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'Explosive' Sunday for Selangor athletics

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  The above picture was sent to me earlier today. It shows the hall at Wisma OCM, all set for the Selangor Athletics Association extraordinary general meeting this Sunday. It could turn out to be an "explosive" affair - as reported by news website Twentytwo13 yesterday. The main issue will be about the RM110,000 from the association's fixed deposit. The problem is, those claiming that the money is "missing" can't seem to provide any form of documentation to show that the money is indeed "missing". But the series of transactions between Sept 12 and Sept 14 - as reported by Twentytwo13 - raises eyebrows. The transactions amount to RM110,000 and why were they done via the cash deposit machine?  Does this mean that the association now has over RM220,000 - RM110,000 being the fixed deposit and another RM110,000 via the recent transfers to its accounts? If the association has indeed raised that amount of money, I would like to commend those running the

'Look into grassroots'. Haven't we heard this before?

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This appeared in New Straits Times today. B. Satiananthan is right to say "look into grassroots". The problem is - haven't we heard this before. And isn't it obvious? It's 2021 and we are still highlighting matters that should have been normalised decades ago. Question - what is being done to address this? When will we start paying a whole lot of intention and investment into grassroots football (or sports, generally)?  Satiananthan was qouted as saying:  "I am not just talking about the Mokhtar Dahari Academy. It should be holistic changes." Betul!

Oct 9: Hari Sukan Negara, it's now Datuk Pandelela & Twentytwo13 gets recognition from global sports body

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Today is Hari Sukan Negara. Surprisingly missing from the launch at Wisma KBS in Putrajaya this morning are the other major stakeholders in sports - one of them being the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM). In the spirit of the much touted 'Keluarga Malaysia' concept, one would expect a key official (or two) from OCM to join Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob during the launch event. After all, didn't OCM say it wanted to play a bigger role in the Malaysian sports industry? Oh well. Today is also a day to remember for national diver Pandelela Rinong.  The Sarawakian is among the 17 recipients of the Panglima Setia Bintang Sarawak (PSBS) which carries the title ‘Datuk’ in conjunction with the 85th birthday of the Yang Dipertua Negeri, Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud today.  Last but not least, Kuala Lumpur-news website Twentytwo13 is the first media organisation from Southeast Asia to team up with Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) to usher sports into a new era of in

Are you ready for Hari Sukan Negara tomorrow?

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Hari Sukan Negara is tomorrow. More could have been done to inject the spirit of getting active among the rakyat .  HSN, as it is better known, is beyond just getting Malaysians to sweat it out. It is to meet several objectives which include: i. to promote and encourage a sports culture among the people. ii. for sports to continue despite the Covid-19 pandemic. iii. to unite the people through sports. iv. to promote sports industry. Several activities have been lined up. Visit harisukannegara.my for more information. Let's not limit the act of getting active on just one day. Let's do it everyday.  Only then we can truly become a sporting nation.

Bekas ketua pengarah MSN Zolkples Embong meninggal dunia

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  Saya telah menerima mesej berikut: "YBhg Dato Seri Zolkeples Embong, bekas ketua pengarah Majlis Sukan Negara (MSN) dan bekas KPE MASOC KL 2017 telah didapati meninggal dunia berseorangan di rumah arwah. Kematian arwah disedari oleh beberapa pegawai MSN yang cuba menghubungi beliau sejak hari Jumaat apabila mendapati beliau tidak hadir solat Jumaat di Vista MSN, Bukit Jalil.  Pagi ini (Ahad), beberapa pegawai MSN telah pergi ke rumah beliau dan didapati berkunci. Pihak polis dan bomba telah dihubungi dan selepas berjaya membuka pintu rumah, arwah telah terbaring di ruang dapur rumahnya.  Punca kematian masih belum diketahui dan jenazah akan dibawa ke Hospital Kuala Lumpur." Arwah berumur 62 tahun. Mantan Menteri Belia dan Sukan Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Khairy Jamaluddin dan Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican antara mereka yang merakamkan ucapan takziah. Negara kehilangan tokoh dunia sukan yang sungguh hebat. Ketua Pengarah MSN dan CEO KL2017 sewaktu saya di @KB

