So there was money for Schools' Sports after all!
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the Education Minister, has ordered that the Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) reinstate the 11 sports that were axed, with his announcement of a RM89 million grant for sports and co-curricular activities.
Thank You Sir, for having stepped in and made the all important decision, which will definitely single-handedly put Malaysian sports back on track for the future.
Muhyiddin said: "Our goal is that each and every of our 5.6 million students in their 10,000 schools takes up at least one sport."
That sums up the great vision.
the malay mail went to town with the announcement yesterday (read here) while The New Straits went back page with the story (read here), Harian Metro had a story story on it too (read here), and The Star too joined in to carry the story (read here).
While the malay mail and in particular Haresh Deol, should be commended for his commitment in championing for the cause of reinstating the axed sports, Level-field would like to think that in a small way it played it's role too.
After all, it was here that the story that slash of budget for MSSM for 2010 was first highlighted on Dec 18,2009 under the heading: The right hand does not know what the left hand does (read here) and then followed up to champion to give priority to sports in schools with blogs under these headings: How about some money for MSSM Sir?; DPM's UNAWARE of 11 sports excluded in MSSM calendar; Someone SAVE Malaysian Schools' Sports Please!; Hornets nest stirred? and Backroom for sports in schools.
Special mention must also be made to Zainal Hashim and his blog: youth bowling in selangor (read here) who also invited views through facebook, to champion to save sports in schools.
With schools' sports given the priority it so rightly deserve and the funds allocated, it is now hoped that there is no red-tape to release the funds to MSSM and MSSM on their part, get to work immediately to reinstate the sports and disperse the funds to the States Sports Councils.
Let us not hear excuses that it is already into the month of February and before they get the funds, disperse it and get organising, it will be too late into the year!
The order to act immediately comes from none other than the Education Minister who is also the DPM and it is hoped that the matter is given utmost priority and urgency.
Thank-you again Tan Sri and just ensure that your order is carried out to the dot!