I hope I have shown that there has been two major perspective going into Asean. One came from the perspective of getting results. Results need not only be measured in monetary terms. It can also be measured by cohesiveness, the ability to work towards a goal etc.
Since this is football season, I will try to use a football analogy. The sponsors will be looking to see if there is a team that can produce results so they can get mileage from their sponsorship.
The other perspective came from control, control FGM, ensure that they do not get the numbers to make the venture a success. Put them in their place. And much energy was put into that. We even see the participation of parents, trainers etc.
From this experience, a penny dropped. I am now seeing clearer why MCF acted to support the COS structure. That is a structure that can allow the officials to have a post for life. Read here.
To me all the above actions represent a circling of the wagons. A defence of status quo. These actions, dramas, are more understandable if we can see the psychology behind it. The thinking behind the conscious and unconscious actions.
Consider this. If FGM had succeeded, the entire chess community may have benefited. A long term sponsor and all the other benefits of working together to achieve a goal. Some have speculated that its a few selfish people that are keeping Malaysian chess backward. Maybe that is true. But I think there is another reason.
Reread here what I said about Yeoh Li Tian.
What I see is behind all the strutting, posturing and pretence of confidence is FEAR. Malaysian chess has lost hope. We have lost our fighting spirit. The chess leaders do not believe they can produce results. And they are scrambling to protect their position because of this. Their desperate need for control comes from this deep seated fear.
Control what? If we do not change, we will never be stronger than our neighbours. I described to a Singapore Coach that mental resistance is the resistance towards change. And since Chess is a constantly changing game, the less resistance in the players mind the better player he becomes.
So we now have this resistance entrenched at the very pinnacle of Malaysian chess and the infection has spread downwards. Many are caught up in it, even parents and trainers.
There was a chance for a win. But in their fear they played a passive move. Or maybe they had already lost before they even came to the table. Have you seen this? Have you seen our chess players prepare their excuses for a loss before they even sit on the table? Is there a parallel in this to MCF's actions?
If they had fighting spirit, would they not be applying themselves for results, a win?