Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Please save taekwondo

Representatives of the suspended Malaysian Taekwondo Association (MTA) will submit a memorandum soonest possible to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to find ways to resolve the crisis in the sports body.

And, hopefully an investigation will be launched to identify those responsible for instigating and causing the sport to suffer.

Its former president Raja Taharuddin Raja Nong Chik said the memorandum would state their disappointment over the announcement by the ad hoc committee on the formation of Taekwondo Malaysia (TM) to take over the role of MTA.

"The ad hoc committee was only tasked with resolving MTA's internal crisis and not set up a new association," he said after attending a meeting with seven state taekwondo associations in Kuala Lumpur, Monday.

Raja Taharudin whose membership in the ad hoc committee was suspended last September over his issuing a press statement on the ad hoc committee, said: "In my opinion, the ad hoc committee had failed in its ways to tackle the crisis. Now it wants to set up a new association, Taekwondo Malaysia."

He said under the ad hoc committee, the MTA and its members had adhered to every condition in the pledge of promise.

"The ad hoc committee had ordered for an annual general meeting to be convened last Oct 24 with each delegation agreeing to amend the association's constitution.

Present at the news conference were president of the Selangor Taekwondo Association Datuk Dr Yusof Hashim and his deputy Eddie Tuan, and the presidents and representatives of seven state associations affiliated to MTA.

MTA, the national governing body for taekwondo and is affiliated to the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), was de-registered by Elyas on May 6, 2005 but later reinstated by Youth and Sports Minister then, Datuk Azalina Othman Said.

Copies of the memorandum will also be submitted to Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the chairman of the Cabinet Committee on Sports, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek and Sports Commissioner Datuk Nik Mahmud Nik Yusof.


  1. What Raja Nong Chik said is true with regards to the ad hoc committee duty was to resolve the internal strife in Taekwando. It is too late now to ask who is the caused of the internal strife. But we can ask who are the ad hoc committee and who is the President. All of you know the answer to that , Tunku Imran of OCM is the President of the Ad Hoc Committee,

    OCM somehow have this notion that they are the best body to do mediation. They even amended their constiution to give them this powers. So now they have thrown the towel many Taekwando student have to suffer from their folly.

    Lets look forward Raja Nong Chik. Let's see if this new body can be affiliated to WTF, if they can , then I suggest you join this new body and call it a day. If they cannot , then you appeal to the PM and the DPM is in order.

    I cannot help by voicing my disappointment in OCM , in undertaking a matter and instead of solving a problem, are laying ultimatums to the bodies to want to do it their way. What does OCM knows about Taekwando? They are just a coordinating body and they should keep their nose out of affairs that does not concern them.

    The proper body to do the investigation is the SC, and why is this so. Under the Sports Development Act the SC are empowered to invoke various body and investigative body and resolve the problems.

    Please OCM especially Dato Sieh Kok Chi, keep out on matters that you have no ideas at all. Just stick to your role of being the glorified body sending athletes to the Games and organise you little parties to honour the athletes. Yes you can also organise your sports development program where very few of your NSA bother to even attend. Again I say the problem of Taekwando today is on account of OCM.

  2. OCM cannot be a mediating body for it will be bias towards those that will be able to keep them in their current position.

    This should be given to the Sport Commission whom should have proper law department as they are the keeper of the constitution from OCM to all sporting bodies.

    OCM is never fair and will never be neutral.