PETALING JAYA: The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has responded to the Johor Crown Prince’s call for FIFA to investigate the national football body, stating that it has always viewed integrity seriously.
“On accusations that FAM has failed to handle corruption, the association has always taken a serious stance on integrity issues. FAM formed an integrity taskforce in 2010 and since 2013, has made it compulsory for all state football associations to form taskforces in every state,” said FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin in a statement on Tuesday.
Tunku Ismail ibni Sultan Ibrahim who spoke to Reuters on Monday said FAM was culpable for the country’s slide to its worst-ever FIFA ranking of 171st after a record 10-0 defeat to United Arab Emirates last month.
According to Hamidin, the taskforce is led by Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat and now has important individuals from the Police and Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) such as Bukit Aman CID chief Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh, Secret Societies, Gambling and Vice Division principle assistant director Senior Asst Comm Datuk Roslee Chik, MACC Education and Community division director Datuk Shamsun Bahrin Mohd Jamil and MACC’s Intelligence Department Director Datuk Azam Baki.
Hamidin said the taskforce was responsible for filtering, checking foreign players and monitoring the league, players and officials so as to avoid unhealthy activities in the game like match-fixing and bribery.
“To say that FAM needs to be investigated by FIFA because it has failed to combat corruption and is hogging the revenue income is unjustified.
“This is because FAM has revamped its administration and management, as well as its financial management, by taking into account efforts to optimise the commercial value, which is an important part of FIFA’s performance programme,”
Hamidin said the program has been conducted since 2014 and auditors from FIFA have came to FAM’s headquarters a number of times to check on its operating systems and financial management
He said the auditors from FIFA were FIFA Performance Program Consultant (Financial Report) Anter Isaac, FIFA Win-Win Program Consultant Christophe Rousseau and FIFA development officer (ERP & FIFA Connect) Sujit Manjuran.
“The response we got from them is that they were satisfied with all the aspects that they have evaluated.
“That aside, FAM has also appointed its own internal and external auditors to check on the association’s accounts,” he said, adding that FIFA could always take action against FAM if it found something out of place.
Hamidin also spoke about the 15-year deal with MP & Silva, stating that the media rights company is committed to pumping in at least RM1.2bil (US$287mil) into the association.
He said based on what was announced previously, 30% would be distributed to the teams participating in the league, 20% to Football Malaysia LLP (FMLLP) for operating cost and competition management and 10% for football development including refereeing, coaching and players.
The balance 40% will be with FAM as they are the intellectual rights holders of the M-League.
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