Cabinet tomorrow should direct the police to grant scholarship to
All-England singles champion Hafiz Hashim to one of the local university
sports centres as proper national recognition and promotion of sports
by Lim Kit Siang
Tuesday): Mingguan Malaysia (2.3.03)
reported that the newly-crowned All-England singles champion, Mohammad Hafiz
Hashim, together with his brother Muhammad Roslin Hashim, have sent their
acceptance to join the police force as "konstabel tambahan".
This has raised a controversy on the Internet as to whether this is the
proper national recognition and promotion of sports talents in the country,
although the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad had said that
the Kelantanese Malaysian hero who brought home the All-England title after
a long wait of 37 years since it was last won by Tan Aik Huang in 1966
"should not be spoilt".
One Internet mailing list comment said:
"Malaysia membuktikan ia masih sebuah negara
mundur setaraf Zimbabwe dan Tonga. Jaguh sukan di Negara maju seperti
Michael Jordan dan Tiger Woods diberikan biasiswa menuntut di universiti
terkenal seperti North Carolina dan Stanford untuk berjaya dalam sukan dan
"Malangnya di Malaysia jaguh sukan hanya di balas dengan jawatan konstabel (prebet)
polis. Suatu penghinaan kepada ahli sukan yang berjasa besar kepada negara
Malaysia. Paling kurang sepatutnya Hafiz dan Roslin dihadiahkan biasiswa
untuk menuntut Sains Sukan di UPM atau UiTM."
This criticism is "spot on" in validity and legitimacy. The
Cabinet tomorrow should direct the police to grant an university scholarship
to Hafiz to one of the local university sports centres as a proper national
recognition and promotion of sports talents so that a proper career course
could be structured, developed and offered, not only to Hafiz, but also to
his brother Roslin and other national sports talents in the various
university sports centres as is the practice in other developed nations like
the United States and Canada.
The University of Malaya, for instance, established its Sports Centre as far
back as 1986, and is the first tertiary institution in Malaysia to offer the
Bachelor of Sports Science degree programme. It mission is to strive for
sports excellence and to fulfil the need of the country for more
professionals to aid the development of Malaysian sports. A credit in BM at
SPM level is the minimum entry requirement. Other universities with sports
centres include UPM, UKM and UiTM.
After his scholarship study and first degree, Hafiz should be able to start
his police service from a higher point of entry as an officer instead of the
present lowly level of just as a "konstabel tambahan".
Lim Kit Siang, DAP National