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Malaysian Sports Minister urges caution over McQuaid support

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Cycling News
Published:
August 6, 2013, 03:20,
Updated:
August 6, 2013, 04:21
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, August 6, 2013
The peloton pass by more Malaysian flags roadside on stage seven.

The peloton pass by more Malaysian flags roadside on stage seven.

  • The peloton pass by more Malaysian flags roadside on stage seven.
  • UCI President Pat McQuaid at the UCI headquarters in Aigle

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Federation's priority should be development, not politics

The Malaysian government Sports Minister has warned the national cycling body to steer clear of forays into the political sphere and instead concentrate on the betterment of the sport following their controversial backing of incumbent UCI President Pat McQuaid.

Last week it was announced that the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) not only joined with Morocco in their nomination of McQuaid for the up-coming UCI elections in September, but also that the south-east Asian nation is proposing a Constitutional amendment that would allow their backing for election. As it stands, all nominations must be made 90 days prior to the election and candidates require the backing of their own federation.

"I don't wish to interfere in the MNCF's choice of who it wants to support in the UCI elections," said Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin in response according to the New Straits Times late last week.

"But I wish to remind them that the focus of their efforts and priorities should be towards the wellbeing and development of our national cyclists and the events under their care, like our premier event Le Tour de Langkawi."

The MNCF relies mostly on tax payer funding and earlier this year, head coach John Beasley called for the federal government to step in and ask questions as to why development projects have stalled considerably, particularly in road cycling.

"As it is, this is a highly controversial issue, so I would not want to interfere in the political choices of the MNCF, or whoever they wish to support in this elections [sic]. They must remember that whatever they do, it has to benefit the development of Malaysian cycling," said Khairy

 

mchthag More than 1 year ago
Mr Khairy Jamaluddin's comments are to be welcomed even if the description of what the Malaysian National Cycling Federation is attempting to do is incomplete. MNCF are entitled to vote for whoever they choose and for whatever reasons, but to unconstitutionally interfere ingenuously in the election process after nominations have closed, and clearly to the benefit of one of the nominees, is undemocratic and an unworthy reflection of Malaysia's perception of democracy.
ianfra More than 1 year ago
I don't know to much about Malaysia but I do know about another country supporting Pat the tinker. Thailand. A couple of years back MacQuaid came here and was feted by the Thai Cycling Assopciation. I has at that time been writing to MacQuaid and pointing out the corruption that existed within the TCA. He did not have to courtesy to reply. Instead he enjoyed their corrupt largesse. It is telling, is it not, that PMcQ gets support from those countries who shun democracy.
Tideplay1 More than 1 year ago
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