I have been reading with interest at the baying for the blood of Zaki Yeop of Insofar. This is what I think. Zaki has come clean and promised to redress the issue. Isn't that more commendable and what we should encourage? So just give him a fixed timeframe to make good his word.
But nothing has been said about what I think is a far more serious offence since I first reported it. If you look at the link above, you will find that the general public is involved. This brings all of chess into disrepute. And there has been no public admission or a promise to redress the issue.
So how do we decide which case to pursue? If it's my friend I say nothing?
But please note that I do not advocate criminal proceedings if that is avoidable. Why? Because we have had no proper guidelines for years. Maybe right from inception. So we need a set of those guidelines quickly. And that is the job of MCF.
Let me give another example of how confused things are in Malaysian chess now. Right after Peter tried to ban a National player without grounds, he was rewarded for his good works by giving him the national rapid and blitz. Now we all know Peter; he is not very smart and he has zero emotional control or intelligence. So it got to his head and he immediately tried to set national policies since he thought he was now in the good books of MCF after his one good deed for them. And the events got taken from him. What can I say?
So you see, our mind sport has been taken over by people who are no mental giants. So we need to slowly teach them the basics again, a little like kindergarden. Give them a warning when they cross the line. Don't reward them. The whole of Malaysia is looking at what is right and wrong now. Learn from that. Actually Malaysian chess has been lost in lalaland for a long long time now. We are even much further behind than the average man on the street as I think the comments on the facebook link above will show. Much better arguments than what we see on our chess blogs right?
So don't keep telling people that chess makes you smart unless you can show it by example. It is very embarrasing.