Sports Commissioner Will Be Fair To PKBM – Khairy

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PETALING JAYA – The Commissioner of Sports will make a just evaluation before any action is taken against the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (PKBM), which allegedly failed to manage its finances.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the Commissioner of Sports had been ordered to scrutinise the excuses in a reply to a show cause letter from the latter, which PKBM has to submit today.

“I have met PKBM deputy president Datuk Naim Mohamad and informed him we will scrutinise the answer from PKBM fairly and after that the Commissioner of Sports will announce his decision.

“Everything must go according to procedure. Seven days to answer the show cause letter, we will only decide after that whether to suspend (PKBM) or not, and after that PKBM still has time to appeal,” he told reporters after opening the 6th International Invitation Ice Hockey Championship at the Sunway Pyramid here, yesterday.

On Aug 21, Khairy directed the Commissioner of Sports to suspend the registration of PKBM on the allegation that the association had failed in managing it finances.

However, the suspension would only be carried out if PKBM failed to give good reasons to the show cause letter which was issued by the Commissioner of Sports in 14 days, namely, until Sept 4.

Meanwhile, Khairy said a temporary special committee would be set up to handle all businesses related to PKBM if the association faced suspension.

He said, the temporary special committee would enable all the businesses of organising cycling championships including Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) could be continued.

But, Khairy stressed that the temporary special committee would not carry out its task for too long, if possible the restructuring of the association be carried out promptly.

“The temporary special committee can handle business with International Cycling Union. When any deal could be done under the name of PKBM, any championship which needed to be organised can be continued,” he said.

On Jan 29, an audit on the account of PKBM was made by the Youth and Sports Ministry uncovered serious weaknesses and defects in the financial management practiced by the association involving the annual fund of RM1.5 million for the development of highway cycling. – Bernama