The Malaysian Taekwondo Asociation's (MTA) problems seem to be getting bigger all the time. On Saturday, at a emergency general assembly, the state affiliates rejected a proposal to adopt an amended constitution for the association.
According to news reports, delegates voted 8-1 against adopting the constitution which would have allowed clubs to become vote-bearing affiliates, alongside the states.
The nine states which cast a vote each were Kedah, Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Terengganu and Sarawak while Negri Sembilan, Armed Forces and Malaysian Universities Sports Council did not meet voting requirements.
Olympic Council of Malaysia president Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja'afar called the rejection a "selfish act" which could spell the end of the still-suspended MTA.
"The proposal was meant to bring all the various stakeholders in the sport together but some states did not want to bring clubs into the system.
"They want to maintain in control of the sport themselves and unfortunately the states did not want to budge. They still want to cling to power which is a very selfish act.
"They did not think of the sport and the athletes which puts taekwondo in a precarious position," said Tunku Imran after chairing the meeting, in his capacity of the MTA ad hoc committee chairman.
The ad hoc committee was tasked by the previous Sports Minister Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob with formulating a new constitution to get the national body back on its feet and comprised representatives of MTA, rival bodies the Malaysian Taekwondo Federation and the Malaysian Taekwondo Clubs Association, National Sports Council and the Sports and Education ministries.
Tunku Imran said there are several options on the table to resolve the issue including direct intervention by Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
"We will make recommendations to the government on the way forward and one of which is for the minister to decree the constitution on MTA.
"Another is to utilise MTF as the governing body but we'll have to take steps for them to be recognised by the international body (World Taekwondo Federation)," said Tunku Imran.
The rejection also means national taekwondo exponents are barred from competing internationally while putting taekwondo's reinstatement into the Malaysia Games in doubt.
When asked if the national exponents will be allowed to compete in the Laos Sea Games in December, Tunku Imran said: "They can't. The ad hoc committee has been running taekwondo on behalf of MTA but with the rejection of the proposal, MTA remains suspended."