Hockey: MHC Elections – Focus Shifts to Pahang

In the past, when it came to the elections of the top brass of the Malaysian Hockey, the focus of attention used to be on Perak.

Why? Simply because the nomination list from Perak was often concluded as the “ preferred” candidates list of as HRH Al Maharum Sultan Azlan Shah who had helmed they MHF as it was known then for years.

This time around, the attention shifts towards Pahang.

This is because HRH Al Sultan Abdullah, the current Yang Di Pertuan Agong, and the immediate past president of the Malaysian Hockey Federation is the Acting President of Pahang Hockey Association, as he was deputy to Al Marhum Paduka Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah.

Hence any nomination submitted by the Pahang HA would be deemed as being endorsed by HRH The King and should be respected.

However it is still premature to talk about any candidacy for the simple reason that the Olympic Qualifiers have yet to be played.

At the time of penning this article, there is no notice of the Annual General Meeting being sent out and no nominations called.

Constitutionally there needs to be only a 14 day notice for the calling of the AGM with nominations closing 10 days before the ejection date.

So going by what has been reported, that the AGN is scheduled for November 16, the notice of meeting could well be sent out towards the end of the month.

And the nominations, going by the constitution requirement do not close until No ember 6, which is 10 days prior to the AGM.

There has been speculation on a list of candidates vying for positions – both incumbents and challengers.

More interestingly was the mention of Dato Kamaruddin Meranun of Asia Asia as President with Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah Al-Sultan Abdullah, Teng­­ku Mahkota Pahang as his deputy.

However it would be better if Tengku Hassanal is instead nominated for the position of President and Kamarudfin as his number two.

This would mean a continuation of a sporting legacy associated with the Pahang Royal Family.

Tengku Hassanal could provide the leadership with Kamarudfin the corporate know how on how to manage the sport correctly.

However all this is premature as the Olympic Qualifiers will only be played on November 2 and 3 in London.

Should the team qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, then it is only fair for the current set up to continue.

However should they fail to achieve the desired result, then it’s only proper for those who made a vow to vacate their positions to do so honourably.

Nominations from states should not be used as a yardstick of support to cling on to positions as these officials have not once but in numerous occasions said on record of their decision to vacate their positions should the team fail to make it to Tokyo.

This is a commendable act, accepting responsibility for failure, again should we fail, and ought to be given the due respect.

These officials are setting high standards for other sports to follow and should be applauded.

There have been whiskers in the grapevine that with a majority of states set to re-nominate these officials, they might stay on, but I believe they will live up to their word.

As for nominations, it’s best that all hold their nominations till after November 3 and make the decision.

Interestingly though, will these nominations be discussed at State HA Council Meetings or merely endorsed by a select few?

Looking with keen interest on what kind of signal comes out is Istana Negara though.

Interesting times as the centre of attraction now shifts from Perak to Pahang.