Monday, April 15, 2013

Raymond's letter to The New Paper (TNP): Ex- FAS chief in poor health : Support and don’t forget our football legends

My letter to TNP on the above matter was published on Monday 15th April 2012.

I am saddened to read of the plight of former Football Association of Singapore (FAS) chief, N Ganesan who lies in a nursing home, bedridden.  He has a speech impediment and memory lapses and is unable to pay his nursing-home bills. 

But I am encouraged that there are kind-hearted people like Singapore Cricket Club President Gurchran Singh and a group of people who call themselves “Friends of Ganesan” who are rallying around the legendary ex-FAS chief to raise money for him.

Mr Ganesan sacrificed a lot of time and effort, at times forking out his own money, to bring glory to football in Singapore for one simple reason: He was passionate about the game.   

I never failed to catch all the Malaysia cup matches on TV when he led greats like Quah Kim Song, Dollah Kassim, Samad, Mohamed Noor and many more to bring glory to Singapore.  

Many foreigners who donned Singapore colours have been rewarded with attractive monetary incentives that enable them to live a pretty comfortable life.  But how much appreciation, support and recognition do we give to our very own citizens who were not motivated by money but rather by their love of the sport?

We should be able to work, play, live and die with dignity and so should Mr Ganesan.  This is the mark of a gracious and compassionate society.

No one should ever feel that when they are old and sickly, they become a “forgotten” lot, especially when Singapore faces a rapidly ageing population.

I urge the FAS and even the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) to join the Friends of Ganesan and help raise funds for this man who truly deserves our recognition and support.


This issue was also raised by me in MediaCorp’s TODAY Newspaper

FAS, MSF should support efforts to help ex-FAS chief

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 This is the reply given by TODAY Newspaper:
18 April 2013

Ridzal Saat, Deputy Director, Development & Planning Division, Football Association of Singapore

FAS will continue to assist in fund-raising campaign

We refer to Mr Raymond Fernando’s letter, “FAS, MSF should support efforts to help ex-FAS chief” (April 15).

We agree with the sentiments of many fans who consider Mr N Ganesan’s chairmanship from 1974 to 1981 as one of Singapore football’s best eras. He is among those who have contributed immensely to the progress of Singapore football.

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS), including FAS President Zainudin Nordin, assisted in fund-raising efforts last year when we learnt about his medical condition.

The funds went to the N Ganesan Trust Fund, which was set up by his family and friends to ensure that he receives the nursing care required.

As part of our efforts to support this year’s fund-raising campaign, we sought contributions from our stakeholders and pledged our support to an upcoming fund-raising dinner.

We have also finalised an arrangement with the LionsXII and S-League clubs, wherein they will contribute to the campaign.

All funds raised will again go to the trust fund.

The FAS always values the contributions of those, including Mr Ganesan, who have made a difference to the sport in Singapore as well as in Asia.

We have always assisted those in need to the best of our abilities, although we do so privately out of respect for their families’ privacy.

We take this opportunity to seek support from more well-wishers, which would greatly assist Mr Ganesan and his family as he continues his recovery.


1 comment:

Jin Go said...

If he had done more to chope the best stadium seats for MPs and their grassroot sycophants during sold out matches.....