Trouble is brewing in the Malaysia Association of Dodgeball (MAD) with two states affiliates taking legal action against the national governing body for various alleged discrepancies.
Selangor and the Kuala Lumpur state affiliates have filed a suit against Dato V Radhakrishnan, in his capacity as the MAD president, seeking various remedies including, reinstatement of membership, termination of a number of appointed office-bearers as well as disclosure of financial and contractual agreements made by the committee, allegedly made without the knowledge or the approval of the executive committee.
The two state bodies are also seeking to nullify the Extraordinary General Meeting held in December last year for allegedly failing to adhere to its constitution.
They also want the national body to stop steps taken to infringe into state rights including creation of new clubs as well as collection of fees from the said clubs.
MAD had contested the suit filed in February this year, claiming that it was not in accordance to the Sports Development Act and that the office bearers cannot be sued. However, in the initial hearing earlier last month, the courts have decided that the hearing can proceed and have set September 28th for case management.
In the meantime, MAD has now reached out to the two states for independent mediation. It is learnt that while both states are agreeable to the mediation taking place, the pending legal actions would not be stopped.
A major issue in the dispute is the appointment and election of various office bearers, whom are claimed to be non-members of affiliated bodies of MAD or had lost their eligibility.
The office bearers, whose appointments were being questioned, includes deputy president Ramona Yoke Yeen, secretary Yeo Wai Tat, treasurer Liew See Lan and three committee members – Mohd Lutfi Mohd Tawil, Teo Yong Jiew and Muhammad Fadhli Mohd Ihsan.
The two states are also seeking clarifications on the contracts made between MAD and various entities including Gooutdoor Dot Com Sdn Bhd, Evemeisters Enterprise, and Mad About Dodgeball Sdn Bhd, which were allegedly never discussed or approved by the executive committee.
They also want the key office bearers including the president to declare their interest in the companies with which the MAD had entered into contracts including for the supply of tournament balls. It is believed several office bearers were in conflict of interest, holding key positions or shareholding in these companies
The two state affiliates also want to know the association’s benefits in entering into the contracts with these companies when the supply of the balls could be done by the MAD directly from the world governing body.
Both Selangor and Kuala Lumpur have also claimed that both bodies were stripped of their affiliations in trumped up charges following their query into the various discrepancies in the management of the MAD and the civil suits filed against the organisation.
The two states had previously referred the matter to the Sports Commissioners Office, but were told to resolve the matter internally.