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07-11-2011, 03:35 AM #4795
Netball: Australia retains title at World Netball Championships
By Patwant Singh | Posted: 10 July 2011 2049 hrs
SINGAPORE: Defending champions Australia retained their World Netball Championships title when they beat New Zealand 58-57 in extra time at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in a highly charged encounter.
7,000 noisy fans packed the stadium decked in their team's colours and what a match they got to see, as the two traditional rivals battled it out on court with end-to-end action.
With the teams displaying equal measure of skill, they were deadlocked at 46-46 at full time.
The first half of extra-time saw the teams still tied at 52 points each. With the clock running down in the second half of extra time, Australia's Caitlin Basset finally scored the winning goal to break the hearts of the New Zealand fans.
With the victory, the Australians clinch their 10th World Netball Championships title.
It was also extra special since the team lost to the Kiwis at the Commonwealth Games last year.
Caitlin Basset said: "It's a little bit of payback for Commonwealth Games, I wasn't there myself but I think for the other girls out there who were at the Commonwealth Games, it was just a little bit better for them after losing in Delhi."
From an organisational perspective, the championship has also been a success. Some S$1.7 million worth of tickets have been sold, and the event also attracted about 4,000 visitors from countries like Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.
Australian players celebrate after winning the final game against New Zealand at the World Netball Championships in Singapore. Australia beat New Zealand 58-57. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
07-11-2011, 03:42 AM #4796
Get ready to dance, Singapore!
By Evelyn Choo | Posted: 10 July 2011 2229 hrs
SINGAPORE: It started with one person dancing, then it grew to a small group. And in thirty seconds, the basement of ION Orchard came alive on Sunday evening - in a campaign to hype up this year's National Day Parade, called "Step Up Singapore!".
But if that was not enough to win the crowds over, there was a secret weapon - the Chief Executive of the People's Association, Yam Ah Mee.
Mr Yam said: "I'm very happy because the youth were teaching me about their dance steps and I was trying to follow them. I think this way, everyone continues to learn."
The 200 performers came from all walks of life - and only one-third of them were professional dancers. The rest came from dance interest groups of the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, the People's Association and Siglap Secondary School.
Patrick Loo, the choreographer of Step Up Singapore!, said: "Two-thirds of them, the aunties, uncles and little ones, they really worked hard. It's so heart-warming. The steps are not the easiest, if you play back on video, I didn't want to make it too easy and I made it very challenging. Yet they went home and practised it like crazy."
Sally Tan, a performer from Frontier Community Club, said: "It's very hard for us to remember all the steps, you see. So the young people were patient and helpful and were willing to teach us. We really enjoyed it."
The rhythm did not end there - the four-and-half-minute dance was captured on camera and will be posted on the official NDP website, in the hope of getting everyone talking.
Yam Ah Mee (in stripes) at the end of the Step Up Singapore! dance sequence.
07-11-2011, 03:50 AM #4797
1,961 NIE graduates set to join teaching fraternity
By Evelyn Choo | Posted: 10 July 2011 0035 hrs
SINGAPORE : Some 1,961 graduates of the National Institute of Education (NIE) will begin their teaching journeys soon.
At the annual Teachers' Investiture Ceremony held over July 6 and 7, three young educators also received national honours for being inspirational teachers.
They are Edwina Cheng, 27, from Compassvale Secondary School; Syed Faisal, 29, from Greendale Secondary School; and Jerine Teh, 29, from Teck Ghee Primary School.
At Greendale Secondary School, history lessons are taught with the help of games and video clips and frequent class interaction on the blogosphere.
Teacher Syed Faisal said it's these little things that develop his students beyond the formal curriculum.
His zeal and inspirational leadership won him the Outstanding Youth in Education Award.
He said: "It is really that continued perseverance and that continued belief and conviction that every student can change, every student can be better at the end of their four years; I think that is my main motivation."
And a new batch of graduates will soon join Mr Syed in nurturing Singapore's future.
