KLUANG: Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin wants the public feud between Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff and head coach Rashid Sidek to end.
Khairy said that nothing good could come out of the feud and urged both parties to see each other personally to solve their differences.
“Both men are in the same organisation and this public feud between both of them should stop immediately.
“They should not seek the media if one of them is unsatisfied with the other,” he said in a press conference after officiating the Kluang Umno division wing’s meeting here on Friday.
Both Tengku Mahaleel and Rashid are locked in a bitter quarrel with one another after the failure of the men’s singles in retaining the gold medal in the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Khairy pointed out that despite the failure of the men singles, badminton did fairly well by winning three golds in the mixed team, men’s doubles and women’s doubles.
“What is important for BAM now is to fix the problem with the men’s singles players as it seems there is no better player than Datuk Lee Chong Wei.
“The BAM should hire a technical director who is able to oversee all their programmes for the national players,” he said.
He also reminded the BAM to hand over the allocation of the Coach Encouragement Scheme to the respective recipients immediately.“The money is for the respective coaches and players and the BAM have no right to keep it,” said Khairy.