“My Team” and Malaysian Sports?

I was watching “My Team” on TV3 last night. It another reality show to select a team of footballers from all over Malaysia to play against the Malaysian national side. The show is actually pretty entertaining but thats not what I wanted to talk about…more about the state of our sports and athletism in good ol Malaysia. There’s no doubt that we have the passion and “niat” to be a successful sporting nation but I don’t see Malaysia producing a vast number of world class athletes anytime soon.

The Problem: Malaysian Sports Development System

Nuttin much to do with the athletes (as they definitely have the potential and talent) but its the Malaysian sports development system (and our culture) that the biggest problem

My sports experience in Germany (til 1991)

I grew up in Germany and played competitive table tennis from as early as standard 1. Competitive here means throughout the year and not just once a year (like we do here for the MSSM) games. This has nuttin to do with ability as (in Germany) there are leagues for every player’s ablity to play in. If I remember correctly, for kids under the age of 12, there are about 4-6 different leagues. As you compete and train (with qualified coaches) you make your way up the ladder and develop (what I think is most important)..a competitive mindset!!! (in Malaysia lots of kids can play like heros bfr the game starts, once the wistle blows, semua hilang…no confidence nor “arrogance”). Its pretty much the same for a every sport you play in Germany, not just table tennis or football and it only costs about RM20/yr!!

My sports experience in Malaysia (from 1991)

Came to Malaysia in 1991 (for Form 1) and didn’t find it too difficult to represent my school and won the under 15 KL competition category for non-chinese (not that I chose to be in that category). But problem is:

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    My skills never developed as I had no regular practice or trainer

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    Lack of competitions and proper organization demotivated me to persue it further.

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    Lack of equipment in general also didn’t help.

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    Schools only encouraged to compete when the MSSM games were around the corner.

Culturally Malaysian is too nice, humble and friendly.

Kita lack that cockiness and arrogance of say people like Muhammad Ali or Michael Schumacher. In sports confidence is everything. And obviously our physical shortcomings don’t help but its not an excuse…koreans & japanese are doing just fine.

Whats my point?

Malaysia needs to stop dreaming and do something about developing athletes from a young age!! …PROPERLY. Look at countries like Germany (they have a system that is not school based but discrict driven that works tremendously well and is economically viable (saves money). Yeah you may say that Germany no longer produces world champions BUT you can’t deny that have world class athletes in just about every sport, including badminton.

My Proposal

Hahahah I actually have a proposal/idea for the Malaysian government that I’ll propose someday (or as soon as I get my chance). We’ll see ;) “Malaysia (will) bole” someday but for now lets get real.

Kevin Zahri

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  • TERRY GALLYOT – MR ASIA.

    DUDE,DON’T WAIT TOO LONG….DATO AZALINA IS VERY APPROACHABLE AND WHILE SHE IS IN POWER YOU’D BETTER MAKE FULL USE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY.MAKE SURE YOU SLIDE IN BODYBUILDING WHILE AT THE MEETING HAHHAHAAAA!

  • TERRY GALLYOT – MR ASIA.

    DUDE,DON’T WAIT TOO LONG….DATO AZALINA IS VERY APPROACHABLE AND WHILE SHE IS IN POWER YOU’D BETTER MAKE FULL USE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY.MAKE SURE YOU SLIDE IN BODYBUILDING WHILE AT THE MEETING HAHHAHAAAA!

  • Kevin Zahri

    Yeah I should do that soon. I’ve got something in the works that’ll strengthen my position. Gonna wait til that is confirmed and then I’ll make an effort to see her.But by any chance would you know how to reach her or her office?

  • Kevin Zahri

    Yeah I should do that soon. I’ve got something in the works that’ll strengthen my position. Gonna wait til that is confirmed and then I’ll make an effort to see her.

    But by any chance would you know how to reach her or her office?

  • TERRY GALLYOT – MR ASIA.

    REMEMBER OTHMAN,THE LAWYER NEXT DOOR TO MY GYM?I GOT TO KNOW DATO AZALINA THROUGH HIM.SO PERHAPS A MEETING SHOULD BE ARRANGED SOON LA?

  • TERRY GALLYOT – MR ASIA.

    REMEMBER OTHMAN,THE LAWYER NEXT DOOR TO MY GYM?I GOT TO KNOW DATO AZALINA THROUGH HIM.SO PERHAPS A MEETING SHOULD BE ARRANGED SOON LA?

  • Kevin Zahri

    yeah lemme sort something out on my end. after which we can go ahead.

  • Kevin Zahri

    yeah lemme sort something out on my end. after which we can go ahead.

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  • Wayne

    Very Interesting article. i was reading it and i realised this article has been 5 years. FYI information the situation is still the same here in Malaysia after 5 years. Hmmmmmmm