Tengku Abdullah (fourth from right) with the Pahang Royal family. Picture taken decades ago, copied from my aunty's framed photo
Johnson Fernandez has been nominated for the MHF secretary's post. He is vying for the position provided Sapura supremo, Kenneth Gerard Pereira, who is pursuing his PhD, be voted into office as the deputy president. The duo would want to commit themselves full-time in running the MHF secretariat!
Johnson who had served as secretary general of the Asian Sports Press Union before, will have to quit his cushy job at the Malay Mail (there's already an exodus at the paper). It is said that he was not amused that one commenter of this posting remarked that all the campaigning through his criticisms of MHF over the years has finally borne fruit.
"If at all it's true, this must have been the longest campaign ever for someone eyeing the secretary's post! I've written about hockey for almost three decades" he told someone!
I was told by a reliable source that my ex-boss, Johnson Fernandez, is set to be nominated for one of the key posts in the upcoming Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) elections. Is he part of Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah's team? Hmm...Johnson, an avid hockey fan, writer and coach, was a former secretary of the Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM). The former Malay Mail sports editor is passionate about the sport, no doubts about that. Deadline for nominations is Oct 25 and the elections will be held on Nov 1. Now I wonder what's going to happen if Tengku Abdullah is nominated? Will HRH be willing to go against his brother-in-law Tengku Bendahara Johor, Tengku Majid? Or would Tengku Majid make way for Tengku Abdullah? What about Tan Sri Anwar Mohd Noor?
Tengku Majid (front row, extreme left)