FAS head­ing in the right di­rec­tion

New Straits Times - - Sport -

WITH just over a month on the job, FA of Se­lan­gor (FAS) pres­i­dent Datuk Suba­han Ka­mal has man­aged to of­fer changes and also solve sev­eral is­sues for the bet­ter­ment of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

Yes­ter­day, Suba­han an­nounced that FAS’ in­tegrity com­mit­tee will be an in­de­pen­dent en­tity headed by Malaysian An­ti­Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) deputy chief com­mis­sioner (oper­a­tions) Datuk Azam Baki.

Pre­vi­ously, the in­tegrity com­mit­tee was han­dled by the FAS ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.

“Azam will bring his own peo­ple into the com­mit­tee. It is in line with the call by FA of Malaysia (FAM) pres­i­dent Tunku Is­mail Sul­tan Ibrahim for foot­ball to be run pro­fes­sion­ally by peo­ple with in­tegrity,” said Suba­han in Sepang yes­ter­day.

“The in­tegrity com­mit­tee will have ses­sions from time-to-time where MACC of­fi­cials will have talks with play­ers and of­fi­cials….a move to keep them on their toes.

“I think FAS are one of the first as­so­ci­a­tions to have an in­de­pen­dent in­tegrity com­mit­tee.”

The re­cent move by for­mer Se­lan­gor coach Zainal Abidin Has­san to Pe­nang was also ini­ti­ated by Suba­han.

Zainal, who signed a two-year con­tract in 2016. was rested by the pre­vi­ous Se­lan­gor man­age­ment last Au­gust for poor re­sults. The for­mer in­ter­na­tional was paid only un­til last Oc­to­ber.

“I met Pe­nang FA pres­i­dent Zairil Khir Jo­hari to work on a so­lu­tion for Zainal. The pre­vi­ous regime of FAS just left and washed their hands with­out solv­ing many is­sues.

“Af­ter a so­lu­tion was reached, Zainal ter­mi­nated his con­tract with Se­lan­gor and joined Pe­nang re­cently. We will set­tle Zainal’s salary from Novem­ber to Fe­bru­ary.

“As for the play­ers, who did not re­ceive their salaries and bonuses last Novem­ber, we will set­tle them.

“I am sad­dened with the pre­vi­ous man­age­ment as they did not do any­thing to solve salary is­sues. They left ev­ery­thing hang­ing.

“Be­ing a re­spon­si­ble pres­i­dent and exco, we will set­tle ev­ery­thing in due course,” said Suba­han, who is also the FAM deputy pres­i­dent.

FAS have also re­quested for their le­gal com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Lim Thean Shi­ang to look into the as­so­ci­a­tion’s statutes.

“In the pre­vi­ous exco meet­ing, we de­cided that our statutes should be re-looked as a lot of things are out­dated.

“We will look into the rec­om­men­da­tions made by the Raja Muda Se­lan­gor Tengku Amir Shah Sul­tan Shara­fud­din Idris Shah last month and try to make the amend­ments.

“The changes will be pre­sented in the next exco meet­ing,” Suba­han added.

Mean­while, FAM’s first exco meet­ing un­der Tunku Is­mail will be held in Sabah on April 8.

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