The national road and track cycling programs will be getting a long awaited boost in a deal that will provide the National Sports Council (NSC) with massive savings with Australia's Teschner Technologies Group as bike suppliers, according to a New Straits Times report today.
The report, written by Arnaz M. Khairul and quoting none other than Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) deputy president, Datuk Naim Mohamed (picture), added that years of questionable sums spent by the NSC on purchase of bicycles from local suppliers will be somewhat calmed in a deal that now awaits the official approval of the national body.
While any move at reducing wasteful spending would definitely be lauded, however this particular move has raised some eyebrows, especially among the cycling fraternity.
The questions which need to be answered include who were the local suppliers supplying at presumably high cost, and the next query would definitely be was there a proper tender procedure before the said local company was selected as a supplier?
At a time when people want transparency, people are curious about these deals and many other happenings in the sports circle. Funding has always been a sensitive issue and when the answers are not clear, it can become more sensitive.