Originally, the tourney was supposed to be held in Indonesia, but concerns by the international community about the safety of the venue caused it to be voted over to Malaysia. Since this year is our 50th Independence Year, the Malaysian Government was all too happy to take it on.
The responsibility was given to Negeri Sembilan's Chief Minister, Dato' Seri Utama Hj. Mohamad bin Hj Hasan, who was, at the time, the President of PESAKA. Quite a nice match. Unfortunately, some internal problems led to the President relinquishing his position, giving the tournament another uncertain future.
Luckily, Dato' Hj. Md Sohaimi bin Mohamad Shah, the Vice President of PESAKA and reigning President of PESAKA Pahang stepped in to offer Pahang as the host. This didn't come as a surprise to me, especially since this is not the first time it has happened. Pahang has saved PESAKA's behind several times, including hosting the national tournaments a few times.
Here's to having other state PESAKA chapters build their strength to match or even surpass Pahang's success and may the games begin!