Thursday, October 30, 2014

WHAT CHARITY?

It was supposed to be the curtain raiser for what is said to be the most important domestic hockey competition in the country.

In reality it was a case of same shit different day as far as the manner in which the match was held.

Put aside that the quality was low but the entire organizational structure of the match revealed that the MHC is only concerned in wearing corporate shirts and basking in glory to project individuals who are vying for seats in the forthcoming elections.

It was a good gesture that MHC honored former national coach C. Para malignant with a cake for his 80th birthday. But where is the consistency?

The legendary William Fidellis turned 80 last week and the boys from NS Sikh Union held a birthday bash for him, and not even the Negeri HA or MHC did anything for person who spent his major part of his life contributing to hockey with his two sons Derek and Gary even donning national colours.

Some sikh boys appreciated the efforts of William but the NSHA officials were basking in glory at national level, with a could not care less attitude about what's happening in their own backyard!

Back to the charity shield and in the 90's the match saw even umpires paying RM1 to gain entry to the stadium for the match as the money raised went to a selected charity.

But today MHC can not even get fans to the stadium let alone do something charitable.

That goes on to show that it was just a parade to show sponsors that branding was done, match was played and wide grins all around.

Who cares if the performances on the pitch was akin to azalea KL league match, with extra officials and players sitting on steps next to team benches!

Let the circus move on, the big top has perched it's tent as the clowns rule the day.

Friday, October 10, 2014

THE POLITICIANS



The dates have yet to be decided, but the battle lines have been drawn.

For so long it is a well known fact that those in the Malaysian Hockey Confederation will not hesitate to stab anyone be in in front or the back to fulfill their agenda.

And mind you the agenda is not with regards to the progression of Malaysian Hockey, but just how inner can they get into the circle of a select few within the trusted camp of MHC President Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

Word has it that the MHC Extra Ordinary General Meeting will be held in JB on October 13.

That it is a Monday does not concern those charged with running the national body.

The attendance and subsequent voting at the EGM is vital as the agenda is to adopt the changes made to the MHC Constitution.

And this is where it gets murky with a power struggle that could affect the whole administration of MHC will be compromised.

When the MHF and MWHA first merged to become MHC, the key principle was power sharing. And this came the consensus to have positions for male and women candidates.

The very fundamental aspect of that socially bound contract has today been discarded if one looks at the decisions made at the recent MHC Council meeting.

For with a razor thin majority of 13-12, it was decided that the Deputy President position will no longer be reserved for a fairer sex should a male candidate be elected President.

This came about as some unscrupulous individuals started this campaign prior to the holiday trip for the World Cup in June in The Hague. Now how many actually watched the matches is a matter for another days tell all.

One male candidate has openly declared that he has the support to win the Deputy President position and that the affiliates have given him their pledges.

Obviously this candidate and his supporters forgot as to what happened in the Selangor State Government fiasco.

Back to the EGM. One does not need to be a genius to understand that in order to change the constitution . A majority of two thirds is a pre requisite.

With almost half of those attending the EGM being women, this change could well be derailed thus seeing a major crisis for MHC.

And it will be interesting to see how the President elect, a handpicked candidate of Tengku Abdullah solves this ruckus.

After all a spade is a spade, call it by any other name.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

SUBAHAN UNOPPOSED

The man in the news Dato Seri Subahan Kamal said that he leaves it to the wisdom of the MHC Council and affiliates to determine who will lead the national hockey body upon the stepping down of current President Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

Subahan who is touted to take over the reins of MHC said that he was prepared to serve the national body.

" Those are big shoes to fill and I leave it to the wisdom of the affiliated to determine the future leadership of MHC, " said Subahan.

"It is pre-mature to talk about the presidency as we need to work as a team to ensure the sport which was put into a high profile position by Tengku Abdullah to carry on improving,"

Subahan was returned unopposed as President of Selangor Hockey Association for the second consequtive term at the associations's AGM held tonight. 

Deputy President Dato’ S. Sivasundaram was also returned unopposed by the delegates present in a simple and smooth meeting.

In the elections for Vice President Maj. Rtd V. Manisegaran, Noor Azman  Ali retained their post and 3 new faces were Mr. Ganesan Shanmugam, Mr. Kuna Senathirajah & Dr. S. Shamala were elexted unanimously without contest.

SHA implementing their new constitution at this AGM also saw the position of Committee members uncontected as Mr. Zanal Abidin, Mr.Gurdip Singh Mann, Mr.P.Balamuraly, Mr. M.Karunakaran, Mr.Brian G. Fernendez filled up the 5 seats.

The new council will now meet at a later date to filling up the position of Secretary & Treasurer and 3 Appointed Member.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BROTHERHOOD!

There used to be a TV series titled the Band of Brothers.

Perhaps that was how the notion to build a group called Brotherhood was formed within the confines of the national hockey body.

This revelation surfaced lately after the Commonwealth Games debacle and although MHC had formed a panel to investigate the issues that caused the last placing in the World Cup, the report was never made public.

It seems that the Brotherhood, backed by a senior official conspired to rid the national coach of his responsibilities and had the clout to determine who coached them to the Asian Games.

Such was their strength that they could even get to determine who replaces who in the national set up.

And is the country so short of talent that we needed to bring in a foreigner as an Assistant Coach?

The fact is there is a mastermind behind all these and that person stooped so low to destroy the national agenda so as to enhance his position.

It was the "kampung" mentality that is the cancer of Malaysian Hockey and unless stemmed, the rule of "Brotherhood" will continue to prevail.