Amarjit Singh: Booted out of OCM, wins big in UCI

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  Last month, Datuk Amarjit Singh was booted out of the Olympic Council of Malaysia.  The lawyer lost his assistant treasurer post to Datuk Mohd Nasir Ali, who secured 65 votes.  Amarjit got 36 votes. On Friday, Amarjit - who is the Malaysian National Cycling Federation vice-president - retained his UCI management committee seat at the International Cycling Union (UCI) elections in Leuven, Belgium. He was re-elected for the 2021-2025 term after garnering 38 votes out of 43 delegates. Even he was surprised by the big win. "Honestly, I was taken aback at my winning margin," he told Bernama . Congratulations, Amarjit.  Hopefully, he will be able to explain to local sports fans and officials what it means to be within the UCI management committee - and how will such a position benefit the sport in Malaysia.

Gyms apparently can open tomorrow but pending SOP. Huh?!

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Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker was quoted by The Star as there would be some additional SOP for gyms and sports facility operators. “Once the SOP has been gazetted and published, the operators are allowed to open.” "There were some initial concerns by the Health Ministry about ventilation issues but these are being resolved ." And here's the feedback I received following my tweet earlier today: A gym operator who has had discussions with @KBSMalaysia just messaged me: "Lol no, we have not been informed. We have been told to ‘wait for MKN’s SOPs’." 🤔 Isn't Sept 17 tomorrow? — Haresh Deol 🇲🇾 ‏ (@HareshDeol) September 16, 2021 Ti's ministry has yet to provide any clarification regarding his statement. For starters, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin had on Sept 8 tweeted: “This will not take long but because of the nature of indoor fitness centres, we must stress certain ventilation requirements, working on it urgently.” Read 

'Let OCM run the show lah'

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The press conference at Wisma OCM yesterday saw a good turnout. Reason? There were those within the hall who were anticipating for a "major" announcement that would see the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) play a more pro-active role in preparing Malaysia's elite athletes for the Olympics. Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu had paid a courtesy visit to Wisma OCM. He was joined by National Sports Council director general Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail and several other representatives from other government agencies. But some left dissapointed. After all, such a decision cannot be done overnight as there are many stakeholders involved. I doubt such a big move can be made by December as surely the NSC, among others, would try and justify why they remain relevant in the elite sporting eco-system. I had on Aug 9, 2021 wrote, on news website Twentytwo13 that it is time for OCM to take charge of Malaysian sports after dismal Olympics outing .  In the said arti

Poetic justice for gym, sports operators? Or another confusing night?

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  Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob just made this public on his Twitter account . It was the same tweet where he said the Klang Valley will enter into Phase 2 and that interstate travel between Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya will be allowed starting Sept 10. Some were overjoyed, including the gymnasium operators I spoke to this afternoon - as published on news website Twentytwo13 ( Cinema more important than fitness? Gym operators tired of hoping, want clear direction from govt ) But there were those who were skeptical and somewhat "confused" with the announcement. They referred to Ismail Sabri's statement which has made its rounds. Sementara itu, jawatankuasa turut bersetuju untuk melonggarkan SOP bagi aktiviti sukan, riadah dan rekreasi, untuk negeri-negeri yang berada di bawah Fasa 1. Antara ketetapan yang telah diputuskan ialah: • Membenarkan aktiviti sukan indoor, kecuali gimnasium, kepada individu yang telah lengkap dua dos vaksin. • Fasiliti

'There need(s) (to) be wisdom in our decisions'

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  Among the feedback I received following this morning's tweet by Youth and Sports Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu: i. Don't these ministers communicate? ii. Is Ahmad Faizal trying to say Khairy has no wisdom? iii. Can someone please teach Ahmad Faizal how to tweet properly. Dear, Ahmad Faizal - the operators don't want another round of promises. They don't want to read mere words. All they want to hear is - gymnasiums, sports facilities are can now operate. Personal trainers can return to work.  So, when will they be able to hear such an announcement?

