"We will serve no group or party but will hew hard to the truth as we find it and the right as we see it. We are dedicated to the whole truth, to human values above all interests, to the rights of man as the foundation of democracy; we will take orders from none but our own conscience, and never will we overlook or misrepresent the truth to serve the interests of the powerful or cater to the ignoble in the human spirit." - Motto of The Texas Observer
There is a reason as to why this entry starts with that note on truth. For truth hurts and more so if the truth is the truth.
Events over the past week have revealed who will speak the truth and stick by it while others perceive the truth to be what they are preaching, no matter how it affects the sport of hockey, something that this blog is all about.
Thus this blog is in the process of removing adverts, will no longer provide news on events but solely dedicate itself to give the readers what they want - the truth on Malaysian Hockey, the sordid affairs and the exposes of wrong doing.
No matter how hard one tries to help hockey in the country, it is a thankless and unappreciated task that ends up with people resorting to underhand tactics to ensure that the truth never sees the light of day.
Various means have been attempted, from hacking, threats, and even to some extent throwing names so as to instill fear into this blogger. I have been called names, degraded by some, even to the extent that some resort to being shy of using names their parents gave and write poison pen letters, so much so any lesser of a person would have packed up and left. I have no intention of rolling over and playing dead.
I will continue to write the truth, no matter what happens. At most one can just leave the earth, but knowingly that he has always stuck to his principles. Which reminds me of a story in another sport where this big wig of an official tried to throw his weight.
This person had all the connections, wealth and above all power. And he said that he can make my life miserable, turn me into someone who will go around with a bowl and beg.
My response was simple, today you have everything, but on judgement day we will be on equal footing, wearing the same type of cloth, wait in the same line to face our maker. The stark difference is I may die a pauper but with principles intact, while you may die with pomp and splendor but lacking in principles.
"But, indeed, the dictum that truth always triumphs over persecution, is one of those pleasant falsehoods which men repeat after one another till they pass into commonplaces, but which all experience refutes. History teems with instances of truth put down by persecution. If not suppressed forever, it may be thrown back for centuries." - John Stuart Mill, On Liberty.
Hence since its war that the Malaysian Hockey Confederation wants, then who am I to deny their request.
This blog will now solely dedicate itself to highlighting the weakness, abuses, wrong doing, illegality of what transpires on Malaysian Hockey, without fear or favour, without colour or creed, without any love for anyone.
For you can only die once, not repeatedly, for you can only have one life, so do justice while you can, for we wake up to a new challenge daily.
The war drums have began, lets go to war.