Skip to main content

The Games We Play

& The Politicians Who Celebrate Victories

Another gem has been spotted in one of my favourite blogs (which happens to be written in exquisitely expressive Malay language). The heading was a clever play on "sob-story" and shuttlecock, but I digress ...

Cerita Tangis dan Bulu Tangkis
Hari tu gua menangis. Gua dah lama dah tak menangis. Tidak pernah semenjak menonton cerita Sepet, yang membuatkan gua menangis atas kekayuan pelakonnya, bahagian-bahagian 'redundant'nya dan terlebih publisitinya....sorri, terlanjak pulak. Ok sambung cerita gua menangis. Ya, selepas lebih 20tahun, selepas melihat Razif dan Jalani menjulangnya buat kali terakhir, aku tak dapat menahan emosi bila beregu negara menang All England tempoh hari. Menang ada gaya la katakan. Sepanjang kejohanan tak pernah kalah satu set pun. Ini baru panggil Malaysia Boleh (tapi Koo, hang kontrol sikit keret hang tu. Janganlah joget kat depan net time dapat matchpoint. Ada ubi ada batas, ada hari Cina tu balas siut. Lain kali dia buat tarian singa kat depan hang baru tau!).
it gets funnier, if you can believe that, you can read the rest at:

Malaysians love their sports, we may not be very good in most of them, but we love them. Though football may be our top passion, we are very poor at it. Due to our Asian build, we can only succeed in sports which favours low center of gravity, favours nimbleness and speed, and non-contact sport please. Hence our resources should go towards that. For a nation that spends so little in sports development, and for us to be tops in squash, badminton and bowling (and even lawn bowling) is a magnificent achievement. Plus we make it almost impossible for good sportsmen and women to make a living in the real world as well.
Great atheletes are left to fend for themselves when they retire from the sport after having represented the nation for years and years with little recompense. Many are left with just technician jobs at Telekom Malaysia or Tenaga Malaysia for the rest of their lives, barely making RM2,000 a month. That's how we treat our sportsmen and women. The worst example was the way Karamjit Singh was treated by the relevant bodies and authorities - why Asia's top rally driver can get ZERO support from the government when they can plan for a stupid and illogical training facility in England costing millions is beyond me. Let's see how far can we build a sports facilty so that no one can get there and that it will be the most expensive place on earth to train. Geez... you can do the same thing with better facilities in Canberra for a fraction of the cost, if its winter conditioning you want. We can pour millions every year into F1 racing where we always finish out of the points, and yet we cannot sponsor and support a Malaysian rally driver who's at the top of his game in Asia ... hmm ... could it be ... Please PM Badawi, somebody, do something right for once!

So, Nicol David, Koo/Tan, Shalin/Zandra/Esther ... get all the sponsorships and prize monies you can, while you can, cause things will look very different 10 years from now.

Somehow, badminton is the only sport that can rally our support and give rise to frenzied emotions in us Malaysians. I cannot remember a happier moment in sports in my life than the time we won back Thomas Cup in 1992. I was watching it on TV with two other friends. When the doubles started, we opened a bottle of Chivas and agreed to down a shot of Chivas everytime the Malaysian players got a point. Imagine a three setter would involve at least 45 points, there was not enough whiskey man... but what a night! Bring back the Thomas Cup!!!


Popular posts from this blog

My Master, A National Treasure

REPOST:  Its been more than two years since I posted on my sifu. This is probably the most significant posting I had done thus far that does not involve business or politics. My circle of close friends and business colleagues have benefited significantly from his treatment.

My Master, Dr. Law Chin Han (from my iPhone)

Where shall I start? OK, just based on real life experiences of those who are close to me. The entire Tong family (Bukit Kiara Properties) absolutely swear that he is the master of masters when it comes to acupuncture (and dentistry as well). To me, you can probably find many great dentists, but to find a real Master in acupuncture, thats a whole different ballgame.

I am not big aficionado of Chinese medicine or acupuncture initially. I guess you have to go through the whole shebang to appreciate the real life changing effects from a master.

My business partner and very close friend went to him after 15 years of persistent gout problem, he will get his heavy attacks at least…

PUC - An Assessment

PUC has tried to reinvent itself following the untimely passing of its founder last year. His younger brother, who was highly successful in his own right, was running Pictureworks in a number of countries in Asia.

The Shares Price Rise & Possible Catalysts

Share price has broken its all time high comfortably. The rise has been steady and not at all volatile, accompanied by steady volume, which would indicate longer term investors and some funds already accumulating nd not selling back to the market.

Potential Catalyst #1

The just launched Presto app. Tried it and went to the briefing. Its a game changer for PUC for sure. They have already indicated that the e-wallet will be launched only in 1Q2018. Now what is Presto, why Presto. Its very much like Lazada or eBay or Alibaba. Lazada is a platform for retailers to sell, full stop. eBay is more for the personal one man operations. Alibaba is more for wholesalers and distributors.

Presto links retailers/f&b/services originators with en…

How Long Will The Bull Lasts For Malaysia

Are we in a bull run? Of course we are. Not to labour the point but I highlighted the start of the bull run back in January this year... and got a lot of naysayers but never mind:

p/s: needless to say, this is Jing Tian ... beautiful face and a certain kind of freshness in her looks and acting career thus far

I would like to extend my prediction that the bull run for Bursa stocks should continue to run well till the end of the year. What we are seeing for the past 3 weeks was a general lull where volume suddenly shrunk but the general trend is still intact. My reasons for saying so:

a) the overall equity markets globally will be supported by a benign recovery complemented by a timid approach to raising rates by most central banks

b) thanks to a drastic bear run for most commodities, and to a lesser extent some oil & gas players, the undertone for "cost of materials" have been weak and has pr…