Leaders with entourages or baggage’s

Entourage is an American comedy-drama television series that premiered on HBO on July 18, 2004, and concluded on September 11, 2011, after eight seasons.

The series was created and largely written by Doug Ellin and chronicles the acting career of Vincent Chase, a young A-list movie star, and his childhood friends from Queens, New York City, as they attempt to further their nascent careers in Los Angeles.

And while it was a comedy show in the idiot box, it is real life drama though in Malaysian Sports.

In the past we only heard of Politicians being surrounded by a whole lot of aides, ranging from Political Secretaries, Private Secretaries, be it senior or junior, Press Secretary, to Special Officers, Bodyguard and Special Aides.

It was just fashionable to be surrounded by so many people. The more meant the higher level of importance of that individual.

It was a case of showing and shoving their might through public perception.

This trend has now shifted to our sports scene.

A few self proclaimed top leaders believe that they are entitled to such privileges.

Some who are mere commoners like you and me suddenly believe that they are royalties just because the position they assume today was the domain of royalties.

So one can often see a horde of aides that surround them or are visibly noticeable at the functions, be it meetings, visits or even sports matches.

Ranging from Special Officers, Private Assistants, Personal Secretaries, Advisors to Media Attaches, they try to project a sense of importance to these what can Ben seemed as glorified Clerks of the industry.

It’s astonishing that some even have their own photographers and video gravers plus a social media team.

This they say is to keep up with the trends, to be seen sophisticated and justify their status as leaders.

Not your forget that amongst their entourage are hired personnel in key positions in the sport bodies that serve their biding, meaning they do not have loyalty to the establishment but to that individual.

Why has this happened?

Simply because Barisan Nasional lost in the 2018 General Elections.

This caused many failed politicians to suddenly become irrelevant and for them the mode of staying relevant was through sports,

Thus they brought their political mentality into sports and we pay the price for it.

I noticed that in one particular sports body, many have started to bow when meeting the President.

Is this out of respect or is this fear? Respect can be rendered in many ways, but bowing surely is not one of them.

Even royalties have dispensed with the “ sembah” but these common self proclaimed “ royalties” believe they should be accorded such a honour.

Make no mistake, this is not a sweeping statement against all those involved in sports.

Some are down to earth, often seen getting involved in even carrying chairs.

One I even saw cooked food for participants for a course in order to save cost.

It is this kind of leaders that make a difference, the ones that touch the lives of athletes, officials and volunteers.

Not those who pocket fat salaries, abuse their privileges, take wife’s, children, maids to sporting events and demand for accreditation.

Sports in this country has seen many changes, from dedicated leaders to ones who just vent out torrent verbal abuse.

One particular sports body that I know has its staff in shivers when the leader is scheduled to come into office.

The mood changes from jovial to intense fear and tension, for this leader has often muttered foul language which can be heard by others.

So redirect is now replaced by fear, as most leaders in sports feel that they can command better respect by instilling fear.

And what does the entourage do really?

Well other then reaping the rewards with fat salaries and benefits like attire, travel, free tickets, they also play the role of advising the leaders to steer clear of those who actually can do more for the sport,

For keeping the honest ones at arms distance will help them keep a stronghold on their jobs.

“ Cari Makan” is the most commonly used term grass by these individuals to justify their existence, never mind the fact that they put sand in others rice bowls. After all that what they are paid for right!

And in many cases, the paid officials of a sports body ignore the very Essence of integrity and hood governance in order to serve their “ masters”.

And this they justify by saying “ jaga periuk Nasi.”

Have they not heard of judgement day?

That’s when you are answerable for all your misdeeds.

And remember you gave it in a lion cloth, no wealth, no power , no entourage to accompany you.

To these sports leaders who take pride in money ruling the world, remember there are no pockets in the “ kapan”, no cupboards in graves, no vaults in hell.

Repent while you can.