Khairy Wants Bam, Rashid To Halt Media Tiff

Last update: 08/08/2014

KLUANG, Aug 8 (Bernama) -- Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaludin wants the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) and national badminton head coach Rashid Sidek to find an amicable solution to their squabble.

Khairy said the cold war between BAM president Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff and Rashid should be resolved without further media publicity.

"I am calling on BAM and Rashid to stop the war in the media as they are in one organisation. If one is not satisfied, call for a face-to-face meeting. There is no need to debate in the media, contact Rashid and talk to him," he told reporters after opening Kluang Umno delegates' conference here today.

Khairy said presently BAM needed a technical director to separate the roles of coaching and those in other divisions for the development of badminton.

He said the absence of a technical director is believed to have contributed to the shortcomings of the badminton body.

"I hope BAM will nominate someone to me soon as the National Sports Council (NSC) will be footing the bill in the end.

"There must be a separation between the technical and coaching divisions and I hope the crisis will be settled quickly," he said.

The squabble between BAM and Rashid was said to have worsened after the poor performance of the national badminton singles players at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland recently, particularly involving Liew Darren.

In another development, Khairy also directed BAM to disburse the Coaches Incentive Scheme (SGAR) payment amounting to RM16,000 to the badminton squad coaches for assisting to take the country to the Thomas Cup finals in May.

"This is due to the coaches, we have to pay them. After all it is NSC money which I have approved. There is no reason BAM has no money to pay the coaches their incentive," he said.