It's no walk in the park whoever sits on one of the hottest seats in Malaysian sports, the director-general of National Sports Council (NSC). The post comes with great responsibilities, ranging from devising the strategies and training programmes to win medals in multi-sports events to overseeing the welfare of the elite athletes. Naturally NSC comes under the microscope often.
Like any statutory body established under Federal laws, NSC is empowered to invest and purchase properties. By now, the chalets must be worth more than RM1 million.
The issue here is:
1. Proper procedure was not adhered to;
2. Why was it kept under wraps from 2005?
Despite the reprimand handed to Datuk Zolkples Embong, the Management Board chaired by Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek have approved the purchase recently.
PUTRAJAYA: The National Sports Council (NSC) has been given 21 days to report to the disciplinary board over the purchase of two premier seasidechalets worth RM850,000 in 2004.
The Sports Ministry gave the NSC officials, involved in the now infamous 'chalet episode', three weeks to submit their report.
Sports Ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Yasin Salleh, who also chairs the disciplinary board, confirmed the letters have been sent to individuals involved and is now awaiting their response within the given time frame. Yasin declined to reveal contents of the show cause letter.
Among those who received copies of the letter is current NSC directorgeneral Datuk Zolkples Embong.
"I suppose it's not appropriate to discuss details of the letter right now. The letters have gone out and they have also been given enough time to appeal.
"Let’s wait for their response. We should have something to say in a couple weeks time."
The Malay Mail, in its report "NSC in the soup — again!" on Feb 4, revealed that the council was ticked-off by the Auditor-General for purchasing two luxury units of the Legend Water Chalets in Port Dickson.
The chalets, installed with jacuzzi and see-through floor panels with a view of the sea, resembles more of a honeymoon suite. Its purchase was not in compliance with Government Contracts Act 1949 (revised 1979) and the NSC Act 1971.
Then director-general Datuk Wira Mazlan Ahmad had "verbally instructed" his officials, including Zolkples, to buy the property for use by the NSC community and for investment purposes.
For the record, the chalets have not been used since its completion in 2006 and were kept in the dark until recently.
Meanwhile, Yasin revealed that there has been little news on the status of the Champions Youth Cup (CYC) fiasco.
"The matter is still at the Attorney General’s office table. We’ve not heard anything new about it."
The CYC, with staging rights of RM17 million per year, was first held in 2007 amidst much controversy. It was scrapped the following year after the FA of Malaysia objected to the sanctioning of the tournament, forcing the organisers, Gifted Group Limited, to file a case against the Sports Ministry.