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It's no longer 'Malaysia Boleh' or 'Kita Juara'. Introducing #DemiMalaysia

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Demi Malaysia. It basically means For Malaysia. If you haven't notice, that is the latest catchphrase (and hashtag) used by the Youth and Sports Ministry and its agencies. The Demi Malaysia "war cry" was launched last month but those within Wisma KBS insist it is not to replace the likes the existing phrases. I remember during a recent (not sports related) discussion, several panelist had questioned if the term "Malaysia Boleh" is still relevant.  There was also "Kita Juara" which was widely used during the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur when Khairy Jamaluddin, or better known as KJ, was the youth and sports minister.  For the record, Kita Juara was also a programme for elite athletes that was launched in 2015 . "Demi Malaysia" seems to have a nice ring - at least to me. What are your thoughts?

In wanting to clarify K.Prabudass new national record, MAF president says 'I got no time'

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It is understood K. Prabudass had yesterday set a new national record of 1:07:00s set in Japan. I reached out to Malaysian Athletics Federation Datuk S.M. Muthu minutes ago to clarify if the national body recognises the timing set and if it is indeed a national record. His reply: "I'm driving, I got no time." He then hung up. Can someone confirm if a new national record has been set? Anyone? 

Another call for BAM to ditch Malaysia Open

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However, as Malaysia continues to record more than 3,000 new cases daily, the grim question is it practical to go ahead with the event? This was asked by sports journalist Fabian Peter as published in the New Straits Times today. Conversations are still being held if Malaysia should host the Malaysia Open. I had on Feb 10, said the BA of Malaysia should forget hosting the Malaysia Open this year .  But will Yonex be disturbed? The brand had recently invested millions of ringgit to be the BA of Malaysia's sponsor. Without a tournament and the lack of badminton coverage (no quotes from players, officials) in an English daily following an on-going legal dispute, will this satisfy Yonex? Perhaps the Covid-19 pandemic has taught brands that they can just rely on their online platforms to reach out to their fans. Many brands these days are airing their commercials on YouTube instead of television stations. So where does this leave the media? That aside, perhaps not having the Malaysia O

Rise in Covid-19 cases killing grassroots football?

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I had a conversation with City Youth Academy's Mohd Sulaiman Gerrard Abdullah yesterday. He said business has dropped tremendously as parents are being cautious following the rise in Covid-19 cases. "Some 90 per cent of trainees have pulled out from training. It's nothing to do with (fasting during the holy month of) Ramadan but due to (the rise in the number of) Covid-19 cases," said Sulaiman. Being a father to a 15-year-old, he understands how parents feel.  "It's frustrating. Business has been really bad and now this. I just wish people will stop going out for no reason and help curb the spread of Covid-19." Other youth academy owners, however, feel differently. They said business has not been affected as parents still send their children for football training. "Perhaps some of these academies rely on school football fields and when there is a case reported in school, the school shuts down and those renting the field aren't able to use it,&qu

Why hasn't a single Malaysian journalist been vaccinated? What about those covering major events?

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On March 9, Datuk Ahirudin Attan - who is the National Press Club of Malaysia president and Executive Advisor and the Executive Director at Petra News - wrote: We at the NPC don't make it a habit to ask the Government for handouts but, I told the press conference, it would be nice if YB Khairy Jamaluddin, our de facto vaccine minister, would recognise the role of journalists as frontliners in the war against Covid-19 and make us part of the priority group for vaccination.   His views were picked up by numerous news organisations, including Berita Harian  and Getaran .  On April 22, Getaran's Mastura Malak asked the government where is the Covid-19 vaccination for members of the press . She had quoted Ahirudin as saying:  “Pada ketika ini kerajaan dilihat seperti tidak mengambil endah dan sengaja melengah-lengahkan perkara ini menyebabkan para pengamal media masih lagi tidak mendapat vaksin awal, sedangkan kita memang terdedah dan berisiko untuk dijangkiti virus berkenaan. “Kami

Jegathesan was Malaysia's first Olympic semi finalist (200m) in 1964, not 1960

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Update 1pm: The tweet by the Youth and Sports Ministry has been deleted. --  The above was  tweeted by the Youth and Sports Ministry of Malaysia yesterday. The ministry said that Tan Sri Dr M. Jegathesan was the first Malaysian to compete in the Olympic semi finals in 1960 in the 100m event. The below appears on  Olympic Council of Malaysia's website: He (Jegathesan) became the first Malaysian to enter the semi-finals in an Athletics event at the Olympic in 1964 and 1968. In the Encyclopedia of Malaysia Sports and Recreation , there's a picture caption on page 96 (Track and Field) that reads: The centre stage in athletics in the 1960s belonged to three-time Olympian Dr M. Jegathesan. He won the gold medal in the 200-metre event at the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta and became Malaysia's first ever Olympic semi-finalist in the men's 200 metres at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games . And this is Jegathesan's records according to World Athletics . As such, the tweet should r

'When you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail ...'

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  I must thank Olympian Maninderjit Singh, aka Mike, for diligently providing me with daily updates of the international friendly hockey matches happening in Kuala Lumpur. I do, however, find it odd that I'm getting such updates from a former international and not from the Malaysian Hockey Confederation. 😒 Back to Maninderjit, he paid tribute to New Straits Times' senior hockey writer Jugjet Singh's article that was published earlier today. The Malaysian hockey team has lost all their games in the triangular involving Japan and Great Britain thus far.  Jugjet wrote:  Malaysia, despite their home ground advantage, have been disappointing. Covid-19 may have made field training difficult, but it's the same situation for Japan and Britain. So, no excuses here too. Today is Malaysia's last chance to avoid a "100 per cent losses" in the triangular. Arul's men really need to be great against Britain. All the best to the Malaysian team when they take on Grea