In a twist of events, Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria denies a decision has been made on the post of its new chief operating officer.
Norza, had on Tuesday, said he would make an announcement the following day on the post after it emerged former Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia (YR1M) chief executive officer Ung Su Ling obtained the highest marks after two rounds of interviews.
Norza, however, today said the announcement he was supposed to make was to inform Ung had finished with the highest marks. He said this after OCM’s top officials held a meeting regarding the matter at Wisma OCM this afternoon.
“We have not offered her the job. There is no appointment letter. She is the top candidate but we need to discuss her appointment with the stakeholders as well,” said Norza.
“As of now, it is mere hearsay and speculation to say she has the job.
“After shortlisting the top six out of the 59 applications, she was our number one choice but it is not necessary that the top choice will get the job.”
Norza added some questioned why OCM deputy president Datuk Seri Abdul Azim Zabidi mentioned Ung’s name when he spoke to the media after the board meeting on Tuesday.
“Azim explained (to us) he was just informing the process of the interviews.”
Norza added some of the reaction to Ung being the top choice was tantamount to “character assassination” due to her past affiliation.
The Edge Malaysia Weekly, had in its June 11, 2018-June 17, 2018 edition, reported Ung worked at Merican & Partners Asset Management, where she handled investments for fugitive businessman Jho Low. A lawyer by training, Ung later joined Low’s family business Wynton Group after which she was made CEO of YR1M.
While under YR1M, Ung oversaw the formation of the 1Malaysia Football Team which enjoyed training stints at the Manchester United Soccer Schools (MUSS).
Ung was also CIMB Foundation chief operating officer and had dealt with sports such as football, squash, rugby and golf among others, mainly at the grassroots.
Norza, had on Tuesday, told Twentytwo13 there were hundreds who worked at YR1M and they cannot be “guilty by association”.