The fact that some top civil servants have also given backing to this grand plan is worrying as hockey is headed to a dark dimension with no light at the end of the tunnel.

There is no place for honest hardworking and passionate individuals as the Brotherhood has virtually done the same as the infamous 102 group that surfaced many years ago.

And do the states care? As so long as they can fill the President's ears with far fetched tales of deceit and contempt about some individuals, they warm the seats.

By the way what has happened to all the show cause letters issued to the former national coach, the two Vice Presidents and the star striker?

One player who turned his back on the nation was even given a release to play in the Hong Kong league when his reasons were "rest" to stay out of the team.

Whoever issued the release should be issued a show cause letter.

Or will someone else be issued a show cause for not acting on these show causes?

Or is it a case of "close one eye". 

Monday, October 6, 2014

BAND OF BROTHERS

This is the first time the Malaysian hockey team have failed to win the bronze medal playoff since 1986. And they had two years of training and not the 35 days the coach claims. So those who blindly shower praises must also state facts like Pakistan have not played in any international tournament since November 2013 whereas we played in the Azlan Shah Cup, Champions Challenge 1. World Cup, Commonwealth Games. So let's not go overboard as we did not meet target, simple. Two months from now no one will remember how we played, that's why we still talk of 1975 and the 4th placing and 1998 and the silver medal.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SOJC NETS RM1.7M SPONSORSHIP

The Sultan Of Johor Cup is one of the most sought after tournaments at junior level and it has received international acclaim since its inception in 2011.

 

With it gaining reputation the 4th edition of the tournament, which will run from Oct 12-19, has received RM 1,710,000 in sponsorship to date

 

The sponsorship pledges were handed over today to the Crown Prince of Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim together in the presence of Malaysian Hockey Confederation President Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Johor Menteri Besar Dato Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin at its official launch.

 

Johor Hockey Association Deputy President, Manjit Majid Abdullah said “The status of the tournament has been increasing yearly and many teams are eager to participate in this tournament, but we have limited the entry to only six teams as we want the tournament to be played at the highest possible standard,”

 

India will be back to defend their title, alongside debutants Great Britain, Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand and Malaysia.

 

The SOJC stands as the platform for the under 21 teams around the globe to showcase their talent once a year and most of the teams use the tournament as part of their preparation for the coming Junior World Cup.

 

As for the Asian countries, the SOJC will play an important part in their road towards preparing for the 2015 Junior Asia Cup which will be held in Kuantan next year as it serves as a qualifier for the 2016 Junior World Cup in India.

 

“This tournament was developed to help the junior squad and as part ofpreparation heading towards a big event such as the Junior Asia Cup and Junior World Cup, as they need to have quality matches to see where they stand and this is the best place for the youngsters to showcase their talent and prove their worth,”.

 

Without a doubt the first three years of tournament proved to be fruitful for the Malaysian junior squad as they went on to finish fourth at last year Junior World Cup in India.

 

With most teams looking forward to the 2016 Junior World Cup, the 4thedition of the SOJC will be their first real test to see where they stand.

 

Sponsors:

 

Kerajaan Negeri Johor : RM 500,000,00

Astaka Padu: RM 200,000,00

JBB Builder: RM 100,000,00

Astro: 50,000,00

UniKL: RM 40,000,00

DRB Hicom: RM 50,000,00

Majlis Sukan Negara: RM 100,000,00

Angkatan Tentera Malaysia: RM 10,000,00

Genting Berhad: 50,000,00

UM Land: 100,000,00

Khazanah Nasional Berhad: RM 100,000,00

Iskandar Waterfront Sdn Bhd: RM 100,000,00

Atlan Holdings Berhad: RM 50,000,00

Tenaga Nasional Berhad: RM 100,000,00

SAJ Holdings Sdn Bhd: RM 50,000,00

BCB Berhad: RM 10,000,00

Johor Corporation: RM 100,000,00


JUNIORS BELFAST BOUND

Seven games in Belfast, Northern Ireland from 14 – 27 September will prove to be the first test for our national junior squad before they go up against the big guns in the 4th edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup in October.

 

National Juniors team manager Mirnawan Nawawi said that the matches in Ireland will be the platform for the players to perform and prove themselves and from there they will narrow the team down to 18 players which will go on to do battle in the SOJC.

 

“We don’t have enough time on out hands to prepare the squad for the SOJC as the boys were busy with the Division One of he Malaysian Hockey League early this year and the recent Razak Cup. As such the seven games that we have arranged in Belfast will be vital for the coaches and players,”

 

The seven matches scheduled in Belfast are against teams that feature in their local national league and the final 18 players who will represent Malaysia at the SOJC will then be named on September 27.

 

However, Mirnawan made it clear that there is no specific target set for the team this time around as the squad was only formed last April.

 

“We do not want to place any pressure on the players for this tournament as it will only be their first tournament together as a team.

 

“The main aim is to go out there and do their best in each and every matchand from there we can work our way up,” said Mirnawan.

 

Since the inception of the SOJC in 2011, Malaysia emerged as champions at the inaugural edition, but in 2012 they finished at the bottom of the pack before finishing as runners up last year.

 

Mirnawan expects three of his experienced players Meor Azuan Muhamad Hasan (19), Muhammad Shahril Saabah (19), and Muhammad Haziq Samsul (20) who were in the 2013 Junior World Cup squad to help steer the team to success.

 

“I am sure their presence will play an important role,”

 

‘Currently, Meor and Shahril is with the national squad who are preparing for the Asian Games while Haziq will return to the Junior squad after being axed from the Asian team squad.

 

The junior squad will resume full training in September.