IS there a conspiracy to oust certain “unfriendly” individuals from the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM)?
OCM members will cast their votes on June 22 to select office bearers for the 2013-2015 term. While OCM president Tunku Imran Tuanku Jaafar is expected to retain his seat, there will be stiff competition for the deputy president, vice president and secretary posts.
Tan Sri Mohamad Noor Abdul Rahim is going against incumbent Datuk A. Sani Karim for the deputy president’s post.
Current vice presidents Datuk Low Beng Choo, Prof Datuk Dr Zakaria Ahmad, Datuk Roy Rajasingham and Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah are being challenged by Tan Sri Abdul Halil Abd Mutalif, Datuk Mumtaz Begum Abdul Jaffar, Andrew Bryan Perera and Datuk Tang See Hang.
Honorary secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi, meanwhile, is being challenged by his understudy T. Kumar. Talks within Wisma OCM, however, suggests that certain quarters want “their list of candidates” to win the elections.
I waited 12 years for this post, says Kok Chi
OCM officials are often at loggerheads with several individuals from agencies within the Sports Ministry.
However, former OCM vicepresident Datuk Seri Ibrahim Saad said such practices should not occur.
“If true, then I am disappointed. There should not be any preferable candidate list and members should be given the freedom to choose suitable candidates for the post,” said Ibrahim.
Kok Chi is well aware of the alleged interference.
“Outsiders should not get involved in our internal matters,” said Kok Chi.
The former water polo player has been in the OCM hot seat since 1992.
“Kumar has been with OCM for the past two years and he is already challenging me. I waited 12 years for this post.”
Kok Chi said his track record spoke for itself.
Kumar, a lawyer by profession, said he was not challenging Kok Chi.
“It was Kok Chi who stated he does not want to contest in this election and my name was proposed for the post, to which I agreed,” said Kumar.
“Just because Kok Chi has made a U-turn, why should I back out? If I don’t win, life goes on.”