Taekwondo Malaysia (WTF) Level 4, National Aquatic Centre, Bukit Jalil Sports Complex, Bukit Jalil, 57700 Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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Formation of a Protem Committee for Taekwondo Malaysia (WTF) as a National Taekwondo body. Date : 5th February 2010. Via Fax
The Protem Committee of Taekwondo Malaysia (WTF) wishes to announce its formation as a national body to look after the affairs of taekwondo WTF in Malaysia by a virtue of a Ministerial Directive and appointment letters issued via the Sports Commisioners Office dated 4th February 2010.
The task to form this National body was entrusted to Y.A.M. Tunku Tan Sri Imran Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Jaafar with his first hand experience in the affairs of Taekwondo WTF while in his Chairmanship of the now dissolved MTA Ad Hoc Committee.
The Terms of Reference for this new Protem Committee is as follows in its original Bahasa Malaysia text for its accuracy.
TERMA RUJUKAN BAGI JAWATANKUASA PENAJA
1. Untuk menubuhkan sebuah badan taekwondo baru dan akan berdaftar dengan pejabat ini.
2. Mempelawa semua persatuan taekwondo peringkat negeri dan kelab - kelab taekwondo untuk menyertai badan sukan baru tersebut.
3. Memastikan satu mesyuarat agung tahunan diadakan dalam tempoh tidak melebihi 12 bulan dari tarikh ia didaftarkan.
4. Memastikan bahawa perlembagaan persatuan peringkat negeri yang menyertai badan sukan taekwondo yang baru ini adalah selari dengan perlembagaannya di mana satu negeri hanya mempunyai satu wakil sahaja.
5. Menjalankan semua urusan berkaitan taewkondo WTF bagi sukan taekwondo di Malaysia. 6. Menjaga kebajikan dan status atlet untuk mewakili negara di dalam kejohanan taekwondo
The officers appointed into the Protem Committee by letter issued by the Sports Commisioner’s Office dated 4th February 2010 and subsequently elected into the various positions at the Meeting are :
Chairman Y.A.M. Tunku Tan Sri Imran Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Jaafar
Deputy Chairman Dato. Roy Rajasingam.
Secretary Datuk Samson David Maman
Treasurer Mr KM Rajenderan
Technical Chairman Grandmaster Mr Song Yoong Khin
Committee Members Y. Bhg Datuk Mohamad Nazim Bin Tun Abdul Razak
Mr Chee Hock Choong
Grandmaster Leow Cheng Koon
Grandmaster Chin Mee Keong
Also to be appointed into the Committee for their invaluable advice are:-
En. Jalaludin Bin Othman of Kementerian Pendidikan
Tuan Haji Jalil Bin Hj Abdullah of MSN
Puan Hjh. Che Zaharah Bt. Abdul Hamid of KBS
All appointments of Protem Committee Members are in their personal capacity as they have the necessary expertise and knowledge on matters affecting this sport.
The tenure of the Protem Committee wil be for 12 months but the Chairman with the support of his Protem Committee Members hopes to resolve all matters within 3 to 4 months before an Inaugral AGM can be held to elect Office Bearers to administer the Association.
The revised open Constitution created by the previous MTA Ad Hoc Committee for National Association and State affiliates will be adopted by Taekwondo Malaysia (WTF) with minor amendments.
The Chairman also wishes to announce that MTCA and MTF has reaffirmed its decision to disband as national bodies representing Taekwondo WTF members in Malaysia.
The MTF will do so on the 19th March 2010 and the MTCA on the 4th March at 6pm in support of Taekwondo Malaysia (WTF). ATM and MASUM The Chairman wishes to notify that ATM and MASUM will be encouraged to affiliate with Taekwondo Malaysia (WTF) as the Sports Commissioner has given it exemption from registration with the SC.s Office to maintain its status.
All Clubs and states seeking affiliation to Taekwondo Malaysia (WTF) must be registered with the Sports Commisioners Office. The Chairman Tunku Imran and the protem Committee wishes to thank the States and Taekwondo Clubs for the numerous congratulatory messages received on its formation.
He said ” It augurs well for a new beginning after more than 5 years of turmoil this sport has gone through.
He has stated his wish to see all parties coming together to help rebuild Taekwondo (WTF) in Malaysia and expresses his thanks to the former MTA States of Perlis, Perak, Malacca and Negeri Sembilan as well as the MTF States of Kedah, Sabah, Sarawak, Johore and Putrajaya for their faxed letters of support.
The MTF States of Sabah and Johore were previously affiliated to MTA. Kuala Lumpur under Mr Ho Kam Phaw “has also expressed support in principle for the initiative but will hold its State meeting soon to endorse its decision before issuing its written consent.”
