MalayMail – MSBF – WHAT’S UP, PROF?
WHAT’S UP, PROF?
KUALA LUMPUR: A clueless president? That seems to be the image projected by Malaysian Snooker and Billiards Federation (MSBF) president Prof Datuk Ar WY Chin as revealed in the minutes of the MSBF council meeting held on March 5.
The minutes showed that Chin “apologised for his long lapse in conducting MSBF meetings and business as he is equally overpreoccupied by his private employment”.
Chin serves as a dean in a local private university.
Having proudly mentioned that he has “served billiard sports and MSBF for over three decades”, Chin admitted he was “unaware MSBF have their own website”.
For the record, the official MSBF website — www.geocities.com/raylim9/ msbf.html — has been operating for years up until recently.
The other website catering for the local snooker scene is www.xzbilliards. com.
The meeting, held at Casa 2 in Bukit Jalil, was attended by all the members except executive secretary Patricia Kang.
Perhaps Chin is also “unaware” that three of his council members are from two “non-existent” State associations.
Mailsport learnt the Selangor and FT associations were not registered with the Sports Commissioner’s office as per the Sports Development Act 1997.
MSBF secretary Melvin Chia and coordinator SS Chua are said to be from Selangor while vice-president Wales Tan contested for the position under the FT ticket. Melvin declined comment.
Only four States — Johor, Terengganu, Kedah and Sabah — are affiliated to MSBF. The status of other States, including Sarawak and Kelantan, remains unclear.
The minutes also revealed Chin was not keen to send the national cue artists for overseas assignments.
Chin was said to have “lamented he was absolutely abhorred by the prevailing ingratitude attitude shown by the national players” and
“recommended MSBF to go back to the drawing board based fundamentally on past history when national players were selected solely by competitions in the market”.
Prior to this, the handful of players were based in Bukit Jalil and sparred with each other most of the time — without the guidance of a national coach or a proper programme.
The team was disbanded and the players are now left to fend themselves by playing in the handful of tournaments organised by local snooker operators.