Sunday, January 29, 2012


"Firstly, please allow us to apologise to Tan Sri. It was never an intention to humiliate and embarrass anybody, in particular Tan Sri who we have much respect and admiration. To prove my point, we made sure that we received him during his arrival, and we made sure he was comfortable throughout the function. It was a genuine mistake on our part in making the mistake in placement of the seating for the night. Not wanting to be seen giving any excuse, but having to organise to very important events, i.e the Malaysia Open and the Appreciation Night was indeed overwhelming. In the excitement of wanting to do the best for our ex-greats, we overlooked certain matters, and that we must apologise for it."

Kenny Goh
General Manager
Badminton Association of Malaysia

Tan Sri Elyas Omar is known as the man with the golden touch. Born in 16 November 1936, Tan Sri Elyas rose to prominence in sports when he was the Lord Mayor of Kuala Lumpur from 1981 to 1992. 
As revealed by this blog, Elyas was snubbed by the Badminton Association of Malaysia at a recent appreciation night. And in the video above, Elyas lays bare how he felt by the treatment.

Under the guidance of Tan Sri Elyas, badminton regained some lost glory when Malaysia won the Thomas Cup in 1992. From then on, the badminton scene in Malaysia also changed.

Tan Sri Elyas is also credited for lighting the Kuala Lumpur football team to a higher level when he was the President of the Kuala Lumpur FA from 1984 to 1996. Cycling also enjoyed some steady growth and success when Tan Sri Elyas was heading the national body from 1984 to 1988.

Tan Sri Elyas, was the Sports Commissioner, from 2004 till 2007, also the President of Asian Badminton Confederation (ABC) from 1991 to 1993 and the Vice President of Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) from 1984 to 1998.

He shared his sentiments on various issues with regards to badminton, football and the current state of affairs in sports. This blog will release more video excerpts in the next few days.