RESPONSIBLE: Accepts that he too has failed as CTC chairman
NG Chin Chai has accepted that he is also to blame for Malaysia's failure on the international stage in his capacity as the coaching and training committee (CTC) chairman and will relinquish the post at the BA of Malaysia's (BAM) annual general meeting and elections in July.
Chin Chai said it was only fair for the incoming president to name a new chairman rather than inheriting someone from the current administration.
However, Chin Chai will continue to be the BAM secretary if he is appointed again by the incoming president, who will replace Datuk Seri Nadzmi Salleh who will not be seeking reelection.
"I would like to apologise to all Malaysians on behalf of BAM and the players. We have failed to achieve several targets on the international stage over the last three years and I am partly responsible for Malaysia's failure," said Chin Chai.
The latest is Malaysia's failure to make the quarter-finals of the Sudirman Cup, no thanks to shock defeats to Taiwan and Germany in the group stage.
"There have been several targets that we failed to achieve.
"I have served for three years as the CTC chairman but I will not offer myself for the post under the new president.
"Emotions are high at the moment and there have been calls for changes but please bear with us as there will be a change in leadership as well as in the management team in July."
Chin Chai also said that BAM will ensure that players toe the line when it comes to discipline.
"The coaches have finally opened up and Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong's indiscipline was highlighted by them. I would like to stress that action will be taken against any player who flouts BAM's rules and regulations.
"The coaches only opened up and spoke about the players' indiscipline in the last CTC meeting (last month).
"Gambling is something that was raised and the players are barred from such activities during training and tournaments."