USE WIS­DOM WHEN VOT­ING

Tengku Ma­haleel tells delegates to think care­fully be­fore cast­ing bal­lot

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TENGKU Ma­haleel Tengku Ariff has re­minded the delegates to think care­fully be­fore cast­ing their votes for the new BA of Malaysia (BAM) pres­i­dent, if there is a con­test, at the as­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing-cum-elec­tion on April 29.

Tan Sri Mo­hamed Al Amin Abd Ma­jid has been BAM’s act­ing pres­i­dent since 2015 af­ter Tengku Ma­haleel went on leave of ab­sence due to ill­ness.

Deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria is sup­posed to take over through a ‘gen­tle­men’s agree­ment’ when Tengku Ma­haleel took leave.

How­ever, the sce­nario has changed as Al Amin is also keen to chal­lenge for the top post.

Tengku Ma­haleel said choos­ing a new pres­i­dent is not easy as the delegates need to ask them­selves the kind of leader they want to steer BAM to en­sure the stan­dard of bad­minton gets bet­ter.

“The elected pres­i­dent must be a firm be­liever of prin­ci­ples and a per­son who is an all-rounder in ad­min­is­tra­tive as­pects.

“Norza and I came in and made a lot of changes. What­ever BAM have achieved of late were mainly be­cause of the ad­min­is­tra­tion changes in­tro­duced by both of us,” said Tengku Ma­haleel yes­ter­day.

Tengku Ma­haleel said the first thing he did, when he was elected pres­i­dent in 2013, was to build closer ties with the Na­tional Sports Coun­cil and the Na­tional Sports In­sti­tute.

“From there, we changed the struc­ture of coach­ing and train­ing. And as a re­sult, Malaysia be­came run­ners-up in the Thomas Cup in 2014, fol­lowed by suc­cesses achieved by Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong and Goh Jin Wei.

“The suc­cess of three sil­ver medals from the Rio Olympics was also a re­sult of changes made by BAM when Norza and I came in,” said Tengku Ma­haleel, who con­firmed that he will not de­fend his post in the elec­tion.

Tengku Ma­haleel is also up­set that his re­quest to BAM to rein­tro­duce the In­ter-State Cham­pi­onships was not heeded.

“I am up­set as I had re­quested BAM to do it be­fore I took leave. But un­til to­day there is noth­ing. The vi­sion for the cham­pi­onships was to dis­cover new tal­ents in the states,” he added.

Mean­while Datuk Seri Mo­hamad Norza Zakaria con­firmed that he is ready to chal­lenge for the pres­i­den­tial’s post.

“I am ready to take on the post of pres­i­dent. I was handed the man­date by Tengku Ma­haleel to up­hold my re­spon­si­bil­i­ties mainly as the chair­man of CNT (Coach­ing and Train­ing Com­mit­tee) and it was at that point that I re­alised it was a process in or­der to pre­pare me for the pres­i­dent’s po­si­tion,” said Norza af­ter yes­ter­day’s Sea Games Fed­er­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee meet­ing.

“As lead­ers of the BAM, we need to main­tain the tra­di­tion of not hav­ing any power struggle that would spell the end of an or­gan­i­sa­tion if it goes out of hand but I hope that we will find a so­lu­tion be­fore the coun­cil con­verges.”

The elected pres­i­dent must be a firm be­liever of prin­ci­ples and a per­son who is an all-rounder in ad­min­is­tra­tive as­pects.

TENGKU MA­HALEEL

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