This blog was never intended to be used to character assassinate any sports officials.
The way things have developed over several postings related to Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) and Taekwondo, OCM secretary-general, Datuk Sieh Kok Chi, has been a target for criticism and at times some of the comments went a step further to attack him personally.
However, I would like to think that these comments were made in the best interest of sports and no malice or personal vendettas were linked to it.
I have posted the comments in good faith, but I must apoligise to Datuk Sieh if he has been
embarrassed in anyway. That was certainly not my intention when I cleared the comments to be posted.
In all fairness to Datuk Sieh, he does not deserve most of the flak leveled at him.
I have known Datuk Sieh from day one, when he was took over from Thong Poh Nyen in 1992 and even before.
Datuk Sieh is passionate about sports and has always worked for the sports.
Any other person is position would have been tempted to abuse his position for his own benefit.
However, maybe over the years, Datuk Sieh, because of his age and long-winded in his address, many are beginning to think that he is becoming irrelevant or dismiss him.
But Datuk Sieh is very rich in Malaysian sports and its culture. He is bank of wisdom when he speaks about sports. He is a respected figure worldwide in the sports fraternity.
However, just because he is getting old and may not match up to the standards of the young and upcoming sports officials, he certainly does not deserve to be dismissed rudely.
At least give him the respect for his age and wisdom.
It is very common in this world to forget all the good things done in the past and only remember the few mistakes made.
As Divine in his comment posted in this blog had said: "Kok Chi is only human. He is bound to make mistakes."
Yes, we are all human.
We are all living in glass houses and it will be foolish to throw stones at others.
Maybe, Datuk Sieh has served past his time and he should gracefully step down. I am sure he is aware of the situation and will make his announcement in due course.
But in the meantime, let us not ridicule him and forget all the services he has rendered.
And also let us not regret later with a new secretary-general, who cannot match up to Datuk Sieh.
Yes, there are many capable candidates, but it is hoped that whoever takes up the position eventually, does not abuse the seat, but takes up the seat with sports at heart.
And it is also hoped that OCM will still be a place where Ali, Ah Chong, Alagapa, Adrian and Ajitpal, can all walk into, get fair treatment and have the feeling that it is a home for Malaysians!
I am sure there will be many sending in comments saying otherwise of Datuk Sieh, but hold your horses!
One day, you might get old and someone will throw the same stones at you.
Always appreciate what has been done. If there needs to be a change, there is always a platform to bring it up and make the changes, if necessary.
I am not taking sides here, but merely respecting a veteran sports administrator who is very knowledgeable and above all passionate about sports.
Just to side track, I remember the days of Abdullah Marzuki (MSSM secretary-general), A. Vaithilingam (now Datuk, former Selangor Schools Sports Council secretary-general - right) and the late S. Balachandran (then Federal Territory Schools Sports Council secretary-general), who were doing so much work for schools sports.
The reporters then, (including me), on numerous occasions have taken them to task on several issues, where we felt that they could have done better on several matters.
Now looking back against the present sports officials in schools, these gentlemen were 100 times better, efficient, passionate and dedicated to their job.
They made what schools sports was in the 70s and 80s.
Out they went and so did schools sports!
I just hope the same will not happen to OCM.
Whatever said, OCM has been a solid body for sports in Malaysia, despite their limitations.
There are other bodies who can do much more with their means, but less said of them, the better!
Of course OCM can always raise its bar and should. Let us hope that that the new generation of officials can achieve that and not fall behind current standards.
And as a parting shot, I agree that Datuk Naim Mohamad, the MNCF deputy president , is a good candidate to replace Datuk Sieh.
Datuk Naim is a down to earth man, with no personal agendas, who is well liked and respected by the sports fraternity.
Of course, there are many other candidates, but I am sure the delegates know best and will pick the right candidate based on merit and ability to carry out the duties.