FAM Association needs major ‘surgery’ after dismal showing

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 21 Jul 2007

SCATHING comments on the poor showing by the Malaysian football team at the Asian Cup continue to hog the Chinese press. 

Nanyang Siang Pau in its editorial yesterday did not mince its words when it lambasted the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and called for an overhaul of the FAM. 

FAM's failure to redeem the country’s glory in the sport has reached a stage where major “surgery” should be done on the association, it said. 

“But who dares to carry out an ‘operation’ on this body?” it asked. 

The editorial pointed out that it was not the first time Malaysian footballers had given such a disastrous performance. 

“Every time our team loses, everyone will give the association a tongue-lashing.  

“But when things cool down, it is business as usual.  

“The team will continue to play and we will continue to lose,” it said. 

Despite losing matches, allocations were still given to them, it said, adding that, “it still gets to represent Malaysia in the SEA Games and Asian Games.” 

Malaysian football will be doomed if nothing is done now, it added.  

It also said Malaysia’s football ranking had again recorded a slide, from 149th placing last year to 154th this year. 

“Effective measures must be put in place to return Malaysian football to its glory days,” it said. 

> Sin Chew Daily in its editorial wrote that there was no need to send “big teams” to check on teachers who gave tuition. 

“By doing so, the Education Ministry is only scaring the schoolchildren,” it said. 

If the ministry wanted to find out whether teachers were giving tuition, they should check with the school heads, it added.  

“There is no need to conduct spot checks on tuition centres,” it said, adding that teachers must register with the ministry so that they would not need to worry about the checks. 

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