Nazifuddin defeats Azim Zabidi to retain OCM sec-gen post

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  The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) election for the 2021-2025 term was held earlier today.  As president Tan sri Norza Zakaria and his deputy Datuk Hamidin Amin won unopposed, all eyes was on the secretary-general post. The result: Datuk Nazifuddin Najib retained his position after securing 74 votes while Datuk Seri Azim Zabidi obtained 27 votes. There some new faces in the other positions, including Datuk Nasir Ali as the new assistant treasurer. He replaces Datuk Amarjit Singh. All the best to the new office bearers. Hopefully we will see more from them soon.

Leave no stone unturned in probe on Ziyad losing Paralympic gold medal

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  All eyes are now on the officials accompanying Paralympian Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli who was “robbed” of his gold medal and world record following a call room violation at the Tokyo Paralympics two days ago. That was the first paragraph of Twentytwo13 's news highlights yesterday. Yesterday was also the day I was invited to share my views regarding the fiasco on BFM's Evening Edition . I tweeted the summary of what I said on the show: #ICYMI Some stuff I raised on @BFMradio : - Why was he late to begin with, where were the accompanying officials? - Some speak about 'empathy' when para-athletes are fighting for equality. Empathy works across broad. - Ziyad has progressed, that's a win! https://t.co/xhAUn0EDkN — Haresh Deol 🇲🇾 ‏ (@HareshDeol) September 2, 2021 Today, a former sports official had this to say: "Tidak kira Paralimpik atau Olimpik, jadikan ini sebagai pengajaran supaya tidak ambil mudah perkara macam ini. Bukannya susah pun menjalankan tugas, perg

Ti Lian Ker: Juri tolak rayuan Malaysia, Ecuador dan Australia. Ziyad kehilangan pingat emas Paralimpik

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Penjelasan mengenai isu keputusan pertandingan Shot Put F 20 yang melibatkan atlit negara Mohd Ziyad Zolkifli oleh timbalan menteri Belia dan Sukan Malaysia, Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker. Kenyataan di bawah diambil dari Facebook Ti. Salam semua ! Maklumat terkini dari kontinjen Malaysia di Tokyo.  Sebagaimana maklum bahawa keputusan pertandingan Shot Put F 20 yang melibatkan atlit negara Mohd Ziyad Zolkifli yang telah beraksi cemerlang dengan dua kali memecahkan rekod dunia dan menduduki tempat pertama dengan lontaran 17.94 m telah dibatalkan oleh Pengadil  Pertandingan ekoran dari kelewatan Ziyad dan dua atlit dari Ecuador dan Australia melaporkan diri ke pusat panggilan ( Call Rooms ) sebelum acara dilangsungkan.  Keputusan  ini dibuat oleh pengadil pertandingan ekoran dari satu bantahan yang diterima dari atlet Ukraine bahawa ketiga-tiga atlit tersebut telah lewat melaporkan diri dan ini adalah bertentangan dengan Peraturan Pertandingan Olahraga World Para Athletic di Para 5 ( Failure To

Melvin Chia: The 'outsider' who could surprise many in OCM sec-gen race

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Why on earth would Melvin Chia stand as the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) secretary-general? "Why not?" replied a national sports association president. And soon I learnt that the Malaysia Snooker and Billiards Federation president seems to have garnered quite a fan base among the NSAs. I'm aware of talks that Chia was supposedly "planted" to disrupt plans by certain quarters to boot incumbent Datuk Nazifuddin Najib out. Apparently that's the case with Megat Fairuz Khairuddin - the little known Malaysian Sailing Association secretary-general who is also in the race for the secretary-general post. The fourth contender is Datuk Seri Azim Zabidi. The four-way race for a post that was made glamorous by the likes of former secretary-generals Datuk Sieh Kok Chi and Datuk Low Beng Choo - thanks to their personalities - is something we could see at the next general election. Umno, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, PKR and PAS gunning for the same demographic of vo

