PETALING JAYA: Tengku Mahkota of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah was elected as the new president of FA of Malaysia (FAM), Sunday.
The 55-year old crown prince of Pahang polled 27 out of 39 votes to beat Tengku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim in a two-way contest after Sultan Ahmad Shah announced his decision to step down and withdraw from the race.
Johor FA president Tunku Ismail garnered 12 votes.
Earlier there was a revote in the contest for the FAM presidency.
Tengku Abdullah had garnered 24 votes to Tunku Ismail’s 15 votes.
However, the FAM constitution states the need for a two-third majority win in the event there are more than two candidates (due to the fact that FAM president Sultan Ahmad Shah is still considered a candidate despite announcing his withdrawal from the race).
In the contest from the deputy presidency, FAM vice-president Datuk Seri Afandi Hamzah, and Selangor FA deputy president Datuk Abdul Mokhtar Ahmad have been voted in as deputy presidents.
A record 22 candidates will fight for the eight exco seats.
There are also nine candidates for the two women’s exco positions.
The votes of 39 delegates were to decide the outcome of the elections. A total of 14 state FAs cast two votes each (28 votes), together with Armed Forces (two), Police (two), Malaysian Malays (two), Malaysian Chinese FA (two), Malaysian Indian Sports Council (two) and Malaysian Coaches Association (one).
Earlier Sunday, Sultan Ahmad Shah received a standing ovation from the delegates after annoucing his decision to step down during his opening address.
The delegates unanimously voted for Sultan Ahmad Shah to be conferred with the lifetime honorary president post.
The 83-year-old Pahang Ruler was the longest serving president, having held the top post since 1984.The 50th congress-cum-elections was held at the Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie, Sunday to elect a new group of office bearers for the 2014-2018 term.