KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Aik Mong has quit as the Badminton Association of
Malaysia (BAM) Talent Management Group (TMG) director after just 18 days
in the job.
The former international said on Tuesday that the job, which he had
carried out voluntarily, had become untenable following the BAM’s
decision to revert all his changes to their original structure.
“I was called by BAM president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff to
assist him in implementing changes and plans to revive Malaysia’s
badminton. As all these changes and plans have now been reverted to the
original structure, my involvement is no longer necessary,” said Aik
Mong on Tuesday.
The 63-year-old started his job earnestly on Sept 7. The whole of BAM
was behind him. And he was given full mandate to hire and fire.
But there were rumblings on the ground over the changes and former
computer analyst Aik Mong’s approach did not go down well with some of
the coaches. And his decision to break the national team into three
groups – Teams A, B and C – also caused uneasiness and tension among the
coaches and players.
He had also promoted and demoted some of the coaches and the
appointments of Razif Sidek, Tan Kim Her and Koay Kar Lin as his
assistants were also questioned. His plans for the national ranking
tournament, which required the doubles players to have a singles ranking
and vice versa, was also not well received.
Singles coach Rashid Sidek was the first to react. He quit on Thursday,
saying the coaches were treated like second-class citizens and he did
not enjoy the working environment any more.
On Monday, Tengku Mahaleel, in an effort to defuse the situation, had a
six-hour meeting with all the national coaches and decided to do away
with Aik Mong’s plan of forming the three teams. He also reinstated all
the coaches in their original positions and formed only one national
Aik Mong, however, refused to delve further into his reason for quitting.
When pressed for more comments, Aik Mong said: “Tengku Mahaleel knows
about my quit decision. That is all that I can say for now.”