National No. 2 women's doubles pair Ng Hui Lin-Ng Hui Ern have been left out of the Uber Cup squad because they did not attend the selection trials held last month. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: The standard of Malaysian badminton will not improve if the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) still stick to the old practice of not giving the independent players due consideration on merit.
Datuk Ng Thin Huatt, the father to national women’s No. 2 doubles pair Hui Lin and Hui Ern, expressed his dismay at their exclusion from the Uber Cup Finals squad and sent a protest letter to BAM.
Hui Lin-Hui Ern are ranked 27th in the world. Myanmar SEA Games champions Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo are ranked 23rd.
Besides Khe Wei-Vivian, the other picked are Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho (No. 30) and Lee Meng Yean-Lim Yin Loo (No. 44).
The singles shuttlers selected are Tee Jing Ji, Lim Chiew Sien, Yang Li Lian and Lim Yin Fun.
According to Thin Huatt, Hui Lin-Hui Ern returned to Malaysia to spend their holidays earlier last month and returned to England on April 25.
The Ng sisters are in their final year of studies at Loughborough University in Britain.
“Neither Hui Lin-Hui Ern or I were informed, officially or unofficially, to attend the trials which strangely was fixed to take place three days after their departure.
“I wrote an e-mail to Tengku (BAM president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff) in February requesting that the girls be given due consideration on merit to play in the major events this year.
“He had replied positively, talking about transparency.
“I was later informed by an e-mail that all the players would be assessed during training and their participation in tournaments.
“But two days before Hui Lin and Hui Ern were scheduled to leave for England, I read in the papers that BAM were conducting selection trials for the men’s and women’s singles. There was no mention in the papers about a trial for the women’s doubles.
“Hui Lin and Hui Ern did not know they were required to participate in any trials and that selection would be based on the results of the trials.
“I felt my daughters have been unfairly treated and not given due consideration although they helped Malaysia to qualify for the Uber Cup Finals by virtue of their world rankings,” he said.
Thin Huatt added he highlighted the matter in the interest of fair play.
“We accept the fact that the squad have been finalised, but we hope the BAM will handle things in a more professional manner in the future, especially with tournaments still to come like the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.
“I spent my own money to support them to play in tournaments and they are sacrificing their time to train and play in competitions. I am not asking for anything, but just be fair and let them have a chance to represent the country,” he pointed out.