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Siti Hasmah dropped as part of overhaul, says tennis body

January 29, 2018

Wheelchair tennis body says decision by new executive council made after evaluating past contributions and results.

PETALING JAYA: Wheelchair Tennis Malaysia (WTM) today said it decided to drop Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, 91, and seek a new patron as part of its “aggressive and extensive” overhaul of plans.

In a statement, WTM said the decision by its new executive council (exco) was made after evaluating past contributions and results.

According to the organisation, the exco felt the change was needed in order to achieve extraordinary results.

“It was a difficult and tough decision as we need a new patron who is required to be actively involved in fund-raising activities and provide key advice in line with the association’s long-term vision.

“The graceful Dr Siti Hasmah has been with the association for 20 years, and we are sincerely grateful for the continuous support and wish her well.

“It is time for the association to move forward and set sights on inspirational sporting achievements, including qualification by merit to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics,” the statement read.
“In response to current sentiments from Marina’s social media and of various online media reports regarding the decision, we would appreciate the understanding that our association aims to be much more progressive, hence change is inevitable,” WTM said.

It added that the new exco wanted to implement new plans under the programme dubbed “Bag Full of Dreams”, with emphasis on developing Malaysian sporting talent within the wheelchair community to greater heights.

“With a major reshuffling of tasks and positions, the key strategy of the new exco is with long-term focus in mind,” it said.

It said this included nationwide athletic development programmes, sustainable project for the association’s day-to-day operations, and cooperation with potential partners and stakeholders of authorised tennis bodies.

It also said in light of national wheelchair tennis athletes achieving gold, silver and bronze medals at the 9th Asean Para Games in Kuala Lumpur in September last year, they needed to focus on improving their ranking and growth, to achieve stronger performances in future competitions.


Siti Hasmah dropped as patron of wheelchair tennis body, says Marina


PETALING JAYA: Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, wife of Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has been removed as patron of Wheelchair Tennis Malaysia, the national association to promote the wheelchair sport in the country.

Her daughter and civil rights activist Marina Mahathir informed about the association’s decision in a Twitter posting this morning, just two days after the 91-year old was questioned by police over her involvement in a protest rally last year.

“Thanks for your support for Mum. Just to highlight more silliness: the Wheelchair Tennis Association actually passed a resolution to ask Mum to step down as patron,” she said in the tweet.

“That’s how petty it’s getting,” she added.

When contacted, Marina said Siti Hamah was fine with the decision and had said it was okay.

An aide of Siti Hasmah told FMT that the letter was dated Dec 28 last year after the association’s committee passed a resolution at its annual general meeting.

However, it was only delivered by hand around Jan 22 and later shown to Siti Hasmah, the aide said.

FMT has attempted to contact the association but has been unable to reach it for comment.


WTM Malaysia

About WTM

Pertubuhan ini telah didaftarkan di bawah Pesuruh Jaya Sukan Malaysia pada 03 08 1998 dan sebagai Wheelchair Tenis Malaysia (WTM). Persatuan Wheelchair Tenis Malaysia ini merupakan satu platform yang khusus bagi melahirkan atlit-atlit kebangsaan dan antarabangsa.

Persatuan ini mempunyai ahli seramai lebih dari 50 orang iaitu kebanyakannya dari Negeri Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Perak,Negeri Sembilan,Melaka dan Pulau Pinang.

Telah terbukti atlit dari persatuan ini telah berjaya memenangi banyak pingat di Kejohanan Asia dan juga Eropah.


Tujuan utama WTM ditubuhkan adalah:

  • Mendedahkan permainan Tenis Berkerusi Roda kepada umum di Malaysia dan juga luar negara.
  • Memperkenalkan sukan Tenis Berkerusi Roda pada setiap negeri dan membuka mata masyarakat supaya mengenali sukan Tenis Kerusi Roda atau dalam bahasa inggerisnya Wheelchair Tenis.

Bilangan Ahli Untuk 2012

  • Setakat ini WTM mempunyai 30 ahli yang aktif dan 25 ahli kurang aktif.
  • Ahli dari Kuala Lumpur seramai 38 orang,Negeri Perak10 orang dan dari Pulau Pinang 8 orang.
  • Ada beberapa factor kenapa masih kekurangan ahli dari negeri lain dan kami dalam proses menyelidik perkara ini.



Contact Us

Wheelchair Tennis Malaysia
Majlis Sukan Negara Malaysia,
Kompleks Sukan Negara, Bukit Jalil,
57000 Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.

Tel : +603-6272 8932
Mobile : +6017-300 4879
Fax : +603-6272 8932
E.Mail : info@wtm.com.my



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