PETALING JAYA – AirAsia group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes is open to the possibility of becoming Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president.
“If they (FAM) want, I will consider it,” he said.
Fernandes, who is also owner of English football club Queens Park Rangers, said this during an interview with Astro Arena at a function to commemorate South-East Asia’s Rio 2016 Olympic heroes in Bangkok.
Current FAM president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah is due to step down after the next FAM Congress, which was brought forward from 2018 to next year.
Tenhgku Abdullah’s current term, which started in 2014, was due to end in 2018 at the end of the current executive committee’s term.
He was elected to the post in 2014 after winning 27 votes, beating Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, who garnered 12 votes, in two-way contest at the FAM Congress.
Fernandes is the first person to openly express his desire to take up the post for the next term.
Tunku Ismail which had been linked to the job earlier had said that he has no desire of heading the FAM once the position becomes vacant.
Tunku Ismail had recently shared his formula to restructure the set-up of the national body and outlined his plans for a revamp of the FAM.
According to Astro Arena, Fernandes during the interview also expressed his desire to become more involved in sports.
He said that he was particularly impressed by the extraordinary achievements of two athletes at the Rio games, namely national track cyclist Azizulhasni Awang and Singaporean swimmer Joseph Schooling.
“They inspire me to accomplish something bigger,” he said. – ANN