By Rajes Paul
Kuala Lumpur: Frustrated women’s doubles player Ng Hui Lin has quit the national badminton team.
The 25-year-old handed her resignation letter to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff on Sunday. She also sent copies of the letter to BAM general manager Kenny Goh, secretary Ng Chin Chai and competitions chairman Koay Ban Hing.
Hui Lin cited the BAM’s poor planning and lackadaisical attitude of their officials as her main reasons for quitting the team.
“It’s pointless to play badminton any more. Without proper planning in the national team, I can forget about qualifying for the Olympic (in Rio de Janeiro in 2016). There is nothing to look forward to,” said a dejected Hui Lin.
“I returned to the national team in July after completing my studies (in England). But there have been delays after delays in planning the future of the game in the country,” she added.
Hui Lin is also without a permanent partner. This year, she won the Perak Open with Vivian Hoo. She also reached the final of the Korean Open Grand Prix Gold with Vivian.
And there is also the question of her salary. She has been receiving a RM1,300 monthly salary instead of RM3,000 since July because the BAM failed to make the necessary changes.
Hui Lin said she was also frustrated with the BAM over several other administrative blunders.
“I am not disappointed with the coaches or the players, but the management. Just two weeks before the tournaments in Europe (France and Germany) this year, they informed all of us there was no budget and we had to pull out.
“No budget? The BAM registered our names earlier and we were earmarked to compete in the tournaments. It is just poor planning.
“The people at the BAM just do not care. The coaches and the officials from the NSC (National Sports Council) and NSI (National Sports Institute) care, but they do not have the power to do anything. Now, it’s people who do not know much about badminton who are calling all the shots. How is badminton in the country going to move forward?”
Hui Lin hoped that her decision to speak up would bring changes and benefits to the others in the national team.
“I believe that I am speaking on behalf of many of my team-mates here. They are not too happy, but they are afraid to speak up.
“I do not mind being the ‘bad guy’ because I think someone needs to bring out these problems in the open. I hope the BAM will change for the good of the sport in Malaysia,” added Hui Lin, who is now looking for a non-badminton related job.
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BadmintonPlanet.com’s note to BAM:
After her sister Ng Hui Ern quit BAM in November, now, it’s the 2007 world junior mixed doubles champion – Ng Hui Lin’s turn to call it quits claiming “messiness” in BAM.
Just to be fair with the current BAM management, while a lot of problems Malaysia shuttlers experiencing in the current national badminton squad were started in the previous BAM administration, the current BAM president has not done enough to fix these “leftovers” from the previous administration. The level of incompetence and arrogance of the BAM administration were on full display when in the absence of Lee Chong Wei, no Malaysia shuttlers were qualified for the BWF Superseries Finals in Dubai.
Despite being country that win the second most BWF world junior championships (after China), BAM have yet to become effective in keep up with nurturing talents at the senior level (of course, except Lee Chong Wei). It is really painful to see this pool of talented youngsters groping in dark, then simply fade away into time and never been seen again.
Lastly, the “broken” BAM system is in urgent need of repair. BadmintonPlanet.com really hopes the current BAM management could push through a comprehensive overhaul to bring back the glory days of badminton to Malaysia.