Huang takes over SRAM presidency, relishes new challenges
new SRAM committee - Front row (from left) vice president Linda Geh,
general manager Christopher Brodie, president Huang Ying How, deputy
president Robert Lau, vice president Peter Chee, committee member Tunku
Zain Al Abidin Tuanku Mukhriz. Back row (from left) committee members K.
Subramaniam, Mohd Azlan Iskandar, K. Sivanesen, Sim Chin Keong and
KUALA LUMPUR: The Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) have a new president.
Huang Ying How will helm the association for the next two years after
incumbent Datuk Syed Mustaffa Syed decided to step down after serving
for two terms.
Ying How was previously the deputy president and his post will be filled
by Squash Racquets Association of Sarawak’s chairman Robert Lau.
At the 42nd annual general meeting on Sunday, the two vacant vice
president positions were hotly contested with former SRAM general
manager Peter Chee of Sarawak (42) and Penang’s Linda Geh (36) staving
off the competition from Kedah’s Ramlee Abdullah (35) and Negri
Sembilan’s Nik Razeen Adam Daud (30).
Other results saw former Malaysian No. 1 Mohd Azlan Iskandar, who
recently made a comeback to the national team at the Asian Team
Championship, earning one of the four committee member spots.
The 32-year-old Sarawakian amassed 61 votes, well ahead of Tunku Zain Al
Abidin Tuanku Mukhriz (50), K. Subramaniam (45), Sim Chin Keong (42),
Henry Tan (36), Tan Tian Huat (36) and Amran Ahmad (13).
Azlan, Tunku Zain, Subra-maniam and Chin Keong will join K. Sivanesen and Andrew Muthu whose positions were not up for election.
Meanwhile, Ying How was pleased with SRAM’s new line-up.
“Firstly, I’m grateful to Datuk Syed for taking SRAM on a positive direction and I only aim to make it better,” said Ying How.
“We have a good line-up who are from the states that are strongest in
squash and from people who have been doing something meaningful in the
sport such as Azlan.
“We have two immediate challenges – the first to develop and train our
coaches, because I believe that the secret to a player’s success is the
“Secondly, with the Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia (YR1M) committing RM800,000
annually for the next three years, we are looking at developing the
sport at university level so that our players can continue playing even
after they finish high school.
“The idea is to develop a university league so that we have a transitional platform for players,” added Ying How.