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Johor-born brothers Mohd Mazne (left) and Mohd Mazlan Abdullah have been staying in Pahang since they were young but were not allowed to purchase the Malaysia Cup final tickets at the Darul Makmur Stadium on Wednesday because they were not born in the state. - The STAR
KUANTAN: The Pahang Football Association (PFA) have been accused of discrimination after allowing only Pahang-born fans to purchase tickets for the Malaysia Cup final at the Darul Makmur Stadium on Wednesday.
Although all the 11,000 tickets, priced at RM40 each, were snapped up in three hours, it was the FA’s ruling on the ticket eligibility that irked the fans, including some who had come from afar and queued up since 8am.
The fans, it was alleged, had to show their MyKad to prove their place of birth. Only those with MyKad bearing the numbers “06” or “33” – for those born in Pahang – were allowed to purchase the tickets.
Some fans said that it was unfair as “some of us have been staying in the state for more than 30 years”.
Take siblings Mohd Mazne Abdullah and Mazlan Abdullah for example.
The brothers left their home in Felda Cini in the Pekan district at 6am for the stadium. The journey took them two hours.
And, imagine, to their chagrin, when they learnt of the ruling after queueing up for two hours (the ticket counters opened at 10am).
Mazlan, 31, said that although he was born in Johor, he has been living in Pahang since a young age.
“As Felda settlers, our parents (who are from Johor) have been in Pahang since we were young. Yes, we were not born in Pahang but this has been our home for 30 years ...
“The ruling should take into account the address on the MyKad because people move from one place to another for various reasons, including work.
“My brother and I are loyal Pahang supporters. Even when Pahang were losing, we’d still turn up to watch them play at the stadium,” said Mazlan.
According to a PFA official, the ruling was meant to give priority to Pahang-born supporters due to the limited number of tickets.
A total of 30,000 tickets have been allocated for the Pahang fans and the PFA have distributed the tickets to all their affiliates in the various districts – Cameron Highlands, Lipis, Jerantut, Raub, Bentong, Temerloh, Maran, Rompin, Bera, Pekan and Kuantan.
PFA secretary general Fuzzeimi Ibrahim said that he was aware that any ruling would not satisfy all parties “but it was implemented to further improve the process of selling the tickets”.
“We understand the fans’ eagerness to watch the game live and we appreciate it.
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