Thursday, November 10, 2016
FORMER journalist Johnson Fernandez (pic) quit as president of Kuala Lumpur Hockey Association (KLHA) a few weeks ago, but is contemplating making a come-back by Monday (14/11/06).
KLHA secretary V. Rajamanickam said: "Yes, Johnson has sent in his resignation letter after one year as KLHA president but we will wait until next year, when the term ends, and then look for a replacement."
At the meantime, KLHA deputy president Abu Huraira Yazid will run the show, said Rajamanickam.
Johnson was elected unopposed in April last year.
When contacted, Johnson who is overseas, said: "Yes I have quit as KLHA president but the council has asked me to reconsider, which I am doing.
"I will make a final decision on Monday (14/11/06) about the matter."
Statement by YB Md Jais Sarday (Pic), President of Johor Hockey Association in response to statement by Datuk Ow Soon Kooi, Vice President Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC).
WITH regards to attending the Sultan Of Johor Cup (SOJC), I thank Datuk Ow for his presence.
However what we are talking about is the final which was graced by HRH Sultan of Johor. It is a question of respecting His Majesty.
For the information of Datuk Ow, when Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah was the President of MHC, he attended every SOJC since its inauguration in 2011 till 2014.
As for the preparation of the team, the statement made by Datuk Ow contradicts the statement made by the MHC President that appeared in the media on Tuesday, November 8 which reads and I quote;
" On MHC not being serious in preparing a team for the SOJC, Subahan agreed in totality.
"Yes, we were not serious about preparing an under-21 team for the SOJC but because this batch is not our focus right now. Maybe one or two will make the senior cut, but the rest will not be able to help Malaysia in the next junior world cup.
"Yes MHC were not serious about this team because they did not qualify for the Lucknow (Junior) World Cup (in December).
"The Technical Director (Terry Walsh) and the coaching set-up are more focused on the present Under-21 team coached by Nor Saiful Zaini and the various 1Mas Under-16 teams which will form the base for the next (JWC) qualifier and the tournament itself," said Subahan."
I have never been invited to the MHC Executive Board meetings and I implore on Datuk Ow to read the MHC Constitution properly before launching a personal attack.
The change in constitution has taken away the Council and replaced by the Executive Board where states have no representation.
Those who sit on the Executive Board are individuals elected at the Annual General Meeting in May 2015. Thus the question of me sending representatives to the MHC EB holds no water.
While I understand the President has a busy schedule, why is it that he has never come to Johor for the SOJC for the past two editions?
It is indeed strange that MHC prefers to launch attacks through the media rather then open a communication with JHA. Although I am a State Executive Counciller and Assemblyman, I will find time to entertain MHC EB should they want to come to Johor and discuss the issues raised.
All of us serve the sport with sincerity and want hockey in Malaysia to do well.
Losing to Japan in an Under 21 tournament, failing to qualify for the Rio Olympics, the Junior World Cup and finishing third in the Asian Champions Trophy shows that all is not well.
We all appreciate the sacrifices and commitments of the players and coaches of the various teams but MHC needs to be more inclusive towards its affiliates rather then being an exclusive club for some quarters.
Coming up with sanction fees, holding back sponsors contributions and negotiating a broadcast deal without the owners of the event being consulted shows the immaturity and high handedness towards the affiliates when in reality MHC should be assisting its affiliates rather then punishing them.
We are all into this for the love of the sport, we all want the best for our nation and Johor HA will always support whatever is good for the sport.
On the question of seeking positions in future MHC elections, I wish to advise Datuk Ow that we live in a democratic country and those principles must and should be upheld.
I may not have an illustrious playing career such as Datuk Ow, but I believe that the affiliates have the right to decide who should represent them at MHC.
Datuk Md Jais Sarday
Johor Hockey Association
Pic: Datuk Ow Soon Kooi
A statement from Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) Vice President and Coaching Committee Chairman, Datuk Ow Soon Kooi.
AS THE chairman of the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) Coaching Committee, I would like to stress that the opinion of the president of Johor HA that MHC was not serious about the Sultan Of Johor Cup is indeed uncalled for and ill advised.
The development squad that is made up of mainly Under-21 players was assembled in February 2016 and has been in training since then.
Some of these boys were sent to Japan and New Zealand and Perth on a playing Tour with the national team with the intention of exposing them to international hockey.
Majority of these players took part in the Brisbane playing Tour, TNB Malaysia Hockey League (Premier and Division One) and the Tan Sri Alagendra Cup.
The team then took part in the Australian Hockey League (AHL), which is rated as one of the most competitive in the world.
Three players, namely Nik Aiman, Najib and Najmi Farizal who played in the ACT were injected to strengthen this team and had to play five games in a row which I couldn't even do during my playing days.
I watched the boys train and spoke to them prior to me leaving for the ACT.
I also spoke to them when sending them off from Casa MSN@ 9am Monday 24/10/16.
I watched them play against Australia and Pakistan in Johor as well as the rest of the games live on TV.
Yes, we played in patches but they could match every team.
We didn't get the goals and let in some soft goals, thus not achieving the desired result we had hoped for.
Just because we ended up second last does it mean that we were not serious?
So during the recent Olympics, the teams that ended up at the bottom of the tables were not serious?
Does the Johor HA president know the preparation we went through?
The boys played their hearts out.
No one wants to lose and we should be compassionate enough to acknowledge that the boys gave their all.
If we were disinterested what was all this preparation for? Why was I in Johor Baru for? Why was George Koshy (deputy president) there for? Aren't both of us representing MHC President Datuk Sri Subahan and the Executive Board?
Does JHA expect Datuk Sri Subahan to be everywhere?
I have represented the country as a player for 11 years, a disciplinary board member for two years, an independent council member for three years, four years as Penang State Hockey Association (PSHA) president and nearly two years as Vice President (VP).
I have attended every meeting without fail except for one with a valid reason. I would like to ask the JHA president how many MHC meetings has he attended since helming JHA?
As far as I can recall, NONE.
So it is ok for him to delegate representation for meetings and events, but not ok for Datuk Sri Subahan?
Must Dato Sri Subahan be present at every tournament and function? If he is present what will then be the next question? Where are the rest of the Executive Board members?
MHC is a non-profitable organisation, some have time, others don't.
Some have the ability to assist with much required funding. Others have the constraints of work and distance.
But everyone is doing their part to bring Malaysian hockey to the next level and Datuk Sri Subahan has contributed immensely in terms of time, money and planning with MHC and the national teams' best interest at heart.
I fully support the President and all Executive Board members who share the same ideals for the betterment of MHC, and for those who don't please choose to not stand for future elections.