Saturday, July 27, 2013

Tengku Mahaleel Elected New President Of BAM

KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 (Bernama) --- Former Proton Holdings Berhad chief executive officer Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff has been unanimously elected by the affiliates of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) as its new president.

BAM's annual general meeting here Saturday also saw the affiliates agreeing to retain Datuk Dr Mohamed Al-Amin Abd Majid as deputy president I, and elected Datuk Mohamad Norza Zakaria as deputy president II for the 2013/2017 term.

The posts of the honorary-secretary and treasurer will be decided later by the president.

Tengku Mahaleel is not new to the sports field having once been a badminton champion in the men's singles and doubles besides having been the captain of the cricket team of Kolej Sultan Ismail Kelantan and also its softball team in the 60s and early 70s.

He was also a member of the badminton team of Universiti Malaya together with local badminton legend Tan Aik Huang, who is a former All-England champion.

Tengku Mahaleel is a also a motor rally racer and was the champion of the Rally of Malaysia in 1989.

At the AGM, outgoing president Datuk Seri Mohd Nadzmi Mohammad Salleh was appointed honorary-president to give advice on resolving a few specific matters.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, Tengku Mahaleel said he needed about a month to outline BAM's direction and would need to analyse the country's badminton governing body's management system first.

"The challenge is to produce more badminton champions. The new leadership and I will work on this.

"We will also work with the affiliates to study how other countries are becoming major players in the sport. We will also look into the technological and scientific methods they are using," he said.

Tengku Mahaleel said he also wanted to turn badminton in the country into an industry besides making a Malaysia a powerhouse in the sport.

"To make it an industry we have to find many players of calibre and get parental involvement to encourage their children to take up badminton. Sports industries now provide lucrative careers. Our world number one men's singles badminton player Datuk Lee Chong Wei is a millionaire," he said.

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