Writer Of The Week

Mr Thiyaga Raju is passionate about football, especially the Lions and Liverpool FC. He hopes that the FAS will rope in Fandi Ahmad to play a key role to develop the game here.
Mr Thiyaga Raju is passionate about football, especially the Lions and Liverpool FC. He hopes that the FAS will rope in Fandi Ahmad to play a key role to develop the game here.PHOTO: COURTESY OF A. THIYAGA RAJU

Who: A. Thiyaga Raju, 54, a fraud control analyst.

My family: I am married to Kuek Sook Chern, 50, an administrative assistant, with two children: T. Yuvarani, 20, and T. Ajit Kumar, 18.

My home: A five-room flat in Toh Yi Drive.

My passions : Reading, writing and watching football on YouTube, especially on the exploits of my favourite footballer Fandi Ahmad and our Lions. I am a loyal fan of Liverpool Football Club.

I also love watching old Tamil movies and am fond of listening to old Tamil and Hindi songs of the 1960s and 1970s.

I started writing to the Forum page...: In March last year. My first letter was a tribute penned to mark the passing of Singapore's founding Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

What I write about : I usually write about football, emphasising that we should honour our past football legends for their sacrifices, achievements and immense contributions to the sport here.

Our sporting heroes deserve to have their praises sung while they are still alive. I always find it absurd to hear people praise departed former stars who, when they lived, were forgotten heroes.

Why I write: I believe in the power of writing - the pen is mightier than the sword.

It also gives me a platform to air my views and suggestions on various topics.

I read the Forum page because...: It's interesting to read readers' views on various issues - they reflect the pulse of the real Singapore.

My wish for Singapore: My wish is to see Fandi Ahmad take our football to the pinnacle, and make us an Asian powerhouse.

I hope the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) ropes in Fandi to play a key role in the development of the game in Singapore.

With his wealth of experience, Fandi deserves a full-time job with the FAS. He has what it takes to step up to the highest office in Singapore football and lead successfully.

I also hope to see a major revamp within the FAS to re-ignite the romance of the sport in Singapore. We need more passionate members with more dynamic ideas and a genuine interest in the sport to revive the glory days of Singapore football.

We should also work more closely with schools, where our future talent lies.

Above all, I hope to see more voluntary organisations doing their bit to help the needy in Singapore.

It pains me to see single mothers taking on two jobs to support their families. More can be done to provide them with financial assistance. Free tuition classes and enrichment courses can also be provided for their children.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2016, with the headline 'Writer Of The Week'. Print Edition | Subscribe