KUALA LUMPUR: Sports Commissioner Datuk Mohd Yassin Mohd Salleh has given the greenlight to the Malaysian Athletic Union (MAU) to go to hold their long delayed elections on Sunday.
MAU have rectified the mistakes in the 15-page constitution and also removed the article 8.4.4, which called for staggered yearly elections.
They also removed article 8.7.2, which said elections should be held triennially.
MAU president Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said that Sports Commissioner was satisfied with the amendments and has approved the MAU constitution.
“We are relieved that the elections and annual general meeting (AGM) will be held as schedule on Sunday,” said Shahidan.
Last Saturday, officer in charge T. Kumar, who did not want to open the envelopes containing the nominations forms from the 15 affiliates until the errant provisions were removed or amended, finally unveil the nominations yesterday.
Incumbent MAU president Shahidan received four nominations from Perlis, Perak, Kuala Lumpur and Perak and he faces a three-corner fight from Negri Sembilan AA president Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad and former deputy president Datuk Danyal Balagopal, who each received one nomination.
Incumbent deputy president Datuk Karim Ibrahim received two nominations and he will be up against Terengganu AA president Datuk Wan Hisyam Wan Salleh and Selangor AA secretary K. Yogasveran.
The 55-year-old Karim, who has been the deputy president since 2008, is facing an inquiry committee headed by retired judge Tan Sri V. C. George over his alleged involvement in two doping cases.
Army Brig-Gen Yusri Anuar, who received two nominations for vice-president post has withdrawn.
Incumbent vice-presidents Datuk R. Annamalai and Datuk Paduka Mumtaz Jaafar, will face six others – Mohamed Awang of Kelantan, K. Yogasveran of Selangor, Datuk Paiman Abdul Karim of Sabah, Rajemah Ahmad of Terengganu, P. Solomon of Kedah and S. Rajasegran of Johor – for the post.
Four vice-presidents will be elected and one must be a woman.
Shahidan said that he wants a fair elections with the best candidates winning their posts.
“Those who win the elections must work hard to improve the standard of athletics, which have dropped drastically. My focus, if elected as the president, is that we must win nine gold medals in next year’s SEA Games in Myanmar and if we failed to achieve that then I will considered it as a failure and will step down as the president,” said Shahidan, who is seeking the fourth term as the president.
Shahidan became the MAU president in 2006 and in the last three SEA Games, Malaysia have won six golds in Korat 2007 and Laos 2009 but in Palembang last year, they only won five.