Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim has abruptly left his post as President of the Johor Football Association on Sunday.
The announcement was made by Fahmy Yahya, Honorary Secretary of the Johor FA, on Johor Darul Ta'zim's official Facebook page.
“I announce that HRH Brigadier General Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim has resigned as President of the Johor Football Association at 5pm today,” he wrote.
“Dato' Haji Ismail bin Karim, State Secretary of Johor, has been appointed as his replacement."
Despite Tunku Ismail’s departure, Fahmy reassured that everything will remain the same at the Johor FA.
“Regardless of the change, all matters pertaining to the club such as future plans, finance management, the organisational structure, the building of the football academy and new stadium, and the association's policies will remain as it is.
“All long-term plans for the benefits of Johor football will continue to be executed. Thank you.”
No reason was given for the unexpected departure, and it is unknown if the Crown Prince of Johor will remain with the association in any capacity.
Curiously, the announcement came a day after a cryptic post by Tunku Ismail was shared on the Facebook page: “A man should be judged or respected only by his character and personality, not by his power or authority.”
He previously resigned in April 2013, citing state responsibility as the main factor, before making a U-turn.comments