My first impression was “Here we go” Politics putting its hand in Sports. “Here we go” is a rallying cry made famous by football fans all over in England as their teams go on attacking into their opponents goal. It was suppose also to arouse the sentiments of the players and push them to go for the win or to try to equalise from a goal down on the field. In Malaysia football we have our drums and kompang and our supporters are not as rowdy and has the hooligan elements inbuilt as the British fans. I know this very well as during the eighties too on weekends I followed the service crew boys supporting Leeds United as they went around the country causing mayhem and fear. ‘Malaysiakini portal carried this report http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/88146 headlined :Propaganda war in full swing. In Malaysia our politics though full of controversies and surprising elements have not reached that stage and I thanked God for that. Well lets not divert from why Politics is in Sports.
Of course everyone wants to be seen and involved in Winners in all sports. Malaysian legislators are known to capitalise on this. Sarawak winning the league championship the players were brought from Kuching to Lawas and everywhere it was a government function. I know it too well as its publicity of the highest order and its a good Propaganda and advertisement for the government of the day. So( Datuk soon) Mr. Lee Chong Wei? You are going to be the “Man of the Moment” in Permatang Pauh.
Lee, Malaysia’s Olympics badminton silver medalist visited Parliament yesterday and would be honoured in a special ceremony in Penang tonight where he would be presented with a cheque for RM300,000 and a monthly pension of RM3,000. More to come as now the Chief Minister of Penang Lim Guan Eng said Chong Wei is going to be honoured because he had done not only Penang but also Malaysia proud with his achievement as the first Penangite to win a silver medal at the world’s biggest sports event.
Penang will award shuttler Lee Chong Wei, the state’s first Olympic silver medallist, with the Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (DSPN) award, which carries the title Datuk, on Aug 30. BN will give the cheque while Pakatan Rakyat will give the Datukship. Wow! propaganda of the highest level and both do not want to be outdone. One is the federal governemeent while the other a State government. If it’s honours fair enough but sometimes politics does have more than a hand in Malaysian politics. I say congratulation again Chong wei, you deserve it and you have shown to Malaysian sportsman it pays to go all the way to the top in Sports. Enjoy your moments of truimph………..Onwards to London and thanks for the badminton “Oohs and Aahs” moments.