Khairy trying his best to resolve TMJ-FAM conflict


DUNGUN: Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin says he will try his best to resolve the conflict that has erupted between the Football Association of Malaysia and the Tunku Mahkota Johor (TMJ), Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, in the interest of the nation.

In this matter, Khairy said he preferred not to come out with incorrect statements but play his role behind the scenes.

“Whatever statement made by any parties be it from FAM’s executive committee (Exco) or TMJ, it is up to them,” he told reporters when asked to comment on Tunku Ismail’s refusal to helm FAM.

Apart from the FAM’s top post, there has been speculation about a huge revamp in FAM’s leadership line-up after its Exco members stated that they wanted to follow in the footsteps of its president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah who had insisted on resigning.

TMJ in a statement on the Southern Tigers Facebook page yesterday called for the entire leadership of FAM to step down and for fresh faces to take over to bring football in the country out of the doldrums. However, TMJ who owns the high-flying Johor Darul Ta’azim (JDT) team, has insisted that he does not want the president’s post (of FAM).

In KUALA LUMPUR, FAM Secretary-General Hamidin Mohd Amin said Exco members could still hold their posts until the new election in 2018 but it was entirely their personal right if they want to step down now.

Speaking to reporters, he said based on FAM’s constitution, the election is to be done every four years, but it could be brought forward through an extraordinary general meeting if one-fifth of its affiliates or the Exco themselves called for it.

“Whatever it is, the FAM Annual General Meeting will be held on Sept 15 to table and pass the 2015 financial and annual reports,” he said.

On the proposed resignation of Tengku Abdullah, Hamidin said it would be discussed in the FAM Executive meeting on Aug 15. He also said Khairy’s new formula for raising the development of football in the country would also be discussed at the meeting.