Monday, February 2, 2009

Sports in Malaysia

GiLoCatur tertarik dengan satu artikel berkenaan sukan di negara ini. Di antara point-point yang GiLoCatur rasa menarik adalah :

  • Ramai yang bersetuju bahawa budaya sukan sememangnya terhakis di peringkat akar umbi i.e. sekolah.
  • Masyarakat di negara ini lebih mementingkan bidang akademik dan membelakangkan bidang2 lain seperti sukan. 
  • Para ibubapa lebih menumpukan bidang akademik dan keputusan peperiksaan.
  • GiLoCatur kurang bersetuju bahawa setiap orang perlu dipersalahkan terhakisnya budaya sukan.

Apa yang boleh dilakukan supaya budaya sukan boleh kembali bertapak?
Tidakkah pihak kerajaan boleh berbuat sesuatu terutamanya kementerian2 berkaitan? 
Kenapa jabatan2 kerajaan kurang menggalakkan budaya sukan di kalangan pegawai2nya?
Kenapa masyarakat terlalu mementingkan bidang akademik?
Kenapa para ibubapa lebih mementingkan keputusan peperiksaan? 
Kenapa guru2 sekolah lebih mengutamakan pencapaian akademik? 
Siapa yang perlu mengambil peranan dalam mengembalikan kecemerlangan budaya sukan di negara ini?
Kenapa di negara lain sukan maju walaupun pencapaian akademik juga diutamakan?
Apakah di negara-negara lain fenomena mengutamakan akademik daripada yang lain tidak berlaku?

Banyak persoalan2 yang boleh dicari jawapan. Diharap pemain-pemain catur juga dapat memikirkan sama tentang kemuraman dunia sukan di negara ini dan menyumbang tenaga, buah fikiran dan kewangan untuk memulihkan kecemerlangan sukan Malaysia. 

Bak kata Nabil Raja lawak, LU PK LA SENDIRI! 

All guilty of killing sports, says Mazlan
Sports supremo Datuk Wira Mazlan Ahmad strongly believes schools are not to be blamed when it comes to the lack of sports culture at the grassroots.

An adviser on sports to the Education Ministry and chairman of the Sports Advisory Panel, Mazlan insisted all parties should shoulder the blame for creating an academically driven society.

“I admit there are flip flops in the system. Everyone knows it. But it is unfair to simply blame the schools solely on this matter,” said Mazlan.

“The culture of turning fields into commercial and residential area started outside the schools over the years. Is that the Education Ministry’s fault?”

Parents naturally are only interested in the academics. Can you blame them for thinking so? After all, which company will allow their employee time off for centralised training?”

Mazlan took a swipe at Malaysia society for its lack of interest in sport.

Everyone is to be blamed for killing the sports culture. This is a fact, that is how it is in this country.”

Nevertheless, Mazlan pointed out that there have been initiatives taken by the relevant ministries over the years to help promote and develop sports in schools.

“We never had a school catering for athletes. Today we have the Bukit Jalil and Bandar Penawar Sports Schools with more to come.”

“There is also the emphasis of high performance sports involving seven various disciplines in schools. There are sports activities throughout the year especially during the school breaks, so it is unfair to simply say that sport is dead in schools.”

When pointed out that such tournaments only involved a handful of students while physical education is almost dead toward the end of the schooling term, Mazlan had this to say: “Of course any parent or student will choose education over sports especially when it is near a major examination. You can’t change things overnight and there is a bigger picture to it.

“Changes will only happen if every one of us are serious in making it happen.”

Source :,_says_Mazlan.aspx

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