For 29-year-old valedictorian Jonathan Leo Ng, the teacher's pledge signifies a personal triumph.
He had initially failed to qualify for a degree programme because of his low grades, but persevered for the love of teaching.
In two and a half years, he has graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education - with four awards.
His years at the NIE also led him to meet his wife, who teaches as well.
"I've always wanted to do a degree, especially in Physical Education because I really feel that PE is a very important vehicle where we can impart very important values to students. And the whole time I was upset, the lady behind me and supporting me was my wife Rowena, and I'd really like to thank her for being there for me," said Ng, NIE graduate and Valedictorian for the Teachers' Investiture Ceremony.
But it's certainly not the end of the learning journey for these graduates. The Ministry of Education is looking at creating more opportunities for teachers to pursue further studies.
"Starting this July, teachers pursuing a part-time Master's degree can opt for part-time teaching. This will reduce their workload and enable them to devote more time their studies," said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat.
Notably, this year saw 120 graduands being conferred a Diploma in Special Education - a 26 per cent increase from 2010.
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Jonathan Leo Ng (R)
07-11-2011, 03:58 AM #4798
S'pore has made excellent progress in water R&D: panel
Posted: 10 July 2011 0042 hrs
SINGAPORE : The International Advisory Panel (IAP) on Singapore's Environment and Water Technology industry said Singapore has made excellent progress in research and development in the last five years.
It also urged Singapore to focus on additional areas and opportunities, as it builds on the good work in water research and technology.
The panel, which held its annual meeting on July 8 as part of the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), said the Environment and Water Industry (EWI) programme should continue to help companies and researchers to better translate their new technologies to viable products for the market and export.
In addition, it is imperative to build talent and develop the skills set in marketing, product development and project management.
The panel urged Singapore to look into understanding and exploiting the nexus and potential synergies between water, energy and waste management, in the context of growing demand for resources and climate change uncertainties.
It said there are research and business opportunities to develop solutions to further harness energy and resources from used water and solid waste.
Co-Chair of the panel, Lord Ronald Oxburgh, expressed confidence that Singapore can take to lead the growth of water industry in the region.
He said: "Singapore has progressed very well on water R&D and developed a niche in practical water technologies. There remain opportunities in the water, energy and waste sectors to be tapped, for example, how energy and useful materials can be cost-effectively recovered, and how greater efficiency can be achieved in water-energy or waste-energy areas.
"With the strong support of the government, I believe that the industry is ready to capitalise on the rapidly growing business opportunities in the region and beyond."
These views were highlighted by national water agency PUB in a statement on July 8.
PUB said Singapore is presently home to a flourishing water industry of more than 70 international and local companies, a significant increase from 50 in 2006.
Investments by these companies in the last five years, when fully realised, will contribute S$590 million of annual value-added to the Singapore economy and generate 2,300 professional and skilled jobs.
PUB said Singapore-based companies have also been doing well in the international water markets, with a cumulative project value reaching S$8.4 billion since 2006.
Through various incentive schemes under the Environment and Water Industry Programme Office's (EWI) Environment and Water Research Programme, there is now a vibrant research community of 23 R&D centres working on more than 60 projects on leading-edge technologies.
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07-11-2011, 04:02 AM #4799
Govt studying ways to integrate private and public sector healthcare
By Hoe Yeen Nie | Posted: 09 July 2011 2301 hrs
SINGAPORE: The growing number of doctors switching over to private practice - with some not even serving out their bonds - has raised some concern.
The government is now exploring a more sustainable framework to involve them in public sector healthcare.
Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said this at a dinner to celebrate the anniversary of private healthcare provider Raffles Medical Group.
40 percent of specialists in Singapore are now in private practice, but most Singaporeans still rely on public sector care.
And the concern is that given the ageing population, there will not be enough doctors in the public sector to meet the healthcare needs.
Mr Tharman, who is also the Finance and Manpower Minister, said solutions have to be found to avoid the situation from being a "zero-sum game".
