National cycling coach Jamaluddin Omar speaking at the forum organised by MNCF to improve road cycling at Universiti Putra Malaysia on Saturday. Calls for its president Datuk Abu Samah Abdul Wahab to step down has intensified due to his alleged poor leadership of the association.
PETALING JAYA: Calls for Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) president Datuk Abu Samah Abdul Wahab to step down is ringing loud and clear in the cycling fraternity.
Ismail Badrul, who runs the Straleader cycling club in Malacca, was one of those who called on Abu Samah to resign.
“When there is no progress from inside the association after a long time, the people in power must owe up to it and claim responsibility … they have to step down and give opportunities for new faces to run the show,” said Ismail.
“The president is from Malacca. The MNCF’s office is in Malacca. But grassroots development in the state is almost non-existence and that is just appalling,” he added.
A forum was held by MNCF on Saturday at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) to receive input to address the decline of road cycling in the country, but it received a tepid response.
Even Abu Samah, who has been the president since 1990, was absent. Vice presidents Amrun Misnoh and Omar Saad, who were both involved in the Myanmar SEA Games last December, also failed to turn up. Another figure conspicuously missing was coach Aminuddin Sulaiman. None of those who attended the forum were current national or professional cyclists.
Ismail said the MNCF should be made more accountable as public funds to the tune of RM1.5mil was spent on the road cycling programme per year since 2007.
“It is the taxpayers’ money … my money. We want to see it spent wisely because we love the sport,” said Ismail, who attended the forum.
Shaharuddin Jaafar, the 1965 Kuala Lumpur SEAP Games gold medallist, also said Abu Samah should step down before his term ends in 2015.
“He must be held responsible for the decline of road cycling since 2005. It was in 2005 that we last won a gold in the SEA Games (via Suhardi Hassan in Manila).
“Abu Samah has been in power since 1990. It’s too long for somebody to be in power. After a long time at the top, people tend to be complacent and lose their objectivity,” said the 72-year-old Shaharuddin.