Tian Hock to take the helm of Maba

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Basketball Association (Maba) will have a new leader to chart the future of the sport in the next six years.

Datuk Lee Tian Hock will be taking over from Datuk Tan Kang Yong after an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) held at Wisma Maba yesterday.

The new president asserted that the EGM was not held after the National Sports Council (NSC) announced the budget cuts.

“Absolutely not. Datuk Wira (Kang Yong) wished to step down and I’m willing to take up the post. The EGM unanimously agreed to my nomination as president,” said Tian Hock.

“We will begin by soliciting for funds but it will take time. To ensure this year’s activities go on smoothly, I have contributed RM1mil.

“We will also be speaking to the ministry and relevant authorities to find ways to fill our coffers. We will work earnestly on ways to solicit funds. That’s for sure.”

Tian Hock also outlined five goals he wants to achieve during his six-year tenure.

He wants to ensure the association are stable, develop in-depth training for their athletes, look at naturalising foreign players, launch a professional basketball league and win at least a medal at the Hanoi SEA Games.

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