IN THE RUNNING: Former CEO of Proton Holdings has the leadership qualities to head BAM
THE race for the BA of Malaysia's (BAM) president's post is starting to gain momentum as former chief executive officer of Proton Holdings Berhad Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff is being backed by several affiliates to succeed Datuk Seri Nadzmi Salleh.
The successful candidate will be announced at the association's Annual General Meeting (AGM) and elections on July 27.
Tengku Mahaleel, a BAM vice-president and Kelantan BA president, has vast experience as a corporate figure. He has served top local and internationals companies for more than 35 years and was also voted Malaysia's CEO of the Year in 1999.
Coincidentally, it was Tengku Mahaleel, 66, who took over as the CEO of Proton after Nadzmi vacated the post in 1996 to focus on his business ventures.
A council member, who wished to remain anonymous, said BAM needs a leader who has time, the leadership and experience to call the shots and felt Tengku Mahaleel has all the credentials to lead the association.
Tengku Mahaleel is known in the corporate world as a person with sound decision-making abilities, and coupled with his outspoken nature, has what it takes to make positive changes to make Malaysia a super power in badminton again.
"What we need is someone who has the time and ability to help Malaysia bring back the glory years of badminton with a no-nonsense leadership. We believe Tengku Mahaleel has the ability to do so," said the council member.
"We want someone who is hands-on and Tengku Mahaleel has the experience to bring changes to BAM."
Meanwhile, a few other affiliates have decided to coax deputy president Datuk Al Amin Majid to reconsider his decision not to go for the top position as he has the experience being a BAM office bearer.
"Al Amin is one of the most experienced office bearers in BAM and we hope he will reconsider his earlier decision (not to contest for the president's post). We are supporting him to become the next president," said Kedah BA (KBA) president Teoh Teng Chor.
Al Amin, however, said he is comfortable with his present position as deputy president and that his earlier decision is final.
Another candidate, deputy president Tengku Kamil Ismail Tengku Idris Shah, has also pulled out of the race due to his business and personal commitments while there has been no official approach from BAM to Sime Darby chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman for the top job.