Youth & Sports Minister's first day in office: "Sorry for 'kurang cerdik' statement, lesson learnt"

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It was the first press conference by the newly minted Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu and his deputy Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker - but only for selected media.  That itself was a misstep. Ahmad Faizal spoke about ensuring life after sports for athletes and thanked his predecessors for their past work which resulted in some wins today.  He also knows about the efforts to open up the sports industry by former minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican but quickly added that it needs the "go ahead or greenlight" from the National Security Council. With Khairy Jamaluddin being the Health Minister, Ahamd Faizal truly believes the sports lover would eventually allow the industry to operate. But his first press conference also recorded an apology. In short, he said sorry for the " kurang cerdik " remark he made regarding Perak FC's predicament in the domestic league. Ahmad Faizal's statement, via a video recorded that had made its rounds, e

Lesson No. 1 for Ahmad Faizal Azumu - don't expect sports associations to kowtow to you just because you are a minister

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Even before the Cabinet ministers have reported for duty, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu has already learnt a valuable lesson. Being the new kid on the block, one may want to believe that it was an innocent remark by the former Perak Menteri Besar regarding Perak FC in the domestic football league. Ahmad Faizal, had allegedly said on a video : "KBS (Kementerian Belia dan Sukan) tak ada kuasa nak buat apa-apa, tapi itu terpulang kepada MFL, tapi kita kawan baik dengan MFL. Saya dengan CEO baru MFL Stuart (Ramalingam) ini pun kawan baik, dengan Datuk Hamidin (Presiden Persatuan Bolasepak Malaysia) pun saya boleh cakapkan. "Baru-baru ini kita ada bincang Datuk Hamidin dan Stuart ada pandangan nak naikkan kepada 16 pasukan sebab ini selari dengan apa yang Persekutuan Bolasepak Antarabangsa (FIFA) tetapkan. Selama ini kita tak ikut FIFA dan mungkin dia orang terpaksa buat begitu. "Kalau itu berlaku, selamatlah negeri Perak. Kalau tak berlaku, kita sa

Thank you for your contributions, Tun Ahmad Sarji. You will be missed

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Covid-19 claims a life, yet again - and this time it's Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid. He was 82. Rosmanizam Abdullah, who goes with the byline TL Ang, paid tribute to Ahmad Sarji's good work in his article published in BebasNews today . The former chief secretary to the government was a huge name in the corporate world, occupying key roles in Permodalan Nasional Berhad, Sime Darby Bhd and Northport Corporation. And he made a similar impact in the sports world - including lawn bowls, golf and cricket. Even former youth and sports minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek honoured his "mentor, teacher and friend". Read the full report in Astro Awani . Rest well, sir. You will be missed.

Let's set KPI for new OCM office bearers, see who can bring money, ideas to the table

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Tan Sri Norza Zakaria - Image by Haresh Deol Tan Sri Norza Zakaria received an early birthday gift. Yesterday, he retained the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president's post - unopposed. Norza, who turns 55 tomorrow (Aug 29), will be joined by another familiar face in the Malaysian sports scene - Datuk Hamidin Amin.  Hamidin, who is FA of Malaysia president, won the deputy president's post unopposed. All eyes will now be on the secretary-general when the OCM elections is held on Sept 4.  The four individuals eyeing the post are Datuk Nazifuddin Najib, Datuk Seri Azim Zabidi, Melvin Chia and Megat Fairuz Khairuddin. I was shown a poster of one of the candidate at Wisma OCM yesterday. It looked like a poster of a desperate politician hungry for votes.  I asked Norza who among the four would be more suited for his team. I knew he wouldn't give me a straight answer as surely he did not want to be seen as influencing a decision or favouring any party. In summary, he said: &q

