January 10, 2019
Sibu Tales : Cloth Banners
This photo is from a Teo/Zhang/Chang/Tiong clansman. Sam Teo who is in the photo.
How many of us still keep the cloth banners, souvenir pendants we received as students, teachers and school representatives after perhaps 50 years?
Basketballers were the IDOLS of youths of the older generation.
For their skills and their commitment to the game, the team only received cloth banners, and none of the team players would get a souvenir or any cash gift. Their coaches were not exactly highly skilled but only because they were older and perhaps had longer experiences in playing the game, and the basketballers' team uniform was a simple white singlet. They even had to paint their own numbers on the white singlet. Some even played barefooted.
Although there was already some kind of politics about who could play and who could not play in the team, conflicts were minimal because life's expectations were not high. It was good enough to be chosen. To sit on the bench was honorable. Coaches were respected and perhaps never fired. Any way they did not get a salary like the practices of the 21st century.
But they were highly admired.
Those were the days.
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