Norza Zakaria will installed as BAM’s new president on 29th April

Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) struggle on deciding on a new president come 29th of April is almost resolved.

Earlier in April, there was a feud between two of BAM’s deputy president as to who will succeed Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel as BAM president.

According to Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff, the upper tier members of the BAM council were involved in a “gentlemen’s agreement” about who will take over his position as president.

Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel noted that the “gentlemen’s agreement” was in favour of Dato Sri Norza Zakaria, who will succeed him as BAM president. They also agreed to maintain the tradition of choosing a successor without elections.

However, BAM’s deputy president, Tan Sri Mohamed Al-Amin denied ever being part of such agreement. Mohamed Al-Amin, who was acting president while Tengku Mahaleel was on medical leave, is also interested in the position of BAM president.

After interventions by Youth and Sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin and BAM patron Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the discussion between Norza and Mohamed Al-Amin has taken a positive turn.

“With agreement from BAM patron Datin Seri Rosmah, Tan Sri Al Amin will give way to Datuk Seri Norza at the BAM congress on April 29 to become the new president without contesting.” NST quoted the minister as saying.

“This follows the mandate given by the BAM council for Al Amin and Norza to decide who among them will become president.”

“As a result of the meeting, I have met them both and in the spirit of togetherness and with much maturity a solution was reached. They also informed Datin Seri Rosmah of their decision.” the minister added.

Apart from that, Khairy also added that a proposal will be suggested to the council to appoint Tan Sri Al-Amin as an advisor to BAM.

“On the patron’s advise, we will suggest to the council to support a proposal to be presented at the congress to appoint Tan Sri Al Amin as an advisor to BAM, which we hope he will accept.

“We appreciate Tan Sri’s contribution to badminton and we believe he still has more to give to the sport.” Khairy said.

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