Friday, June 26, 2015

PAY UP LAH

Volunteerism is probably an alien word to some quarters of a particular national sports body.

But on the other hand many an official are virtually forced to cough up hard earn cash to serve they love.

Two contrasting scenarios but from a similar sport is indeed baffling but the stark reality is that it's the truth and I intend to tell it how it is.

The Malaysian Junior Hockey League was held from January till March and many of the officials who served as umpires/technical officials have yet to receive their dues.

Four months after completing their tasks diligently and efficiently, these officials face a Hari Raya without being reimbursed.

And more ironic is the fact that teams who were to be paid subsidies have yet to receive their money.

And here is the shocking part - the sponsors have paid their commitment to the national body in March itself.

Imagine that some people within the national body receive monthly allowances for what used to be volunteer work by the likes of the late S. Satgunam, S. Preamp alam, S. Jahendran and many more before them.

It will be easy to say that this is an inherited problem and blame the outgoing committee, but get the priorities right.

It is pointless saying that things will change and time is needed when small boys resort to childish ways to resolve issues that are perhaps to manly for some.

Do the right thing by paying all these officials their dues and not let them suffer in silence as others reap the benefits of being on the bandwagon.

Reading the truth hurts but then again as one keeps repeating - I do not care what the blog writes, could well haunt you. For this bloggers has seen many such arrogant officials come and go.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

LEaKING LEAKING

Proper governance and transparency is what one seeks from the new office bearers of the Malaysian Hockey Confederation.

But after more then a month being elected, things have not changed for the better.

Fire fighting seems to be the priority as they try to attempt to deny whatever I write, no matter if it's the truth as they attempt to deny facts with half truths.

I believe the CEO means well but when you accuse your staff daily of leaking information, it shows just how naive one can be.

Staff are key to any organisation and winning them over is vital. But threatening them daily when things do not go your way is not good management.

There are leaks everywhere and we critics strive for such stories. So if you end up paying a part-timer thousands, of course there will be those who will get upset.

Here you cut down on the staff"s overtime and claims but some others who are not deserving get promoted to be an Executive Secretary? Is this a payback for personal loyalty over work ability?

The correct way to gain the trust and confidence of the staff is by looking after their welfare. Give them some rope and if they blunder then by all means get rid of them.

But as a CEO let the decision be yours and not dictated by office bearers with vested interests.

If there is a need to pay someone RM5k a month then do it above board, table it at the Executive Board Meeting and get someone to underwrite the payment.

It's pointless trying to plug a leak that has been there for years. No point being confrontational when the CEO should extend an olive branch and try to mend fences.

I know the CEO since 1988 having had the privilege of his dad playing for my team Seremban Municipal Council. 

His main mistake is simple - ask when you do not know and do not think others are stupid.

Just because I am old, undergo dialysis, it does not mean I have lost my sanity. I write because there is so much to write.

When I raised the issue of NSC not being aware of the invite by FIH to replace Azerbaijan, it invoked a lengthy reply from the CEO. But the fact remains NSC was not consulted, so why not admit it.

Logistics being used as an excuse is a hogwash as it could have been done easily if the will was there.

Have the decision makers realised one thing - that managing women's hockey is different then men?

The sacrifices the women players make is far greater as some put off having kids or getting married to achieve their dream of playing at the highest level.

Were the players consulted? Were the coaches asked? So why beat around the bush.

I am constantly reminded that GST for MHC is Give Some Time. But after being in office since May 13, where are the KPI for the sub committees? What changes are in store?

The CEO took a drive in July 2013 to Tampin to attend my late mothers prayers. And I am grateful for that.

I suggest that he takes another such drive as I extend him an invite to savour home cooked Chapatis and have a chat. I cannot afford a place like backyard, where decisions are made but trust our mutual friend who often says he is alone actually has loads of cronies of the present regime surrounding him.

The choice is for the CEO to make, either be a Chief Executive Officer or be a Chief Entertainment Officer and continue to amuse me.

It's your choice as mine has always been the same.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

MALAYSIAN WOMEN DENIED EXPOSURE

In what can only be deemed as a wasted opportunity, the Malaysian women's hockey team refused the chance to play in the Semi Finals of the World Hockey League.

Azerbaijan had failed to turn up in Belgium and FIH offered the spot to Malaysia who turned it down citing lack of time and preparation.

And France instead took over the chance by sending their team.

Who made the decision for Malaysia as some members of the Executive Board have no knowledge of the invite.

And more importantly no circular resolution was sent to the members of the EB or a public explanation given as to why a team was not sent.

Was it a decision made by Neelam Pari? For others were not aware of the invite nor consulted.

The CEO should come clean on this matter and clarify if the NSC was consulted as they normally finance the participation.

The irony is Malaysia played in Round Two of the World League in Delhi and lost out following a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Poland.

The team has just returned from the Sea Games thus preparation should not be cited as an excuse.

And by merely turning down the invite Malaysia wasted a chance to collect ranking points.

NSC Director Dato Ahmad Shapawi Ismail expressed his shock and dismay at what MHC had done.

"I am not aware of the invite and for sure we would have grabbed the chance to send our team there," said Shapawi.

