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PRESIDENT: BAM must decide whether corporate figure should continue to lead

BA of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Salleh will step down  next year and has backed   Sepang International Circuit (SIC) chairman Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir as a  potential  successor.

Nadzmi, who was elected unopposed in 2000 and wants to see out his term which ends in May, said he would leave it to the affiliates to decide the next president.

BAM deputy presidents Datuk Al Amin Majid and Tengku Kamil Ismail Tengku Idris Shah are also in the running but Nadzmi wants the affiliates to decide whether they want an internal man to lead the association or a corporate figure.

Businessman Mokhzani served as president of the SRA of Malaysia in 2003-2004 and the Asian Squash Federation between 1997 and 2001 and is a keen follower of badminton.

"Mokhzani was one of the names suggested during the London Olympics to take over as BAM president from me.

"He has also expressed his interest but I will leave to BAM to decide whether they want an insider or a corporate leader to succeed me," said Nadzmi yesterday.

"Current BAM deputy presidents Al Amin and Tengku Kamil are the individuals from within the council who are also in the running and I want the decision to come from the members.

"I have been serving BAM for the last 12 years and being the president of the most popular sport in the country is a really difficult task.

"I know Mokhzani well. If he is elected, he must be ready to go through plenty of hardship as badminton is a sport where we are chasing Olympic gold.

"Public expectations are extremely high and there are plenty of obstacles and one of the major things that needs to be maintained is the steady flow of funding which is needed to sustain the national programme which is expanding.

"Funding is very essential in our search to identify another Lee Chong Wei and this is just one of the challenges the future president will face."

Funding may not be an issue if Mokhzani takes over as his wealth is estimated to be US$685 million (RM2.08 billion) by Forbes magazine, which listed him as the 14th richest man in Malaysia this year.

Mokhzani is the group chief executive officer of Kencana Petroleum Berhad and several other companies.

Datuk Seri Nadzmi Salleh will step down as BAM president next year.


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