KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 ― Tan Sri Annuar Musa announced today he has pulled out of the Football Association of Malaysia’s (FAM) presidency race, ahead of the election this Saturday.
In his press conference in the Dewan Rakyat here, Annuar named Tunku Ismail Ibrahim as the uncontested winner, adding that the Johor crown prince can bring about the much needed change that FAM needs.
“I apologise for not discussing this decision with anyone, not even my wife to be honest. Not even with these two members beside me now as I speak. I didn’t want to be influenced by anyone, especially those who really wanted me to contest for the post,” he told reporters.
Annuar advised those who had been cheering for him to now support Tunku Ismail.
“FAM must start on the right footing. If we are going to start with camps and [be] divided because of the elections, that’s not serving the purpose,” he said.
He added that he had already sent a text message to Tunku Ismail for the royal to take up the post.
The Umno information chief also said he is good friends with the crown prince and they regularly speak on important matters.
The Keterah MP said he will now focus on his constituency to prepare for the 14th general elections due next year and help the Kelantan football team from his home state who are currently facing financial problems.
Annuar said his name will remain on the ballot paper as his withdrawal was made 48 hours before election, adding that members can ignore it and take it that presidency was won uncontested.