And so I have finished presenting my arguments and it will be up to MCF to make that announcement that will either take us forward or leave us languishing behind while we wait for another opportunity like Mal/Sing to get the energy together to ask for change again. Hopefully it won't be another 10 year wait.
While we wait for NC2012, lets discuss this. I have been told by a few people that my approach is divisive. So lets debate this. OK, I have come to certain conclusions after being in business for many years and fighting many trench wars. I could be wrong. Maybe I too have been scarred by my experiences. But anyway this is my conclusion for you to judge for yourself.
When I make a business presentation and I believe that I have covered all my bases and the contract goes to someone else with what I think is an inferior proposal, I usually think there is another agenda.
I also think that most people make bad decisions when they are overwhelmed by strong emotions. So they are reactive. And sometimes this is because they have been misinformed. This is normal. So we just attempt to correct the information in a calm way and usually this is enough to change outcome after some time. This means they have a functioning conscience and the ability to reason.
However I have come across some people in my life who are malicious. They do the things they do not because they are misinformed or just got angry and lost their bearings for a little while. There are some people who do harm out of premeditation. In law it is also recognised that there are such people.
So lets come back to the idea of unity in the chess community. I think it is possible for the vast majority of the chess community to work together. We just need to clear up some misconceptions. We just need to talk.
Now this NC2012 will present a unique opportunity to see if my conclusions about certain malicious people is correct or not. Now to see clearly you need to determine for yourself if there are people who will still do damaging things even when all the facts are known. Premeditation.
So I propose this. All my recent postings over the last month or so were also sent to the MCF committee members that I have emails to. And I have the emails of the major players. So if the announcement at the start of NC2012 doesn't make sense, then ask them questions.
Most of my arguments have been presented so you and all relevant decision makers have heard from all sides. Ask them questions and see for yourself if they have considered the best for Malaysian chess or if there is some other agenda.
I could be wrong. Maybe it's just that I do not know how to present well. Actually what I have said on my blog has also been articulated many times over many meals, drinks etc and over many years. And mostly done in a cordial spirit.
I have taken a lot of pain to make sure I am not misunderstood. So I see the attacks as malicious and coordinated by a few. And I see hidden agendas and hidden hands. I don't really believe it anymore when they say they do it for the love of chess. But thats just me after 8 years plus of experience in Chess.
But judge for yourself. Ask them and then look them in the eye. See if they are genuine or if they are trying to take you for a ride. If you reach the same conclusion as I did after asking all the questions you need to ask, then it will be up to all of us to demand for change. This can only be done if we discard our apathy. This is all legal and within our rights. So why not just speak up? That is the only way change will come.
But I hope it won't come to that. I hope there is still some vestige of wisdom left in MCF.
Que Sera Sera.