The SRAM’s Management Committee (ManCom) normally meets once every two months on the first Saturday of the month. The ManCom’s main role is the Governance of the Association including the setting of its policies.

At each ManCom meeting the progress, activities and updates of each sub-committee is discussed. Issues are usually resolved and plans if required are formulated. Similarly, all financial transactions and payments made by the Finance Operating Sub-Committee are tabled for approval. The Director reports to the ManCom on the administrative and management matters as well as any matters arising including a report on coaching related matters (as DoC).

SRAM VISION & TARGET

  1. Top 4 In The World At Team Events:
  • World Men’s Team Championships
  • World Women’s Team Championships
  • World Junior Men’s Team Championships
  • World Junior Women’s Team Championships
  1. Win All Three Of Four Categories At The Asian Games
  2. Win A Medal At The Commonwealth Games (Singles Or Doubles)
  3. Win Asian Team And Individual Championships
  4. Win Asian Junior Team Championships
  5. Win At Any Other Multi-Sport Games Gold Medal

 

PRESIDENT’S FOREWORD

I extend a warm welcome to all delegates, life members and observers to the 46th SRAM AGM. I was elected to the post of Deputy President in the 38th AGM on Sunday 5th December 2010 and as President in the 42nd AGM on Sunday 8th June 2014.

Last year, the Sports Commissioner’s Office (SCO) awarded SRAM the highest rating of 5 stars for governance. In the past, we have also been consistently ranked at the top by surveys conducted by the OCM. The achievement is as important as winning gold medals in major competitions. While our athletes strive for honour and medals, association officers must build trust with all our stakeholders via excellence in governance and administration. I congratulate and thank our management committee members and SRAM Management for their honesty, integrity and passion to build a sports body that is trusted and recognised by our stakeholders.

A topic close to my heart involves our contribution to nation building via our work in the squash fraternity. I suppose it is a testimony of my upbringing as the son of a TUDM fighter pilot. This has shaped my love and respect for our country and our people. We all want our country to prosper and to become a first-world country. A journey that starts and ends with us. I have repeated in many of my speeches that being a first-world nation is not about building more or having greater GDP growth. We are a first-world nation today, if our values, mind-set and integrity are first-world. So let us continue to build a better Malaysia by our contribution as parents, players, volunteers, technical officials, referees, coaches and administrators.

At SRAM, we support the sports ecosystem by contributing and diligently participating in many of the government institutions and Olympic Council of Malaysia’s functions, meetings, workshops, seminars and activities. We are trusted partners with government institutions and our sponsors. We are also respected members of both the SEASF, ASF and WSF and I am especially proud to say that Malaysians contribute positively at the Asian and World Squash Federation levels. I was elected as WSF Vice President in November 2016 and on 10 January 2017, I was appointed by OCM (CGAM) as Chef de Mission for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. These appointments have been both humbling and enabled me with more opportunities to participate in a larger arena.

Since starting as Deputy President in late 2010, I have aimed to deliver a project each year of my tenure to move SRAM forward. Here are the 10 projects that I have been involved in since taking office:

1. Project 100:
I credit this idea to Mr. Allan Soyza who was the Head Coach and later, Director of Coaching when I joined SRAM. We realised early on that to compete against the best, our best juniors over 16 years of age had to be exposed to professional tournaments. RM160,000 was set aside from the CIMB grant to fund this program by removing one leg of the CIMB junior circuit.

2. World Junior Squad Program:
In 2012, Ms Ung Su Ling (Head of CSR CIMB Group 2009 – 2012) and I decided that we would start this program to develop and support our best juniors to try and win either a team or individual world junior title. Another objective was also to bid and host the WSF World Junior Championship in Malaysia. A budget was set aside in 2013 to fund this project. In 2016, Ng Eain Yow won the individual Gold and Sivasangari came close, finishing third in the World Junior Championships in Poland.

In 2019, SRAM will host the World Junior Championships with a target of at least one gold medal.

