PRESIDENT'S POST: SIC chairman wants to discuss with Nadzmi first
DATUK Mokhzani Mahathir wasn't surprised on being touted to be the new BA of Malaysia (BAM) president. But he is well aware of the huge pressure and the expectations that come with the position.
Mokhzani, when contacted in Singapore yesterday, said he was informed by BAM president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Salleh recently of his intention to elect him as the next BAM president.
Mokhzani said he has yet to make a decision.
Currently, the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) chairman, he was Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) president in 2003-2004 and Asian Squash Federation president.
But he felt that leading BAM is a difficult task. "I have not really seriously thought about it (the BAM post).
"Nadzmi casually mentioned about his intention to elect me as the next BAM president at a Hari Raya open house recently. I need to come back and talk to him first," said Mokhzani.
"Badminton is a high profile sport and the public want to see Malaysia winning gold in the Olympics. It is a huge responsibility and as Nadzmi had stated, it will be a difficult task.
"Furthermore, BAM also has two capable deputy presidents.
"I served in a different capacity in SRAM before taking over as the president and it is the same in SIC but I would be jumping straight into BAM management without prior experience if I accept the position.
"I know Nadzmi and Al Amin (Majid) very well and I need to discuss with them first."
Experience is not expected to be an issue as Nadzmi, himself, when he succeeded Datuk Seri Dr Abdullah Fadzil Che Wan in 2000, was a corporate figure not involved in the administration of sports associations.
Nadzmi has confirmed that this will be his last term as BAM president and will not seek re-election in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and elections in May.
BAM deputy presidents Datuk Al Amin Majid and Tengku Kamil Ismail Tengku Idris Shah are in contention if the BAM affiliates want an insider to be the president.
As Mokhzani is the group chief executive officer of Kencana Petroleum Berhad, BAM will receive a shot in the arm for funding if he assumes the leadership.
With Mokhzani's mother Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali being a former patron of BAM and an ardent badminton fan, it is a good reason for he to accept the offer and contribute to the sport in a bigger role.