Image: Azizulhasni Awang Facebook
On his fan page
on Facebook, Azizul penned a 15-paragraph long letter to the public, 11 of which devoted to thanking individuals for their contributions and a one-paragraph long tirade that throws major shade at Terengganu Menteri Besar Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman:
Kepada Menteri Besar Terengganu , Datuk Ahmad Razif . Saya dan Fatehah masih ingin mengucapkan terima kasih walaupun Datuk MB tidak berkenan untuk membantu saya dan Fatehah dua anak jati Negeri Terengganu yang berjuang di peringkat Dunia dan Olimpik ini. Terima kasih kerana tidak sudi membeli kan sebuah basikal ‘RoadBike’ untuk kegunaan kami didalam persiapan Sukan Olimpik walaupun sudah dihantar proposal lebih kurang setahun sebelum Sukan Olimpik Rio. Terima kasih juga kerana tidak memberikan feedback dan membisu apabila manager saya menghubungi Tuan Menteri Besar. Untuk pengetahuan Datuk MB, Saya dan Fatehah atlet bertaraf Dunia dan Olimpik ini sentiasa terlepas pandang oleh Datuk MB. Mungkin ianya adalah kerana faktor yang kami berlatih di luar negara. Diharap Datuk MB dapat mengambil semua ini sebagai suatu yang Positif dan diharap semua ini akan membuka mata Datuk MB dan orang-orang yang sepatutnya memainkan peranan. Walau apa jua yang berlaku, kami tetap bangga menjadi anak jati Negeri Terengganu dan kami Ganu Sokmo Bohh.
This was followed by a denial by the MB of any prior knowledge of the allegations. “Firstly, I find it hard to believe the allegations as cycling is one of the four core sports, along with soccer, endurance equestrian and hockey which we take very seriously. There is even a sports fund and a masterplan to develop these core sports with a big budget." And more so, we take special interest in our very own athletes who are world-class and have brought success," said Terengganu Menteri Besar Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman.
He has since promised a secret reward awaiting Azizul when he returns home and is preparing a hero's welcome with preparations underway according to NST. He then went on to list the other things waiting for him like: a roadshow with Azizul throughout Terengganu, Azizul's name etched into the state museum, and implied benefits that have been given out in the past like land, houses, and cash incentives.
“In any case, we will thoroughly investigate (Azizul’s) allegations and I have asked the state sports council to furnish me with a full report,” he said. Razif said that he felt disappointed by the allegations and on behalf of the state government, apologised if they were true. “I personally have not heard of the requests by Azizul, either directly from him or have heard it from his manager, as claimed. Perhaps, someone has overlooked this matter,” said Razif.
Player Three Khairy joins the fray
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said Azizulhasni should not allow grouses against Menteri Besar Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman to spoil his celebration after bagging the bronze medal. "I will speak to Azizulhasni before he leaves for home tonight," he said. He also believes that there has been a misunderstanding and reaffirms the ministry and Sime Darby's full support for the cycling team.
The Pocket Rocket Man has not commented on his Facebook post since and the last thing he posted was a couple interviews and this Instagram post:
We'll be sure to follow up on the story as it unfolds. We'll be waiting for that hero's welcome for Azizul when he returns.