As published in Malay Mail today.
By Vijhay Vick
KUALA LUMPUR — The National Sports Council (NSC) is set to see two new faces within its top leadership while the Malaysia Stadium Corporation (MSC) will see a new chief, reaffirming the Youth and Sports Ministry’s mission to restructure Malaysian sports.
Dismayed with the national contingent’s pathetic outing at the Commonwealth and Asian Games this year despite the millions of ringgit spent, the ministry will advertise the position for a new NSC director-general, replacing Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong, and an elite programme director in selected newspapers on Monday. Ariffin Ghani is the acting elite programme director.
The ministry is also on the lookout to replace MSC chief executive officer Ahmad Helmi Harun.
Insiders say Zolkples will head the 2017 SEA Games secretariat.
Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, had tweeted yesterday: “There will two major vacancies in Malaysian sports under @KBSMalaysia which will be filled by open recruitment soon. Watch this space.” while referring to the ministry’s Twitter handle.
In a subsequent tweet, the Rembau MP posted: “Sorry make that 3 vacancies.”
“It is a bold initiative by the minister (Khairy Jamaluddin). He wants fresh faces with vibrant ideas to help chart Malaysian sports,” said a source.
“Hopefully, those hired would fully understand their roles, appreciate the NSC Act and play ball with the other stakeholders — especially national sports associations (NSAs) and the Olympic Council of Malaysia. Malaysian sports is not owned by any one particular person ... it is a owned by all.”
But the source said there must be progress and this could also mean drawing up new plans to ensure programmes for elite athletes are supervised. It is also to further facilitate the NSAs to develop their grassroots through the distribution of funds.
“There is no engagement with the masses, very little presence on social media and strained relationships with the national sports associations, Olympic Council of Malaysia, National Sports Institute and even the press. This must stop and we must move forward.”
Zolkples replaced Datuk Dr Ramlan Aziz as NSC director general in 2007.
The national contingent won six gold medals in the Commonwealth Games and five gold medals at the Asian Games, their worst performance in the past 20 years.