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There is no need to form a new association - Hanafiah

Kuala Lumpur: Affiliates of the Malaysian Sepaktakraw Association (PSM) do not need to set up a new association in an effort to change the administration and management of the country's sepak takraw parent body.

Dr Hanafiah Ayub said, the action of setting up a new association will worsen the situation with various bureaucratic hassles, including having to go through the Asian and World Sepak Takraw parent body to be accepted to participate in the next tournament.

He who is also the Director of the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Sports Center said, at this time it is better to make an agreement between the members of the coalition to make a vote of no confidence to the top management of PSM.

"PSM's current situation is better with its president, Datuk Seri Ahmad Ismail resigning and giving way to a new face to govern the association.

"However, the second option available is to state the motion of no confidence in the existing PSM leadership so that a new top post can be elected.

“If setting up a new association, it has to be re -registered, an example for Asia has to be brought in the next general assembly there has to be a vote on whether membership is accepted or otherwise.

"This process seems easy, but there are times when it can take up to two years and it is possible that Malaysia will not be able to participate in the international tournament later," he said.

Earlier, four members of the coalition announced their withdrawal from PSM involving the Kelantan Sepaktakraw Coalition (Gastak) and the Johor Sepaktakraw Association (PSJ) before the Selangor Sepaktakraw Association (PSS) and the Kedah State Sepaktakraw Association (Pestak) took the same decision.

Ahmad was suspended for 15 years by the Asian Sepaktakraw Federation (Astaf) after being charged with four charges including violating Article 5.5 of the Astaf law by sending letters to the Asian Olympic Council and the International Olympic Committee hoping they would interfere in Astaf's March 1 election results.

Apart from that, he was also fined US $ 25,000 (RM102,937) to cover the cost of hearing the case. Astaf on April 28 also took action to temporarily suspend PSM from engaging in any sports-related activities with immediate effect, for allegedly violating the agreement to comply with all objectives and constitution of the International Sepaktakraw Federation (Istaf) and Astaf as signed on March 14, 2008.

In a show cause letter to PSM, the Malaysian sepak takraw parent body was also accused of defaming the leadership and the Astaf Executive Council as well as the Astaf organization as a whole based on Ahmad's statement on the Astaf selection.


Credit: Harian Metro

Date of Input: 07/06/2021 | Updated: 29/06/2021 | amin_mustafha


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