Kuala Lumpur: Just when everybody thought Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) has swiftly put a temporary halt to the feud between Lee Chong Wei and BAM’s technical director Morten Frost Hansen, a storm is quietly brewing in BAM’s leadership.
Malaysian media has revealed that all BAM council members received a letter on February 16 to remind them of a so-called ‘Gentlemen’s Agreement’ among the BAM’s senior management, as to who would replace President of BAM – Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff, who had not been able to perform his duties since October 2015 due to health issues.
According to several internal sources, the “Gentlemen’s Agreement” was set up to help current deputy president of BAM Mohamad Norza to take over the president position at the BAM’s annual general meeting (AGM) expected in April this year.
However, BAM’s current acting president Tan Sri Mohd Al Amin Abdul Majid who may also run for the president position at BAM, has denied involvement in the “Gentlemen’s Agreement”.
“I appreciate Tengku Mahaleel’s initiative to name his successor, but I must clarify that I am not a part of the ‘Gentlemen’s Agreement’,” said Abdul Majid.
“I have been with BAM for the last 20 years, BAM leaders have always been chosen in a democratic manner by delegates attending BAM’s annual general meeting,” added Abdul Majid.
“I firmly believe this year’s election in BAM will be no different compared to previous years.”