Ahmad Faizal Azumu new Youth and Sports Minister, Ti Lian Ker his deputy

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  When Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican was at Wisma KBS, I kept wondering if he ever had a deputy. This time around, I'll be paying specific attention to newly named Youth and Sports deputy minister Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker.  It's rather interesting that Ti, an MCA strongman and a familiar face in Raub, will be helming the portfolio. He was previously the National Unity deputy minister. It is a known fact that Ti enjoys close ties with the current Yang di-Pertuan Agong - who is a big sports fan. So I'm sure he would pay much attention on sports - which will be good news for sports enthusiasts and industry players. Ti would also realise that sports is the best unifying agent to mend and heal a nation and its people that is already tired with the on-going pandemic. His previous working experience in the National Unity Ministry will certainly help. As for the new minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu - well I've never dealt with him and the only thing we have in com

As OCM wants to play bigger role, time to scrutinise who has done what ahead of Sept 4 election

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A former senior minister once told me: "The politics in Umno is nothing compared to the politics in Malaysian sports." Following the withdrawal of Umno from Perikatan Nasional (PN) which resulted in Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin stepping down, only for an Umno MP to be a new prime minister, the former senior minister and I revisited our conversation. And again he reiterated: ""The politics in Umno is nothing compared to the politics in Malaysian sports." That explains why everyone is being hush-hush about Saifuddin Abu Bakar's appointment as the next FA of Malaysia general-secretary as they want the announcement to be made public by the national body first. Just like in politics, despite signing the dotted lines, anything can happen at the 11th hour. The other interesting event is the upcoming Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) election scheduled on Sept 4. Tan Sri Norza Zakaria shouldn't have much problem defending his post as president. He will remind many

Poser over ex-national player turned official alleged to fix badminton match

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Like Chong Wei, Taufik also did not want to reveal the identity of the team official, who was a former national player. Former World No. 1 Datuk Lee Chong Wei was also quoted by the New Straits Times as saying: "I know who the person is, but it's been so long since this took place. I believe we should all move on. "I don't want to name or shame anybody." Read the full article i n NST today.  Also read Berita Harian's ' Chong Wei sumpah tak pernah terbabit atur perlawanan '. Chong Wei believes in moving on. I believe the authorities and badminton bodies - namely the BA of Malaysia and Badminton World Federation should investigate the claims. This is to determine that the concerned individual is no longer active in fixing a match or two and not be allowed to hold any position - even at the grassroots.

From 'seronok tengok kawan2 main bola' to 'saya dengan rendah diri memohon maaf'

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It was a tweet that landed Johor Darul Ta’zim's (JDT) Syafiq Ahmad in "hot soup". It also showed how social media can be a double-edged sword and how freedom of expression is viewed. Let's look at Syafiq's tweet. It has been labelled as cryptic, even sarcastic as he has not been enjoying time on the field. It must be noted there were no personal attacks and no vulgarities spewed.  Here's what JDT's owner posted on social media: I'd generally agree with the response, minus the "bunga api" bit as it creates the presumption of normalising the lighting of "bunga api' at the stands. But that's how I view it. And in return, Syafiq replied: The one thing professional footballers should realise that they have a contract with their clubs and that the relationship is one of employer-employee.  Perhaps there is a slight difference when it comes to other elite athletes who do not have such a relationship with their national sports associatio

Some may miss Reezal Merican, no one will miss his deputy

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In April 2020, I met Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican at his office in Wisma KBS. It was during his early days in office, when Perikatan Nasional took over from Pakatan Harapan. And he had this to say: “The sports industry is huge and it’s something we should look at. Also, it is a wealth creator as more youths, athletes and associations will be able to leverage on a thriving industry.” Read Twentytwo13 's ' Sports industry, creating opportunities for youths top on Reezal Merican’s mind ' Unfortunately, Reezal Merican could only do so much. He entered the scene rather abruptly. Had to deal with an unprecedented crisis and no matter what he wanted to do, his hands were pretty much tied by the National Security Council. It's a shame that then decision-makers couldn't see the benefit of sports but seemed fine with the Sabah state election that was held last year, accompanied by the year-end inter-state travel exodus. Industry players are angry, tired and fed-up