The record haul of 4 gold medals in the British Junior Open this year is another milestone in our quest to be a squash powerhouse.

3. State Development Fund(SDF):
We recognised the importance of supporting our states, and in 2012, we removed another leg of the CIMB junior circuit and set aside RM140,000 for the state SRAs. This unfortunately stopped in 2016 due to a budget reduction and we hope to re-start this allocation led by En.Nik Razeen as part of a wider development push from 2018. Prior to 2011, we ran 5 legs of the CIMB junior circuit. The removal of two legs to fund Project 100 and the SDF are the reasons why we have three legs today.

4. Change of SRAM Constitution from membership to delegate system:
At the request of the Sports Commissioner’s Office(SCO) in 2011, we started the constitutional process of converting from a membership based constitution to a delegate based one and financial reporting from 30 June year-end to 31 December year-end. The voting representation changed the fundamental relationship of our state SRA as Members of SRAM to being Affiliates. Each Affiliate being represented by a minimum of three delegates. To encourage Affiliates to develop their junior programs, they would be allowed one additional delegate (to a maximum of 7) for every twenty junior players who took part in a SRAM sanctioned junior tournaments. Each Affiliate is entitled to a maximum of 10 delegates.

Mr. Robert Lau (SRAM: Deputy President 2014 – 2017, VP 2009 – 2014) and Christopher Brodie (SRAM GM 2009 – 2017 and Hon Sec 2009 – 2018) were the team who led this change.

Existing members had to be convinced that this would result in a fairer representation. At the EGM of 25 February 2012, the new constitution was approved. The SCO endorsed the new constitution in 7 June 2013 and the AGM of 23rd June 2013 followed the new delegate-based system with a financial reporting ending 31 December.

5. University squash program with the Ministry of Higher Education:
The preliminary work was started by Dato’ Syed Mustaffa (SRAM: President 2010 – 2014, DP 2006 – 2010) in 2010 but it was only in 2013 with the concerted efforts of Mr. Sivanesen Kanapathipillai (SRAM: 2006 ManCom, 2007 – 2009 Hon Sec, 2010 – 2014 ManCom; ASF SecGen 2009 – 2013; SEASF SecGen 2015 – to date) and Mr. Fong Yewin with funding from YR1M that the program took-off in earnest.

This created the foundation of our excellent relationship with the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE).

In 2017,  University Malaya (UM) was promoted from PST (Pusat Sukan Tumpuan) to PKS (Pusat Kecermelangan Sukan) in recognition of the strides made in squash. In particular, our achievements at the 9th FISU 2016 World University Squash Championship which we hosted. Malaysia won in the mixed team event, and achieved its best ever haul in the history of the FISU WUC Squash since its inaugural edition in 1996, We earned two golds (women’s individual – Low Wee Wern & mixed team), one silver (men’s individual – Ivan Yuen) and one bronze (women’s individual – Nazihah Hanis).

En. Nik Razeen (Deputy President SRAM) and En. Ardy continue the excellent early work from 2016.

6. The formation of SEASF
The Sea Games 2009(Laos), 2011(Indonesia) and 2013(Myanmar) did not feature squash. A trend we wanted to stop. The main proponent for the formation of a sub-regional squash federation was Mr. Sivanesen Kanapathipillai. He had been pushing for SRAM to lead the formation of the SEASF as early as 2011.

I acted on his advice when I become President in 2014 and used the 2014 Malaysian Open to invite members from Persatuan Squash Indonesia(PSI), Squash Rackets Association of the Philippines(SRAP) and Singapore Squash Rackets Association(SSRA) to attend the tournament and meet to discuss the formation of the federation. The inaugural meeting was held at NU Sentral Mall, Sentral, Kuala Lumpur on Saturday 23rd August 2014 at 10am. Mr. Robert Lau was elected as the first SEASF president, Mr. Sivanesen – SecGen, Mr. Leslie Ponnampalam(SRAM: ManCom 2003 – 2009, VP 2010 – 2014) – Treasurer and Vice Presidents – Dr Woffles Wu, Mr. Emmanuel Deles, En. Azlan Iskandar, Ms. Brigitta Kijono.

