Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Penang to nominate Ow Soon Kooi

THE Penang State Hockey Association (PSHA) will nominate one of its favourite sons, Ow Soon Kooi, for one of the four vice-president's posts at the Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) general meeting-cum-elections on Oct 31.
PSHA vice president Ranjit Singh said Soon Kooi, a former national skipper, is the right choice as he will be able to "sell, promote and market" hockey to the corporate world and also help the president boost MHF's financial standings.
Ranjit said that with sound financial backing, Soon Kooi can help Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah achieve the president's plans to take Malaysia into the top-10 in the world.
"Soon Kooi will be also able to give his opinions and lend experience to the management committee," said Ranjit.
"We will also be heeding the prime minister's call to emulate the 1Malaysia concept for a multiracial committee."
Ranjit pointed out that at present there are no Chinese in the MHF management committee and that the last Chinese player to represent the country was Chua Boon Huat.
He said PSHA is concerned about the decline of Chinese players in the sport and is hoping that with Soon Kooi in MHF, it would spur the Chinese to take up hockey.
"It is a long shot and an indirect way of promoting hockey among the Chinese, especially in Chinese schools,"added Ranjit.