KUALA LUMPUR: Openness, transparency and frankness.
This will be expected from the national shuttlers when Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff meets up with them during a special meeting with the players after chairing the council meeting Saturday.
A directive has been given to all national players led by world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei to turn up in Subang where the council meeting will be held. The invitation is only for the players and not their coaches.
It is learnt that Tengku Mahaleel wants the players to be the first ones to know all the changes in BAM and he wants them to be receptive and also open with what they want from the national body.
There has been uneasiness among the players – especially with the directive by the president to halt coaches from sending players for international tournaments.
The players are also quite uncomfortable with a ranking tournament, scheduled for Monday. All the singles players will have a ranking in the doubles and vice versa; many find the move to be time-consuming and unnecessary.
However, with the president providing a platform for the players to voice their worries and concerns, one can expect a no holds barred session between the two parties Saturday.
The players’ future plans, allowances, perks and the selection process will also be discussed.
But more importantly, the session is expected to be a perfect launching pad for the new president to build camaraderie with the national players and get to know them on a more personal level.
Tengku Mahaleel is hoping to achieve what all the previous leaders have failed – to tap the players’ potential and turn them into world and Olympic champions. He knows that if he gets it wrong with his approach and decisions, there could be an exodus of players leaving BAM to join professional clubs.