5 days on, messages continue to flood in

Five days after my self imposed retirement, I have been overwhelmed by messages through WhatsApp and FB.

I thank you all and here are some of the comments to digest.

Have I changed my mind?

Nope, not really, on April 21 it marks my 5 years of dialysis. And it’s a costly affair – around RM160k spent this 5 years.

And yet I am denied Bantuan Prihatin Nasional.

Maybe time to back PH lah…….

“ This is devastating news. You’re the only one real journalist out there !!”

“Bro, really sad to see stopping something close to your heart. Your passion to see a clean sports keeps you going. I know it is a very difficult decision to make cos l look at the time you posted it. You don’t have stop completely. Take it easy. Write whenever you feel like it. Suggest you take a short break and do something else. You will never know cos you have been so involved in sports and didn’t look at anything else. Take care ya.”

“Dear Mr. Satwant

I read your article

You been always m a strong warrior

i wish you a good health and wellness .”

“All what i could say

Please do what makes you feel batter and the most convenient

I’m sure soon or later we will read your new articles again!”

“Sad to hear Brother, you are such a devoted sports writer that I have ever come across. I pray for your good health , whenever I’m back , I will catch up with you . Sad that the element of sportsmanship is lost at the moment , god willing, you will be back stronger soon. In god we trust , your virtues of honesty and dignity will surely prevail . Take care my dear brother, will keep in touch .”

“Bro Satwan, jaga kesihatan,pls. I baru tahu masalah kesihatan & byk lagi dugaan you hadapi dlm hidup. I tak buat apa2 skg.jobless & sudah tidak minat utk menulis.”

“Minta no acct mybank sbb i nak bagi sumbangan sikit utk you. Sbj kawan , sy hargai persahabatan kita. Take good care of your health bro.Hope we have teh tarik together as we had before. “

“Truly very sad Mate..I am just an ordinary pensioner, ex PKNS..Hockey n Cricket..Known u thru sports dinners..I m from Klang..Thank you for all d Lovely columns of your which u sent me without fail..A Big Thank you again, Satwant..Last i met u was at Late V M Chandrans funeral…Take Care n God Bless.”

“Take care in this troubling times.”

“Wishing you all the best. Will miss your writing. Will still need to have lunch when MCO is over. Take care.”

“Please take care of yourself. Although I do not know the full story, I don’t think it’s worth it to stress yourself over things that cannot be changed.”

“Good morning SS.

Yes, well said. The truth never wins in our beloved nation.

To add to it, I say ‘ it doesn’t pay to be honest.’

“All the best to u Satwant Take care.”

“Brother we going to miss your articles about sports in Malaysia. I am a great fan of your blog as you write the truth on the happenings of the corrupt sports management in Malaysia. I pray that you will alwsys be healthy and a peace of mind. Take care.”

“Tq sir..pls think about your decision – keep on writing ..take care tuan..”

“Satwant

Read your article and believe me a lump came to my throat.

I had always hoped that when ever u come down to kl we could meet for a cuppa but sadly it just did’nt happen and this virus and MCO has virtually made everyone a prisoner in their home and it will b a long long time if life will ever b the same again. The tension and the pressure is taking a toll on every one. I do not know why u have decided to call it a day but the hurt must hv been just too much to continue. You were always a fighter and will always b a fighter so my friend there is much more to life than trying to fight a corrupt system. Taking care of your health is what matters most. Take care Satwant, god bless.”

“We just pray for good. I also don’t know what say.”

“Sad to hear this Sat. Will miss your writings. Hopefully this time off will allow you to take care of yourself ,dad and recharge. “

“Thank you for all the great reports and articles you’ve published for sports.”

“Please take care of yourself. Although I do not know the full story, I don’t think it’s worth it to stress yourself over things that cannot be changed.”

“Alamak so sorry to hear this bro. Maybe its best. When you write about so much toxicity and corruption, its bound to affect you. Take a rest and keep safe and healthy in these challenging times. Jangan Gitu bang..teruskan perjuangan menegakkan kebenaran melalui tulisan..abg adalah penulis dan penganslisis yg baik..”

“Sorry to read this. Have a good rest & come back stronger.”

“I was sorry to read your last post. I can however totally understand where you are coming from. I hope that you are able to concentrate on your health and put all your energy into that. Take care of you! As clearly others do not appreciate who you are and what you stand for. Take care my friend. I thought I would email as I was not sure that you would reply via whats app.”

