Tuesday August 21, 2012
MSNPP deputy chairman to give resignation issue a thought
GEORGE TOWN: Datuk Ong Poh Eng (pic), who resigned as Penang Sports Council (MSNPP) deputy chairman, is still disappointed over the “opportunist” label by controversial Komtar assemblyman Ng Wei Aik.
Ong said he had yet to decide whether to retract his resignation, as the MSNPP board had refused to accept it.
He said that in the meantime, he would take time off to clear his mind before making a decision.
“Give me time to think. I have still not decided on anything. I want to rest for a while,” he said when contacted yesterday.
Ong had tendered his resignation during a meeting with the MSNPP board on Aug 17 following the controversy after Ng, who is Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s political secretary, had called him an opportunist.
The board rejected the resignation on the basis that Ong had “genuinely” helped with the development of sports in Penang.
Ong, who feels concerned for his family during this difficult time, said he had neglected his family as he had spent so much time and money on MSNPP.
He also expressed disappointment about the name-calling happening after returning to Penang from the recent London Olympics where he acted as a jury member in the weightlifting events.
“Other countries would have been proud if their countryman had that task (at the Olympics),” said Ong.
He, however, added that he would still contribute to sports development in Penang.
“I will still be involved in sports. I’m an executive board member with the International Weightlifting Federation, and I have a duty to promote and support the sport,” he said.
The vernacular media had quoted Ng as saying that Ong’s position in the board was a conflict of interest as he owned a sports equipment business.
Ong had responded by saying that he had sold off his business.