Anyway, firstly I think most people thought that this was the official review of the football finals. It was not. Editorial Squad did not cover the game due to lack of manpower/ available journalist at the time of the game. We sincerely apologize for this. I myself was not supposed to be at the game (assignments and stuff). I just happen to sort of stumble upon a football match which turned out to be the finals and decided to give myself a 2 hour break from work. As I was not on duty to cover the match, I did not focus so much on who scored when and what etc. I myself am not much of a football fan, I just enjoy watching a good game. Besides, I had to leave right after the match for other commitments so I was unable to interview players, take pictures, you know, the normal journalist stuff.
Watching the game however, gave me inspiration to write my next article. There was no real aim or purpose in it, it was a mere observation as to what I saw happening in front of me. I saw a good game, I commented on that; I was a victim of eardrum blasting screams, I commented on that; I observed the glaringly obvious difference in ethnicity of both teams, I commented on that too.
Besides, this article came out in my column. Events covered do not appear in columns. Columnists write on whatever we want and the scope of my articles are generally honest and straight forward observations or opinions on the social environment in Malaysia. In this case, I observed the element of race playing a role in the make-up of football teams and that seemed to have hit a nerve. *shrugs* I tell it like it is. No one is denying that both teams happened to be dominated by a certain race right? I observe, I comment. Why do I do that? Well, why not? Why should it be a taboo to discuss such issues? I digress, as that would probably be in one of my future articles and I do not want to waste precious content.
Oh well, now to address the 2 unhappy comments. Firstly by Mr Ridhwan Razak.
Q1: well, I did say it was a riveting game and I gave the score line? Haha. Like earlier mentioned, this is not meant to be a review of the game.
Q2: Admittedly noise pollution is not an issue, but my eardrums forced me to write about that. To be honest, it was just in jest, i understand that it’s all part of the game but i beg to differ on the ethnicity part. Race plays a huge part in the fabric of unity in this multiracial nation. As a columnist whose scope of writings encompasses such matters, it was one of the more important things to be talked about.
Q3 & 4: Main point? I was trying to fill up my required quota of articles needed to be sent in to my bosses. They are kinda scary sometimes, so we keep them happy with articles. Anyway, in case you missed the description of yours truly...
Q5: Racist title? Brahhhhh. Indians and Japanese playing together under a team named Honduras? Majority malay team playing under team named Yin Yang? Yin Yang obviously being a Chinese thing but a majority Malay team using it as name. Still don’t get Honduras name but that’s okay, as long as i can call them Hondurians heh. I saw it as an acceptance of multiracial concepts. It’s like seeing people of different races wearing the traditional garb of another race. Perhaps we see and perceive things the way we want to.
Q6: I merely stated a worst case scenario arising from the racial make-up of both teams and why having two teams dominated by separate races might be dangerous. This is keeping in mind I was informed by one of the other spectators that fights were common in MMU finals, especially when one of the teams have a reputation of being extra aggressive compared to most.
First of all, i would like to emphasize once again that the article was NOT about the dangers of racial conflict MMU football might bring. I acknowledge that there are other teams which are racially balanced, but that was not the point of the article. I was observing the finals and commenting on what I was seeing at hand. Besides, the fact that there are other teams out there who are racially balanced does not take away the possible dangers arising from conflicts between 2 teams which are not [racially balanced]. A BIG THANK YOU (<-----the thank you is big...geddit ? Hehe) for pointing out my factual mistake. Honest mistake on my part, I will request my editors to fix that ASAP.
As I end this clarification, I would like to take this opportunity to address the more pressing problem that contributed to the confusion. The Editorial Squad lacks a dedicated Sports journalist. We probably would not be having this problem if people had known that this was not the official review of the game but a mere opinion piece. With that, we extend an invitation to those with a passion for the game and an interest in sports journalism to apply to join us so that we can cover each and every official football match in MMU. Click HERE to join us!
Till the next controversial article.....BANANA MASOOB OUT.