MHF nominations 0n the 25th October contained only real one real surprise. BeforeI get into it, let me congratulate TM for being elected uncontested as President of MHF for a 2 year term. It shows that the Affiliates of MHF want to see a change of leadership. TM must be aware that his journey in Malaysian hockey has just started; and I wish him the best of luck. I sincerely hope TM realises what he is getting into based on the current scenario of Malaysian hockey.
The outgoing President of MHF must be thanked for having the guts and the willingness to make way by not contesting. He had his fair share of problems during his term, for he had to accommodate a certain personality who had the influence on the direction of MHF. It is never easy particularly with such a personality, who has the name and certain key "henchmen" to do his various work.
The surprise on Nomination day was the incumbent Deputy President's name in the list of contestants for Deputy President. This was shocking, for being the main person responsible for the current dismal state of affairs of Malaysian hockey, he seems to have the guts to face the Affiliates again to retain the position. Credit must be given for such an act of bravery but I hope it is not a way to intimidate the Affiliates to support him. Apparently his presence itself has such an aura, and above all he has the resources to canvas for support. Just looking at the nomination list, 5 Affiliates have already thrown their support behind the incumbent Deputy President
The incumbent Deputy President has to take the greater share of blame in the current dismal state of Malaysian hockey. At least that is the story emerging from the Affiliates. So, if they really want a change, the incumbent Deputy President has put the Affiliates on notice i.e he is defending his position. Now, lets see if the majority of the Affiliates have the "spine" to make the difference on whether the incumbent Deputy President retains the post. It is going to be an interesting "battle" for Deputy President.
If the incumbent wins, then it shows he has the support, and the criticisms leveled against him is purely a "vendetta" campaign. So, all the critics including myself have to put our "tails between our legs" and quietly walk away. Maybe an apology may be also an order of the day.
If the incumbent loses, it proves that the Affiliates wanted the change and they are prepared to see it through. It also means that the various "henchmen" who are a catalyst the downfall of Malaysian hockey must also move out with the change. These are the very people who would be going around canvasing and cajoling the various Affiliates to give the incumbent Deputy President another chance.
One of the cards that would be played is the Junior World Cup 2009 (JWC) where Malaysia's venue is Johor Baru. The controversial manner of bidding for the tournament, including co-hosting with Singapore, and having the whole organisational matters controlled by Johor Hockey Association(JHA) offers the "henchmen" something to entice the Affiliates for support. If the Affiliates fall for such "cheap stances" then Malaysian hockey deserves what it gets.
An interesting story that seems to be going around is that the incumbent Deputy President is contesting purely to safeguard JHA's control over JWC 2009. Is there truth to the matter? It is difficult to answer except the manner in which the whole episode of bidding for co-hosting JWC 2009 including the unwritten condition precedent of organising the debt ridden tournament of Champions Trophy, seems to reflect a high degree of truth.
The question to ask: Is all of this done for MHF's benefit or for other reasons? If the Affiliates have the answer they know exactly what to do. It is in the hands of the Affiliates.