KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 16 – Well-known businessman Johnson Koh, who has taken tennis in Sabah to new heights under his leadership for the past 13 years, was a unanimous choice and returned unopposed at the Sabah Tennis Association annual general meeting (AGM) held in Kota Kinabalu on Sept 15.
The Sandakan-based Johnson Koh was the only nomination at the AGM which was held via Google meet due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and has promised to “deliver” uncompleted projects over the past two years.
For the record, Johnson Koh is also a vice-president of Tennis Malaysia and is a strong advocator of the game to be made a compulsory sport in the Sukma (Malaysia Games).
For the vice president’s post, incumbent Christopher Lim declined nomination due to work commitments after being transferred to a new plantation and will be busy with his work.
The current president of the Kota Kinabalu Tennis Association, Datuk Idrus Shafie was proposed and won unopposed as the new vice-president of Sabah Tennis.

Before the nominations for the 5 EXCO members, Johnson Koh reminded that under ITF guidelines all associations are requested to involve gender participation.

The five committee members returned unopposed were:

  1. Mohd. Rashid Abdul Ghani – Keningau.
  2. Jamad Ahmad – Semporna.

  3. Madeezuan Madzi – Kuala Penyu.

  4. Mahmuddin Mohd  Onon – Kota Belud.

  5. Claire Godon – Kota Kinabalu (Female Nomination).

The two nominated auditors are Shamsuddin Mustamin and Judy Ngui.
Two amendments to the constitution were approved at the AGM to be resubmitted to the Sports Commissioner for approval.

First is the official address of the association and the other is the appointment of an official to be in charge of a district that a registered association has not been formed or cancelled due to technical reasons but able to participate in the association’s tournaments.

The two important resolutions passed are:

  1. To write and pursue with the relevant authorities on the inclusion of tennis as a compulsory sports in any Malaysia Games (Sukma).

  2. To write and pursue with the relevant authorities on the appropriate SOP for tennis.

  3. Tennis should not be lumped together with badminton, squash and ping pong with the same SOP as tennis is completely different in terms of size of court, distancing specifications and an outdoor sports.

The AGM also passed a motion to thank past Sabah sports ministers and welcome the new sports minister. Same was also recorded for the permanent ministry secretaries.

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