Comma

Sports archives in Malaysia: the challenges and the way forward

Comma (2009), 2009, (2), 103–106.

Abstract

Malaysia is considered a young independent nation with an ambitious vision of becoming a developed nation by the year 2020 under the Government's strategic "Vision 2020" plan. In Malaysia, sport is a vital tool for uniting its multi-religious, multi-racial and multi-cultural people, and inspiring the young towards a more balanced and healthy lifestyle. With its population more focused on the present and the future, and on academic rather than sporting achievements, one of the main challenges for archives, particularly in sport, is to overcome the limited interest in history and lack of awareness of the necessity of archiving. The main way forward is by educating people to change their ‘use and discard’ mentality and realise the importance of long-term or permanent preservation of information and records which will preserve history and protect Malaysia's heritage in sports. The Olympic Council of Malaysia, the National Archives Malaysia and the Government of Malaysia, through the Ministry of Youth and Sport, should be pivotal in paving the way for the establishment of a central national sports archive, by pooling their resources and expertise in a collaborative effort.

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