He said private doctors could conduct medical training or treat subsidised patients.
But he said the public sector will remain the anchor of the healthcare system in Singapore.
The Health Ministry is also reviewing its financing, incentives, regulation frameworks and clinical programmes to better integrate private and public healthcare services.
Mr Tharman said costs will remain affordable for both patients and tax payers, especially those in the middle-income groups.
"Improving healthcare for Singaporeans must involve both the public and private sectors. They both comprise our national healthcare system. This means a shared responsibility to meet the needs of our people and ensure the sustainability of the healthcare system as a whole. We need all hands on deck to manage the healthcare challenges of the future," he said.
Integration could involve the sharing of electronic medical records.
The next phase of the National Electronic Health Record system will involve community hospitals, general practitioners and eventually nursing homes, and Mr Tharman said it is worth exploring how private hospitals could be roped in too.
Mr Tharman also called on practitioners to sustain the values of the medical profession, and said that patients' interests and safety must always come first.
"It is therefore critical, even with business playing a legitimate role in medical practice, that we guard against any drift from the time-honoured values and ethics of the profession. Singapore's reputation for medical excellence is a collective honour and responsibility, and I hope to see the medical leadership across the country coming together to sustain this," he said.
07-11-2011, 09:43 PM #4800
More than just plants
By Valerie Tan | Posted: 11 July 2011 1915 hrs
SINGAPORE: Rain water usually goes to the drain first after a downpour, but not along a stretch of road at the Dawson housing estate in Singapore.
Under a lush landscape of plants are what engineers call bio-retention basins, built earlier this year, to collect, and more importantly, clean rainwater.
Tay Bee Choo, Head of the Landscape Unit with the Housing & Development Board (HDB), said: "As the water runs towards these plants, these plants, have some fur, hairiness to it. It helps to trap silt. Then as the water settles into the pit, the roots in this pit will absorb the nutrients that is dissolved in the water."
What is then left is clean rainwater, which is collected and directed into the main drain.
Ms Tay added: "If we have more than an hour of rain, and the basin is full, the excess rain water will have a chance to flow into sumps. It's designed such that it is just below the level of the road and the footpath."
Even though man-made, these systems are essentially letting nature do its job by having the plants clean the water. The idea is not new and unique to Singapore, as it has been implemented in countries like Costa Rica, America and Australia.
But it is now adapted to Southeast Asia's tropical climate, with different soil and plants like the purple fountain grass.
Ms Tay said: "We barely need maintenance because if we choose the right type of plants, the only time you need to come in is when the plants overgrow, then you may need to trim it down."
There are now plans to build more of these basins in other parts of Singapore, starting with new roads and towns like for example, Choa Chu Kang.
The bio-retention basins are located under plants like these, which help trap silt in rainwater.
07-11-2011, 10:01 PM #4801
Reflection of a typical singaporean
I received this poem from a Singaporean.
Thought it's so funny - So I shall post it in this thread.
REFLECTION OF A TYPICAL SINGAPOREAN
I am Ong Ah Tee living in Kampong Chai Chee
Life used to be simple and HAPPY
I worked hard in my STUDIES
I learned A-B-C, and everything from 1, 2, and 3.
Primary school was quite easy I passed PSLE
Then I went to SECONDARY
The subjects include HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY
Physics, Biology and CHEMISTRY
After O levels I went to JC
They said you live in Singapore very LUCKY
This is a small humid tropical COUNTRY
Surrounded by unknown potential ENEMIES
Boys turned 18 must go to ARMY for the tour of duty
After that we may continue our Studies
The girls can just sit back, relax, and watch TV
They come to this world only to "lim kopi, kway jit chee"
No one lives on free meals or depends on CHARITY
I want to take up IT, but I had no money to go to University or Poly
So I went to work at FACTORY
Working hard to earn a little lousy SALARY
After CPF and INCOME TAX, I have just enough money to buy ROTI and ride in MRT.
