"Jangan cakap banyak, buat kerja”.
Those were the words of Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, the President of the Malaysian Hockey Confederation in his closing remarks at a special seminar for a ffiliates and office bearers in Johor Baru yesterday.
And in addition Tengku Abdullah also censured those who utilise “Titah Tuanku” (royal decree) randomly as he remarked that any such instruction would come from him directly from now on.
In proposing sweeping changes within MHC, Tengku Abdullah also said that he wanted the constitution of MHC reviewed as it was not lean as it should be.
“We have just too many positions and the issue of reserving certain positions for a particular gender needs to be looked at,” said Tengku Abdullah.
“I wish to propose that a free elections and only for the top two will there be a case of gender equality.
“And the time has come for all in the hockey fraternity, be it from MHC, the states and even the media to close ranks and work towards improving hockey in the country.”
Tengku Abdullah paid particular attention to what he termed as jealousy, back biting and character assination as the traits that hockey could well do without.
“Stop the politicking and get down to work. There is much to do and everyone needs to play their part in ensuring we qualify for the 2016 Olympics,” said Tengku Abdullah.
And in his presentation at the seminar, Tengku Abdullah outlined the structure that MHC will adopt from January 2013.
Four departments are to be created, namely Administration, Competitions, Coaching & Development and the International Department.
To be helmed by full time Directors, these departments have been given specific tasks. In addition Tengku Abdullah also wants the 1MAS program to be reviewed, as he wants specific attention to be paid towards training of penalty corner specialists from a young age.
“In order to ensure that hockey reaches the masses, I want the 1MAS program to be expanded and from now on it will be a 1 pitch 1 centre ratio and not one state one centre,” clarified Tengku Abdullah.
“We need to pay special attention towards development and I want all states to ensure that they have a development program and not depend on ad-hoc way towards developing hockey.
“And it is a requirement for states to have a league and I will consider a grant for states that hold their leagues.”
The President also allowed the states to present their views and was receptive of the ideas put forward.
A Task Force will be formed to implement the changes.
But the big question is wil these changes be implemented or will it just collect dust in the corridors of Bukit Jalil, the nerve centre of Malaysian Hockey.