Table Tennis and Taking Oaths

I just thought I would like to just voice out some of my own opinion on some issues, not that this is anything new or that it’s very important opinion, but yeah I just want to say some stuffs.

Recently our Singapore Table Tennis team won the silver medal. As expected, there are always issues with the fact that our team wasn’t born and bred in Singapore. In other terms, they are not Singaporeans by nature, but immigrants. I was actually quite disillusioned, and I wondered if I should be proud of this silver medal. In a way, I wondered what sports and the olympics was about. Is the Olympics about overcoming one’s personal best and trying to gain pride and honour for one’s country? I thought so, but it seems weird that we will hire people from overseas to help us in our quest for a medal.

Seriously, is a medal that important? To me, it is not. I felt that the process of doing the sports is the important one, even if the end result is a loss. I felt that Singaporean atheletes should be given more chances to try and even experience the Olympics, and that would be a proud moment for me even if they lost.

However, some discussion that I’ve seen over the internet made me wonder. There is an issue with the lack of a sports culture. Admittedly, the introduction of these table tennis players does raise our sports culture significantly. We get more interested in the going on’s of table tennis, and people learn that the game is set at 11 points unless the oponent is just 1 point difference from you. People are more aware of the Olympics. In fact, in a way, to have fellow Singaporeans all rooting for the same team and hoping they win, that feeling is perhaps priceless.

Is it that important whether they are true Singaporeans or not? I am not too sure now. They do have their advantages, especially in improving our sports culture. The thing is that other countries are doing the same thing too. We find that many countries employ former Chinese nationals.

Another interesting point to note is that, if they were trained locally, and not “ready made”, then it is something to be happy and proud of isn’t it? For they were given places to grow and improve by Singapore and not other countries.

On another topic, I am finding it puzzling with regards to the actions of the newly crowned president of the table tennis association. Yes I am talking about the minister who talked about shitting, in parliament. I find it puzzling that action has been taken so swiftly, and there is no room for discussion, no panel to inquire and advice on a suitable course of action. The culture seems to be a “if you can’t deliver properly, off you go”. Sadly, that doesn’t apply to ministers. In a funny way, I ask, if everytime we have a problem and we change table tennis coaches and managers, then how many people will want to be coaches and managers? Hence I propose that table tennis coaches and managers be given a high attractive salary of 3 million Singapore dollars a year. We can protect our ministers, but not the coaches, and I seem to think Mas Selamat is a bigger issue than the top male paddler losing a match. Our male paddlers have never seemed to have a medal chance anyway.

And how funny it is that our government keeps asking us to move on? When Mas Selamat escaped, we should move on. When the manager gets sacked and the coach in danger of being removed, the MP who’s also the association president asks us to move on when we make a big fuss. Is it becoming a norm where by when we the citizens question a policy or a course of action, we should just move on? I think not, we should not move on. If everytime there is a problem, we move on and ignore it, we won’t grow and improve, and we will eventually degenerate into a mindless society that does not question actions done by government level people. I don’t see why they have to ask us to move on. Rather, they should move on and tell us what they think about our queries. I find it disturbing that you can sack a manager without giving him official notification, and at such a time too, when we should be “celebrating” our first medal in 48 years. Quick to axe the peasants but not the nobles? Bleah.

On yet another topic, we have our neighbours having an election soon, with many controversies going on, ironically, in the same standard as the mp. Mp talks about shit, and we have people accusing Anwar of poking his dick in shit. Is shit a popular topic?

The funny thing I noticed is that the oaths thing is probably abused. People are calling for Anwar to take an oath of innocence. However, people assume one thing, that people taking oaths tell the truth. That is a fallacy. It may not be true. On the other hand, not taking oaths do not signify guilt either. What’s up with all the wayang, going to such lengths to swear on the religious book? The answer? Politics. Perhaps they find that they will lose the by-elections, and it seems that it is easy to sway peasants who do not understand that people can lie during oaths.

I don’t see the point in taking oaths, especially when they can be abused. But I do not like the idea that people seem to think taking oaths signify honesty and truthfulness, when it can also be a product of political manipulation. To mix religion with politics, I think that’s nasty.

Well I got it out of my system and I’m quite happy now. Feel free to comment.

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