The battle for posts in the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) has started and surprisingly, Kuala Lumpur is the first affiliate to feel the heat.
The first casualty of the race is Tan Sri Mohamad Noor Abdul Rahim who resigned as the President of Kuala Lumpur Cycling Association (KLCA) on last Friday.
He made the decision after acting Honorary Secretary, Haji Fazin Haji Saad issued a notice calling for a tri-annual General Meeting, to be held on 25 July at the Kuala Lumpur Velodrome.
Mohamad Noor was upset that he was not consulted and the matter was also not discussed at the previous council meeting. The last tri-annual meeting was held on 22 January 2006.
The move by Fazin, said to have the support of some of the council members in Kuala Lumpur, also caught the Deputy President, Daud Abu Kassim (picture) by surprised.
Daud, the founder and life member of KLCA, was surprised when informed that the Sports Commisioner's office has given the approval for the meeting to be held, even though the council has not given the green light.
Daud, who would also not be attending the meeting, has conveyed to the Sports Commisioner's office of the questionable move by Fazin and his supporters.
Among the questions raised were:
1. The approval of the council was not obtained before the notice of the tri-annual General Meeting was send to the members. The acting Honorary Secretary had a meeting with the Sports Commisioner's officers on 9 July and subsequently on 10 July, he sent out the notice stating that the tri-annual General Meeting would be held on 25 July;
2. The Financial report from 2006 to June 2009 has not been audited as required by the constitution;
3. There is a possibility the acting honorary secretary may bring in many "new members" who will pay their fees (Rm5) before the meeting and this contravenes the constitution which clearly states that fees must be paid not later than 1 February.
4. Fadzin Saad was appointed as the acting honorary secretary six months ago and he himself has not payed up the fees.
Daud urged the Sports Commisioners office to look into this problem and take the necessary steps to retify the situation. And knowing Daud, a veteran of 30 years in cycling, he will not let anyone destroy KLCA, an association he has looked after all these years.
Meanwhile, cycling sources say that this move by Fazin is to establish himself in KLCA with the intention of contesting for a post in the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF). The national body is expected to hold its Annual General Meeting some time in December this year.
Fazin is said to be keen to contest for one of the four Vice Presidents post. Sources say that he approached Kedah to support but was told that someone in Kedah also wants to contest.
Therefore he moved to KLCA and plans to make it his base for the time being.
Fazin and the official from Kedah are part of a third group that wants to see some changes in the national body. At this juncture, it is not known if anyone from the national leadership is sympathetic towards this group.
The other group are the challengers, who have made some in-roads into state affiliates and of course, the final group are the office bearers.
What ever it is, what happens in KL from tomorrow will give an indication as to the route the race is taking. In this race there are no Commisiares, only racers and supporters.