This was also confirmed by the Ministry's Secretary-General, Datuk Yasin Salleh in his reply to my SMS.
But this still does not change the fact that Nik Mahmud is not suited for the role. Another 12 months of selective persecution and lack of decisiveness, perhaps?
The Sports Ministry is expected to install a new Sports Commissioner to replace Nik Mahmud Nik Yusof whose contract expired recently.
I for one would be glad to see the back of the former Secretary-General of the Sports Ministry. To me, he had committed numerous blunders, getting involved in his capacity as the adviser to Azalina Othman Said and failing to justify the decisions pertaining to issues such as the Champions Youth Cup (CYC) and the Tour de Langkawi controversy. Prior to his appointment as the Secretary General of the Ministry, he had no track record in sports!
Whether or not Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek has anybody in mind to replace Nik Mahmud is not my problem, but it will be problem if his contract is renewed. Either the Ministry converts the position into a permanent post or give it to someone who has a track record in sports, like for instance...
Zaki Abdul Rahman who was the COO of the 2001 SEA Games and director of development at the National Sports Council (NSC) for a long time...
...or Wan Ahmad Radzi Wan Abdul Rahman who was the head honcho of the Sports Division of the Youth and Sports Ministry in the 70s. He is the progenitor of two renowned athletes - Wan Nor Zaleha and Wan Maizan.