Sarawak BA president Nathan will focus on Sukma shuttlers’ preparation first

PETALING JAYA: Sarawak Badminton Association (SBA) president Nathan Laing Sim is looking forward to the state’s preparation for the Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Kuching from Aug 17-24 after a dispute over leadership has been settled by the High Court.

On May 17, a Kuching High Court reinstated Nathan as the president of the SBA, Johnny Ng the secretary and Robert Lau the treasurer, and five other members.

Judge Datuk Alwi Abdul Wahab, in his ruling on the judicial review brought by Laing and his ousted office bearers, declared that the extraordinary general meeting (EGM) called by Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Hussein in 2022 was “improper and wrong in law” as it violated the SBA constitution.

The ruling invalidated the amendments to the SBA constitution passed at the Aziz-chaired EGM.

It also annulled the Sarawak Regional Sports Commissioner’s endorsement of the “amended” constitution and affirmed the validity of the EGM organised by Laing and his office bearers on Sept 18, 2021, and the annual general meeting (AGM) on Oct 3, 2021.

An order has been meted out requiring the Sarawak Sports Commissioner and Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh to approve the EGM and AGM held by the eight applicants.

Nathan said they were moving forward.

“With this significant legal victory, the SBA are poised to reclaim their esteemed status in Sarawak badminton. Guided by principles of transparency, inclusivity, and progress, we are committed to ushering the SBA into a new era of growth and achievement,” said Nathan in a statement.

“We possess a clear vision and mission, supported by a comprehensive five-year blueprint, aimed at propelling Sarawak badminton to national and international prominence.

“Our objective is to establish transparent, high-integrity, and professional governance within the SBA, focusing on all facets of sports administration, technical expertise, coaching, player development, sports science, and technology.

The goal, he said was to advance badminton in Sarawak.

“Despite the challenges encountered along the way, including disruptions to administrative functions and preparations for the upcoming Sukma, the association remain resolute in their mission,” said Nathan.

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the High Court for its prudent decision and to our supporters for their unwavering belief in our vision.

“As we navigate the road ahead, we call upon all stakeholders to unite in the spirit of sportsmanship and development, ensuring a brighter future for Sarawak badminton.

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