Tengku Mahkota Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, is the newly installed Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) chief after getting the lion's share of the nominations as the deadline came to a close in the afternoon.
Incumbent Tan Sri Anwar Mohd Nor was nominated by Armed Forces but later withdrew from the race.
Tengku Abdullah who obtained 13 nominations, thus becomes the ninth president of MHF since the Malayan Hockey Council, the forerunner of MHF, was formed exactly 60 years ago.
The former FA of Malaysia deputy president follows in the footsteps of Sir George Oehlers, E.B. David, Herman de Souza, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, Tun Hussein Onn, Sultan Azlan Shah, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah and Anwar.
Interestingly, former national team manager Nur Azmi Ahmad from Malacca who is eyeing the deputy presidency, obtained six nominations as opposed to five for incumbent deputy president, Tengku Abdul Majid Idris Sultan Iskandar and one each for Dr S.S Cheema and Ken Pereira. Cheema is likely to withdraw from the race and focus his energy at retaining his vice-presidency.
Eleven individuals will vie for the four vice-presidency slots, with the incumbents TNB chief Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohd Noh obtaining 12 nominations, Cheema (seven), Datuk Rahim Ariff (10) and M. Gobinathan (five).
Secretary Hashim Mohd Yusoff was returned unopposed.
In his text message to this blogger shortly after attending the national level open house for Eidul Fitr in Kuantan, where 17 cows were slaughtered for the feast, Tengku Abdullah said: "I know you don't like the idea...will try my best."
The open house must have been a form of celebration on a personal scale for Tengku Abdullah, who was told of the news shortly after. He is 49.
Funny thing is, Tengku Abdullah only garnered 13 out of the maximum 16 nominations. It is learnt Johor HA did not nominate him. Hmm I wonder why...
By the way, Tengku Majid is the brother of Tengku Abdullah's wife, Tengku Puan Azizah Maimunah Iskandariah. Tengku Puan's mother was Josephine Trevorrow while Tengku Majid is Tengku Zanariah's son.
To Tuanku, best of luck.