BJSS takeover by NSC to be halted

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At the last Cabinet meeting before the dissolution of the previous government, the Ministry of Youth & Sports, under the then stewardship of Syed Sadiq Rahman presented a Cabinet paper to take over the administration of the Bukit Jalil Sports School.

BJSS , as it if often named was set up in 1996 and was amongst the earliest settlers, with NSC, at what’s known today as the KL Sports City.

No proper study or public or sports fraternity feedback was sought in the unilateral decision to take over the school and rename it not Akademi Sukan Kebangsaan Prestasi Tinggi and be run by the National Sports Council.

The fact is obvious – the NSC already already has more on its plate then it can chew.

The National Football Development Program is directly administrated by them but similar programs such as Junior Cycling Malaysia, National Hockey Development Program and National Rugby Development Program are however administrated by the respective national sports association.

It the sackful of cash that NSC wants to control in the NFDP, even a blind can figure that one out as FAM is more then capable to running the NFDP.

But greed is synonymous with NSC as who can forget the sham of a post mortem after the 2018 Jakarta/Palembang Asian Games that was tailormade for NSC to take control of the highly acclaimed Podium Program.

Moderators that were provided handouts to run down the Podium Program management and it resulted in the exodus of years of experienced sports science personnel , something Malaysian Sports could not replace in the next decade.

Talking of post mortem , why is the report of the 2019 SEA Games not made public?

It was another shambolic effort to lay blame on National Sports Associations, another pathetic attempt to shift blame on non delivery of the targetted gold medals in Manila.

The NSC Director and his merry men on Jalil Hill have played this same tune ever time there is a failure.

Back to the Podium Program. It was the greed to control the money and efforts were even made to dissolve the National Sports Institute until they finally realised that was not possible as ISN was created by an Act of Parliament .

So the British who colonised us left in 1957, but lo behold as the NSC are now colonist in their own way.

From the Podium Program, to the OCM Selection Committee for Multi Sports events, to the attempted ISN takeover, they have tried to expand their empire to a sports school.

By the way there are five national level sports schools in the country, so why not take over all 5 Ministry of Youth and Sports ?

In case your officers forgot, here is a list of all five.

Sekolah Sukan Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Sekolah Sukan Tuanku Mahkota Ismail Johor, Sekolah Sukan Malaysia Pahang, Sekolah Sukan Malaysia Sabah, Sekolah Sukan Malaysia Terengganu

But perhaps their locations not lucrative enough for the planned land swap deal?

The then Education Minister of course supported the idea as it was mooted by his blue eyed boy who supposedly could do no wrong but hardly did anything right as so far as sports was concerned,

Well , to those in KBS and especially NSC, do I have news for you, and it is sort of derailment of your grand plans.

The current Minister of Education has , rightfully, directed his officers to prepare a cabinet paper to rescind the earlier decision.

Now it will be very interesting to see what the right honourable Minister of Youth & Sports Dato Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican will say or do.

On one hand he has to please his officers while on the other he has a moral obligation not to proceed with something that was sort of a coup using the previous Prime Minister.

Obviously an attempt to seek a comment from DS Reezal was futile, in all probability he has been warned about this writer.

Not that it matters as I have had my fair share of cold turkey treatments from others as well and it made no difference to my life.

Anyway in my quest for truth and transparency, we have gone through many of a Sports Minister.

Having personally dealt with Tan Sri Anuar Musa, Tan Sri Ghani Othman, Tan Sri Muhyddin Yassin, Dato Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein, Dato Azalina Othman Said, Dato Seri Ismail Sabri, Dato Seri Shabbry Cheek, Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar and Syed Sadiq, I only have a single line message for Dato Seri Reezal – learn to differentiate truth from fiction and avoid the telinga nipis mentality.

So now that the Ministry of Education is fighting the takeover by the across the road raiders in Bukit Jalil, it is hoped that KBS will do the right thing and withdraw this takeover. That’s the right thing to do.

And to the MOE, it is important that a single body be responsible for these five federal level sports schools and what better then allow the Sports Division of the MOE administer these schools.

With that in place, we can be rest assured that the development of budding athletes will be a continuous process and the National Sports Associations can engage with the Sports Division to cater for the sports and academic needs of athletes.

A steering committee, represented by OCM, NSC, ISN plus selected individuals can be formed to over see thievimplementation of policies and directives.

After all when one had heart issues, you go see a cardiologist not a gynaecologist.

Hence NSC ought to stop thinking that they are the jack of all trades when they obviously cannot master even one.

Get the drift KBS/NSC?

Stop acting like a colonist as sports does not belong to you!