KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttlers Goh V Shem and Goh Soon Huat were reprimanded for Instagram postings on a day when the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) announced a first-ever whistle blower policy and a new retirement benefit scheme for top office bearers.
V Shem and Soon Huat have been warned for their postings after the bronze-medal playoffs at the recent Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, which were deemed disrespectful and failed to portray the good conduct of a national player.
V Shem and Soon Huat aired their disappointments by pointing out the absence of VIPs during the bronze-medal matches that saw them and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying winning their respective matches against Sri Lanka’s Sachin Dias-Buwaneka Goonethilleka and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Ashwini Ponnappa of India.
Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie crashed out in the mixed doubles quarter-finals.
BAM president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria said it was a first warning to V Shem and Soon Huat.
“They posted that there were no VIPs during matches because these VIPs did not consider bronze as important. The statement did not reflect a good attitude,” said Norza after chairing the council meeting at Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM).
Soon Huat’s posts stated “Bronze medal match not so important?” and was followed by three question marks and a sad emoji.
V Shem was blunt in his posting: “Players fighting for the bronze medal. But, VIPs gone after we lose in the semi-final match.”
Norza was not pleased with the tone of sarcasm in the postings.
“We don’t care whether they are a senior or junior player but there is a strict disciplinary code that they need to adhere to,” said Norza.
“We’re not stopping them from using the social media platforms to express themselves but they must understand that there is a limit. BAM players must behave accordingly.
“People may not like this and brand us old school but we do not condone this.”
Meanwhile, Norza said they approved a whistle-blower policy for the first time to protect shuttlers who expose gambling, match-fixing and corruption matters.
“We’ve worked together with MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) to fine-tune this policy in tackling any wrongdoings to protect the integrity of our game. We’ve processes to protect our informants,” he said.
BAM also approved a retirement benefit policy aimed at rewarding long-serving officials – the state BA presidents, vice-presidents and honorary secretaries.
“This is in recognition of their services. Benefits include RM1,000 per year for services and they must have served for 10 years at least. If a president retires after 20 years of service, he’ll receive RM20,000,” said Norza.
When asked about under-performing state office bearers, on whether they would receive similar benefits, Norza said: “We may have a separate session to evaluate it. But most of them have spent their lives running the programme and it’s a good way to appreciate them.”
• Approved annual reports, to be uploaded on website.
• BAM endorsed badminton camp programme Astro Kasih as a platform to unearth Under-12 talents.
• A maximum of RM6,000 subsidy given to states to host junior tournaments – a maximum of two in a year.
• Confirmed the appointments of Amelia Anscelly, Mohd Hafiz Hashim, Wahida Abdullah and Lufti Zaim Abdul Khalid as Bukit Jalil Sports School coaches after a three-month probation.
• All organisers must obtain BAM’s sanction before hosting national and international tournaments.
• Approved Ehime prefecture as Malaysia’s official training camp for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. It’ll be Malaysia’s training base from 2018-2020.
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