KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin will make Malaysian football history — if he is elected as FA of Malaysia (FAM) president.
Since 1958, the No 1 post in the national association has gone to either a royalty or a politician. However, Hamidin does not come from either category.
Hamidin, the FAM secretary-general, has been proposed by Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim to succeed him after the Tunku Mahkota Johor stepped down as FAM president on Sunday.
Olympic Council of Malaysia assistant secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said today Hamidin’s ascension, if it happens, is a good change for Malaysian football.
In giving the thumbs-up to Tunku Ismail’s proposal, Kok Chi said Hamidin is capable of bringing the desired changes, even though he is not a royalty, a big name or politician.
“For me, a sports association do not really need to depend fully on a VIP, politician, or royalty as president,” said Kok Chi today.
“We hope Hamidin will become the FAM president and change this perception.
“The election of a commoner for a top post will make him or her work hard for the good name of the association.
“I am very impressed by TMJ’s honest and realistic decision to propose Hamidin for the FAM presidency.”
Though Hamidin, known to be an excellent sport administrator, is endorsed by Tunku Ismail, the FAM council will vote to choose their new president.
Hamidin was FA of Selangor secretary-general from 1998 to 2013 before he was elected to the FAM post in 2013.