Showing posts from February, 2018

Sports Development Act toothless legislation?

The Attorney-General's Chambers has declared a NFA (No Further Action) on the investigation papers (IP) into the failure of Klang City International Marathon organiser to obtain a licence or apply for one from the Sports Commissioner to hold the event last December. The NST quoted  Klang Selatan district police chief Assistant Commissioner Shamsul Amar Ramli  as saying:  "The order was done on the directive of the Attorney-General with the reason that Section 36(1) of the Sports Development Act 1997 is not an offence that can be accusable and it was subsequently classified NFA,"  Read the full report here . Let's dissect the quote. " ... with the reason that Section 36(1) of the Sports Development Act 1997 is not an offence that can be accusable."  The AGC may have come to that conclusion because Section 36 does not specify that not having the appropriate license is an offence.  But .... Section 39 of the Sports Development Act reads:

Selangor FA Shah Alam Stadium saga evident politics, egos bigger than football

UPDATE 12.44pm: Here is the podcast of the show 'Pressing Matters' that I was on this morning. --- ORIGINAL POST I will be on BFM this morning (9.30am) to speak about the stand off between Selangor FA and the state government. For those in the dark over the nauseating episode (or those who lost track on how the whole fiasco started), here's my 'Selangor FA v State Government Saga for Dummies': Main actors: i. Datuk Seri Azmin Ali (Selangor Menteri Besar & PKR deputy president) ii. Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal (Selangor FA president, was vice president when Azmin was Selangor FA president, Umno man, former state assemblyman for Taman Templer and now a businessman) Supporting actors: i. Amirudin Shari ( Selangor Youth, Culture and Entrepreneur Development Committee chairman) ii. Rosman Ibrahim (Selangor FA general secretary) iii. Datuk S. Sivasundram (Selangor FA treasurer) Plot Azmin quit s as Selangor FA president in December 2016, claimi

SEA Games champ Rayzam gets more than a pair of shoes

Mohanjit (left), Rayzam and brand manager Allan Netto sharing a light moment at Kuckreja Sdn Bhd. The spike Mohanjit is holding was made for athletes in the 1940s. Throughout the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games last year, I was on Astro Arena to share my views. Among the gold medalists who joined me in the studio at Wisma Ali Bawal, Petaling Jaya was national 110m hurdler Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian . I had, after the show, asked Rayzam - captain of the national athletics SEA Games squad - if he had a sponsor. The Sabahan replied: "No". I posted an article 'A pair of shoes would be nice'  (Sept 7, 2017) on this blog. This morning Rayzam got more than just a pair of shoes. Segambut-based Kuckreja Sdn Bhd has offered to sponsor Rayzam spike shoes, track shoes and apparel for a year. The man behind the company. Mohanjit Kuckreja, considers the contribution to the national hero as a "CSR project". A man of a few words, Mohanjit who is an avid hiker said: &

Let Lee go all the Wei

UPDATE 1.15am: Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) president Karim Ibrahim, after reading this article, had in a WhatsApp message at 1.13am, said: "MAF will include Lee in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games." That reply itself is a record - exactly five minutes after this posting was published! --- ORIGINAL POST National high jumper Lee Hup Wei  (pic) claimed  his second gold medal in the New South Wales Open Athletics Championships in Sydney on Feb 4. The 30-year-old and his teammate Nauraj Singh Randhawa both cleared 2.24m but Hup Wei was awarded the gold on count back. Hup Wei's effort was 4cm short of his personal best of 2.28m, his gold-medal winning mark at the ACT Championships in Canberra last month. Read the full article here . Immediately after Hup Wei achieved his personal best of 2.28m, I received this message from a sports official. "Maybe you can write about his (Hup Wei's) recent result (The) athletics federation