KUALA LUMPUR, September 4 – Malaysian Olympic Council (CMO) Secretary General Datuk Mohd Nazifuddin Mohd Najib successfully retained his post after fending off a challenge from former CMO Vice President Datuk Seri Abdul Azim Mohd Zabidi in a virtual election held today.
Mohd Nazifuddin won with 74 votes against his only challenger Abdul Azim who collected only 27 votes. Two other candidates, Malaysian Snooker and Billiards Federation president Melvin Chia and Malaysian Sailing Association secretary Megat Fairuz Khairuddin, had both sent notices of withdrawal earlier.
The battle for five vice president posts saw Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya gain the highest support with 81 votes followed by Datuk Mumtaz Jaffar (79 votes), Datuk Chong Kim Fatt (79), Datuk Nur Azmi Ahmad (76) while that Datuk Megat Zulkarnain Omardin got 68 votes.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Secretary General for the male post was won by Chan Foong Keong with 66 votes against Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Zin (35 votes) while Datuk Mohd Nasir Ali got 65 votes to defeat Datuk Amarjit Singh Gill (36 voice) for the post of Assistant Treasurer.
Today’s vote completed the list of CMO representatives for the 2021-2025 mandate.
“I think we should congratulate ourselves because it is very historic, this is the first AGA of the CMO (annual general meeting) that we have not only done online, but we have done the electoral process via the online mode.
“So I hope that after that, in line with the digitization of the sports industry, we can have everything that has been done by the CMO can also be a model for all other NSAs (national sports associations) in following all our steps to do their AGMs and also their online elections, ”said CMO President Tan Sri Mohamad Norza Zakaria after the electoral process.
On August 27, Mohamad Norza was re-elected unopposed as president for the 2021-2025 term after nominations closed on August 25, while Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin, a newcomer, also won the seat of unopposed vice president.
Mohamad Norza, president of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), won the also unopposed CMO presidency in 2018, replacing Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar, who chose not to stand for re-election after held this position since 1998.
The chairman of the independent electoral committee of the CMO (returning officer) Datuk Seri Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos confirmed that two other incumbents were also elected without opposition – Moira Tan (deputy general secretary) and Datuk Ahmad Feisal Ahmad Tajuddin (treasurer).
“As I mentioned earlier, time flies very quickly and we have major games that will take place from 2022 to 2024, in the immediate future the new executive board will meet in the next two weeks and thereafter the executive counsel.
“I can assure you that with my newly elected colleagues, we will work hand in hand with you (NSA) to help you achieve our goals for the next cycle,” added Mohamad Norza.
He also personally thanked five NSAs namely BAM, Malaysian Basketball Association (MABA), Malaysian Sepak Takraw Association (PSM), The Squash Racquet Association of Malaysia (SRAM) and Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Confederation (MTBC) who appointed him a once at the head of the CMO. again. – Bernama