Wednesday September 19, 2012
MAU to know today whether they can hold elections
By AFTAR SINGH
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Athletic Union (MAU) will know today whether they can go ahead with their long delayed elections on Sunday.
Sports Commissioner Datuk Mohd Yassin Mohd Salleh will announce his decision on whether the MAU constitution is in order for the AGM to go on as scheduled.
He had, earlier, informed MAU that they needed to call for an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) if they wanted to review or amend the constitution.
MAU vice-president Datuk R. Annamalai said they have rectified the mistakes made in the 15-page constitution.
“We met the Sports Commissioner today to explain that we have removed article 8.4.4 , which called for staggered yearly elections.
“He will inform us tomorrow whether we can hold the elections as planned on Sept 23,” Annamalai said yesterday.
There was confusion last Saturday following the discovery of conflicting provisions in the amended constitution.
Officer in charge T. Kumar did not want to open the envelopes containing the nomination forms from the 15 affiliates until the errant provisions were removed or amended.
Kumar cited the old article 8.4.4 as being in conflict with the new article 8.6.7, which provides for the election of office bearers every two years.
He advised MAU to refer the matter to the Sports Commissioner, who had approved MAU’s new constitution, for review.
To compound matters, article 8.7.2, also new, said elections should be held triennially, leaving Kumar with no choice but to decline opening the nomination forms, claiming the whole procedure was flawed.
Annamalai said if the Sports Commissioner accepts the constitution, they would announce the nomination list today.
Incumbent MAU deputy president Datuk Karim Ibrahim is facing an inquiry committee, headed by retired judge Tan Sri V. C. George, over two doping cases.
Karim, who has been nominated by Malacca AA to defend his post, faces a three-cornered fight with Terengganu AA president Datuk Wan Hisham Salleh and Selangor AA secretary K. Yogeswaran.