SPORTS Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek expressed his disappointment at the manner in which the Malaysian Athletic Union (MAU) is handling the dope case of relay runner Yunus Lasaleh.
After 4x400m athlete Yunus alleged that MAU deputy president Karim Ibrahim arranged for banned substances to be provided to him, Ahmad Shabery has put Sports Commissioner Datuk Yasin Salleh on MAU's watch.
"I'm not happy with the action taken by the association in terms of satisfying the public in what should be done with the matter.
"Doping is not a minor thing, it's a big thing and the world is watching us. In my capacity as minister, I can't interfere but I'm getting the Sports Commissioner to monitor them.
"It (any action) has to come from within the association. The association has to come up with something to satisfy the public," said Ahmad Shabery without specifying what that action might be, after launching the 2012 Standard Chartered KL Marathon in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
MAU chose not to take any action against Karim at a recent council meeting its president Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim instead announced the setting up of an investigation committee headed by former Court of Appeal judge Datuk V. C. George to probe the allegations against Karim.
Besides the Yunus case, former national coach Harun Rasheed, banned one year by MAU for instigating six national athletes to skip dope tests last May, alleged that it was Karim who instructed him to tell the athletes not to submit to dope tests.
MAU has approached the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) for assistance in setting up the inquiry into the allegations against Karim.
OCM will soon hold a hearing to gather facts of the Yunus doping case along with that of weightlifter Firdaus Abdul Razak, who also tested positive during the Indonesia Sea Games in November.
"We will wait for the report. We want the action to be fast and swift but it depends on the outcome of the report," added Ahmad Shabery.