I have been accused of cheating PICA and taking public funds yet again on facebook and have been accused of fitnah by others earlier. So lets look at this issue again. I will be more direct this time as we have been rehashing this issue over and over again.
So lets look at the PICA issue first. It was from PICA that I got most of my experience on the dirty tricks that some officials in chess practice and why I am able to advice parents and others new to chess today.
When I joined PICA as an official in 2009, this was the situation. There were no strong sponsors for chess and the new committee wanted to bring in more activities. So 3 tournaments were planned and mine was the 3rd. At the full committee meeting I said that I would like to find new sponsors and that I would also like to try in KL as well as in Perak. I wasn't sure how much expenses this would involve so I asked in the meeting if I could use the fees collected to defray my costs. This was agreed. I further indemnified PICA and said that if my expenses exceeded the takings I will bear the cost. And that was what happened as you will see later. The fees collected was slightly over RM 1K.
My event was Syuen and that was a very difficult tournament to take off and the biggest in Perak up to that point in time. The sponsor was Tenby International. Why it was so difficult was that the SARS epidemic happened just before the event and many players pulled out. Finally I had to resort to calling players and parents one by one to get them to attend. And to compound the problem many of the committee members did not help. Even on the day of the tournament many that said they will help did not turn up. And finally the whole event was managed by volunteer students and arbiters from Unit Sukan that I paid out of the takings.
So now you can already see that there were not much left of the takings. But of course the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary came at the closing because I had also arranged the sponsorship of food in a private room. Incidentally the President of Penang Chess Association also graced the makan. So at the prize giving ceremony they were on the podium where they claim the event for themselves.
What else did I do during that time? I also met up with Adzlin, the wife of the current Deputy President of MCF who became a future sponsor. I also got the agreement of Dato Tan to sponsor Perak via KLK and I got a meeting at DKLS which Dato Tan also attended who had RM 2 million worth of sponsorship and was keen to sponsor chess.
All this I did with "what was left of the takings" after paying arbiter and volunteer expenses to develop our sponsor network. If I had just added my phone bills there would have been nothing left. It's all on public record.
And so they asked for the accounts to be presented to the full committee. Nothing wrong there. I also requested that the other 2 accounts also be presented at the same time since mine was the 3rd event. Never mind. A meeting was arranged on the day the President knew I was in KL. I asked if the date can be changed for anytime I was in Ipoh. Afterall it was only for me to present my accounts as the other 2 was for the Presidents eye only. I was not allowed the postponement. The meeting was held and I was sacked without my defence being called.
I then wrote in and said that was unfair. I was not even given a chance to present or to defend. I then asked for the matter to be brought up at the next AGM as I wanted to clear my name. It was not brought up. In fact the next AGM itself was hush hush.
I then appealed to MCF and had many meetings with Greg in KL. Greg and Haslinda in Penang. This was difficult to arrange because I felt I needed witnesses. And so I had to make more arrangements to facilitate that.
Greg kept telling me that the matter had gone to Tan Sri as I did not have his contact then. And so I waited for a decision. It never came.
Now lets talk about Fitnah. False accusation. Now I am not a muslim but I have never cheated one cent from anyone in my many years in business. Every cent I made, I earned. I believe in justice and fair play. But this is what I see. I am a Saksi. This things happened to me and I go and make a report to the proper authorities. So I feel its like I go and report to the police that I have been robbed and then the robbers put me in jail.
I have made the reports and I still want my case heard. But they wont give me a hearing and they accuse me cheating. I think what they are practicing is fitnah. So for those that used those words against me I think you should ask your Ustaz or Ulamas what fitnah really means. There are other saksi's too. Ustaz Rahman was in PICA at that time but he may not know the full picture. But Zaki Mahmud, the PT of Perak was there throughout this event. I hope he will speak up to clear my name.
The fact is I was not allowed to present my accounts. But even if the accounts were allowed to be presented, it will be PICA that owes me. What do you think were my expenses over 2 months doing all those things and running the whole event almost single handed. Just add petrol and toll to the other sums for instance. I even had to use the resources of my own company to write the proposals. But PICA was indemnified from paying me. So why did they need to sack me like that? There were many other events that I conducted out of my own pocket. Go look up the history. But if they had allowed me to present and can still say I owe them money RM1K is not a big amount. That is why they do it this way. They had to hold the meeting when I am away. This way they can try to make me look guilty. Is that fitnah also?
If you look at my writings I only comment on available public information. If I talk about Jimmy I refer to his blog. That is also not fitnah. And I talk about my other experiences that I have witnessed first hand. Again I am saksi.
But maybe I can also share some psychological truths here. Those who's hand are dirty will never see this. They will never agree to a hearing because it will also expose them and also tie their hands so they cannot do what they do in the future. And so they must make white black. Fitnah again.
A question was asked on facebook. Why did PICA sack me? Actually there were no grounds given. All I know was that they wanted the accounts when I was not available. I asked for a meeting for the next weekend but that was denied.