In Hyderabad, India, Asian World Junior Hockey tournament is currently being played. On Friday 11th. July, Malaysia drew with Singapore 2-2 and on 12th July, Malaysia lost to India 3-1. For Malaysia qualifying for the World Junior Tournament in 2009 is not an issue, as we are joint host with Singapore.
So why all the fuss? Lately, there have been so many "happenings" on and off the field, that the very survival of Malaysian hockey has become a question mark. On the field, the Senior team failed to qualify for the Beijing Olympics along with miserable performances at the Asia Cup and Sultan Azlan Shah Trophy. The Juniors disastrous tour to Europe, including losing to a team like Austria. The Under-16 tour to Europe continued similarly with the dismal performance of the Seniors and Juniors, by losing all their games.
Off the field, there have been enough allegations from match fixing, money lending, gambling, "buying" service of senior player, shoddy training regime, close rapport with media to provide a certain perception, offering trips and positions in national teams to officials from affiliates, ad-hoc decisions, power being concentrated in the "de facto" leader rather than President and etc etc etc etc etc.
One thing is certain and that is Malaysian hockey is at a "chronic" state. We should not be here but the current leadership in MHF have permitted the slide to this disastrous scenario. It all boils down to the wrong people being elected to administer hockey in Malaysia. Without mincing my words, the President, Deputy President down to Coaching Committee and the Coaches are directly responsible for this state of affairs.
Never in the Malaysian hockey history have we had such a pathetic outlook. The future of hockey looks extremely bleak. Juniors and Under-16 cannot be relied on to be the future of Malaysian hockey. Even more surprising is that the Chairman of Coaching Committee and his Coaches are "clueless" as to what to do. The President is "dumb founded" while the Deputy President continues his "hide and seek" game in order to be in the right place at the right time for the right position. The Secretary is dealing with everyone in order to survive while the Treasurer is trying to balance his books without having the funds. The Vice-Presidents are positioning themselves to be in the good books of the "President in Waiting".
It is a "mumbo jumbo" state of affairs in MHF. Nobody is interested in hockey. MHF has dumped the Age Group hockey to MSSM, cancelled the Champion Schools Tournament and has no direction on the aspect of grass root development. Their core pre-occupation is "fire fighting", creating a perception that nothing is wrong with MHF as they strategize to remain in power. All this has nothing to do with hockey and this probably explains why Malaysian hockey has not got its deserving attention, which itself has got us to this "chronic" state.
We might as well bid "sayonara" to the future of Malaysian hockey.