Thread: Past MAS Heros
01-31-2010, 11:57 PM #1
Past MAS Heros
Monday February 1, 2010
Yes, let’s count unsung heroes among the greats
DATUK Seri Wong Chun Wai’s article “Our Forgotten Sports Heroes” (Sunday Star, Jan 31) brought back a flood of memories of my school days when I used to be a singles as well as doubles badminton player.
And I still remember the 1967 Thomas Cup which sent chills down my spine.
It is so commendable of Wong to remember these badminton players who brought glory to our country back then with the hope that due recognition be given to them.
Although it has been so many years since, it is still better late than never for these very humble players who thought of nothing but to bring glory to Malaysia in badminton to be given the respect they deserve.
The sportsmen of yesteryear are so different from the sportsmen of today.
They were not as lucky as the present day lot. I suppose sports did not seem as important yesterday as it is today. That’s why they went into oblivion.
It is good of The Star to remind us once again of these loyal sportsmen.
Yew Cheng Hoe, Teh Kew San, Tan Yee Khan, Ng Boon Bee, Billy Ng, Tan Aik Huang and Tan Aik Mong were my greatest inspiration, and badminton became a family passion.
And, yes, I do agree that they be counted among the greats who brought fame to Malaysia through badminton.
Syabas to all these unsung heroes. You all really bersukan untuk Negara.
02-19-2010, 04:33 AM #2
Foo Kok Keong was my hero...
02-19-2010, 07:05 AM #3
add to the list Eddy & David Choong, Wong Peng Soon, Punch Gunalan etc ...
though i guess these guys were from an even earlier era.
02-20-2010, 08:56 AM #4
Hehe, those guys were my dad's era. But, I do remember him mentioning them. I grew up with Foo Kok Keong, Kwan Yoke Meng, Sidek brothers, Cheah Soon Kit, Soo Beng Kiang, Yap Kim Hock, Tan Kim Her. Was actually at Stadium Negara in 1992 during the finals as a 12 year old. Amazing scenes...
02-21-2010, 09:12 PM #5
02-21-2010, 10:00 PM #6
If BAM is run by ex-international & not by politician... Msia badminton would have been in much better state than now!
02-22-2010, 01:22 AM #7
Coaches, even the best and most expensive ones, can be hired, and if they don't perform, fired.
Now, let us take a reality check. Do you expect Malaysia to be world beaters in badminton over China, Indonesia, and Korea? For Malaysia to rank behind these 3 countries but above all the other countries, this would be par for the course. If Malysia is ranked higher than #4, say at #2 or even #3, then this is one notch gain on the arms race. But then, after reaching #2 or #3 it must prepare seriously to prevent an back sliding, because the others who lost out will come out with something better to dethrone you.
02-22-2010, 02:05 AM #8
Last edited by cooler; 02-22-2010 at 02:17 AM.
02-22-2010, 02:28 AM #9
02-22-2010, 06:42 AM #10
In a more realistic note, yes you can hire expatriates for their expertise provided they are more cost-effective and will not meddle in the host country's sovereignty. The same with BAM. Management is like a country's sovereign power; players and coaches come under this umbrella.
Of course you cannot hire foreign players to represent your country, but you can get around this ala Singapore, Holland, USA, etc. As for coaches, you are free to hire anyone, provided they do not usurp the power of BAM.
02-22-2010, 10:40 AM #11
03-10-2010, 06:34 PM #12
SERVING TO RAISE FUNDS: Former national badminton ace Datuk Eddy Choong is putting his beloved racquet up for auction later this month on behalf of the Rotary Club of George Town. Biddingwill start at RM6,000. The auction is to raise funds to finance renovations to the Rotary Club Heritage House in Armenian Street. At least RM100,000 is expected to be collected at the charity drive held in conjunctionwith the Penang International Property Expo 2010 from March 19 to 21 at the Penang International Sports Arena. Eddy and his brother, Datuk David Choong,were the former doubles All England champions from 1951 to 1953.— NST picture by Ramdzan Masiam
03-10-2010, 08:19 PM #13
how I can ever forget that night...
i am still a kid and didnt really fancy the game yet...
i remember for two consecutive night, me and my family
stayed in front of the tv until 12.30 am just to see our team beat
CHN in SF, and finally INA in the Final....the spirit is so high..
even we are not in Stadium Negara but the whole neighbourhood in my area
did not sleep yet and we can hear shout of joy or disappointment everytime a point is won or lost...what a night...
Rashid Sidek is unstoppable (not losing a single match) throughout the Finals
Foo Kok Keong rise to ocassion when it matters most...esp in the final
Razif and Jalani almost fail us...loosing to Eddy/Rudy...
Soon Kit/ Beng Kiang save the day
while Kwan Yoke Meng , just a mere passenger
sadly...after the Finals...we never have a chance to win TC again
eventhough come close few times... but i think this year or 2012 also will not
03-10-2010, 09:32 PM #14
If they put Wong CHoon han in 3rd Single & CTF/LWW in 2nd Double...
we have a better chances
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