JOHOR BARU: Veteran snooker player Chew Lean Teng has not given up hope to don national colours again even though he has rocked the boat by taking the national selectors to task last month.
The 35-year-old Lean Teng has together with three other veterans – Sam Chong, 43, Yong Kien Foot, 34 and Wong Ann Seng, 44 – had claimed that the Malaysian Snooker and Billiards Federation (MSBF) had been unfair in sidelining them from international meets.
Lean Teng, who coaches budding snooker players at Mega X in Johor Jaya and UK Snooker Centre in Taman Tun Aminah here, made it clear that they were not led by anyone into calling for the press conference on June 2 to voice their grievances.
“The Gerakan Local Authority and Government bureau chief, Tong Kim Chuang, had nothing to do with the calling of the press conference. We did it on our own accord and we accept full responsibility for what we said,” he said.
Lean Teng in his international career had represented Malaysia in three SEA Games – in Chiang Mai in 1995, Brunei in 1999 and Kuala Lumpur in 2001. He also competed in the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok.
“It was a big mistake on our part. I wish to carry on with my snooker career for many years more. I have not lost the zest to play for my country,” he said.
“I apologise for the blunders that I have made. I hope that the MSBF will give me another chance. I have not forgotten what they have done for my snooker career.
“I make a living out of snooker and I do not want to jeopardise it,” he finished.