SERDANG – Outgoing Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar hopes there will be no disunity among members following the OCM annual general assembly taking place tomorrow.
Tunku Imran, who held the president post for the past 20 years, said those not elected should not feel disheartened but instead continue to play their part in helping OCM’s quest to uplift national sports.
“Once you’re nominated or elected, you become part of the team. You might be from a different camp initially in the election process but once you’re on, you’re on.
“You are all in the boat together, so you have to sink or swim together,” he told reporters after sharing his journey as OCM president at Universiti Putra Malaysia’s (UPM) Sports Academy Distinguished Lecture Series here today.
Tomorrow’s assembly will see a straight fight between National Science Institute (NSI) chairman Datuk Seri Azim Mohd Zabidi and Malaysian National Silat Federation (PESAKA) secretary-general Datuk Megat Zulkarnain Omardin for the deputy presidency left vacant by Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria.
The post of secretary-general will also see fierce competition with incumbent Datuk Low Beng Choo being challenged by Taekwondo Malaysia deputy president Datuk Mohd Nazifuddin Mohd Najib.
The five vice-president posts will see a contest among nine candidates including three incumbents — Prof Datuk Dr Zakaria Ahmad, Datuk Paduka Mumtaz Jaffar and Datuk Ong Poh Eng.
Tunku Imran hoped the new leadership under incoming president Mohamad Norza would finish the “unfinished business”. The latter had won the OCM presidency unopposed.
“I think they need to continue trying to streamline the management, trying to establish more corporate style of running things, making more policies and also monitoring the board,” he said. – BERNAMA