My bosses show me no SYMPATHY
Mumbling over my shoulder daily: "HURRY, HURRY and HURRY !"
Accusing me of always trying to get MC
But my sickness was due to over stretch OT
Going home after midnight by TAXI
And they pay me only bus fee
My colleague likes me because of my honesty and can easily bully
They said I don't know how to carry.
I Park-Tor and became STEADY
Finally had to MARRY
Because gahment gave baby bonus MONEY
I lost money holding Wedding Dinner PARTY
Cheeky friends donating only cheap PANTY
After marriage, nothing was EASY
In one year, I became DADDY
I can't support my family and our BABY
Being tied down for life to repay 2 rooms HDB and rising monthly utilities to PUB
My bank account has NO MONEY
POSB balance is almost EMPTY
DBS wants to charge me EXTRA FEE
Insisting that "Nothing is FREE!"
So I moonlight as KARANG GUNI
Many times I want to jump MRT
But that is not EASY
My wife cries: "Who is going to support me and our BABY?"
So I can't MATI
I went to seek assistance from the MP
His reply was simple and easy
"Vote for me, vote for me, vote for me".
He never tells me any convincing Policy.
How to help the poor with more GST?
Why I cannot have pay increase but they can have increase?
Before, my MP said "Vote for me, we give you sweeties".
Now, they want to increase salary, because "You voted me"..
They claim they made good economy for our country.
They benchmark themselves using GDP.
They said, "To get the best man, you have to pay high fee"
otherwise, they will join MNC. / /
And all your 'char bor' become maids in other COUNTRY.
Next will be the GST.
My boss say "no" to increase in salary,
It's really make me worry.
Our Health Ministry said let GP set their consultation fee.
If the GP charges high fee, don't let them see.
No money, how can healthy
If fall sick, can only mati
In hospital, can afford Class C.
I don't mind all nurses are aunty,
But only one doctor to see
No money for operation, I Tan Si.
07-11-2011, 11:09 PM #4802
That sounds familiar but not necessarily "typical Singaporean".
For many responsible parents all over the world without high education and proper training, their incomes are low and the future seems bleak.
It becomes worrisome when the governments they voted in on the basis of their pre-election promises reneged on these promises and they became worse by being corrupt and enriching themselves while in power. So negative thoughts cloud the simple minds of the voters who think they are helpless and unable to make the desired changes.
Yes the "poet" is poking fun at the Singapore system with Singaporean examples but these "fears" could well be the same of the peoples from other countries.
It awakens the minds of others who are similarly affected and wanting to do something to redress the situation. But most democratic countries will have to wait for another opportunity at the polls, while some may never have the chance to see changes made to their satisfaction. At the extremes, demonstrations, chaos and riots may rule the day and new governments will emerge to take charge. Yes, indeed we are still witnesssing such unprecedented action in the African continent. But will they be able to deliver and change lives for the better?
I suppose no country in the world is immuned to inflation, which is now sweeping the globe and other shortcomings. No country can claim to have a perfect political system and a perfect government that only cares for its people's welfare. A country may also lack the expertise and resources to organise and implement changes necessary for improving their citizens' lives.
Singapore is no exception. But increasingly Singaporeans are having a bigger say in how the country should be managed. Singaporeans have recently made their voice heard through the polls and the government is listening with greater interest.
It is no mean matter to upgrade Singapore from a third world country to first world status in barely half a century. This must mean the government has done some good. Certainly the art and science of governing can be improved and a higher standard has been called for. Shortcomings and inequalities are reviewed and solutions, though may be imperfect, will have to be found in due course. It will take time but meanwhile the "typical Singaporean" should arm himself with upgrading his skills to prepare for a more demanding future.
07-12-2011, 01:00 AM #4803
The 'grateful generation' will eventually give way to the modern group of people who demand greater say in a government dominated throughout the five decades by a group of elite members. As mentioned before, I'm surprised that of all the Singaporeans I know personally bar one out of some seven people are somewhat dissatisfied, with another apathetic about her place in the country's governance. You could probably guess that they are all young professionals between the age of 25 - 36.
