There is 1 element missing in the M League which kept us being competitive like Singapore. The money factor. If you look at all the successful sports league, money is the main driving force. NFL, NBA, EPL even the S League, there is a business element there which means these leagues have money to help promote their games.
So when Malaysia stopped all advertising by the cigs companies, less money is poured into the sports. Without these advertising money, I think the football industry will have less muscle to get the crowd needed to develop the sports talent.
So how do we get these money? Sports betting. Make football betting legal and start collecting taxes. This way money collected from these taxes can be put to use to promote the sports and develop the talents required. Afterall, people are already placing bets illegally to "bookies" on the sports so why not make it legal and start collecting taxes for it. This way, it's a win-win situation. The sports get the financial muscle it needs, the public can bet in an environment that is regulated by the authorities (not by some ah longs) and hopefully get Malaysia back on track in the worlf of sports.
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