No! I am not being nasty. The story lines below may help to substantiate my opinion:
- Negri Sembilan Cricket Association (NSCA) - NSCA went through an upheaval exercise between April to July 2008. There were 2 set of office bearers attempting to administer cricket in the small state of Negri. The signs of MCA lethargy was already on the cards when this incident surfaced. Very easily they could have resolved it but they took their own sweet time as 2 or 3 people in MCA had different ideas. These people were not interested in right or wrong but the issue was just supporting personalities. Anyway, despite the delay MCA had not much of a choice but to make the right decision and support the right set of office bearers. Well! The issue did not end there. The other group represented by the NSCA's former President i.e a Negri royalty had a legal letter sent to NSCA's bank that the whole issue of leadership is at arbitration with the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM). Following which NSCA's account of slightly over RM20,000 was and is still frozen. This is notwithstanding the fact that the Sports Commissioner has recognised NSCA's new Committee and also that of MCA. Peculiar to the episode is that OCM is not undertaking such an arbitration and therefore why was such a legal letter forwarded to the bank. To add further salt to the wound, both the Bank and Bank Negara seem to accept the legal letter and not prepared to accept the Government's decision i.e the Sports Commissioner's written statement. MCA is fully cognisant of the matter and other than advancing some funds they remain absolutely silent. What hurts most is MCA President is also President of OCM and sits in various positions and yet he cannot use his good office to intervene. To make matters worst the Central Bank and the concerned bank seem to give credentials to an unsupported legal letter.
- Unqualified Umpires - What I call the "Umpires Saga" had its beginning sometime in May 2008. Following that a number of incidents had taken place, and inevitably the national players were involved. Certain decisions of MCA and the manner in which they were made have left a bad taste. The situation has now grown to such a stage it would seem that the qualified umpires are avoiding to participate in most of MCA cricket matches. I refuse to use the word boycott as it is not an official position. So much so in the latest matches unqualified or umpires who have been out of cricket, are being called to assist. All this may help MCA temporarily but not in the long term. They have only allowed the "flame of anger" to burn longer and stronger. MCA out of desperation seem to have lost its focus and so much so its direction. Why not settle the problems with the umpires? MCA cannot because one of its key official is involved too intimately in the issues and MCA leadership lacks the courage to swallow the "bitter pill" and resolve it. Meantime the National Association undertakes its games with personalities who have no right to be there. Now who is going to punish MCA for not doing their job properly?
- Malaysian Under 15 tour to Sri Lanka - MCA seem to be scratching the bottom of the barrel for funds. Having freely spent funds over the period in power they suddenly have come to the view that the bottom is not "endless" Suddenly they do not have the funds to sent the Under 15 team to Sri Lanka. What a financial planning? Malay Cricket Association of Malaysia (MCAM) has come to their assistance. It is surprising that MCA has to accept MCAM's help as MCA has been envious of MCAM. Of course for MCAM, the "save grace" exercise fulfills their own arrangement of playing another tournament for this age group. Yet another fiasco in MCA's planning cycle.