Saturday, June 29, 2019
By Jugjet Singh
DATUK Megat D. Shahriman Zaharudin (pictute) and his team made a clean sweep of the Kuala Lumpur HA elections Saturday, signalling an exciting period for grassroots development.
Newly minted president Megat is a kick-ass kind of person who does not hide his emotions, and if one is not used to his sincere comments, one would consider him outright offensive.
But he has not only brought a new team into KLHA, but loads of ideas as well as cash to bail out the sinking KLHA coffers.
Megat beat incumbent Datuk Abu Huraira Yazid 21-11.
Former International I. Vikneswaran made his entry as deputy president with a 20-12 win over incumbent S. Samson
The vice-presidents voted in are Faris Mustafa (26 votes), Wan Faizal Ismail (23), Hezibah Sudin (23), S. Vigneswaran (22), Meor Shahril Saarani (17).
Incumbent vice-president K. Maheswari withdrew before elections.
V. Muthu Kannu turned into the biggest giantkiller when he won unopposed over 30-year KLHA secretary V. Rajamanickam.
And the new secretary did not even have to go through the ballot, as Rajamanickam withdrew minutes before the elections started.
Treasurer Daljit Singh had won unopposed when nominations closed.
"I would like to thank the outgoing president and his men and with this new team I hope to bring some positive chances in junior development at the KLHA Stadium.
"And since we owe much money to DBKL (City Hall), we will meet with them soon to settle some of the issues.
"Otherwise, we have to hold our first meeting first before I can lay out my future plans for Kuala Lumpur," said Megat.
KLHA have the mist active league in the country but their cash flow has been horrible over the years and they are up to their eye-ball in debt.
And the team which took over this hockey hot-seat of the nation came in with their eyes open and know what they are going to face.