It is reported all over the news. The SEA Games football final between Indonesia and the defending gold medallist, Malaysia will be the sporting highlight of the year.
It is labeled as a grudge match and rightly so judging from the circumstances surrounding the SEA Games.
The Indonesians had taken bad sportsmanship to another level where shoddy treatment of our athletes and officials were blatantly undisguised; the contempt shown by their supporters in their stadiums everytime our national anthem were playing was uncouth and crude; the booing of our athletes whenever they are performing are highly uncalled for.
The level of hostility shown by the host country towards their guests probably reached new found heights when our football national squad requested to be safeguarded in an armoured vehicle in their journey from their hotel to the stadium.
This would have never happened in any other country and compounding to our dismay, other countries are spared from this enmity. The hatred is specific. The fact that it is targeted by a country which is most similar to us in culture and demographics must be painful to accept.
But be as it may, our boys must persevere. More at Jebat Must Die