Monday, June 1, 2009
The need for a succession plan
For many years I've posed Datuk Sieh Kok Chi the question of who is his anointed successor, and why has he not identify someone for him to groom to fill his big shoes.
The VI old boy, an engineer by profession, said when he became the OCM secretary in 1992, it was because he had familiarised himself with the way things were being done by Thong Poh Nyen, his predecessor who had headed the OCM secretariat for a record 31 years. In short he had the initiative to learn the ropes.
There were several names bandied about as potential OCM honorary secretary over the years, such as Low Beng Choo, Wong Ah Jit, Phua Tai Neng, T. Kumar and Ganga Rao. On Saturday though, shortly after the delegates voted in virtually the 2007-2009 line-up to run OCM for the next two years, Kok Chi responded to my question that among the names he had in mind was Datuk Naim Mohamad, MNCF deputy president. Naim calls himself anak malaysia in his blog http://datuknaim.blogspot.com. I was told he played a role in campaigning for the status quo and the secretary's post could be the reward come 2011.
"Even you, Rizal, you can come in and I can be your mentor," Kok Chi said.
While Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja'afar claimed the OCM Cabinet were reflective of the 1Malaysia concept, it's timely for them to start scouting for talent among the younger set of officials among the NSAs who can one day occupy the seats at OCM just as the NSAs are pressured to keep on unearthing sporting talent.
Note: Though I'm all for freedom of expression, I notice some of the commenters resort to making derogatory remarks about certain individuals in OCM, some of whom have built a reputation locally and abroad and held in high esteem by the sporting circle. While I wish to encourage dissent and debate, it would be nice if everybody could kindly refrain from labelling others and instead put forward our arguments, thoughts or inside stories in a mature and intelligent manner. Comments that are in derogatory and defamatory in nature will be deleted. Sure sportsmen and sports officials are expected to practise sportsmanship and highly tolerant of criticisms but some of us do not deserved to be rubbished and their reputation tarnished just because of the OCM elections. Thank you.