IN what can be considered a weird move, the new Melaka State Government had decided to terminate early the contract of the Director of the Malacca State Sports Council, Arrifin Ghani.
A former international hockey player, Arifin was on loan from the National Sports Council (NSC) to Melaka for a 2-year term, ending in January 2021.
However, Arrifin was served with his orders to return to NSC by the new Melaka State Government.
That can still be stomached compared to this.
But now the NSC is looking at placing Arrifin as the Head of Corporate Communications!
What a bloody joke of the highest order!
Just consider that an officer who had served as the Head of the Athlete Division and credited with the best showing in the 2010 Asian and Commonwealth Games to placed in Cold Storage?
An athlete who represented the nation for hockey and played the highest level at the Champions Trophy and in 1989 assisted Malaysia to finish 6th by shooting 8 goals is now left to rot on the bench!
An individual that has a law degree but never put in the right place for reasons known better to the current Director-general who moved him from the position of Admin Director to Events Director, where he was put in ice.
So, Mr Minister, can you see the politics of Malaysian sports right before your eyes?
If the NSC Director does not want a good Officer, perhaps you could use Arrifin in your office to advise you on sports matters?
Or send him to be the Chief Executive Officer at the Stadium Board which is vacant.
Or better still appoint him as the Sports Commissioner!
Ask the National Sports Association’s and many will vouch for his character and will be more than happy to have him back as head of the Athletes Division.
Simply because of his ability to work with the NSA and not against them as practised currently.
Sports is about inclusiveness, not exclusiveness and that is one of the traits Arrifin could bring back to NSC.
There is no doubt the Minister has to put a stop to this marginalising of officers who are capable within NSC.
Many have often paid the price for not being in the right “camp”.
YB Datuk Seri Reezal Merican, it is that you look seriously into this matter.
And as for Melaka, you really do not know what sports is, so it’s your loss that Arriffin is going, no thanks to a decision made without much thought.
Ask your state sports associations to vote, they all want Arriffin to stay, except for some high handed civil servants who seem to hate sports.