The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) Executive Council Meeting at it’s meeting yesterday has confirmed the appointment of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) general manager Michelle Chai as its new Chief Operating Officer.
Go Sports had reported on this impending move earlier this month.
The move was in the offing following the appointment of Datuk Kenny Goh as the BAM full time secretary general.
It was believed that the BAM could not afford to pay both Michelle and Kenny to do overlapping tasks.
With OCM president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria also heading the BAM, the move does not come as a surprise.
The OCM had wanted to appoint Ung Su Ling as the OCM chief operating officer earlier in April, but it fell through especially after the outcry over her background.
Su Ling was the former former chief executive of Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia (YR1M) and had previously worked for Wynton Private Equity Group Sdn Bhd from 2004 to 2006, an investment firm formerly owned by fugitive financier Low Taek Jho or Jho Low.
Former OCM secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi was among those who were not happy with the appointment of a COO, especially due to the high financial cost to the OCM.
The appointment while sudden was not totally unexpected. It is learnt that Norza had personally met with a number of detractors prior to the executive committee meeting to convince them on the appointment of Michelle.