Fans back at stadiums in UK, US and hopefully in Malaysia soon

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  This was the scene during the Manchester United v Leeds United match on Saturday. The same sight was seen in the Major Soccer League as fans flock back to the stands in full force. What is scary to me is that there was no physical distancing observed and the supporters were generally without face masks. This despite the UK and US continue to record high number of Covid-19 cases daily. Immune to the coronavirus? Simply don't care? Or is this the respective governments' way of saying: "Hey, the coronavirus is going to be here so we can't be at its mercy forever." What do the Premier League protocols say? According to the BBC : Supporters could face random spot-checks of their Covid-19 status This means proof of full vaccination or a recent negative lateral flow test Supporters must follow a new 'supporter code of conduct' which includes wearing masks indoors, avoiding close contact and following one-way systems. Most clubs don't have mandatory checks,

National sports associations should rightfully run sports but in Malaysia ...

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".... the national sports associations (NSAs) allow others to take charge and then whine about it!" That was in essence the conversation I had with several officials and athletes (past and present) in recent days. There were those who agreed it is time for the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) to run the show .  There were others who say the idea seems ideal on paper but will not work in reality. Also, the office bearers cannot be part of any other national bodies to ensure there is no conflict of interest. Here are some of the other comments: 1. "The concept is simple. NSAs should run their own sports. But in Malaysia it becomes blurred when the NSAs can't stand on their own two feet and rely on others for funds." 2. "Why quick to blame MSN (National Sports Council)? So many office bearers (in NSAs), what do they do?" 3 . "Idea is good but siapa yg nak implement kat OCM? 4. "The main stakeholders are the minister, MSN, OCM, NSAs. Minister

Most who returned from Tokyo Olympics quarantined in hotels

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Most of those who returned from the Tokyo Olympics are based at various quarantine hotels in the Klang Valley - based on my checks thus far. This comes as starting today, travellers who have been fully vaccinated will undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine at home. It is unclear if all the vendors and volunteers at the Summer Games have all returned from Tokyo as the Summer Games ended over the weekend.  Health authorities have expressed concern about the new Lambda variant. The variant was detected in Tokyo three days before the Olympics officially started. The call for fully vaccinated Malaysians to be home quarantined received mixed responses as critics argued the returning travellers would pose a risk to their family members and possibly the general public. There has not been any Lambda variant detected in the country to date. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, had on his Facebook page on Aug 8, highlighted the first confirmed case of Lambda variant in Japan.

Will NSC chief now be trolled for using the word 'gagal'?

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  Agak sedih juga pengakhiran buat sukan terjun ini, di mana kita gagal dan kita perlu mengakui bahawa kita gagal. "Kita perlu mengkaji semula kelemahan kita. Niatnya ada, usaha juga ada walaupun menghadapi banyak kekangan dan masalah." This was published by Stadium Astro yesterday . The quote above was by National Sports Council director-general Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail. So will Ahmad Shapawi now be trolled for using the word "gagal" (failure)? Ahmad Shapawi said it as it is. But this Olympics has seen certain quarters arguing that we should use words like "tidak berjaya" instead of "gagal". Certain media organisations have also come under fire for their "less than supportive" headlines. I feel these media organisations should stand firm by recording facts as it is instead of changing headlines for fear of being trolled.  Here's what legendary athlete Carl Lewis had to say about the US team in the men's relay:   The USA team

After Umno 'bombshell', Reezal Merican in Tokyo as minister or fan?