Expecting a retort to look at my own backyard, I'll go on the record to say that I find the current opposition to be a good thing to establish a strong check and balance that helps to force the ruling government to improve - gradual change is better than standing still, sayeth the old proverb.
07-12-2011, 01:22 AM #4804
I agree that time has changed and the younger generation, being better educated than their parents by and large, look at things differently and this is not necessarily bad. That's why they want more opposition MPs to serve as checks and balances for a start.
However, it remains to be seen how effective such an arrangement will become in our Parliament for the next four years. Remember, opposition for opposition's sake is not a solution. It will merely be a waste of time and resources. And an impasse could well lead to undesirable consequences.
I rather see a gradual and smooth transition so that good ideas can be implemented with added contribution from the opposition. Unless of course the government is not heeding the requests, plight and desires of the people. If people's lives can be improved, that would be great.
07-12-2011, 09:52 PM #4805
Singapore back in Malaysia Cup from 2012
Jul 13, 2011
By Lee Min Kok
(L) Douglas Moore, (C) Fandi Ahmad. Our very own soccer legend, Fandi Ahmad is seen holding up the Malaysia Cup which Singapore last won in 1994. -- PHOTO: NP
SEVENTEEN years after a Singapore football team last participated in the Malaysia Cup, the Republic has decided to make a return across the causeway.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) at the latter's headquarters in Selangor, announcing a landmark partnership.
It will see a Singapore team - called the Singapore Lions - take part in the Malaysian Super League, Malaysia and FA Cups in 2012.
This team will comprise national players below the age of 23, five players above the age of 23 and will be complemented by the quota of foreign players allowed in accordance with the competition rules.
In turn, a Malaysian team - the Malaysian Tigers - which also comprises mainly Under-23 national players, will join the S-League.
Under the four-year agreement, two other key initiatives were also mooted, which includes an increase in friendly matches between the national teams of the two countries, as well as the birth of a new annual tournament which will see the winners of both leagues do battle over two legs.
Said FAS president Zainudin Nordin: 'There is always a special romance between Singapore and Malaysian football. The key points of this partnership cannot be achieved overnight, but these are positive developments and it's a win-win situation for both parties.'
07-12-2011, 11:11 PM #4806
Singapore drafting action plan against *** & labour trafficking
By S Ramesh | Posted: 12 July 2011 2339 hrs
SINGAPORE: Singapore is currently drafting a National Plan of Action for the country to tackle both *** and labour trafficking.
It is also studying the possibility of future accession to the United Nations Trafficking in Persons Protocol.
These points were made by Singapore's Inter-Agency Taskforce on Trafficking in Persons in response to the announcement that Singapore was upgraded to "Tier 2" from "Tier 2 Watchlist" in the recent US Trafficking in Persons Report 2011.
The taskforce said that as Singapore grows as a hub for travel, tourism and economic activity, it expects to become an increasingly attractive potential destination for human trafficking syndicates.
So the country recognises the need to continually step up efforts in increasing vigilance and responsiveness towards this threat.
The taskforce is co-chaired by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).
It coordinates anti-trafficking initiatives and policy alignment between government agencies in Singapore.
The taskforce includes representatives from the Singapore Police Force, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore, Ministry of Community Development, Youth & Sports, Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Attorney-General's Chambers.
The formation of the taskforce underscores the seriousness with which the government views trafficking and aims to improve efforts in tackling this abhorrent international crime.
To fight trafficking, Singapore adopts a 4 'P's strategy aimed at prevention, prosecution, protection and partnership.
This strategy emphasises constructing safeguards against human trafficking, prosecuting perpetrators, protecting victims and cooperating with other governments and civil society to encourage reporting and information sharing.
