Ah, The Malay Mail always sings a different tune.
Read Ghaz Ramli's comment in today's MM.
Reward only successful cases
ARE the Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) willing to fork out their own money to give coach Sarjit Singh a pay hike after his failure in the Olympic
qualifiers earlier this month?
Can MHF, who are said to be in the red with more than RM1 million in outstanding bills, find the funds to reward the former national skipper?
More importantly, why should they?
The National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Zolkples Embong confirmed MHF have requested a pay hike for Sarjit, despite the team’s failure in Japan.
“MHF did ask for an increase in pay for him,” said Zolkples.
“However, the NSC have a salary cap for coaches, although those who show results will be rewarded a p p ro p ria t e l y. ”
Sarjit, a former national skipper, has done a good job since replacing Wallace Tan on Jan 23 2007.
He coached the team to the final of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, where Malaysia lost 3-1 to Au s t ra l ia .
He then led the team to third place in the Asia Cup in Chennai, India, seven months ago.
However, Sarjit, who represented Malaysia in the 1984 and 1992 Olympics in Los Angeles and Barcelona respectively, failed when it mattered most in the Olympic qualifiers in Kakamigaha- ra, Japan.
While no one expected Malaysia to earn the final berth to the Beijing Games, the target was to meet world No 1 Germany in the fi na l .
The team failed to achieve that as they could only draw 3-3 with hosts Japan in their final match.
However, the real damage was done when Malaysia escaped with a lucky 4-4 draw with minnows Italy, while struggling to a 2-1 victory over Poland and a 4-3 win against Switzerland.
Japan, on the other hand, hammered Poland 6-1 and thrashed Italy 5-1 and only beat Switzerland 2-1.
On Saturday, Sarjit and team manager, Sathish Kumar, travelled to Johor Baru to meet MHF deputy president Tunku Abdul Majid Idris Sultan Iskandar and secretary Hashim Mohamed Yusoff.
The postmortem, however, will only be made available on May 4 during MHF’s council meeting.
Hashim indicated there will be no major change in the team’s management and that Sarjit’s job is safe.
That is good as Sarjit needs a chance to redeem himself, but not if it comes with a pay increment.