present.
   d. The Sultanah was forced to walk all t…

Klang run 'illegal', says Sports Commissioner

UPDATE (Dec 11; 11.58am): Sporting events approved by Sports Commissioner's Office will be posted on the Youth and Sports Ministry's website starting Dec 14, as revealed by the Sports Commissioner in her statement today. I'm glad the last point of my observation (as per posting right below) has been addressed.


UPDATE (10.57pm): A Twitter user had sent me a link by the organiser of the Klang Heritage Marathon 2017. It states that the marathon has been "postponed to Oct 14, 2018" and that they have been victims of fake news and will lodge reports with the authorities against materials with elements of defamation or fake news. Read the full statement, posted on Dec 2, here.


A Klang City International Marathon 2017 pacer suffered serious injuries after she and two others were hit by a car

Turns out that the organiser of this morning's event, Earth Runners International Group Sdn Bhd, DID NOT submit any application to the Sports Commissioner&#…