NO FAVOURITES: Al Amin Majid and Tengku Kamil have been mentioned for top post but neither are keenBADMINTON of Malaysia (BAM) treasurer Datuk Lim Teong Kiat, while keen on continuing to serve the association, has thrown his weight behind one of the two deputy presidents -- Datuk Al Amin Majid and Tengku Kamil Ismail Tengku Idris Shah -- to take over the presidency during the July 27 elections.
Teong Kiat was also mentioned as a possible replacement for outgoing president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Salleh but the former believes either Al Amin or Tengku Kamil must lead BAM.
However, both Al Amin and Tengku Kamil are reluctant to take up the offer due to other commitments and this has left BAM without a candidate with the elections less than three weeks away.
Teong Keat, who has served BAM for more than two decades, said he believes the candidate must be someone from within the association as there is always difficulty in identifying a corporate figure for the job.
"I believe one of the two deputies should take over from Nadzmi. Al Amin was an early choice due to his experience while Tengku Kamil has also been considered. It will be their call," said Teong Kiat.
"I will continue to serve BAM but in a different capacity and not as president as it is a very high profile position and we need someone with the necessary credentials who can also source for funding to support our programmes.
"The pressure is immense as badminton is probably the only sport that can produce an Olympic gold and this comes with a huge responsibility. I believe this may have been the reason which forced the candidates to stay away.
"Corporate figures are out of the picture at the moment. We still have about three weeks (before the elections) and we should be able to identify a suitable candidate."
The only available corporate candidate, Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir, is believed to have declined the position. Former Menteri Besar of Johor Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, one of the most experienced leaders in the political arena who also served as Sports Minister (1993-1995) could be one of the candidates BAM may approach.
Abdul Ghani, who served as a Johor Menteri Besar for 18 years until the general elections two months ago and who is also a former dean of the faculty of economy at Universiti Malaya, was appointed as Sime Darby chairman last week.
A proven administrator, politician, academician and an experienced hand in financial matters, Abdul Ghani may be the answer to BAM's present predicament.
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