SEASF has now successfully organised four championships; 2015 Singapore, 2016 Myanmar, 2017 Kuching and 2018 Bandung. Another highlight was to gain ASF approval to amend the ASF constitution to recognise sub-regional federations. This motion failed in 2015 and succeeded in the 2016 ASF AGM.

7. District squash program (Pusat Latihan Daerah or PLD) with the Ministry of Education:
This, in my view, is one of the most important initiatives by SRAM. Under the 10th Malaysia Plan, the government built new squash courts in 8 schools, each in different states. We took the opportunity to meet with the Ministry of Education (MoE) to work with them to drive a district level squash program. The PLD schools are:

Perlis SK Seri Indera
Negeri Sembilan SMK Seri Pagi, Senawang
Penang SMK Dato’ Haji Ahmad Badawi
Pahang SMK TPP Tengku Muhammad, Kuantan
Sarawak SK Jalan Bintang, Miri
Terengganu SMK Bukit Nenas, Setiu
Kedah SMK Tunku Ismail, Sungei Petani
Perak SMK Jelapang Jaya, Ipoh

This program is sponsored by the CIMB Foundation and En. Shahril Shahidan was appointed to work with Major S. Maniam to oversee the development program. The first inter-PLD was held on 21 October 2017 at SMK Seri Pagi, Senawang with participation from about 200 school children. As a result of this program, squash has been elevated to SPTS (Sukan Prestasi Tinggi Sekolah) in the MoE. This program is set to be expanded in 2018 with more PLD schools and an expanded budget, under En. Nik Razeen’s leadership and will complement the RSNJC program to unearth new talents.

This program is sponsored by the CIMB Foundation and En. Shahril Shahidan was appointed to work with Major S. Maniam to oversee the development program. The first inter-PLD was held on 21 October 2017 at SMK Seri Pagi, Senawang with participation from about 200 school children. As a result of this program, squash has been elevated to SPTS (Sukan Prestasi Tinggi Sekolah) in the MoE. This program is set to be expanded in 2018 with more PLD schools and an expanded budget, under En. Nik Razeen’s leadership and will complement the RSNJC program to unearth new talents.

8. Ong Beng Hee and Major Maniam:
Mr. Peter Chee(SRAM: VP 2014 – 2017, ManCom 2009 – 2011, GM 2007) and I worked to bring Beng Hee and Major S.Maniam into SRAM in 2015.

Beng Hee retired from professional squash in July 2015 as our most capped male player. SRAM with support from MSN, Podium and YR1M, offered Beng Hee a contract and he joined SRAM as an elite coach.

He is now working in Qatar as the head coach and we wish him the very best as he makes his mark as an elite coach.

Major S. Maniam started as one of our top national players and transitioned successfully into coaching. He served as SRAM’s Head Coach from 1986 to 2002 before going to India as their consultant in 2002. With support from MSN, he is now back at SRAM, serving both as the Director of Coaching and Director of SRAM. He is recognised for his competency at both ASF and WSF and I am personally very proud and honoured to have been able to work with him and have him back in Malaysia.

9. Development:
Our development work includes squash programmes at grass roots, junior development, schools and universities. Many of these programmes are collaborative in nature involving state affiliates, state and federal ministries and sponsors.

The increased emphasis on development started with En. Nik Razeen and I last year and it includes a revision in our budget to reflect the new emphasis and an expansion of the existing programs such as PLD, SDF, coaches and the appointment of Mr. Lawrence Kwan (former national player) as the National Development Officer. It is the way forward in our blueprint to raise squash in Malaysia to a new level. We like to thank CIMB Foundation for supporting our effort and providing an improved grant for 2018.

