OKU golf association protests at Parliament over de-registration

Members of Persatuan Golf OKU Malaysia protest outside the Parliament building today.

KUALA LUMPUR: An association that conducts golf clinics for special needs (OKU) children held a protest at the Parliament building this morning over the group’s recent de-registration.

Persatuan Golf OKU Malaysia said it suspected foul play within the youth and sports ministry, adding that the process leading to its de-registration by the Sports Commissioner’s Office did not make sense.

Its president Ganesan Subramaniam said the association was approved in 2012 and had since been conducting seminars, clinics and other programmes to teach OKU children about golfing.

“On Aug 20, we received a letter from the Sports Commissioner’s Office saying that our association had been nullified as we did not reply to three letters from the office and failed to submit the association’s annual report,” he said.

“So we did. We even wrote an appeal letter, sending all the documents that we supposedly failed to submit.”

He said checks showed that none of the letters supposedly sent to the association had delivery receipts from Pos Laju.

“This means they were never delivered as we never received them either,” he told FMT.

Ganesan said he believed it was not a matter of miscommunication, but that the association had been had by irresponsible people from the previous Barisan Nasional administration.

The association submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, and Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

The memorandum details, among others, the chronology of the case and proof of possible attempts at forgery as well as police reports lodged over the matter.

Ganesan said he hoped Mahathir would take notice of the case and advise Syed Saddiq to investigate the matter and brief the group on what had happened, or retract the association’s de-registration.

The memorandum was received by Mohd Ridzal Md Yusof, the the youth and sports ministry’s financial officer.