How many Malaysians play golf?
The Prime Minister recently announced that the government has abolished the import duty on golf buggy.This, he says is to make the game cheaper so more people can play the game and more tourists would come here to play.
Wonder on whose advice he arrived at these assumptions?
We all know golfs are mostly played by the well-heeled.It is an expensive,time consuming and highly glorified game which can only be played by those who can afford it and afford the time.In other words golf should only be played by those who have made it and those who wanted to be professional player.
How would the reduction in the price of golf buggy makes the game cheaper and affordable for the lesser souls? Are golf clubs throughout the country going to reduce their entrance and subscription fee to those who wanted to buy membership or are they going to let free use of the buggy since the cost of buying it has come down?
It is more than obvious that golf is an elitist game and those who started out were mostly social climbers who played the game not for its sporting spirit, at least in this country it is, but for the public image and glory.
In spite of the many golf courses in the country Malaysia has not produced any world champion or professional golfers that the nation can be proud of.As in many other sports in this country, the game has become a game of chance for some players, betting heavily among themselves.
If the government is serious in promoting the game to make it affordable to more Malaysians than the right thing to do is to build public courses in populated areas all over the country.Such courses need no buggy.The player can have the option to carry his own bag or employ a caddy.
What is being done now only serve, maybe 0.001 percent of the population.Making the rich richer and those given the sole right to supply the machines even richer.
Are there anymore level-headed people in government who can think of something that can benefit the masses and the less fortunate?
You hit the wrong chord Mr Prime Minister.