SRAM Elections Murky Affair with Third Party Influence

The Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia AGM on Sunday will see a case of Et Tu Brutus.

It will see the current President Nik Razeen Daud being challenged by his Deputy Gerard Monteiro.

The crux of the matter is the apparent lack of sponsorship.

Nik Razeen is being castigated in the election campaign as an individual that has failed to bring in sponsors.

That is a norm in any sordid election campaign, that the number 1 has failed in one aspect or the other.

But herein lies the problem as Gerard is the Chairman of the SRAM Sponsorship Committee.

Ironic as it seems that SRAM has played hosts to many a major event, and the list is exhaustive:

WSF World Junior Championships, Asian Individual Championships, Malaysian Open Championships, Malaysian National Championships.

Financially they are in good shape as they have a good cash flow that could last them until September 2021, largely due to astute leadership and financial management by Nik Razeen.

However it must be said that Gerard has brought in around RM400k of sponsorship from his own company. A commendable effort no doubt.

But it’s the corporate sponsors and long term sponsorship deals that matter in sports.

With the Covid-19 pandemic, money will be hard to come by even for a sport like Squash that has produced results that have brought honour to the country.

As the proverb goes, is this not the case of the pot calling the kettle black?

Gerard might have his reasons to challenge Nik Razeen and it is his right to do so and no one denies that, for elections are a part of the democratic process.

But it is hoped that he does not promise the states annual grants, as one sports had done so but failed to deliver, which led to those states filing for breach of promise.

Now let’s look at Nik Razeen, a principled character who speaks his mind.

Reportedly having a warm and cordial relationship with the NS Royal family, Nik Razeen seems to be in the good books of the current Youth and Sports Minister Dato Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican.

Nik Razeen was recently appointed as a member of the Task Force formed by DS Reezal to look into the enhancement of the Podium Program.

Even though his own position in SRAM was at stake, Nik Razeen has been hard at work in the Task Force, attending all 6 meetings and 7 interview/engagement sessions with 36 athletes individuals,

Any lesser of an individual will put this aside and put priority to retaining his position, but not Nik Razeen.

He breathes, eats, drives, and sleeps Squash and this is the type of leader Malaysian Squash needs.

Yes, at times he can be direct, assertive and loud, but this is done as he has the best interest of the sport at heart.

There is also word in the corridors that a senior official from OCM cajoled Gerard Monteiro into contesting against Nik Razeen to get him out of the way before OCM elections next year.

Once again while this has to be taken with a pinch of salt, take it from me, this is highly

likely.

So to SRAM delegates on Sunday, vote with your heads and not your hearts.

Vote wisely for the individual who will serve you well.

Vote with progression in your mind and not digression.

Interestingly, former international Azlan Iskandar is contesting the Deputy President position.

I have had my fair share of run-ins with this former international on social media.

But that will not stop me from wishing him the very best, as he is easily head over heels the best man in comparison with anyone that would want to challenge him.

Azlan has done his fair share as a player and ought to be given a chance to lead and take over the reins from Nik Razeen in years to come.

So let the final stage of the campaign begin in earnest.