March 8, 2010


Malaysian cricket hit by slew of resignations

Liam Brickhill

The deputy president of the troubled Malaysian Cricket Association, Datuk Dr Amarjit Singh, has resigned, citing time constraints as the reason for his decision.

"There is no need to say anything more nor do I want to hurt anybody. I have come to a decision to resign and that's it," Dr Amarjit told Bernama, the Malaysian National News Agency.

His resignation is a major setback for the MCA, which is in the midst of a slew of resignations, and has yet to find replacements for the two vice-presidential posts left vacant after Mahindra Vallipuran’s resignation and the death of Affendi Tuan Stephens last year. The association is reportedly also in financial difficulties.

"But I hope the president will take a serious look at the situation and fill up the vacancies, including that of ordinary member Gopal Sreenavasan who has also resigned,” added Dr Amarjit, who runs a clinic in Kuala Lumpur and was also the chairman of the MCA development committee. "If not, it's only fair that a re-election be called soon."

Bernama reported on its website that Dr Amarjit had been in the process of organising a golf tournament to help raise funds for cricket development but his plans were not given support, prompting his resignation.

"If I were him I would have felt very frustrated too,” said the president of the Johor Cricket Council, Datuk Dr Harjit Singh. “Dr Amarjit has the interest of cricket at heart and it's sad to see him go. Malaysian cricket has lost a good man.

“But I think there is more to it. In fact, Malaysian cricket is in a shambles right now. Something must be done to put things right again. Malaysian cricket cannot function like it is now.”


Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town

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