Monday, April 21, 2008
Tunku Majid defends Sarjit
THE Malaysian Hockey Federation submitted a revised pay structure to the National Sports Council long before Sarjit Singh's soldiers faltered at the recent Olympic qualifiers in Japan.
MHF deputy president Tunku Bendahara Tunku Abdul Majid Idris Sultan Iskandar said the proposal was submitted to the government agency with the consent of the president, Tan Sri Anwar Mohd Nor, shortly after the Asia Cup in Chennai last year, when Malaysia finished third.
"Everybody asks for a pay rise but it is up to NSC to decide. The recommendation was done by the coaching committee long ago," said Tunku Majid.
But Tunku Majid said he would recommend for the issue to be dropped and instead impose a target for Sarjit to work on, which is to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.
Despite the issues raised after the Japan tournament, Tunku Majid stood by Sarjit, insisting that the former national skipper had performed creditably, having guided Malaysia to the runners-up spot in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and third in Chennai.
"As I told you earlier, we had to start from scratch after the Doha Asian Games and the intention is to shape a decent squad for the Asia Cup next year, which is a platform to qualify for the World Cup 2010."
Tunku Majid also refuted suggestions that MHF were heavy in debt, saying the matter would be settled once the sponsors who had committed to help the national body fulfill their obligations.
Tunku Majid also dismissed the allegations that he had arbitrarily made decisions on behalf of MHF.
"Please correct the misconception that I bulldoze my way through in MHF meetings. My job is to deputise for Tan Sri Anwar in whatever he asked me to do, but if there is something that I see can be improved upon, I would express my opinion."
On allegations that certain individuals in the national set-up are involved in the money-lending business, Tunku Majid said it was against his principle to poke his nose into people's personal lives.
When asked about some of the comments posted in this blog touching on Sarjit's part behind Malaysia's abysmal performance in the Intercontinental Cup in Poznan in 1993 which put paid to the nation's hopes of qualifying for the 1994 World Cup, Tunku Majid said Sarjit and Terry Walsh remain the best of friends.
Tunku Majid also reiterated his belief that the national team would perform to expectation in 2012.
"If the target of doing extremely well in the 2012 Olympics is not met, I would gladly leave my post and let someone else take over. I would also like to urge those who think they can contribute something to the game to come to MHF, come to the ground and offer their services. Stop spreading malicious lies or comments in the Internet."
On the allegations that he had not lift a finger to raise funds for MHF, Tunku Majid said he dug into his own pocket to come up with the start up fund of RM500,000 to run the Junior World Cup.