Saturday, August 2, 2008

"The changing tune of MHF"

Life has become a little easier as I receive valuable e-mails on sports particularly on hockey, the latest of which takes on the Secretary of MHF. It is interesting to note the changing tones from the Secretary, particularly as a concerned group of 102 former internationals collectively made their views known on the poor state of affairs of hockey. MHF has turned to their "fire fighting" outlook to give an impression that something is being done. How long can MHF keep fooling the hockey lovers?

Text of the e-mail

"The statement by the Hon. Secretary is very surprising especially after he and 3 coaches lodged various police reports against the bloggers. The Hon. Secretary can’t blame anyone since they wanted to play the hard to get game with the hockey fans, and did not responded well with the constructive feedback by the bloggers.

As usual this is MHF's about turn act as an over night quick fix, and the Hon Secretary is now claiming that he welcomes input from all parties. This is very shocking especially after he made a police report against the “bloggers” on the 21.06.2008. A lawyer was also engaged to “handle” the case. And rumour was that MHF wanted to initiate legal action against the bloggers.

The Bloggers can’t seem to penetrate their thick skull with their earlier nice approach. And now with the Sports Minister Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Sports Advisory Panel chairman Datuk Mazlan Ahmad breathing down their neck, MHF is painting a different picture all together.

The Hon. Secretary is now quoted saying in a local daily :

“However, we are disappointed with the 102 former internationals for not speaking to us first," said Hashim at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday..

"We would have taken them seriously and considered their proposals."

"However, we are not holding any grudges as what's done is done and we must now look ahead."
Now that the Sports Minister Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob has ordered National Sports Council (NSC) director general Datuk Zolkples Embong to meet the former players, we hope that there will be action.Former MHF president, Sultan Azlan Shah will meet representatives of the 102 players while Sports Advisory chairman Datuk Wira Mazlan Ahmad, has scheduled a meeting with them on Monday 5th August.With these positive developments, we shall see the light at the end of the tunnel!"

STOP THE TALK. Lets get down to work and rebuild Malaysian hockey. What we need is the right people from top to bottom, who have the right thinking with the right way of implementing the way forward. These are the elements that have been missing in the current MHF and Malaysia's disastrous performance is the reflection of this.

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