I'm sure we all can recall in August 2007 that those holding such posts were ordered to resign with immediate effect.
Directly affected then were Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn (Malaysian Bodybuilding Federation president), Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy (Table tennis association of Malaysia president), Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis (Equestrian Association of Malaysia), Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor (KLFA president), Deputy Information Minister, Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (Perak FA president) and Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Anifah Aman (FAM vice-president).
Notice the right side of the picture? I put forward the pros and cons behind the decision, possible scenarios and a suggestion in this article which appeared in the old Malay Mail on August 2, 2007.
# The Ministers will not be bogged down by voluntary duties in sports bodies
# time to take stock so that the interest of a few does not supersede the sport
# a signal for political parties and leaders at grassroot, State and national level to initiate changes and stop picking politicians - has -beens or budding ones - as head of sports bodies
# there is little risk of politicians in Governmental positions of exposing themselves to criticism from the Press and public alike
# paves the way for corporate captains and academicians to enter the scene
# it eliminates Ministers who could be genuinely and sincerely interested in sports
# in the absence of his or her peers, the Sports Minister could become all too powerful and autocratic, with little space for dissent
# Members of Parliament and party leaders are allowed to use sports bodies as a stepping stone
Just a thought
# Herald a change in the Sports Ministry by appointing a former legend as the Minister. Brazil once had Pele as the Sports Minister. Not practical in our society?
The Minister in question is no longer holding any Cabinet post. Word is JJ is determined to cling on to the presidency of EAM now that he is no longer affected by the decision! But why did he not relinquish the post in August last year?