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Tiga ‘kuasa’ menyatupadukan manusia: makanan,muzik dan sukan

oleh Teropong Undi
Dunia sejagat bukan disatupadukan oleh kuasa politik sebenarnya. Politik adalah ‘alat bersifat taksub’ yang memaksa setiap kumpulan manusia akur kepada sesuatu kuasa atau fahaman. Namun ia lebih ‘memisahkan’ manusia kepada pecahan masyarakat atau bangsa mengikut acuan falsafah dan fahaman politik yang diistilah pelbagai kata samada demokrasi, liberal, konservatif, ultra-nasionalis, komunisme dan sosialis.

Sedar atau tidak sedar, setiap manusia mempunyai naluri sama iaitu perlu makan. Tak kira jenis kaum, kumpulan politik atau komuniti, makanan menjadi pilihan istimewa yang lentur dikongsi bersama.

Era kini jenama-jenama besar dan popular antarabangsa seperti Macdonald, KFC, Starbucks, A&W, Kenny Rogers dan Coffee Beans dinikmati oleh semua manusia dalam dunia. Belum wujud lagi peperangan atau pertelingkahan sempadan akibat perebutan makanan atau pemilikan hak ke atas sesuatu makanan secara serius.

Negara komunis seperti China dan Vietnam pun sudah membuka pasaran ekonomi kepada jenama-jenama makanan antarabangsa ini. Kuasa makanan menyatupadukan manusia di Republik Rakyat China dan Vietnam.

Orang kita di Malaysia disatupadukan oleh kuasa makanan yang diwarisi sejak lebih daripada 100 tahun. Nasi Lemak, Roti Canai, Mee Kari, Nasi Goreng, Mee Goreng, Nasi Kandar, Cendol, Teh Tarik, Milo Ais, Kopi O adalah ‘kuasa penyatuan’ antara masyarakat Malaysia yang terdiri daripada pelbagai kaum.

Istimewa kuasa makanan seperti Nasi Lemak memberi suatu identiti ‘Bangsa Malaysia’ dalam erti sebenar. Hanya orang Cina Malaysia sahaja yang mengerti nikmat rasa dan keterujaan nasi lemak. Cuba tanya orang Cina di Republik China, Taiwan atau Chinatown di serata dunia, kita akan mengenali ‘trademark’ Bangsa Malaysia apabila mereka memperkatakan nikmat rasa nasi lemak. Begitu juga situasi yang sama kepada rakan-rakan kita daripada orang India dan Serani. Semua kaum di negara ini lentur rasa berkongsi kuasa makanan.

Satu lagi kuasa menyatupadukan manusia adalah muzik. Seniman P.Ramlee, Sudirman, Alleycats, Search, Francisca Peter antara penyanyi dan artis yang disukai ramai rakyat Malaysia.

Muzik berupaya mendorong perbezaan jalur-jalur pemikiran, ras bangsa dan politik berkongsi alunan irama serta menikmati melodi sesebuah lagu. Sebagaimana makanan, muzik juga adalah ‘benda ciptaan tuhan’ yang melalui evolusi hebat sejak zaman berzaman.

Kuasa muzik menghadirkan ketenangan, melenturkan tegang emosi, memuncak semangat dan membangkitkan mood dalam diri manusia. Walaupun muzik berkembang pesat dengan pelbagai genre, ia dikongsi bersama oleh serata manusia. Samada muzik ‘neo-classical’, folk, samba, keroncong, joget, blues, jazz, rock, metal, punk dan hip-hop, semua lapisan masyarakat seluruh dunia mendengar dan menikmatinya.

Jenama muzik K-Pop walaupun kita tak faham sebutir patah kata bahasa Korea, lantunan dan getaran muzik K-Pop itu menjadi ‘wabak’ penyatuan manusia sejagat.

Lagu ‘Isabela’ yang dipersembahkan oleh band Search pernah menjadi elemen penyatuan masyarakat di Malaysia, Singapura, Brunai dan Indonesia. Bahkan di Malaysia, orang Cina meminati lagu ini.

Kumpulan Raihan juga berjaya mencuit masyarakat negara ini yang bukan Islam mendengar lagu-lagu mereka.

Politik sendiri menggunakan muzik sebagai identiti organisasi, maka wujudlah lagu organisasi dan lagu bertema patriotik.

Sukan walaupun ada yang dikaitkan dengan kecenderungan sesuatu kaum, namun setiap sukan bukan milik mutlak mengikut ras bangsa.

Sepaktakraw walaupun berasal dari Tanah Melayu, yang dirintis oleh anak tempatan dari Pulau Pinang ia kini adalah permainan bertaraf antarabangsa yang diangkat sebagai sukan utama di dunia. Sepaktakraw sudah dimainkan oleh negara-negara di benua Eropah, Afrika dan Amerika.

Bola sepak paling gah dalam kuasa penyatuan manusia. ‘Perseteruan’ antara peminat Liverpool dan Manchester United adalah yang paling klasik serta menarik. Ia bukan sekadar berlaku di England tetapi juga di Malaysia.

Tak kira anda penyokong Pakatan Harapan atau Perikatan Nasional atau anda seorang Melayu, Cina atau India, sentimen pasukan bola sepak ini membunuh sempadan politik. Manusia yang berbeza latarbelakang boleh bersatu atas nama pasukan bola sepak. Kehebatan kuasa penyatuan bola sepak sangat luarbiasa sehingga berlaku rusuhan penonton di stadium bola sepak yang seringkali mengelirukan kumpulan politik.

