KUALA LUMPUR: Beleaguered Malaysian Athletic Union (MAU) deputy president Datuk Karim Ibrahim is in the news for the wrong reason again.
This time, he has been accused of ordering MAU general manager Dr Iskandar Abdullah to resign after only three months on the job.
A shocked Iskandar said yesterday that he had quit, as told, despite being reluctant to do so.
“Karim asked me to resign and I did because he was the one who hired me. You have to ask him why he wanted me out,” said Iskandar.
“It’s not fair as I have done everything expected of me. I’m reluctant to leave in this manner.
“We had different ideas on how things should be done and that may be why he asked me to leave. But I’m saddened at the way I’ve been treated as I wasn’t given enough time to prove myself.”
Iskandar, 55, believes he has done a good job as general manager despite the short tenure.
“Nobody knows that it was OCM secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chih and me who got the 4x400m quartet, who won the gold medal, to participate in the Indonesian SEA Games,” said Iskandar, who received his Phd from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2000.
“The boys only had their air tickets. I got their accreditation and attire sorted out at the eleventh hour. I also did the ground work before the athletics team left for Indonesia,” he said.
“I’m stunned and bewildered. I’m thankful to Karim for bringing me into MAU but I’m not at all happy with the way I have been treated.”