As a professional football club, JDT is certainly what we must aspire to be. But unless you’re funded by U2’s Bono and the World Bank, you’re better off finding a new role model – one that eats rice and tempeh, writes Muhammad Yunus Zakaria.
We should never make the convenient and lazy assumption that a mere change in leadership would result in a push-back against the moral decay at the top of government, writes Muhammad Yunus Zakariah.
The capacity to implement policies depends essentially on trust. Without trust in a minister or ministry, support for any form of blueprint, regardless how brilliant it may be, will be difficult to mobilise, writes Muhammad Yunus Zakariah.
We follow like-minded people on Twitter and block those who are inconsistent with our thoughts and virtues. We ignore those who do not belong in our opinion bubble. We avoid conflicts rather than resolve them through well-mannered debates, writes Muhammad Yunus Zakariah.
Granting fans a voice of some kind – directly or through the state – is sensible in theory, but should be introduced with caution, writes Muhammad Yunus Zakariah.
Quarantine centres in Sabah, and Terengganu especially, are in need of some good upkeep. If the powers-that-be have no money to clean them up, get those infected with Covid-19 to stay home instead, writes Muhammad Yunus Zakariah.
The Covid-19 pandemic has conditioned people in football to rethink and modify their spending patterns. The European Super League, on the other hand, would have had them overlook this.
The only real ‘solution’ in trying to overcome Johor Darul Ta’zim is to play every match against them with fingers crossed.
Just because football clubs in Malaysia are mostly run by a group of daft administrators, it does not mean that women’s football should continue to be out of the equation.
The lack of governance and transparency in state government funding for football clubs are somewhat an endorsement that reinforces the malpractices and financial transgression of the teams, writes Muhammad Yunus Zakariah.
The joy of winning a gold medal is intoxicating. But strangely, the euphoria does not do anything to cure the gaping economic wound of the people or boost their financial wellness.
Football desperately needs a platform where policies and ideas can be tested – a debate-like platform where civil engagements take place, and where members of the community participate in the design of the policies that affect them.
Kemaman-based Muhammad Yunus Zakariah often wonders why many Malaysians glorify the English Premier League as he finds happiness with and feels connected to Real Chukai FC and Kerteh FC.