KUALA LUMPUR, July 5 (Bernama) -- Allegations raised by Datuk Mohd Musa Noor Mohd, the independent observer at the Malaysian Athletics Federation’s annual general meeting on Sunday, on how the AGM and elections were improperly conducted will not unsettle the newly elected leadership and its tasks ahead.
Newly minted president Datuk S.M Muthu said now that the new office bearers have been given the mandate to lead the federation for the 2019-2022 term, there is only one direction to take - forward with full focus on matters concerning athletics, especially on the preparations for the November Sea Games in the Philippines.
“That is his (Mohd Musa) right, and his problem. In a contest, there will always be a winner and the defeated. And within the losing side, there will always be dissatisfaction that leads to issues like these,” he told reporters at the MAF headquarters at Wisma OCM here today.
According to Muthu, Mohd Musa, who is also a former director at the Asian Athlete High Performance Training Centre, was at the annual general meeting cum elections only as independent observer and not as a delegate.
Muthu hoped the controversy surrounding the AGM will not mar MAF's image, adding that the new leadership should now be left to their roles of improving Malaysian athletics.
Asked if he views the dispute surrounding the AGM and elections as an attempt to sabotage the new leadership, Muthu replied: “When there is a losing party, there will be such talk, definitely, and we cannot deny that fact.”
Meanwhile, Muthu said MAF will be holding its first management meeting next Friday.
Matters such as the SEA games preparations, and also MAF's letter of appeal to the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) to ask for a reduction in the 10-year suspension of Harun Rasheed to enable him to be reappointed as the national sprint coach.
“Harun Rasheed (back as coach) is still a proposal. There are names proposed but we cannot reveal them yet. For now MAF is not making any changes,” he said.
In a separate development, Mohd Musa has sent a letter to the Sports Commissioners' office, asking it to conduct an investigation on last Sunday's AGM and elections.