On its Monday's meeting in Singapore with Mr Luis Cdebaca, the US Ambassador-at-Large for Trafficking in Persons Matters, the taskforce said it took the opportunity to clarify factual inaccuracies within the US TIP Report's country narrative on Singapore.
The report had stated that "the government did not prosecute or convict any offenders of labour trafficking during the reporting period".
But Singapore had previously informed the US that it had prosecuted eight labour trafficking cases as reported.
On claims that there were "no criminal prosecutions or convictions of employers or employment agencies who withheld passports of foreign workers", Singapore had informed the US that three employment agencies were prosecuted in 2010 for persistently withholding of workers' passports and fined between S$1,200 and S$2,000.
The Singapore government also investigates complaints of wrongful confinement of workers by repatriation companies.
In 2010, a staff member of a repatriation company was sent to jail for voluntarily causing hurt.
The employers of the foreign workers were given stern warnings for abetment to wrongful restraint.
Singapore stresses that it takes a serious view of crimes related to trafficking in persons and is constantly reviewing laws, policies and enforcement practices to better address the issue.
07-12-2011, 11:25 PM #4807
What do you love about Singapore?
Posted: 12 July 2011 2059 hrs
SINGAPORE: A short-film competition called ciNE65 that is dedicated to the Singapore story was launched on Tuesday.
Budding filmmakers, both local and foreign, can submit a film no longer than three minutes that captures what they love or find unique about Singapore.
There will also be workshops on film-making. These are meant to help give participants the necessary skills or tips to create the film.
The deadline for entries is September 30. Winning entries will be showcased in November. They will also be submitted for overseas film festivals and competition.
Winners will receive both cash and product prizes.
Actress/comedian Irene Ang , a judge for ciNE65, said: "Instead of hiding behind the computer, and writing online, I think this is something they can put their thoughts into action. They can share a piece of their scene so as to share them with fellow Singaporeans."Details of the competition are available at www.cine65.sg .
07-13-2011, 12:04 AM #4808
Three Team Singapore athletes selected for Dream 2012 Award
By Tan Yo-Hinn / Sharon See | Posted: 11 July 2011 2141 hrs
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SINGAPORE: Three Team Singapore athletes have been selected for the "Dream 2012 Award".
Swimmer Tao Li and table tennis players Isabelle Li and Pang Xuejie - each received S$3,500.
The award is an initiative by the British Chamber of Commerce and the Singapore Sports School.
The school's principal Deborah Tan, received the cheque on behalf of the athletes from the chamber, which has been handing out monetary incentives since 2005 to selected Singapore athletes with the potential to do well at the Olympics.
It was started to mark Britain's successful bid at the 117th International Olympic Committee Session in Singapore in 2006 to host the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Tao Li will compete in the World Aquatics Championship in Shanghai later this month, but said the focus remains on doing well at next year's London Olympics, where she is aiming for a medal in the 100m butterfly event.
Tao Li said: "I don't feel a lot of pressure on me, but what I want to do is to improve my world ranking and that is just a step for next year's Olympic Games. And whether this time round, I do good or bad, I still got to move on. The big game is the Olympics."
07-13-2011, 12:09 AM #4809
For those who miss the rivalry ...
Singapore to play in the Malaysia Cup again from next year
by Shamir Osman
04:45 AM Jul 13, 2011
SELANGOR - After a 17-year hiatus, Singapore will play in the Malaysia Cup from next year - to the delight of those who have been pining for a return to the competition's heady days.
Yesterday, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), which takes effect next year.
Under the four-year agreement, the Malaysian under-23 side will play in the S-League and Singapore's two cup competitions while its Singapore counterparts will ply their trade in the Malaysian Super League and its two domestic cup tournaments. Each team comprises 25 under-23 players and five seniors, with an option of utilising three or four foreign players depending on the regulations of the respective leagues.
A new competition will pit the S-League champions against the winners of the Malaysian Super League over two legs, while the Singapore Cup winners will play the Malaysia Cup winners at home and away. More international friendlies between the two countries - from the various age-group levels up to the senior national team - are also in store.
