Malaysian Hockey Confederation’s seven-year itch


KUALA LUMPUR — And the merry-go-round continues.

Former Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) president Tengku Abdullah Shah said yesterday he will “try” to live up to his earlier pledge to clear the association’s RM2.6 million debts incurred while he was president from 2008.

The Football Association of Malaysia president had promised on Feb 13 to hand over a clean slate to his successor but that has not happened.

Incoming president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal accepted it was a giant headache but said he is confident the new office bearers would be able to overcome the financial setback.

“I’m overwhelmed Tuanku (Tengku Abdullah) has said he will assist in clearing the debts,” said Subahan after chairing an executive council meeting minutes after assuming the top post.

“As for the new office bearers, we must accept the responsibility to clear the debt.”

Towards that end, Subahan appointed a new treasurer, Selvendran Saravanamuthu.

He replaces Datuk N. Radhakrishnan who was elected vice-president yesterday.

Radahakrishan is one of five new vice-presidents as only Majid Manjit Abdullah and S. Nagula retained their posts.

Subahan knows Selvendran well and will be kept up to date more frequently than had previously happened in the old regime.

Tengku Abdullah, who was made honorary MHC president at yesterday’s annual general meeting said: “I’m delighted and honoured to be given this position.

“I will assist where I can but will not get involved in the running of the daily operations.

“As for the debts, I will help to clear as much as I can to the best of my ability.

“We need our finances to be right to be a powerhouse in hockey.”

Hopefully that would not take another seven years.