His Royal Highness Prince Abdullah Al Haj Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah was born in Pahang on 30 July 1959. He received his early education in Aldenham School, Elstree Hertfordshire- Advance School before continuing on to Davies College in London and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He completed his education at Worcester & Queen Elizabeth College, Oxford in 1981.
In 1975, at an early age of 16, HRH Prince Abdullah was already appointed the Crown Prince of Pahang.
While pursuing his education, Prince Abdullah developed a keen interest in sports. He played a variety of sports, which soon resulted in him wanting to play a more active role in the administration aspect of sports.
Prince Abdullah began his sports administration career when he took over as the President of Pahang Football Association in 1984. Shortly after, he was elected as the Deputy President of Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and the Association experienced a wave of change with his hands-on approach and committed involvement.
His dedication and passion won him many accolades and was soon elected as the Vice President of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Prince Abdullah held chairmanship of various standing committees in AFC such as AFC Technical Committee and subsequently is now the chairman of the prestigious Organising Committee of 2015 AFC Asian Cup Australia and AFC Development Committee. In the world of football, Prince Abdullah is no stranger for having served as a member of FIFA Technical Committee, FIFA Youth Committee and Organising Committee of FIFA Confederations Cup 1998. He currently sits in FIFA Football Committee as a member, under the chairmanship of Michel Platini.
As the President of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) Prince Abdullah is committed to make changes at all levels with his hands-on approach in the national governing body. The motto of the Prince has always been PASSION, DEDICATION and DETERMINATION. It is these very qualities that have endeared him to Malaysians and fellow sports enthusiasts and administrators from all over the world.
Prince Abdullah’s many years of service in the world of football has enabled him to play a leading role in the successful organization of 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship in Malaysia. In 2003 the world football governing body also designated him as a Match Commissioner of the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup in Paris.
Despite achieving so much within such a short period of time, he also pursued the sport of polo with the same perseverance. Globally, he is a much-respected Polo player and the President of the Royal Malaysian Polo Association.
In 2008 Prince Abdullah was elected as the President of Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC). He embraced his new role with such drive and enthusiasm that MHC has seen many positive changes that brought about a revolution of sorts in the country’s hockey aspirations. He was able to take MHC to another level in sports marketing to ensure a more robust and financially -secure association. This includes, securing television and broadcasting rights, revitalising domestic hockey competitions, reviewing and increasing prize monies for tournaments and hosting grants, introducing incentive schemes for local affiliates and pursuing a more concentrated effort in obtaining corporate sponsorship which resulted in a healthy increase in overall sponsorship for the different tournaments organised
A keen believer in programmes that further develop young hockey talents, the Prince initiated 1 Mas Hockey Project which is a long term grassroot development programme designed to produce high calibre hockey players who will be equipped for high performance duty in international hockey. His hard work and devotion is paying off when the senior and junior teams won several major tournaments such as 2010 Asian Games China (runners-up) and 4th placing of the Junior World Cup in New Delhi 2013. In 2012 the hockey fraternity acknowledged Prince Abdullah’s credibility when he was elected as an Executive Board member of the International Federation of Hockey (FIH) at its Congress in Kuala Lumpur.
PRINCE ABDULLAH SHAH FOR FIFA EXCO