The MOU between the FAS and the FAM comes amid a breakthrough in bilateral relations, which was first set in motion in May last year after a meeting between Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak. The two leaders announced after the meeting that an agreement had been reached on outstanding issues concerning the Points of Agreement (POA), breaking a 20-year deadlock. Earlier this month, the POA - which included a land swap deal - was implemented.
FAS president Zainudin Nordin hailed the FAS-FAM agreement as an "important milestone" for both countries. Mr Zainuddin said: "The old on-field rivalry ... has thrilled fans for decades and I'm sure it will continue to do so for years to come."
FAM deputy-president Abdullah Al-Haj added: "We hope to revive the glory days of the Malaysia Cup when Singapore used to play on Malaysian soil ... We love Singapore and we miss the rivalry ... and I hope this opens the door to more collaboration."
Singapore football legend Fandi Ahmad told MediaCorp that the various collaborations under the MoU "will give the interest in the game a big shot in the arm".
He said: "I like to see our national selectors get a bigger pool of players to choose from, so this cooperation can only be good for Singapore football. It opens another avenue to expose our young footballers to competition, and in another country. We've always had a close relationship with Malaysian football."
Courts Singapore chief executive Terry O'Connor - a long-time supporter of Singapore football - reiterated that the higher level of interest in football - as a result of the collaborations - will have a "positive effect" on attendances at S-League matches. In January, Courts had inked a two-year sponsorship deal worth S$1 million with the Young Lions team.
He said: "We got involved ... to help with youth development and the game at the national level, and we are well-placed to achieve this even more now."
Amid excitement over the return of "Malaysia Cup fever", the FAS and FAM acknowledged kinks need to be ironed out, such as scheduling of the respective leagues and logistics involved in housing the teams. To that end, a working committee will be formed.
Match-fixing and a dispute over gate receipts had prompted Singapore to exit the Malaysian League and Malaysia Cup in 1994. FAM general-secretary Azzudin Ahmad believes that, 17 years on, the two countries are better equipped to handle the thorny issues.
He told MediaCorp: "That match-fixing demon hasn't died down, but should there be any attempt against us, we are very much stronger as two federations fighting the same war. We've got our own task force, and we'll see how we can work with the FAS on this."
From next year ...
- A Malaysian team, which will play in the S-League, League Cup and Singapore Cup, will be based here.
- A Singaporean team will play in the Malaysian Super League, Malaysian FA Cup and Malaysia Cup.
- Both teams will comprise under-23 players, five seniors and have the option of fielding foreign players based on the rules of the respective leagues.
- The S-League champions will play the Malaysian Super League champions at home and away while the Singapore Cup winners will also play the Malaysia Cup winners over two legs.
- More international friendlies will be held between the two countries, from youth to senior level.
Former Singapore internationals Samad Allapitchay (second from left) and Lee Bee Seng (far right) became household names when they played in the Malaysia Cup. PHOTO COURTESY FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF SINGAPORE
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07-13-2011, 12:22 AM #4810
I greeted the 'mutual separation' bit with a tinge of sadness when Singapore decided to setup its own football league instead of continuing as part of the Malaysian venture as it seemed to have been a regular thing to see Singapore vs the football associations here.
The return of Singapore to the Malaysia Cup is a throwback to the olden days when some of Asia's best, let alone ASEAN, went head to head in the competition when glory and pride reigned supreme in the minds of the players instead of the monetary rewards and incentives, when players were bank clerks or electricians during the day, fantastic footballers in the evening. Zainal Abidin Hassan, Santokh Singh, Dollah Salleh, Soh Chin Aun, John Hunter, Alan Davidson, Fandi Ahmad, Burhan Abu Samah etc. I actually followed the national football league as feverishly as I did the English competition.
07-13-2011, 12:23 AM #4811
And how could I forget about Super Mokh - one of Asia's best during his heyday - even the Koreans fear this guy.
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