"Win or lose, we go shopping after the election." - Imelda Marcos
Ah...election times! ... or to be more exact MCF AGM in which there will be a contest for President post.
Encik Zuhri, a businessman from Kedah, currently MCF Deputy President, is now offering himself for a President post.
I have the opportunity to listens directly to many personalities and non personalities that involved and not involved in this election/ MCF at locations varied from top of 5 stars hotel to faraway, exotic chess tournament location...in process hearing mostly bad stories about chess society.
So what did i heard ? Well, lets stop at that and avoid libel, shall we?
So when I met Encik Zuhri for a cup of Kopi Kampung at one of the Nasi Padang Restaurant at Kampung Baru, together with Encik Ghalam Sani, i fully expect to hear again “this people bad, that people devil” kind of talk that i always heard or read at blogs...man, i was wrong.
For most of the 3 hours conversation, Encik Zuhri talked mostly about his plans for MCF and for local chess development...his strategy to strengthen MCF financially...come up with SOPs...on searching for Malaysia’s first GM etc.
In between I take the opportunity and asked him whether should he be elected as President, will he go and investigate about various claims on corruptions? Immediately he answered “No, what past is past. I will start anew (...and moving forward)”....so can expect there will be no revenge or witch hunting.
On who he will appointed as a MCF Secretary?, he said he do not have any team (shadow cabinet) but he is ok to have the likes of Najib, Greg or Yap (not under particular order) as MCF Secretary. He clarified that rumours about him will appointed Raymond Siew as MCF Secretary should he won a President post is not true.
On how he rates his chances? ‘Good!’ come back the confident reply and in which I agreed and may i added that Zuhri’s chances of winning will be higher should the ballot is cast secretly and not via show of hands....and i am of opinion that ballot should be cast secretly so the delegates can really vote according to their true choice...and not to ‘jaga hati’....hello? we are not electing class monitor here ok!
I cannot say i know him well though i started noticing him at chess tournament some few years back but i can say that by observing him from afar, read articles about him as well as via above conversation, i could detect that 'Howard Roark' qualities in him such as sticking to his principle, passion in doing things of his interest, man of few words and many actions, fantastic connections...just my ingredients for a good MCF President!
In a style of British newspaper that openly support their favourite election candidates...Chess Odyssey would like to do the same by declaring full support for Encik Zuhri for MCF President post in this week MCF’s AGM.
Good luck and all the best Encik Zuhri!
"Win or lose, we go playing chess after the election." - Ilham