Sunday, May 10, 2009

Petty of STTA



Granted, the ex table tennis coach of Singapore, Liu Guodong was not well-liked by his team or so claimed by STTA's President, Lee Bee Wah. Granted, he was not present nor did he assign another coach for one of our male competitors during the last Olympics who eventually lost to someone ranked much lower than him. Had a coach assigned to him then, he could have won that round...or was it the case to be? Blame game then erupted and finally, Liu decided to leave our shore for Indonesia. Lee then immediately hit back at the coach, obviously fuming hot for the loss of our male competitor in the competition. Rightly so, she should have held back her cool during the competition proper, instead of rattling off to the media. Her own handling of this fracas was equally bad.

Hey, this man has helped Singapore secured the elusive silver medal for the women's table tennis team. Admittedly, I did not feel a sense of pride as Singaporean, given the entire women's team hailed not from our home soil. Notwithstanding, we have achieved our objective, didn't we? Give credit when it's due, the women's table tennis team won the 'Team of the Year' award in this year's Singapore Sports Awards but their coach did not win the 'Coach of the Year' award, damn it. Cited by Lee, it is more than winning, integrity of sorts and respect of sorts play important part too. This sounded more petty on the part of STTA than any noble claim so put by Lee and her committee not to nominate Liu for the coach award. He deserves to be recognised for his effort, his committment and it seems from the outside, personal dislike for someone has been displayed by someone with authority within the fratenity. Was it not obvious enough?

Liu Guodong, fret not...you surely have earned your status as the coach of the year in the public eye and not let petty claim by STTA to put you down. Hip hip hip hooray to you...!

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Shut Up, Jackie Chan



One wonders, "Does a movie star has it to be a good politician if he does harbour one or is it fame has gotten the better of him of late?" This one, of course refers to the famed movie action star, Jackie Chan who seems to have stepped out of his own boundary; something he has worked so hard and have done so well for so long but to venture beyond, it is certainly not his cup of tea.

His recent remarks suggesting the Chinese in Hongkong and Taiwan need to be controlled may have pleased the leaders in mainland China but certainly, have not gone down well in Hongkong and Taiwan. He has probably done his own simple calulation, even a 3-year old can add up...making 1.3 billion people in China happy is worth everything for adding up Hongkong and Taiwan population is less than 2% of the entire population. Well, his next movie will be another big hit in China but for sure, a big flop outside. I will boycott all his movies from now on, till he apologises...sigh.

To top it off, he went on to hit Singaporeans for the lack of social grace as if he has aplenty. Or because he has agreed to donate part of his prized collection to Singapore, he feels Singapore is 'indebted' to him for his generosity. Hell with you Jackie, if you are not able to talk with grace with your all offending remarks of late, please shut your big mouth for good. Flex your ageing muscle or spin a somersault or two, just do the things you do well but please, the next time you talk, talk with some 'cow' sense.

Your political masters need someone with utmost tact and diplomacy, fame alone is not enough to lend you a plum post in Beijing after your retirement which is not very far away either.

Your social grace needs to be checked, Jackie!