Re-elected Asum president aiming high

KUALA LUMPUR: Either a silver or gold.

Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim marked his re-election as president of the Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) by pledging to deliver an Olympic medal of a better colour in Rio next year.

“Pandelela Rinong contributed a bronze at the London Olympics in 2012 and if our athletes can come back with a better colour ... whether silver or gold ... it will certainly be a national pride.

“This is our biggest target. A bigger objective than aiming to be the best at the SEA Games level,” said Shahidan, a former president of the Malaysian Amateur Athletic Union (MAAU) and former Mentri Besar of Perlis.

Shahidan defeated Negri Sembilan challenger Zainal Othman 34-6 at Asum’s annual general meeting here on Saturday to continue for another two-year term.

Shahidan, who is the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, has been Asum president since 1996.

However, Shahidan’s position is subject to approval as there is a directive against Cabinet members holding office in sports associations.

Asum also have a new secretary after Mae Chen beat Andy Low 36-4. Mae Chen replaces long-serving Edwin Chong, who stepped down after being diagnosed with kidney cancer in January.

Mae Chen will be assisted by former national swimmer May Tan.

The two vice-presidents are Oon Kee Seng and Nawawi Reduan, the father of former national hockey player Mirnawan Nawawi.

The exco members are Soh Yew Siang, Wee Hon Seng, and Sung Koh Kiong.

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