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Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican has been supporting the national athletes in Tokyo since late last month. He even celebrated his 49th birthday on July 29 in the land of the rising sun, away from his loved ones. It's not exactly a "relaxed" Olympics, given the various restrictions imposed upon all those competing and attending the Summer Games. Following Umno's "bombshell" this evening, all eyes will be on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s pre-Cabinet meeting with Muhyiddin tomorrow morning, as reported by news website Twentytwo13 . The Umno Supreme Council have made a decision. Reezal Merican would know of the discussion and the decision since he is a Supreme Council member. His fellow party member and Cabinet colleague Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Seri Shamsul Anuar Nasarah was the first to tender his resignation. Many are keen to see which other Umno MP will quit next.  Where will this latest saga leave Reezal Merican? Will he wait for the

MSBF elects office bearers for new term. 'Banyaknya vice president'

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  Melvin Chia will lead the Malaysian Snooker and Billiards Federation (MSBF) for another term. Congratulations to him. Right after I received this list, I posted it on Twitter. And I read this tweet: Banyaknya vice president https://t.co/DyWR3HBkhz — Abazah🏴 (@notpong4321) August 1, 2021 Why so many vice presidents? Do they help raise funds? Do they help unearth new talents? Or are they just there in a bid to ensure every state has a representative in the national body?  I wish Melvin and his team all the best. It's not easy running MSBF especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. The strict lockdowns have shut pubs, bars and even snooker centres. These are the "training grounds" for budding athletes. I wonder if these pubs, bars, eateries and snooker centres will eventually open. Many operators of such businesses have waved the white flags. What this will mean is that there will be fewer places to play snooker, billiards and pool. It's not like the sport enjoys a whol

'Don't be obsessed with hockey and football. Concentrate on diving, cycling, archery'

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I still keep in touch with several former sportswriters, including Randhir Singh. Randhir, had over the weekend, sent me a series of messages. I've obtained his consent to publish them: "Actually we should thank the late Datuk Ho Koh Chye (pic above: former hockey player, coach and administrator). It was he who proposed, during a seminar in the 90s, that Malaysia should concentrate on sports like diving, cycling, archery, shooting, rhythmic gymnastics if we hope to win medals in international Games like the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Olympics. He argued passionately that Malaysia should not be obsessed with team sports like hockey and football as they only offer one medal and their preparations are costly ... sending teams on world tours and after investing millions (in Ringgit) they don’t even make it to the Games or get knocked out in the first round. Archery, diving, weightlifting, cycling offer more medals and have different categories. Based on our physic we stan

Not the birthday Reezal Merican had in mind

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Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican turned 49 yesterday. But it surely wasn't the birthday he had in mind. In fact, his birthday will be remembered as the day the Yang di-Pertuan Agong gave the government a royal ticking off , followed by the defeat of Lee Zii Jia to Chen Long in the men's singles Round 16 match. Reezal Merican, who is in Tokyo cheering on the national contingent, must have been kept at the edge of his seat not only due to the exciting matches at the badminton stadium but also due to the rather tensed scenario between the ruling Perikatan Nasional (PN) and Istana Negara. His boss replied the Agong's statement by saying steps taken to revoke the Emergency ordinances were in accordance with the nation’s laws, and Federal Constitution .   Let's not forget, Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has renewed his call for Umno to ditch supporting Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin - this despite Reezal Merican and seve

Batu Kawan MP urges Rina Harun, Reezal Merican to defend Farah Ann following sexist comments

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An MP has urged two ministers to speak up against the sexist and disrespectful comments levelled against Olympian Farah Ann Abdul Hadi.  It's basically about her attire. Nothing new as Farah Ann has, unfortunately, been subjected to such shallow comments repeatedly in the past.  This is what I wrote on Twitter two days ago: To the perverts & bigots, Just leave @farahannhadi alone, will ya. Don't you get bored repeating the same thing over and over again? Do something meaningful with your lives. Yours truly, hd — Haresh Deol 🇲🇾 ‏ (@HareshDeol) July 25, 2021 An NGO has also lashed out against the criticism hurled towards the national gymnast. Read here for more. Below is the media statement by Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto that was issued this morning. Farah Ann, the darling of Malaysia exhibited skill, stamina, strength and tenacity in her brilliant routine at the Tokyo Olympics a few days ago.  She proudly bore the specially designed ‘Harimau Malaya’ on her outfit as sh