Wednesday, June 12, 2013

It’s Imran at the helm again, Kumar to challenge long-serving Kok Chi

KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Jaafar was returned unopposed as the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president for an eighth term. He held the post since 1999.
Incumbent vice-president Tan Sri Mohamad Noor Abdul Rahim will be challenging Datuk A. Sani Karim for the deputy president post.

Sani is the incumbent deputy president.

Eight candidates have been nominated for the five vice-president posts.

Incumbents Datuk Low Beng Choo, Professor Datuk Dr. Zakaria Ahmad, Datuk Roy Rajasingham and Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah will be challenged by Tan Sri Abdul Halil Abdul Mutalif (archery), Datuk Paduka Mumtaz Begum Abdul Jaffar (athletics), Andrew Bryan Perera (golf) and Datuk Tang See Hang (table tennis).

Incumbent Datuk Sieh Kok Chi, who has been the secretary of the OCM since 1992, will be challenged for the post by Kumar Thangaraju.

Kumar, who is a lawyer, is the incumbent assistant secretary.
ASUM secretary Edwin Chong Ah Kew was nominated as the honorary secretary and won unopposed.

Moira Tan Siew See retained the women’s assistant secretary post.

Ling Eng Chan will challenge incumbent Yong Choo Kong for the honorary treasurer’s post.
Ahmad Feisal Ahmad Tajuddin from cricket won the assistant treasurer’s post as he was the only person nominated.

Returning officer Datuk Norminshah Sabirin said that all the candidates have accepted their nominations for the annual general meeting (AGM) and elections on June 22.

“Four posts – the president, honorary assistant secretary for both male and female and honorary assistant treasurer – have been won unopposed,” said Norminshah.

“And the AGM will be held on June 22 to select the new OCM office bearers for 2013-2015. Thirty-five sports associations are eligible for voting and each association can cast three votes.” she added.

Kok Chi, who is going to be 75 in November, said that he is surprised and disappointed that Kumar will be challenging him for the secretary’s post.

“I am the one, who taught him to become a sports leader. And now he is challenging me. He does not have the experience ... furthermore he is busy with a lot of things,” said Kok Chi, who was challenged twice for the secretary post in 1994 and 2007.

In 1994 he retained the post but in 2007 his challenger withdrew before the elections.
“I don’t believe in challenging anyone for the post. I took over the secretary post of OCM from Thong Poh Nyen after he retired in 1992.

“I have the experience and my performances speaks volume,” said Kok Chi, who was nominated by sepaktakraw and shooting.

Tunku Imran praised Kok Chi, who has done an excellent job as a secretary.
“He is an experienced secretary, who spent a lot of time in the office although he does not get a single cent,” said Tunku Imran.

The 44-year-old Kumar said that he thanked karate and netball for nominating him and promised to bring changes.

“I am standing for elections because Datuk Sieh says he wants to retire from the post. But to my surprise he still wants to defend his post. Although he is an experienced secretary, some associations are supporting me and I believe I stand a 50-50 chance against him,” said Kumar, who only served one term as assistant secretary in OCM.



By AFTAR SINGH - THE STAR

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