Mohamad Norza Zakaria has officially assumed the president’s post in the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) after being elected unanimously by its council members for the 2017/2021 term.
Mohamad Norza succeeds Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff effective today, and this sees BAM maintain its 32-year tradition for not holding a contest for the top spot.
He will be assisted by two vice presidents, Abdul Aziz Hussain and Lim Teong Kiat.
The BAM honorary-secretary’s post will still be held by Ng Chin Chai, who has maintained the position for seven years in a row, while V. Subramaniam was elected treasurer.
The number one post had been a bone of contention when it emerged that there was a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ among Norza, Mahaleel and former acting president, Mohamed Al-Amin Abdul Majid on the succession plan.
However, the issue was resolved after Mohamed Al-Amin agreed to give way to Mohamad Norza, and this was announced by the Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin at a press conference which was also attended by BAM patron Rosmah Mansor at the Seri Perdana Complex, recently.
The BAM council members also agreed to appoint Mohamed Al-Amin as BAM Advisor.
A total of 14 affiliate members were present at the AGM held at Dorsett Grand Subang Hotel, in Petaling Jaya.
The following is the new BAM leadership for the term 2017/2021:
President: Mohamad Norza Zakaria
Deputy President: Abdul Aziz Hussain and Lim Teong Kiat.
Honorary-Secretary: Ng Chin Chai
Assistant Honorary Secretary: Taupik Mohd Hussain Treasurer: V. Subramaniam