10. Succession:
This is my final project. One that I started in 2017. At the time of writing this foreword, the nominations for SRAM have closed with no challenges to the succession plan. I will like to thank our members for giving the team who will be led by En. Nik Razeen(moves from DP to President), the mandate and opportunity at leadership.

The incoming ManCom will have younger members such as former top national squash players Dr. Patrick Gurubathan and Mr. Gerard Monteiro (moves from VP to DP). YAM Tunku Zain Abidin who after serving 4 years in the ManCom is also now the President of SRA NS. The ManCom will also be guided by more experienced members; Mr. Andrew Muthu (also President SRA Melaka), Mr. Subramaniam Kaniappan(SRAM Vice President and also SRA Kedah Treasurer), Mr. Gabriel Teo(moves from SRAM Treasurer to SRAM Vice President), En. Ramlee Abdullah, Mr. Sim Chin Kheng(SRA Sarawak DP) and En Amran bin Chik. I will also like to welcome Mr. Alvin Chen who will be taking over from Gabriel as Treasurer.

There is no perfect time for an exit, however SRAM has committee members who are experienced, dynamic and passionate and I believe that my exit (along with that of VP Peter Chee, DP Robert Lau the year before and Mr. Christopher Brodie this year) will give our members the opportunity for new leadership, new ideas and innovation. As I stated in the beginning, I have had the opportunity to introduce my vision and plans on a yearly basis and what can be better than giving others the opportunity to do the same.

If there were a legacy for which I would like to be remembered by, it would be the level of trust and friendship that has been built during my tenure. We argue passionately but always respect the views of our fellow members as we leave emotions behind at the meeting table.  Let us all lead by example, whilst showing restraint and respect.

On behalf of SRAM, I would like to thank the Olympic Council of Malaysia(OCM), Kementerian Belia dan Sukan (KBS), Majlis Sukan Negara (NSC), ISN, PODIUM, CIMB Foundation, Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia & Ms Ung Su Ling, OHANA, SportExcel, Nestle (Milo), Nusmetro & Mr.Thomas Chan, red ONE Network & En. Farid Yunus(President SRA Selangor), Hendroff Holdings & Dato Seri Hadian Hashim, GS Gill, the media and all the other sponsors, donors, supporters and volunteers for their valued support and contributions.

It has been a privilege and an honour to serve the squash community. I welcome the new team and wish them the very best in their endeavour to take SRAM forward towards an even brighter future.

Majulah sukan untuk Negara!
Ar. Huang Ying How
President
Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia
May 2018

MISSION & OBJECTIVES

Period from 2015 to 2018.

  1. Sram Professional Squash Coach – To create an environment to sustain and develop competent local squash coaches and to recognise and register SRAM professional coaches.
  2. Professional Squash Players – To create an environment to sustain and develop professional squash players.
  3. Regional Centres – To set up SRAM regional centres.
  4. EPP – To identify and recognise elite performance program centres.
  5. Competitive Grassroots Program – To implement a structured squash grassroots development at state level.
  6. One State One Squash Centre – To ensure that each state has a minimum one squash centre of eight to ten courts. For the bigger states like Sarawak and Sabah, to have 3 such centres in each of these two states to be located at Kuching, Sibu and Miri (Sarawak) and Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Tawau (Sabah)

To create an environment to develop and sustain top and innovative local squash coaches

  1. This is SRAMS most important initiative as Malaysia cannot be a powerhouse without developing high performance LOCAL squash coaches.
  2. Elite Coaches are dominated by expatriate coaches at SRAM and State level due to a shortage of local coaches as the career path is unattractive and uncertain.
  3. To start a professional development program to raise the level of local coaches with an attractive incentive salary scheme.
  4. Major Maniam as DOC has the experience to direct this program with OBH, Aaron Soyza and Khoo Teng Hin to spearhead the first generation of local elite coaches.

