If only there were more officials in the Malaysian Hockey Confederation like Dato Abdul Rahim Ariff that can accept constructive criticism with an open mind.
Following the post titled What A Sham, Dato Rahim took the trouble to contact this blogger to clarify matters.
" It is true that Shamala was at the Competition Committee but it was based on an invite as I wanted someone from the women's side to be there as well, " said Dato Rahim.
" Her presence was to ensure that the women's side get equal representation and also brief us on the competitions run previously.
" As for including her into the committee, she is not a member of the main committee but the working committee.
" However as pointed out it may not be a suitable solution and I shall seek some clarification from Shamala and Raja Puan Sri Noorashikin on who should sit in the working committee.
" We require someone within women's hockey that can handle their competitions and work alongside the working committee."
Dato Rahim said that it did not cross their mind that Shamala was a Senior Vice President and that based on hierarchy it was not proper for her to sit as a member when the person chairing was a Vice President.
" I will resolve this matter as it is vital we adhere to the requirements of the constitution," added Dato Rahim.
Footnote: the women's team lost 0-4 against Azerbaijan in their opening Olympic Qualifier. So with the half sharing concept guess the men are equally to blame.