It's damn hard not to envy Lazarus Rokk.
In February, the former sports editor of the New Straits Times and author of the controversial (and now the late) Counterpoint column, took the VSS that he didn't want.
But how things are looking up. At the end of the month, he'll be on his way to Germany, the place every sports journalist wants to be this summer.
Rokk has been handpicked by AFC president Mr Mohamed Hamman to be Fifa's media officer (with special duties) for the World Cup 2006. Fifa have appointed only 53 media officers worldwide, six of them from Asia. Rokk, easily the country's best known sports writer after Fauzi Omar, is the sole Asean rep.
And that's not all. I hear the editors at The Star have convinced Rokk to start writing a column for them soon.
What a coup.
How not to envy this guy.