Program

  1. To start a professional development program for local coaches to supplement the Level 1,2,3 coaching certification.
  2. Incentives to be disbursed based on Coaches Development and Incentive scheme
  3. Money given to coaches by NSC for various achievement in SEA Games, Asian Games, World Games/Championship and Commonwealth Games, etc, should be given to deserving coaches to supplement their salary.
  4. Coaches to be sent for various courses and attachments to gain experience. One example is to start an exchange program with countries with better coaching programs than Malaysia
  5. Existing Program + Coaches Development & Incentive Program = SRAM registered professional coaches.

 

Current Local to Expat coaching ratio

Full time local coaches in national and state programs

• Shahril Shahidan (BJSS)                                  • Raymond Arnold (FT)

• Khoo Teng Hin (Penang)                                 • Aaron Soyza  (Penang)

• Selvam  (Perak)                                                 • Calvin Chang (Selangor)

• Shamsul Bahary Salleh (Kelantan)                •  Cheong Pak Kau (Kedah)

• Mohd Asraf      (NS)                                          • Bryan Faurillo (Sabah)

• Andre Kho (Sarawak)                                       • Roslan   (Melaka)

 

Local privately funded fulltime  coaches

• Peter Genever (SRAM)                                 • Andrew Cross (SRAM)

• Ajaz Azmat (SRAM)                                      • Liz Irving(Nicol David)

• Jrar Aslam                                                      •  Munir Khan

• Efrahim Gul                                                   • Kamarat Ullah

•Farhan Moeen                                               • Muzzafar Hussain

• Shahnawaz (  Kedah)                                   •  Zulfiqar (NS)

• Hamza (Perak)

 

Privately funded fulltime expat coaches

• Naqash Shahid (Miri)                                       •  Azam Khan (Sibu)

• Muhammad Shoaib Hassan (Kuching)        •  Jared Kashif (Sibu)

• Shahid Aziz (Kuching)

 

Local privately funded fulltime  coaches

• Jesmond Low

• Liong Bi Ling (Sibu)

To create an environment to sustain and develop professional squash players

Currently:

  1. The Sirkit Skuasy Jelajah Malaysia(SSJM) is an important initiative by Sportspin and KBS to provide a professional circuit for local players to compete. The circuit should be expanded further to make it financially viable for squash players to consider a career in squash.
  2. Existing funds & grants for back-up athletes for exposure and competitions such as PSA/WSA events or attachments should be increased to create a greater pool of players in Malaysia. Grants for the Elite program especially at the bottom level of the Elite players needs to be improved.
  3. To increase funding for Pelapis program to cater for juniors and 19-21 year olds who are full time. Funding for Elite Juniors to go to the Asian Junior Individual Championships, World Juniors and British Junior Open is required.
  4. Funding for SRAM Project 100 and World Junior Squad programs are essential to ensure the elite junior players get sufficient exposure.

 

Junior Players

District

  • Join the program
  • 2 or 3 time a week training
  • Take part in District, State n National Competition for various age group (From Under 9 to 19)

State

  • Upgraded to State players
  • Training 4 to 6 times a week

National

  • Upgrade to National Junior Player and Pelapis Program
  • Take part in SSJM, ASF and ESF tournament
  • Members of various years World Junior Squad 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020
  • Represent the country in World Junior

Backup Players

  • After Juniors, decide to turn Pro or not
  • Join PSA or WSA
  • Full time training/Part time training
  • Take part in SSJM, local and overseas PSA/WSA tournament

Senior Players

  • Comes under Elite Program
  • Be the top 50 Men’s world ranking or top 40 Women’s world ranking

Elite Players

  • Represent the country in World Championship, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games etc.
  • Top 4 in the country entitle to be based overseas if they want to (must be full time)

REGIONAL CENTRES

To set up SRAM regional centres

  1. To set up Regional Centres with SRAM Professional Coaches with a target of 5 new centres by 2020 ie. North, East Coast, Central/South, Sabah and Sarawak.
  1. One issue SRAM has faced is that certain players are not able to transfer to SRAM and elect to stay at their academy or state. This especially so in the junior program. A regional centre will allow SRAM to locate a Professional Coach to deliver the required training and technical assistance to both elite juniors and senior players in that region.
  1. Regional Centres will typically be located in successful state centres and provided with at least one full-time professional    coach handling elite junior and senior players.
  1. The Regional centres will also act as resource centres for local coaches to tap into and as catalyst for local squash programs

 

ONE STATE ONE SQUASH CENTRE

To ensure that each state has a minimum one squash centre of eight to ten courts.