The Chairman reiterated „It not too late for anyone to join in but please do it as early as possible as taekwondo classes and many taekwondo Instructors have already been affected nationwide in this new school calendar year of 2010. The continued upheavals within taekwondo WTF must come to an end and this change will be the catalyst for it. The Constitution is open free and fair to enable members to determine their future and their destiny. We are only interim Administrators”
Thank you Datuk Samson Maman Hon Secretary
Exhibit B - Taekwondo Malaysia has come to existence, although in the ad-hoc committee meetings plus the Akujanji, it was clearly stated MTA to be the umbrella body
Exhibit D - in my limited Bahasa, only one governing body to be formed for taekwondo in Malaysia, and that is MTA/WTF...
Exhibit E - point of contention, the voting rights for clubs. It was agreed in the ad-hoc committee that 49 premier clubs would be given one collective vote in the decision-making process
UPDATED with the Press release and logo of TM (top)
Dear YAM Tunku Imran and Ybhg Datuk Nik Mahmud Nik Yusof,
I hope this letter reaches your good office with you in good health and in fine spirits. To be honest, though, I am getting sick and tired with your failure to find a solution to the taekwondo saga.
I have taken the liberty to attach, with this letter, a few documents that I wish to label as exhibits in the name of clarity and transparency.
Datuk, your decision to register Taekwondo Malaysia (TM) beggars belief. I can sense this is done in such a way that TM will be the governing body of taekwondo, which violates the Akujanji signed in 2008, refer to exhibit D. Following the de-registration of MTA in 2005 and later the reinstatement by the same Sports Minister, an ad-hoc committee was formed. In Dec 2008 an Akujanji was signed by all parties to accommodate other taekwondo associations, namely MTF and MTCA under MTA and to collectively grant one vote to all clubs in Malaysia.
Therefore my being suprised is an understatement. Are you telling me the Akujanji, a document that usually is binding to its signatories, is a pledge that can be violated anytime to one's whim and fancy?
I appeal to your good sense, if there's any, that you look at the issue in totality and give due recognition to all parties.
Datuk, as a civil servant, it is incumbent upon you to act and make decisions objectively. I don't wish to remind you of my skirmishes with your predecessor Tan Sri Elyas Omar over the same issue in 2005 when I was still working with the Malay Mail.
No doubt, Tunku and Datuk, the idea behind the formation of one umbrella body is noble to govern a sport plagued by internal bickering, favouritism and greed. Ultimately the issue is about money to be made out of grading system and power.
A club can easily earn RM500,000 a year based on the number of exponents in its stable.
To sideline one party just to accommodate another faction will not solve the impasse which I can safely say is due to the feud between two grand masters.
Taekwondo is certainly a sport driven by the club system. However Malaysia practices a State-Federal system, where State governments and the Federal government have certain rights. The matters where powers are assigned to are listed in the State List, the Federal List and the Concurrent List of the Federal Constitution.
I urge you, Tunku and Datuk, to consider these issues.
Sport is listed under Concurrent List and therefore both states and Federal governments have rights to develop sports. Thus there is a Federal Minister of Sports and at state level, there are Exco members in charge of sport in each state. In addition, SUKMA is competed on an inter-states basis and national championships are also competed on an inter-states basis.
If a club located in a State becomes a direct member of the National Sports Association, then that club loses all its privileges and benefits from the State, such as representing the State in SUKMA, in national championships, etc.
In other words, since they have no loyalty and affiliation to the State Sports Associations, then they shall be left on their own. This is most important, as otherwise, such clubs will have the cake and eat it, by benefitting from both the state and the Federal government and depriving those clubs which are affiliated and loyal to the State Sports Associations.
The definition of a club is also very important. Could a club be on a Pan-Malaysia basis, that is, taking members from every state in the country, or are they restricted to take in members from only the state of their registered address or districts of their registered address. This is most important, for being a national club, it can soon become bigger than the National Sports Association and challenge the National Sport Association.
Who are the members of the clubs? Can school children be voting members of a club? If yes, is there an age limit, say over 18 years or 21 years? Should there a minimum number of members become a club could be registered as a club? What is there to prevent abuses, if groups of 10 to 20 parents and their children form a club just to vote an AGMs? Can school pratictioners become voting members of a State Sports Association?
The above are very important principles, which should be discussed before any hasty decisions are made. Otherwise, we will be creating more problems than solving problems. And it also create a 'precedent' to others National Sport Association to follow.
Tunku, you failed to find a solution to the Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU) issue when you chaired a task force after it was suspended in 2002. Your task force's proposed amendments to the MAAU constitution were accepted but they merely encouraged intense politicking and lobbying on an annual basis. This is the chance for you to make amends.
As for you Datuk, your contract as the Sports Commissioner expires in May. Before you leave, do the right thing. Reinstate MTA and grant MTF and MTCA affiliation, with voting rights for the premier clubs limited to one. Taekwondo Malaysia should not stand for Tak Malu.