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In December of 2011, Malaysia’s legendary coach Misbun Sidek (left in the picture above) walked out of the Badminton Association of Malaysia due to disagreement with the coaching committee which was headed by Ng Chin Chai who is a lawyer by profession and has no idea of being a badminton player or a coach.
Ng Chin Chai currently serving the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) as a secretary. Ng Chin Chai stepped down as head of training and coaches committee in the end of 2013 but nothing has changed.
Since Lee Chong Wei’s former coach left the BAM, Malaysia’s badminton has been going downhill. Now Malaysia is in a desperate need of revival as one the power house in the world of badminton like before.
Last week World Number 1 Lee Chong Wei proposed to hire his former coach Misbun Sidek as a coaching director when he attended the Corporate Skills and Research (CSR) meeting chaired by current BAM’s president Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff. It would be a hurdle to persuade the Malaysian legend to take up the job as he seems to be really unhappy until he had to leave BAM in 2011 after serving as a coach since 2003.
Since leaving the BAM in 2011, Misbun still hasn’t lost touch in the game as he is coaching his son, Misbun Ramdan which who has won 5 international titles last year in 2013.
In 2003, Misbun Sidek was the head coach of Badminton Association of Malaysia as he was approached by BAM after Korea’s living legend Park Joo Bong’s contract ended.
Misbun Sidek is the most qualified Malaysia’s coach around as he has earned much respect from players in the national team and of course from the public as well. For a matter of fact, Malaysia has only 5 world number 1′s in the history of badminton.
House hold names like Foo Kok Keong, Rashid Sidek, Roslin Hashim, Wong Choong Hann and Lee Chong Wei were all being guided and coached by Misbun Sidek.
It would be a stepping stone, to hire Misbun Sidek as a coaching director to revive Malaysia Badminton.