The current imbroglio surrounding the Malaysia Paralympic Council (MPM) elections cannot be resolved if hidden hands are allowed to continue manipulate the issue for their own benefit.
The Sports Commissioner’s Office had last week advised the MPM executive committee to drop their intentions to call for an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) with the intention of endorsing the calling for fresh nominations.
Megat D Shahriman Zaharuddin, who filed his papers to vie for the presidency according to the rules set out, had also filed for injunction to stop the EGM. Faced with the legal action and the advise from the Sports Commissioner’s Office the MPM decided not to go ahead with the EGM.
The injunction was also not awarded considering that the matter was resolved. That should have been the end of any notion of holding the EGM.
However, nothing is as simple as that when it comes to parties that are determined to get things resolved only for their own benefit.
It is learnt that certain top officials in the MPM issued a letter to all affiliates the very next day seeking their support to hold an EGM nevertheless, albeit on a new date. Sources within the MPM say that any hopes of holding an EGM does not look likely with no majority support for the motion.
That the effort to push for the EGM was still being pursued shows how some key members of the MPM are not bothered about following MPM’s own rules and can be deemed mala fide.
The MPM was to have conducted their AGM and elections on June 29. But controversy arose when some candidates, who had filed in their nomination for the MPM elections after the prescribed dateline insisted they were eligible to contest.
Faced with the dilemma, the MPM general body, which met on June 29, decided to postpone the meeting to a later date.
Former Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, deputy president John Ng Kean Chuan, Nasharuddin Hashim,secretary Siti Zaharah Abdul Khalid and Dr S Radha Krishnan were the five, who had failed to keep the timeline on nominations.
“This is not the first time that we have been facing problems in MPM. The first was four years ago because of financial discrepancies and now because some officials just do not want to follow rules,’ said one official.
It is also learnt that threats of disciplinary actions were also bandied around.
The insistence of an EGM does not give any confidence on the leadership of the MPM. After all, the Sports Commissioners Office had also given their verdict on the ineligibility of those who had filed their nominations a day late.
The outgoing MPM president SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin has only one simple task to do to resolve the issue. He should immediately call for a full council meeting and set the new dates for the postponed AGM and elections.
The president and the executive council should bear in mind that the general body of the MPM is the supreme decision making body in the organisation. The AGM on June 29 at no time made a decision to cancel the AGM. Postponement meant that the agenda as well as the rules governing the filing of nomination remains as it was.
As it is, it seems the one person was dictating how the matter should be resolved for the benefit of a few even if it was by breaking the rules. The MPM has the moral obligation to decide whether the one is more important the rest.