Sukma: Make the right call Sports Minister

Over the past few days there has been a war of sorts in the local media with regards to the Tokyo Olympics.

Centre of the storm in the tea cup was a statement made by former NSC Director General Dato Zolkples Embong who said he could not understand the stand taken by the Olympic Council of Malaysia.

This was because OCM had within 24 hours made two conflicting decisions – the first not to go to Tokyo and the second to support the proposal by the International Olympic Committee to proceed with the Tokyo Olympics after a video conference amongst member nations.

And out of the blue the new Sports Minister Dato Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican suddenly issued a statement that as so far as the Government was concerned, it was the health and well being of the Athletes that mattered.

A good call Dato Seri Reezal Merican, better then your first statement as Minister when you were obviously misled into stating that winning a gold medal in Tokyo was of utmost priority.

Now Dato Seri Minister, if you notice, the Sukma or Malaysian Games is scheduled from July 11 to 19 in Johor Baru.

It is scheduled before the Tokyo Olympics and some 10,000 Athletes and officials are expected to congregate in various parts of Johor.

With your reasoning of health and well being of Athletes/officials being of concern, do you not think that the sane degree of concern and reasoning should be applied on Sukma?

Are you not concerned of something organised locally which rightfully is well within your jurisdiction and an executive decision could be made by yourself?

The NSC Director General has refuted a story by this website almost a month ago to postpone the Sukma, to take preventive measures now itself, to allow the various contingents to re-plan their preparations.

But NO, the NSC was adamant that the Sukma proceeds and the Johor Mentri Besar too went public to say the Games will go on.

To be fair , in this a case the OCM advised to do a rethink on holding the Sukma as scheduled.

For those who need a lesson on Sukma, it was actually a brainchild of the OCM with the first Games held in 1986 in Kuala Lumpur.

But as it has been like other things, for example the National Sports Awards, it was hijacked by the NSC.

And today we see NSC usurping the powers of the OCM by marginalising the umbrella body of sports with regards to the multi sports events, reducing OCM to merely being a travel agency, handling only flights and so forth,

Which now brings up a pertinent question – why the need to create a Multi Sports Unit in OCM with creating a position of General Manager and a Manager when obviously OCM are circumvent to the NSC in everything with regards of the multi sports, right from attire and shoe distribution to selection of athletes , so much so that OCM is no longer a factor in decision making!

So Minister, the onus was is on you to make the decision, not just listening to reasons put forward that do not make sense.

On the issue of the Tokyo Olympics, the decision to go on or not is the prerogative of IOC.

And for Sukma the prerogative is on you with the Sukma Supreme Council.

Give the notice early so that the states can re-invent the wheel, consult YB Dato Hasni the Johor MB who was once a member of the Sports Advisory Panel in 2004-2006.

Make the right call YB, let us not end up being

“ Kuman Di Seberang Laut Nampak, Gajah Di Hadapan Mata Tak Nampak”

⁃ Firman Allah S.W.T