KUALA LUMPUR, July 18 (Bernama) -- The new date for the Malaysian Paralympic Council (MPC) Annual General Meeting (AGM) cannot be decided yet until the mediation process is completed.
MPC deputy president, John Ng when contacted by Bernama, informed that MPC had established a Mediation Committee following a protest against the nomination by the Malaysian Canoe Association (MASCA).
Under the advice from the Sports Commissioner’s Office and the MPC constitution, the governing body has established a Mediation Committee to respond to the issue of the protest.
"We must understand that protests against MPM nominations have been made and we will refer them to the Mediation Committee as was stated in the constitution.
"As long as this is still going on, we have to resolve it first. It has to be discussed. MASCA has sent a letter of protest and if we continue the AGM, they will apply for an injunction, so we can not continue until the mediation process is completed," he said.
For the record, on June 29, the AGM for the 2019-2023 term was postponed to a date to be determined later upon the unanimous consent of all 24 affiliates.
It is due to the nomination of former Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin which was disputed when he allegedly submitted his nomination form to contest for the MPC number one seat after the dateline, when the incumbent, SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin refused to defend the post.
Besides Khairy, four other nominations were also disputed on whether they were eligible to contest or not after submitting their nomination forms on June 15, that is a day after the dateline.
Ng noted that under the MPC constitution if the AGM was not held on time, they should apply for an extension of time from the Sports Commissioner.
For example, he said previously MPC's AGM was held after six months as its audit report could not be furnished before the AGM.
He added that MPC had informed the Sports Commissioner's Office about the existence of a letter of protest which required the mediation according to the governing body's constitution.