Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 8:16 PM
subject Proposal from First GM Chess Academy
Allow me to introduce First GM chess Academy. http://firstgmchessacademy.blogspot.com/ I am the National events coordinator in First GM. First GM was formed with the focussed Vision of finding the solutions to finding ,as our name states, Malaysia's first Grand Master in chess.
We also believe that chess training is helpful to preparing our young minds to face a globalised world. Please see here. http://firstgm.blogspot.com/2010/04/mental-strength-nature-vs-nurture.html
We are hoping that Air Asia will provide the sponsorship to enable First GM to conduct a training course that will help prepare our players with training that is comparable to the other Countries taking part. Right now no training is provided by the Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF). The substance of our proposal can be found here. xxxxx
National Events Coordinator.
The above is a truncated email to an officer in Air Asia after we were directed to him by Tony Fernandes. Under normal circumstances this would be private correspondence between FGM and Air Asia. However in light of the accusations levied against FGM, that also threaten to sully Air Asia's name, I have decided to release this.
So let me go back to the beginning again. MCF was charging the parents RM1,500 for the air ticket to Subic Bay. FGM thought we may be able to do something that added value.
Note: Our proposal to Air Asia was for training and asking for support to enable this. We came up with the RM1,000 fee for the players going which would include both training and air ticket as well. The accompanying parents were given free tickets. We also sponsored the flight for a MCF official. On top of that the parents were refunded the difference in exchange rate thus further reducing the cost for most of them to around RM700 instead of RM1,500 for air tickets alone.
Now there were only 8 players going and that meant only RM8K was collected. I have somewhere on this blog the full accounts. I will search for it when I have time. But after paying for the services of Ziaur and other expenses FGM actually made a loss. FGM carried the cost of the flag ceremony as well as all the administration for the event right up to travel to Subic Bay.
We brought in other players simply because we needed sparring partners for the players and partly to reduce our losses. The parents of the few players who came paid RM300 but they were few in numbers and they understood the conditions. They figured RM300 for 3 days training by Ziaur was cheap.
Nobody was cheated. MCF knows this. FGM wants to contain the damage caused by the lies promoted by IM Jimmy Liew and his anonymous bloggers. We are concerned that if the news leak back to Air Asia, future sponsorships will be difficult.
We sincerely hope that MCF will now take action against people that have maligned the good names of the sponsors.
ps: My mistake. Take away Amier Hamzah and Mark Siew, there were only 6 paying players ie RM6,000. Of course I am not even mentioning the fact that the parents who went with FGM as well as an MCF official flew without having to pay for the air ticket. And yet IM Jimmy can lead such an attack on FGM, Air Asia and MCF's good name. Isnt that a disgrace to the title he carries?