The 22nd OCM Annual Dinner and Awards Night was successfully organized on Saturday, 13th December 2014 at 8.00 pm at the Tan Sri Hamzah Arena, Wisma OCM, Kuala Lumpur. The Guest of Honour was YB Encik Khairy Jamaluddin, Minister of Youth and Sports Malaysia. There were around 550 guests, comprising representatives of National Sports Associations, government sports organizations, inductees of OCM Hall of Fame, sponsors and supporters.
|Famemas with Tunku Tan Sri Imran.|
In his opening address, YAM Tunku Tan Sri Imran ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar, President of OCM stated as follows “The over dependency of most of the NSAs on government funding has reduced their motivation to generate their own income for their own development. Government is the biggest financial contributor to Sport in this country. However, in addition to being the major fund provider of NSAs, MSN has also assumed the role of being the deliverer of elite sport in Malaysia, carrying out the roles and activities that were carried in the past by the NSAs”.
|Famemas with YB. Khairy Jamaluddin.|
YAM Tunku then called on the Hon. Minister of Youth and Sports, for MSN to consider handing the baton back to the NSAs, and assume its rightful role of being the facilitator of elite sports and supporter of the NSAs. He felt that such a move would certainly motivate the NSAs to work harder and have a more meaningful contribution to the development of their respective sport.
|Table for Famemas.|
YAM Tunku added “I have said many times in the past. The buck stops with the NSA’s. They are responsible for all successes and failures in their sport.” He then appealed to the Ministry of Youth and Sport to divert some of the Government’s funds to build up the capacity of the NSA’s is of the utmost urgency in order to prevent a serious deterioration in sports in the country.
Hon. Encik Khairy Jamaluddin, the Minister of Youth and Sports, in his speech said that it is his vision to make Malaysia a strong sporting nation. He added that no strong sporting nation practiced a centralized system of sports development, except in communist countries and as such, he was prepared to reduce the role of MSN and pass back the powers to the National Sports Associations and the State Sports Associations. He called on all stake-holders of sport to work together and with him, to bring sports development in Malaysia to a higher level. The Minister stated “It is important to look forward and see what can we do over the next 4 years...let us work together!”.
|Tan Sri Hamzah Arena.|
The following awards were presented at the 22nd OCM Annual Dinner:
- The IOC Women and Sport Achievement 2014 Diploma: Y.Bhg. Datuk Marina Chin.
- OCM Women & Sport Award 2014 - Kalaivalli a/p R. Ratnam,
- OCM Women & Sport Grassroots Development Award ‘14 Lim Yit Bin,
- OCM Women & Para Sports Special Award 2014 Norsham binti Yoon
- Partnership Award 2014 Mr. Raymond Silvester Arnold & Mdm. Sheryl Wong Pui Lan (Parents to Delia & Rachael Arnold).
- 2014 IOC Trophy Sport and Art - Melinda Looi and Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia.
The following retired national athletes, ere inducted to the OCM Hall of Fame:
The late Encik Chua Eng Cheng - Hockey & Cricket. the late Encik A. Shanmuganathan (A.S. Nathan) - Athletics, Encik C. Paramalingam - Hockey, Encik Gurucharan Singh - Cricket, Encik Banerji Nair - Cricket, Puan Rajemah Sheikh Ahmad - Athletics, Puan V. Angamah - Athletics The following retired officials were inducted to the OCM Hall of Fame:
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The late Datuk Dr. Aziz Durairatnam - Hockey & OCM, Y.A.Bhg Tun Ahmad Sarji - Lawn Bowls Y. Bhg. Dato’ M. Karatu - Football, Y.Bhg. Dato’ Kamarul Ariffin - National Sports Council. Hockey & Rugby, Y.Bhg. Dato’ Clement Soo - Karate
For 2014, OCM introduced a new category for sports journalists and presenters to the OCM Hall of Fame. The following outstanding stalwarts were inducted:
The late Encik Norman Siebel, former Sports Editor of the Straits Times and the New Straits Times, The late Encik Mansor Rahman, former Sports Editor of the New Straits Times, The late Encik Zainuddin Bendahara, former Sports Editor of Berita Harian and President of Sports Writers Association of Malaysia, The late Encik Francis Emmanuel, sports journalist of Malay Mail, Encik. Ian Pereira, Senior Sports journalist of Malay Mail., Y.Bhg. Datuk Rahim Razali, Radio and TV Sports commentator, Encik Amran Hamid, Radio and TV sports commentator of RTM.