“Morning bro, everything fine? Please take care. If need anything to help, please let me know.”

“So much must be going on for you now. Take a breather and good rest and away from ppl. You need your own time now. Talk to you soon.”

“I will be missing your great writing. Take care friend.”

“ All the best bro

Take a break

We can’t change the corruption n bribery rampant in Malaysian society

We have to live with it n live by it with pain n sorrow.”

“ Hi bro

What happened, suddenly.

I am shocked

You are indeed doing a fantastic job by revealing some bare truth and facts regarding the Malaysian sports, as Who and How it’s managed.

Please do think twice before quitting

God. bless you.”

“ Very sad…that the truth in our sports management..

No need politics person in sports if only to cover their personel matters..”

“Any decent Government like in Europe will give priority to health and education but here is opposite , otherwise people won’t have this proplem. I sad to miss your daily comments and article which open the mind of others.”

“Read your blog Sir. I hope you are alright. Is there any way I can of assistance during these tough times?”

“ Stay safe and healthy bro Satwant. Another phase awaits, victory could be eventually yours…oops, ours! “

“Sorry to hear about your final chapter. Many Friends will surely miss your writings. Hope you will take care & be strengthened in spirit & health. God bless your sincerity & Integrity.”

“ I hope u will reconsider your position bro.”

“We miss you my friend , there goes another straight forward cannon.’

“Here is a sad but truly brave and informative Malaysian Sports journalist’s work that has a deep relationship to events in Singapore. Let’s take the time to read some other, deeply important facts during this time of enforced home-stay.”

“Though I never had the pleasure or good fortune to have personally met or know this brave and inspirational journalist. I hope each Malaysian concerned with sport, athletics and social decency will take seriously this brave Malaysian’s efforts to be and do the right thing. And, for those who have the where-with-all to help, please make as generous donation to help keep this good and gentle soul alive. We all need the grace this brave journalist can offer us. For donations, perhaps you can contact his good friend the honorable Kok Chi Sieh, on how to forrward what you can donate.”

“ I’m glad you’re ok. I’m doing alright. I feel that you should rethink your decision not to write. Your have very valuable insights that others dare not write about. You are a valuable check and balance to the rampant corruption in sports. Without your column people like xxx are laughing. Please reconsider.”

“ Stay safe and stay strong. Lets pray this corvid 19 calamity will subside soon: if you need anything from me just text anytime. I know its tough now for you.”

“ Truly very sad Mate..I am just an ordinary pensioner, ex XXXX. Hockey n Cricket..Known u thru sports dinners..I m from XXXX Thank you for all d Lovely columns of your which u sent me without fail..A Big Thank you again, Satwant..Last i met u was at Late V M Chandrans funeral…Take Care n God Bless..”

“ Hi bro

What happened, suddenly.

I am shocked

You are indeed doing a fantastic job by revealing some bare truth and facts regarding the Malaysian sports, as Who and How it’s managed.

Please do think twice before quitting

God. bless you.”

“ You were too Frank n Straight forward thats why alot of pple disliked you. The truth is always Bitter but it will Prevail in the End. GBU n TC.”

“We said Satwan. Take care. Some leaders want to have idiots around them so they will thought as smart and idiots dont question them.”

“ Well said Satwant. Your articles will be missed by many of us who know what’s happening in Malaysian sports. Those corrupt and useless officials will find it a blessing that you are finally off their back but hopefully one day justice will be done. Never say never Satwant. In my mind you have achieved a lot and many many more have gained insight of what is happening in Malaysian sports. Kudos to you my friend and take care. Till we meet again bro , stay safe.”

“ Well said brother Satwant Singh Dhaliwal, as long the Association gets funding from the government & sponsors, this officials will never leave the Association, allot of potential sports people e.g. Me after having retired wanted to help the sports Association to sincere Excel for our Nation but the present society will never gives us that chance, it’s all cronies they want, unless the Ministry Of Youth & Sports collaborations with OCM to set proper SOP to all Association in their Officials Appointment with Fair & Grace then only our Nation will get the right people in the job. Till then brother Satwant we can’t do anything just wait & watch .”

“ You have had a great innings! Though I feel it is not necessary to retire at this stage, I wish you well. “