The Malaysian Hockey Confederation is not out of the limelight, not when there are loads of issues plaguing it over the past few months. Since this blog has been allowing them a chance to correct things, it is now evident that the "tidak apa" attitude prevails within the corridors of power of MHC.
This all boils down to the fact that the MHC elections are lest then a year away and the candidates are jostling for positions, using hired writers to "pen" down their opponents, not concerned about the sport.
Some have even gone to the extent of labeling the current MHC President as being ineffective, a charge I believe has its merits looking at several issues that have been raised but saw no action from HRH Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.
Firstly the vote of no confidence on the Chairman of the MHC Umpires Board seems to be totally ignored by the President, not even is it on the agenda for the MHC Council Meeting scheduled for this Sunday. 12 states signed the petition, and now 4 states have been issued with letters by the Secretary General to provide more proof to back their allegations. Why only 4 and not all the 12 and why is it at snails pace?
Secondly, some members of the MHC Competitions Committee opted to keep the entire Competitions Committee in the dark with regards to the proposal submitted to TNB on sponsorship of the MHL this season. It seems that TNB was promised 8 venues for outstation matches, when that is impossible to undertake. And why did these two members opt to keep the entire Committee in the dark? Why was the prize money for the MHL reduced after it was raised. Loads of why but no answers will be forthcoming.
Thirdly, there were two matches played in Malacca for the purpose of Charity, what it was no one knows. But there is a saying that charity begins at home and in this case Malacca, who are the defending champions of the U16 Girls tournament has failed to send a team for the National Under 16 that gets underway on Saturday in Kuala Lumpur. So why are questions not asked as to the priority of the state concerned. No point being famous internationally when you deprive youngsters from playing in national competitions.
Fourthly, with Tengku Abdullah not being able to attend the Azlan Shah Cup, the obvious happened, a majority of the MHC office bearers also found it not necessary to be at Ipoh to provide support for the team. Well, a whole lot of them were in Dublin just a year ago, enjoying the trip at the Olympic Qualifiers but a majority did not see it fit to be in Ipoh. Once again I raise this question - is Ipoh a whole lot further away from Dublin?
Ffith, the MHC calendar shows that the AHF Asia Cup for Women is in October, but in reality it is in September. And the dates are now clashing with the Sultan of Johor Cup, both scheduled towards the tail end of September. How did this come about. Who is to blame for the oversight. Once again is the Competition Committee being told the truth? Or is it a case of whats mine is mine?
Sixth, another clash of dates in August. The women in MHC want to hold a 4 Nation Junior Invitational late August, but hello there, do you realise that we have the Mens Asia Cup from August 24 till September 1?
Seventh, any idea when is the Razak Cup? Someone tell me please as suddenly its gone off the radar with all just thinking of the international events only. It was moved to July, then back to September. Tell you what, I propose that it be held in early October, solves your problem right.
Eight, now we talk about the Sultan of Pahang Cup. I was told by the Hon Secretary that it has been called off now. Is that true, and if yes why is that so. Was it not meant to be an intter club affair that could have been used as a platform by teams in the MHL. Why so fickle minded?
Ninth, it seems that MHC only found out recently that there is a Five A Side Competition in Singapore early next month. How is it that a mere blogger knew about it in January and it was also highlighted at the AHF Congress on march 2. Who has kept this info to themselves?
Tenth. the Selangor Hockey Association, the legitimate body of hockey in Selangor is not aware that they are to host the Women Asia Cup. What is happening Mr. President? Are there still two hockey bodies in the country?
Eleventh. Some states have yet to merge. They were given until December 31 and then extended to March 31. Will the Council this Sunday have the guts to revoke the membership of these states or just do the famous "close one eye"?
And finally, it has taken the Ad Hoc Committee for appointments five months to come up with an advertisement or a search for the Chief Executive Officer for MHC. Since drafting an advert is such a chore, allow this blog to put it up for MHC, taking into consideration their standard operational procedure that they practice:
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
DEPENDS ON HOW MUCH WE CAN AFFORD, BUT AT CURRENT RATE IT IS NOT MORE THEN RM2,000 PER MONTH.
YOU WILL BE PROVIDED WITH A USED CAR, BUT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO MAINTAIN THE CAR, SEND FOR REGULAR SERVICE, ALL AT YOUR COST.
AS LONG AS YOU KNOW WHAT HOCKEY IS. NOT NECESSARY TO HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF THE SPORT AS LONG AS YOU KNOW HOW ITS PLAYED. EVEN IF YOU HAVE NEVER PLAYED OR ADMINISTRATED THE SPORT, YOU ARE ELIGIBLE.
YOU WILL HAVE 54 BOSSES AND ARE ANSWERABLE TO ALL OF THEM THOUGH YOU ARE RIGHTFULLY ONLY ANSWERABLE TO THE PRESIDENT.
IN ADDITION SEVERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WILL ALSO EXPECT YOU TO ANSWER TO THEM.
THOUGH WE ARE A NON POLITICAL ORGANISATION, YOU MUST HAVE THE ABILITY TO PLAY POLITICS EVEN THOUGH AT THE EXPENSE OF YOUR JOB RESPONSIBILITIES.
ON THE TOP OF THAT YOU MUST HAVE THE ABILITY TO USURP THE POWERS OF CERTAIN ELECTED OFFICIALS BUT AT NO TIME CAN YOU DISOBEY KEY INDIVIDUALS WHO DECIDE THINGS, EVEN THOUGH THE DECISIONS ARE WRONG MORALLY AND BY CONVENTION AS LONG AS IT SERVES THE AGENDA OF THESE KEY INDIVIDUALS.
THE KEY WORD IS ABILITY TO PLAY POLITICS IN ORDER TO SURVIVE. WE ARE NOT CONCERNED IF YOU CANNOT CARRY OUT YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES EFFICIENTLY OR TO WHAT IS EXPECTED OF A NORMAL CEO OF AN ORGANISATION, AS LONG AS YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO NOD AND ALSO PROTECT THOSE WHO FAIL TO DO THEIR JOBS.