Right up to the point we got to Subic Bay, we took the good with the bad. Just before we left, we were informed that CS Solutions is charging us double of what they charge others. I am sure there is a good explantion but we have not been able to meet with them to clarify since a meeting which we had confirmed during the National Close was cancelled at the last minute. This is after we had SMSed to confirm a couple of hours earlier. Apparently another meeting came up but we were not informed. But that's another story. Another meeting is being arranged.
Subic Bay was by and large a good experience. On the whole everyone cooperated and we got a good team spirit going although we were outclassed. But we had something good for awhile. A promise of a better tomorrow. Till then, I was also fairly confident we could engage MCF and get an undertaking from them to carry their own load in future undertakings after Subic Bay.
2 senior MCF officials arrived towards the end of the tournament and everything changed. It started with the Head of delegation getting certification for the delegates. Somehow a parent and Adzlin's husband, Zuhri, were issued the certificates as delegates. I immediately said this was wrong and Zuhri agreed. The Head of delegation said that she had been "instructed" to do it this way. After a fuss and the denial by the senior MCF officials things were rectified. And certificates were issued to Adzlin and I.
We then found an opportunity to talk to the 2 senior officials when we saw them sitting in the Hotel foyer. The conversation with them was the turning point.
This is what was said. One of them told me point blank that I was not "allowed" to talk to Ignatius Leong as First GM was their supplier. Now supplier means MCF is paying us. Doesnt make sense. As far as I know, we have been paying for them. We even carried their work load. Consider this. First GM is a private commercial entity and can engage in any business opportunity it sees fit and secondly we sponsored this event. How did they manage to twist this in their minds?
But the crunch was when we were told by the other official that MCF does not have to listen to anyone or consult anyone in its decision making. Now this attitude is very very damaging. Consider this. What was MCF meet the parents at NAG all about? Why cry for sponsorship if you do not need anyone? Does MCF think it can go it alone?
Now this couple of statements put a whole new complexion on the whole issue of partnering. I am beginning to see. They cry for help. They then sit down and do nothing to help themselves. They then try to squeeze every cent they can out of the sponsors. The sponsors leave. And then MCF do it all again. Cry for another sponsor. Is that about right? That is their winning formula! So all that talk about transparency, accountabilty is just meant to deceive.
And they are still looking for future sponsors. Hmmmmmmm. No transparency, no accountability, not even a modicum of respect for the sponsors. In fact the opposite, they act to ensure the sponsor cannot achieve its goal.
MCF, you need to have a good and long hard look at yourself. You are an organisation that is very close to failing. You have no results and no sponsor will touch you given your inability to deliver. Currently as I see it, your only hope is that Dato Tan has put aside a large amount of money for you to spend as you wish for another 30 to 40 years.
So wake up MCF. Fulfil your responsibility to the parents and players that have supported you for all these years. Do something that can make all of us proud. Stop being the parasite. To the new Secretary of MCF. Show some back bone. You now have the helm. Stop listening to those that are trying to frighten you. Be the example you want our players to be.
Reality check. You are responsible and accountable to First GM for the sponsorship. You have things upside down. And you cant run on your head. A good start is an apology for the sabotage and insults. Better still is an attempt to make restitution. They say, only the strong can change. So be strong. Over to you.