"I will seek an explanation from MHC but am shocked we let pass a wonderful chance to give our players vital exposure."

It is hoped the MHC will shed light on what happened and why the team let slip a golden chance of exposure.

Citing late notice is not a proper excuse especially when partners such as NSC are not consulted.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

KUMAR EXPRESSES GRATITUDE

This is a message from Malaysian Hockey keeper S.Kumar.

Dear official n players.. 

First of all, I would like to thank everyone for the support throughout my tough time n  allowed me to pay the last respect for my son.. Unfortunately it's really sad that  I can't be with u guys for this most important  qualifier in my life. But i believe that  you guys wil deliver the best n qualify for Rio Olympics..good luck n all the best for the tournament..my heart n prayers wil always with u guys..

WILL MALAYSIA MAKE IT TO RIO?

Malaysia open their campaign for a place in the 2016 Rio Olympics with a match against China.

Placed in a group that comprises of Ireland, Great Britain, China and Belgium, the first four matches are of academic interest.

Malaysia need to finish amongst the top four in order to make the last eight and there is where the battle starts.

Actually it is only 60 minutes that seperates Malaysia from making a return to the Olympics after a hiatus of 16 years as they last played at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Malaysia need to avoid finishing fourth in their group so that they will avoid a potential exit as meeting Australia could derail their chances.

Thus it's imperative to defeat China and Ireland, their two opponents in the first two matches.

With the withdrawal of keeper S. Kumar, it will make the task all the more tougher for Tai Beng Hai.

Beng Hai underwent a personal tragedy just before the 2010 World Cup Qualifiers at Invercargil when he had to return to Malaysia following the passing of his father in Taiping.

The stats favour Malaysia as the two teams have played 43 times, with Malaysia having won  29, drawing 6, lost 8, scored 112, conceded 57    Last meeting Malaysia won 7-3  2014  Test Match.

At the Asian Games in Korea last September, Malaysia won 3-1.

China team manager Yang Liu said they too are looking for a winning start.

“Our aim is to defy the ranking. We know that an almost impossible task awaits us. But we would like to think that some upset is possible…maybe a win or two,” he said at the K.H.C Dragon stadium.

While China spent almost a month in Europe, Malaysia were contend training at home as they only played matches against the Dutch U21 side and the Belgium reserves in May.

And for final preparations Malaysia played Brazil, hardly an ideal preparation for a major task.

Just how we fare will be determined on July 1 when the quarterfinals are held. 

But making it to the last eight should be no problem for a team that has been kept together since a year ago.

Friday, June 19, 2015

TEARS IN HEAVEN FOR HAARSHENN

Excuse the typos as done at 6am on my phone as I undergo dialysis and will only get a laptop later tonight


Penning down a few words in tribute of a friend who lost his 3 year old child is extremely hard to do.

Thus I looked towards music for something to provide me a form of inspiration and it was Eric Claptons "Tears in Heaven" that gave me strength to write something for S. Kumar who returns from Belgium to do the final rites for his beloved son Haarshenn,  taken away at such a tender age.

I am certain that there will not be a single dry eye be it at the home of Kumar or the crematorium as we come to terms of just how cruel life can be.

It was in 2010 that Kumar's wife delivered their first son in Malacca and I visited the wife and newly born with Dato Dr. Ramlan Abdul Aziz.

Kumar was at that time at the Asian Games as he put the nations interest first over family, something he has often done.

Even when his father died in 2010, Kumar was keeping goal for Malaysia at the Delhi Commonwralth Games.

Family always came first for Kumar as he often made his way back to his hometown in Tampin whenever opportunity presented itself.

Making sacrifices for the nation was a ritual for Kumar who was voted Asia's best in 2010 and won numerous awards as best goalkeepers in many an international tournament.

His dream has always been to play in the Okympics and now the burden of fulfilling that dream falls on the shoulders of his team mates in Belgium.

Many a time Kumar had played saviour to Malaysian hockey, throwing his body across the goal for the honour of Malaysia.
 
We cannot bring back what had been taken away by God, but we can jointly pray that Tai Beng Hai and his motley crew will earn the berth to Rio, thus in a way soothing some of the pain that Kumar is undergoing.

No father should undergo what Kumar is going through and we need to stand by him in this trying time.
 
Rest in peace Haarshenn, knowing well that your father will miss you a lot.

And together we pray that God will give strength to Kumar to overcome this test in life.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

BREAKING NEWS

Update - Funeral on Friday and Kumar arrives on Friday morning at 8am. 

Malaysian hockey keeper S .Kumar is flying back from the Olympic Qualifiers following the death of his youngest son this morning at the KL General Hospital.

The five year old son passed away from a blood infection and funeral arrangements are being made.

Kumar lost his father during the 2010 Commonwralth Games in NEw Delhi and we extend our condolences to him and his family.

Kumar wilill arrive in KL at 8am on Thursday and the funeral will be held in Kl later that dhway.

" He was admitted in hop spiral for a day and had high fever and suffered bouts of vomiting, " said Kumar.

"This is shocking and I will not be going back to Belgium as my family needs me.

"We hope to know the cause of death after the post northern  and really I am in no position to talk.