Tunku Ismail declines post of FAM president

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KUALA LUMPUR: Tengku Mahkota Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has once again declined to helm the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).

He said the president’s post should not be held by anyone from a royal household or those who have connections with state football associations or football clubs.

Instead, the candidate for the post should be someone neutral so that corruption and favouritism could be avoided.

“I do not agree to be the FAM President because I already have JDT (his own football club). There will be a conflict of interest as I will be biased towards my team,” he said in the Johor Southern Tigers’ Facebook page, today.

Earlier, Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin and FAM treasurer Mohamad Norza Zakaria gave a briefing about the FAM, and touched on the appointment of Tunku Ismail as the chairman of the national team, the head of congress for the Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership and president of FAM.

Tunku Ismail, however, said he was willing to consider the offers to be the chairman of the national team and the head of FMLLP’s congress.

“I will wait to meet Khairy and Datuk Seri Norza again before making my decision,” he said.

On speculation of a major revamp in the FAM, Tunku Ismail said that the president and his executive committee (exco) members must be dropped. He also said that new exco members must be able to contribute and work in the best interests of football.

“If they can’t, then they should step down and make way for those who can. FAM must be very transparent in their plans and fans must be allowed to address their questions and queries to FAM once in a while.

“The fans deserve to know what is going on in FAM and be kept in the loop on the aims and direction FAM is heading towards,” he said.

He also suggested that the national team use a foreign coach with a good background, achievements and track record and that the coach be allowed to bring in his own team and carry out whatever he has planned.

“Most importantly, he must be given time to make these changes. FAM has not progressed much over the last 30 years and I believe it’s only right for us to give any new coach the appropriate space and time they need,” he said.

He also said that the FAM needed to conduct exco meetings in rotation in each state, and that all teams have their own stadiums and training centres that were maintained by the club.