JOHOR BAHARU – Datuk Ahmad Ismail defended his post as president of the Sepak Takraw Association of Malaysia (PSM) for another four-year term after receiving the highest votes at PSM’s annual general meeting here Saturday.
Ahmad, who is also Penang Sepak Takraw Association president, obtained 50 votes from the 71 delegates present, defeating the sole challenger Mohd Shapian Ali, who garnered only 20 votes. One delegate did not cast his vote.
The president, who has been holding the top post of PSM since 2002, said he was thankful for receiving the trust of the delegates.
“I chose to defend the post after seeing the candidate contesting was a council member. As incumbent PSM president, I am more aware of who is really committed, who is capable and who can give their time in the interest of PSM,” he told a press conference after the AGM today.
In the four-hour AGM, Melaka Sepak Takraw Association president Akramuddin Abd Aziz was voted in as the new deputy president replacing Mohd Shapian after collecting 52 votes compared to his competitor, Datuk Markiman Kobiran who received 19 votes.
The three new vice-presidents elected today were Datuk Khairuddin Samad, Fudin Chee Kifli and Mohd Yusof Ismail, respectively the sepak takraw association presidents of Putrajaya, Sarawak and Kedah.
Ahmad’s credibility as PSM top leader came under scrutiny in recent years after the national squad failed to win any major titles at international level especially the SEA Games gold medal since 2005. – Bernama