Guess who is among the top 20 managers from the civil sector over the years?
To be mentioned in the same breath as Tan Sri Abdul Jamil Rais, Tan Sri Arshad Ayub, Tan Sri Hashim Aman, Tan Sri Ishak Tadin, Raja Tan Sri Muhammad Alias, Tan Sri Zain Azraai Zainal Abidin, Tan Sri Dr Ahmad Tajuddin Ali and Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz is indeed a recognition for Datuk Wira Mazlan Ahmad, National Sports Council (NSC)'s longest-serving director-general who retired in 2005.
Under the series Siri Tokoh Malaysia (Malaysia's Eminent Figures), a documentation of several high-profile leaders in various fields, Medium Publications saw it fit to include Malaccan-born Mazlan as one of the country's top managers in the civil service. I chanced upon the book yesterday at MPH, after a fruitful meeting with Anwardi "Abang Didi" Jamil.
Funny though a certain politician did not think too highly of Mazlan and in fact went to great lengths to tarnish his reputation. INGAT, we are all answerable to God!
Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek too seems disinterested in fully tapping into Mazlan's experience and way of thinking. Well perhaps Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin will.
Excerpts from the book: -
"Pintu pejabatnya sentiasa terbuka kepada wartawan" kata Awang Selamat dalam kolum Utusan Malaysia.
"Pada peringkat sekolah rendah, Mazlan pernah berjalan kaki sejauh lima kilometer setiap hari sambil menggalas beg berisi buku. Sebelah tangan lagi menjinjing bungkusan berisi nasi lemak yang dijual kepada rakan-rakan dengan harga lima sen sebungkus"
"Apa yang ketara di MSN ialah budaya kerja yang amat berbeza kerana kami menitikberatkan keputusan. Adalah biasa bagi kakitangan kami melaporkan diri di pejabat seawal 7.15 pagi dan ada di kalangan mereka pulang jam 9.00 malam," katanya kepada media.