ALOR SETAR: Kedah Umno Youth today called on Menteri Besar Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah to consider giving up his post as Kedah Football Association (KFA) president with immediate effect.
Its chief, Shaiful Hazizy Zainol Abidin, said the call was made so that football in the state could go on without being politicised by certain parties.
“Some quarters have made football a political matter and Umno is always made the black sheep in the issue.
“So, to protect the good name of our party, we are calling on Ahmad Bashah to let go of the KFA president’s post.
“We are also calling on all Umno leaders holding posts in KFA to vacate their posts in the association to avoid politics from being linked to football,” he told reporters at a press conference attended by 15 state Umno Youth leaders, here, today.
Shaiful said the incident where Bashah was booed by a group of Kedah fans at the Malaysia Cup final on Saturday was unacceptable and rude.
“We cannot bear to see him (Bashah), who is Kedah menteri besar, abused despite his enormous service and contributions to football during his administration over the past two years,” he said.
Shaiful said the call for Bashah to step down as KFA president had not been made before but after witnessing the incident at the Shah Alam Stadium, Kedah Umno Youth felt that it was time for the menteri besar to do so.
“All the good things we have done have been wrongly interpreted and this is the best way out.
“After this, whoever holds KFA posts will not be from Umno as we do not want football to be made a platform for politics,” he said.
Meanwhile, he urged the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) to investigate an incident where Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) supporters unfurled a banner with the word “Haters” when the Kedah state anthem was played before the match began on Saturday.
“As far as I know, banners with elements of provocation should not be brought in.
“I am calling on the parties responsible to come forward to explain and apologise to Kedahans,” he said.