Netizen says she envies how Malaysia’s press remained positive despite major glitches in SEA Games 2017, chides local press for blowing things out of proportion

Have you noticed how the local media have been obsessed in reporting the early foul ups, the negative experiences of visiting foreign athletes and their entourage?

Manila Bulletin writer Krizette Chu lamented the obsession of local media to focus on writing about the foul-ups of the local SEA Games organizers to make sure the Duterte government look bad before the local and international audience.

Chu cannot help but compare the Malaysian press versus the local media especially their manner of reporting the glitches encountered as host of the Southeast Asia Games.

While Chu noted that the Malaysian press downplayed the many major glitches they’ve encountered in 2017 and remained upbeat so as not to ruin the morale of their athletes. However, the same cannot be said of their PH counterparts.

To prove her point, Chu read up on the problems and issues that any host country faces as they welcomed thousands of athletes in a multinational event and voila, she discovered that the problems we encountered so far, was nothing compared to Malaysia in 2017.

The major difference was how passionate the Malaysians or any other Asian countries about supporting their athletes and the local media cooperate by not doing anything stupid like reporting negative news to dampen their spirit.

When major foul-ups happened, Chu noted there was no condemnation from the Malaysian locals because they don’t want to ruin the morale of their athletes.

Chu believed other Asian countries are very competitive against neighboring countries that is why they rally behind their athletes and this competitiveness Chu theorized was because of their sense of nationalism and patriotism. This also explained the crab mentality of the PH local media.

Chu said this realization makes her sad!

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I’ve been reading up on the problems and issues that could face any host country which has to accommodate thousands of athletes in a multinational event. (Oo, ganyan ako wala akong life.)

Nainggit ako sa Malaysia which hosted the last SEA Games and how their press and people remained positive despite more major glitches than what we’ve had.

In the PH, so far (knock on wood pwera usog), we’ve had problems like not ready rooms and late pickups and guests who don’t like our food. But you know, we are blowing things out of proportion.

Example, this is the headline of a Malaysian paper: “A few problems to be fixed, but good SEA Games so far, says organizers.”

Yung few problems nila na for sure kung sa atin nangyari eh mas grabe ang reaction:

1. 16 athletes food poisoned, one swimmer couldn’t make the game

2. They printed Indonesia flag baliktad in the booklet. Nagalit ang Indonesia, and took to social media to complain, then the Indonesians hacked 20 Malaysian websites. Then these Indonesias had protest in many cities and burned replicas of Malaysian flags

3. Two Myanmar supporters were beaten up by Malaysians after a match, then separately, Malaysians picked a fight with Singapore calling them dogs.

And yet there was no condemnation by its own citizens.

Nakikita nyo na how competitive other countries can be sa sports? That’s why kahit mali ang government nila they still rally behind their own government. We don’t even realize this because we only know basketball in this country and so do not appreciate the value of being competitive against other countries.

Kulang talaga tayo sa nationalism at patriotism—and this is the bottomline as to why many Filipinos are like this. Our problems are minute as to what Malaysia had to contend with as they kicked off their SEA Games Pero with the way our OWN media and our OWN fellow citizens are reacting, akala mo mas importante ang feelings nila kesa sa morale of our own athletes.

Gusto nyo yon, yung coaches na ng ibang countries ang nagsasabi ng “IT’s NOT A BIG DEAL.” Tayo: “AY HINDI BIG DEAL YAN. This event is a total failure.”


Magagalit na naman ang mga Yellows sa akin every time I try to put things into perspective. What’s up bitches, good morning. ❤️

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Source: Krizette Chu

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  1. Ester Cowan November 25, 2019

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