KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur Hockey Association (KLHA) secretary V. Rajamanickam has succeeded in an appeal to get the Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) to reduce his one-year suspension.
Yesterday, the MHF Council reduced his suspension to three months. Rajamanickam was suspended for bringing disrepute to the MHF with a press statement made last September.
Selangor Razak Cup assistant manager Joseph de Silva also had his suspension reduced from five years to three years.
Joseph was punished together with the team manager, S. Subramaniam, for submitting false and invalid release letters on three Kelantan players – Mohamed Rohizan, Mohamed Zamzuhairi and Mohamed Faisal Daud – to represent Selangor in the Razak Cup competition in Klang last year.
Subramaniam was suspended for two years and he did not make an appeal against it.
The suspension on the trio took effect from Jan 15.
The MHF deputy president, Tan Sri Laksamana Mohamed Anwar Mohamed Nor, who chaired the special council meeting yesterday, said: “We are democratic in our process and in the interest of hockey, we have reduced Rajamanickam suspension to three months because of his good behaviour and his contribution to hockey to the state and country.”
Meanwhile, Joseph was unhappy with the outcome of the appeal.
“Justice was not done, as I feel that I have contributed a lot to state hockey. I will continue to pursue the matter with MHF.”