Harimau Malaya 1980

Malaysia sejak era merdeka lagi, mempunyai kuasa penyatuan melalui sukan bola sepak. Ia sangat berjaya memadam perbezaan kaum dan politik. Masyarakat bersatu atas dasar patriotik kerana sukan bola sepak. Kita tidak mentakrif pemain-pemain Harimau Malaya dengan istilah ‘anak cina’, ‘budak india’ atau ‘mat melayu’. Kita bangga menyebut nama mereka sebagai pemain bola sepak kebangsaan.

Santokh Singh, Mokhtar Dahari, Soh Chin Aun, K.Gopal, Brendan Gan, Serbegeth Singh, Ghani Minhat, Matlan Marjan terpahat dalam ingatan setiap generasi warga Malaysia.

Sudah tiba masanya dalam dekad kedua abad ke-21 ini, pemerintah harus mengeksploit tiga kuasa ini secara betul bagi membentuk negara bangsa. Selain pengukuhan semangat Rukun Negara sebagai asas penerapan semangat kenegaraan, kuasa melalui makanan, muzik dan sukan sangat diperlukan oleh politik.

Pep Guardiola defends his eight changes

Pep Guardiola launched a staunch defence of his decision to make eight changes to his team after Manchester City’s quadruple hopes ended with a 1-0 loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final.

Ruben Dias, Rodri and Kevin de Bruyne were the only players to keep their places from Wednesday’s Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund, with De Bruyne suffering an injury which makes him a doubt for next weekend’s Carabao Cup final.

City produced an uncharacteristically disjointed display at Wembley as Chelsea defended superbly and claimed their place in the final courtesy of Hakim Ziyech’s second-half strike.

The result put Guardiola’s wholesale changes under scrutiny, but he insisted any suggestions he did not take the FA Cup seriously enough were wide of the mark, pointing to their stellar record in cup competitions and highlighting the quick turnaround between fixtures.

“When you have two days and a half to recover and you play away, and you have to travel by train for three hours, and it was longer than three hours because we had to stop for one hour, and everyone deserves to play…don’t say we don’t pay attention,” he said.

“When you lose the game, the decisions are bad, but it is a poor argument my friends.

“We don’t get to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, the final of the Carabao Cup four years in a row and the semi-finals of the Champions League when we do not pay attention to anything.

“This team, for four or five years, always plays to win the game. It was a tight game, we were not able to win, congratulations Chelsea. But Chelsea is a top side, this can happen.

“What would happen if today the result was completely different and we had won? Say ‘Pep doesn’t pay attention’ before the game – don’t say it after just because we lose the game.

“These guys, for 10 or 11 months, fight every game like I’ve never seen before, but now we lose a game against a top side and now we don’t pay attention or respect this competition.

“We respect the FA Cup a lot. We came here to win.”

De Bruyne’s injury cast a further cloud over the afternoon for City ahead of a crucial run of fixtures which includes Sunday’s Carabao Cup final and their Champions League semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain.

The Belgian appeared to hurt his ankle in a collision with Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante soon after half-time and looked in discomfort as he limped down the tunnel to be replaced by Phil Foden.

Guardiola revealed he will undergo tests on Sunday but admitted the initial prognosis is not encouraging. _SKY SPORTS

EMCO in several areas in Sarawak, Kelantan and Sabah from tomorrow until May 1, said Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 17 — The enhanced movement control order (EMCO) will be enforced in several areas in Sarawak, Kelantan and Sabah starting tomorrow (18 April) until May 1, said Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

In a statement on the Conditional and Recovery MCO today, he said the EMCO enforcement follows a risk assessment by various agencies in the MCO technical committee and the advice of the Health Ministry (MOH).

For Sarawak, the areas involved are Kampung Tengah in Betong district and Taman Mesra Bako, Kuching; Sekolah Menengah Sains Machang (Kelantan); Sekolah Menengah Agama, Kota Kinabalu; three localities in Lahad Datu and three housing areas in Tawau district in Sabah.

The three localities in Lahad Datu are Kampung Bikang, Kampung Kadumu and Taman Khazanah Indah, while in Tawau, the housing areas involved are Taman Hilltop, Taman Bukit Bintang and Taman Berkley.

Ismail Sabri said the EMCO was enforced at the respective areas after the MOH confirmed the spread of the coronavirus in the localities, with a high infectivity rate.

The implementation of the EMCO is also to facilitate the MOH to carry out targeted screening on all residents, as well as to control the movement of the people and avoid the spread of infection in the community.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said the EMCO at the Universiti Malaysia Sabah campus in Kota Kinabalu would be extended until May 2.

He said the MOH reported that Covid-19 was still spreading on the campus and the result of 1,956 screening samples was still pending.

“To date, the MOH has conducted 4,524 screening tests, out of which, 28 positive cases were reported in this locality,” he said.

In a related development, Ismail Sabri said the MCO in Keningau district and EMCO at Kampung Pagalungan Ansip, Keningau and Kampung Kalindukan, Nabawan in Sabah would end tomorrow as scheduled.

At the same time, the EMCO in five areas in Pekan, Pahang involving Taman Mentiga Jaya, Taman Perdana, Perkampungan Peramu Jaya 3, Taman Sepekan Makmur and Kampung Pulau Serai ended today, earlier than scheduled (April 22), except for the Pulau Serai Integrated Community Centre which has been extended until April 22.

Meanwhile, he said 72 individuals were arrested yesterday for violating the standard operating procedures and all of them were compounded. — Bernama

Norwich City win promotion to Premier League at first attempt

Norwich City have won promotion to the Premier League for a fifth time, after Brentford and Swansea’s failure to win ensured Daniel Farke’s side could not be caught in the automatic places.

The Canaries make an instant return to top flight following relegation to the Championship in the 2019-20 season.

Only Watford, eight points behind, can now deny them the second-tier title for a third time.

It is the earliest they have secured promotion since their first in 2004.

Saturday evening’s game against Bournemouth can edge them closer to securing the title with four games remaining after that