The Malaysian Hockey Confederation has elected seven new staff to its leadership committee for the next four years, after a turbulent two weeks of campaigning.
The president, Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal, and deputy president of women’s hockey, Datuk S.Shamala, were both re-elected unopposed. The new deputy president of men’s hockey, Jadadish Chandra, was also elected unopposed.
Six delegates were elected to vice-president positions for men’s and women’s hockey:
- Dato’ Sri (Dr) Anil Jeet Singh
- Dato’ Ahmad Najmi Abdul Razak
- Hasnizam Hassan
- Ranjit Singh Gurdial Singh
- Puan. Rogayah Mohamad
- Datin Mary Sadiah Zainuddin
At Sunday’s election, 16 affiliates of the MHC from Malaysia’s 14 states, and one each representing the Malaysian Armed Forces and police force, had two votes each to pick their candidates.
Campaigning for the elections was a fraught affair. The deputy president of women’s hockey, Datuk S.Shamala, was criticised after reversing an earlier decision not to seek re-election if the women’s hockey team failed to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The team has failed to qualify.
Kuala Lumpur Hockey Association president Datuk Seri Megat D. Shahriman Zaharudin, who withdrew as a candidate for deputy president, made reports to the Malaysian police and Anti-Corruption Commission about alleged misconduct during the elections, claiming the MHC was not conducting the election in a “fair and transparent manner”.
President Subahan has called for the newly-elected delegates to work together, saying to local media: “As you can see, 90 per cent of the delegates here had no problems during the run-up to the elections, and for those who opposed, I hope they will close ranks and work to make the sport better.”
Sabah Hockey Association president Dato’ Sri (Dr) Anil Jeet Singh revealed development plans for his home state, saying: “After the artificial pitch in Likas Stadium is done up, we will also host an international event for women in the same line as the Azlan Shah Cup.
“Sabah has great potential, and we want our players to get more international exposure both in indoor and outdoor hockey.”
The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup is a major annual men’s national team competition hosted by Malaysia.