MPs in blame game over state of football


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 06 Oct 2005

The debate over the poor state of Malaysian football developed into a slinging match of sorts between two MPs, one connected with football, and the other sepak takraw. 

Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar (BN – Larut), who is also Football Association of Malaysia vice-president, in giving various reasons for football's malaise, drew attention to sepak takraw's “worse” situation. 

“If we want to look at shame, sepak takraw is even more shameful because it is a Malaysian game which has been played since the Malacca Sultanate,” he said. 

He was responding to remarks on football made by Datuk Mohamed Aziz (BN – Sri Gading), who happens to be the Johor Sepak Takraw Association president. 

Mohamed, who quickly interjected, said: “For sepak takraw, if it is not gold, it will be silver or bronze.” 

To this, Raja Ahmad Zainuddin replied: “Then when are we getting the gold medals again?” 

Mohamed pointed out that football enjoyed the support of many “big shots” but still failed to deliver. 

Other MPs also joined in the fray to criticise the handling of football in Malaysia. 

To Raja Ahmad Zainuddin’s explanation that many players were not interested in playing for the country because it was at the state level that they earned their remuneration, Datuk Bung Moktar Radin (BN – Kinabatangan) said a revolution might be needed to change things.  

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