(for the bigger states like Sarawak and Sabah, there should be 3 centres to cover the wide geographical areas)

OBJECTIVES:

  1. To ensure all the State SRA have a state training centre with a minimum of 8 courts.
  2. To provide funding for states that can establish district centres.
  3. To ensure that all training centres meet the minimum requirements of size and playability.
  4. Work with local councils and KBS to upgrade their centres for State, District or EPP programs.

 

Existing States with at least one training centre:

1.Penang- Nicol David International Squash Centre (12 Singles Court)

2.Pahang- Majlis Sukan Pahang Squash Centre (10 Singles Courts)

3.Selangor- Kompleks Sukan Astaka (8 Singles Courts)

4.Perak- Kompleks Sukan Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh (10 Singles Court)

5.Kuala Lumpur- NSC Squash Centre, Jalan Duta (8 Singles Court)

6.Melaka- Gelanggang Squash Hang Jebat (10 Singles Court)

7.Perlis- Sukma Squash Centre (8 Singles changeable to 4 Doubles)

 

States requiring a squash centre:

1.Kedah- Kompleks Sukan Muadzam Shah (5 Singles Court)

2.Kelantan- Kompleks Sukan MSSK (3 Singles Court)

3.Terengganu- Stadium Zainal Abidin (8 Singles Court) Not useable

4.Johor- Dewan Taman Tun Aminah, Skudai (2 Singles Court)

5.Negeri Sembilan- Kompleks Sukan Seremban 2 (3 Singles Court)

6.Sabah- Stadium Likas (5 Singles Court)

7.Sarawak- Split to Miri, Sibu and Kuching (List Attached)(non of which are public centres)

 

Elite Performance Programme Centres (EPP)

To identify and recognise elite performance program centres that are independently run and producing players that are representing the National Team.

  1. These National Players continue to train in these Centres even after being selected as a Pelapis or Elite National Player.
  2. SRAM to recognize the EPP and can be revoked if the program is no longer meeting the objectives.
  3. National Players can choose to join the EPP over the National Team with permission from SRAM.
  4. To encourage and recognise former players and coaches to become registered SRAM Professional Coaches and to start Elite Performance Programs recognised by SRAM.
  5. To provide these centres with grants and incentives for achieving set KPIs

COMPETITIVE GRASSROOTS PROGRAM

To implement a competitive squash grassroots development program at district, divisional and state level.

Proposal:

  1. A budget to be provided to states SRA to run a competitive grassroots program.
  2. A competitive grassroots is where the state (or through their districts or division) runs regular talent identification sessions and invests in committed and performing players.
  3. As part of the growth in the States, a State Development Officer is suggested. Responsibilities will include contact between SRAM and State affairs including MSN Negeri and USPTN and opening new training centres in the State.
  4. Each state to be provided with at least one full time SRAM Professional coach.

 

TEACHER – COACH PROGRAM:

To increase participation in the grassroots, it is suggested that a program to equip future teachers graduating from Institut Pendidikan Guru with a Level 1 Coaching certificate and a Refereeing Certificate.

This will be done as follows:

  • Year 1 Trainees- 2 Squash Clinics a year
  • Year 2 Trainees- Level 1 Coaching Course
  • Year 3 Trainees- Level 1 Coaching Course if they fail in year 2. Those who pass will conduct the Squash Clinic for Year 1 Trainees and also coach them.
  • Year 4 and 5- Referee’s Course.

This will ensure that a more structured teacher-coach development program is in place compared to the MSSM system of just a Coaching Course yearly.