EXCLUSIVE: FORMER Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Elyas Omar flashed a big smile as he wheeled himself into his office on the eve of his 77th birthday.
Smartly dressed in silky purple batik, the wheelchair-bound Elyas showed that he has not lost his charm nor his charisma as one of the most decorated, successful and influential leaders, administrators and mentors.
The man, who has been behind the success of many city council initiatives and even breakthroughs in sports – mainly badminton and football, was sharp and witty as he recollected all the past memories over several decades under his leadership.
The twinkle in his eye however, dimmed when he spoke about Malaysia’s future in badminton.
Elyas, who was the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president from 1985-1993 and who was one of the key men behind the nation’s success in winning the Thomas Cup in 1992 at Stadium Negara, said that drastic changes were needed to take Malaysian badminton out of the doldrums.