KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Annuar Musa has made a surprise announcement that he is pulling out of the race for the Football Association of Malaysia presidency.
This means Tunku Mahkota Johor (TMJ) Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim will be elected unopposed as the new president at the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) Congress on Saturday.
The stage had been set for a head-on clash between TMJ and Ketereh MP Annuar for the hot seat.
Earlier, two other candidates – Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and FAM Integrity Committee chairman Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat – had withdrawn from the elections.
“After careful consideration, I have decided to pull out of the contest.
“I decided to keep the announcement a secret and even my wife and family don’t know about it,” he told reporters at a press conference at the media centre in Parliament here on Thursday.
He said he had texted Tunku Ismail of his decision five minutes before making the announcement.